At the Web 2.0 Expo in New York I was lucky enough to bump in to an enterprising guy, Andrew Hyde. Andrew and I both took part in the Web 2.Open un-conference sessions. At those sessions Andrew shared a simple little application that solves an age old problem at meet and greet type events and conferences.
Don't you just love typing in all of those business cards that you swap at these events. When you have a sit down at lunch and discuss an issue with a group of people wouldn't you like to continue the conversation afterwards?
Andrew offered a simple solution: grouplist.us
I have used Grouplist to create a shared contact list in under 60 seconds. This web-based application then allows people to input their contact details and any member of the list can download specific contact details in vCard/hCard format, or download the entire list. This format is supported by most Address Book applications. Making it a simple process to add the basic phone and email information.
At the Health 2.0 Conference I recommend that we create shared contact lists for the various breakout sessions. We did this at the Health 2.0 Accelerator yesterday. What will be simplest to do is to use a common password for all the conference pages, for example "health20"
Separate contact lists can be created in under 60 seconds by a session organizer. They then need to share the name of the list.
For example if you attended the Physician Engagement unconference session (Session 6) at lunchtime on Wednesday October 22. You can go to http://grouplist.us/h20unconference6 and enter the password "unconference". You can then add your basic name, phone number, email address and twitter handle. Then check back later and see if any other participants have done the same.
Andrew Hyde has built a simple but focused applet that solves a real frustration at conferences. Gice it a try at http://grouplist.us