The Lanyrd Blog: 2012

Speaking tips, conference news, site updates

Week notes: Forbes, withdrawal symptoms and a touch of classes

Just as the party gets into full swing, January storms into the room, unplugs the stereo, disco lights, and starts shouting something about acting your age.

Posted at 4:32pm on 6th January 2012 by Jake Archibald

Introducing Guides

We’re pleased to announce a new feature, Guides! (codename Project Firefly if you’ve been reading the week-notes). Guides are a great way for you to create and curate an editorial list of conferences that matter to you.

Posted at 3:33pm on 10th January 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

Week notes: Guides, Wraps, and Wasabi Peas

It's been an exciting week for Lanyrd, because on Tuesday we launched the feature that's been occupying us for the last few weeks - Guides

Posted at 4:40pm on 13th January 2012 by Tom Insam 🎩

Week notes: 'Europe', guide improvements and the chance to join our team

You can now invite curators to join your guide. Sophie, Simon and I visit Nottingham for NAconf and there is an opportunity to join our team as a graphic and user experience designer.

Posted at 10:24pm on 22nd January 2012 by Natalie Downe

Lanyrd's SXSW Beginners Guide

The Lanyrd Team will be heading to SXSW this year and we're all looking forward to it! This will be the second time I attend and I remember how daunting my first visit was in 2009.

Posted at 5:03pm on 24th January 2012 by Sophie Barrett

Introducing the Lanyrd mobile web app

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our mobile web app (codenamed Project Hamster in our week-notes). The web app is an excellent complement to our mobile offering alongside our iPhone app, and includes offline storage making it invaluable during events.

Posted at 4:03pm on 31st January 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

Announcing our unofficial SXSWi session planner and attendee directory

We're heading back to SXSW Interactive 2012 this year and Lanyrd will be more useful than ever. Use our mini site to plan your SXSW experience and ensure you catch the best sessions for you.

Posted at 6:05pm on 6th February 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

Supercharging our schedules

Taking inspiration from our unofficial guide to SXSW, we've upgraded our conference schedule pages to make it easier than ever to find the right sessions in larger events.

Posted at 3:44pm on 14th February 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

SXSW speakers: Promote your panel with free MOO MiniCards!

Lanyrd has partnered up with MOO to offer speakers at SXSW Interactive free MiniCard fliers for their panels! Just sign in to our offer page with your Twitter account to claim your 100 free cards.

Posted at 3:45pm on 20th February 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

Eliminate SXSW from your Twitter stream

Are you a Twitter user? Are you not attending SXSW? Is the following all too familiar…?

Posted at 4:39pm on 22nd February 2012 by Jake Archibald

Announcing our exciting grid view for SXSWi sessions!

Today we are very pleased to release our shiny new grid view. Planning your schedule and deciding what to go to at a conference can be a mammoth task at any event, and with over 1,500 sessions over 20+ venues, SXSW is even more of a mission! Don't worry though… we're here to help.

Posted at 2:25pm on 1st March 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

[Video] Getting the most out of SXSW with Lanyrd

Watch our two minute video to learn how to use austin.lanyrd.com to make the most of your trip to SXSW Interactive.

Posted at 12:16pm on 2nd March 2012 by Simon Willison

Conference Flair: Conversation starter badges

We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can help people network more effectively at the events they attend. For SXSW, we're rolling out our lowest-tech innovation yet: conversation starter buttons to pin to your lanyard!

Posted at 4:43pm on 2nd March 2012 by Natalie Downe

Instantly see what's on now, next and nearby at SXSW

At SXSW Interactive? Use our new mobile-optimised web app at now.lanyrd.com to instantly see what's on now, what's on next and what's nearby.

Posted at 8:31pm on 9th March 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

Take notes collaboratively at SXSW with Hackpad and Lanyrd

We've teamed up with Hackpad to enable collaborative note taking for every session at SXSW Interactive.

Posted at 11:44pm on 9th March 2012 by Simon Willison

5 tools for surviving SXSW without a reliable data connection

This year's SXSW Interactive is the biggest yet, and the Wifi networks are strained like never before. If you're having trouble keeping up with what's going on without that precious always-on data connection, here are a few ways Lanyrd can help.

Posted at 8:16pm on 11th March 2012 by Simon Willison

Week notes: SXSW, the aftermath

Slides and audio from SXSW, videos from PyCon, recovering from jetlag and tinkering about under Lanyrd's hood.

Posted at 11:45pm on 25th March 2012 by Simon Willison

How to run an unconference

Are you ready to run your own unconference? We’re here to walk you through a checklist of things to consider before getting started.

Posted at 1:46pm on 26th March 2012 by Ellen de Vries

Week notes: Digital Shoreditch and JavaScript fireworks

This week is all about how we're gearing up to provide the Digital Shoreditch schedule and how I've been off learning how to make fireworks with JavaScript.

Posted at 1:57pm on 2nd April 2012 by Sophie Barrett

Weeknotes: Coverage searches, JSConf, writing talks, browser performance & SVG

Hey, it's Jake here, bloggin' at'cha! I've just returned from JSConf with a serious case of the jetlags to find it's my turn to write the weeknotes. I'm literally nodding off as I write this.

Posted at 7:17pm on 6th April 2012 by Jake Archibald

Weeknotes: Short, and kinda funny-looking

Another Monday, another "I was supposed to have done this on Friday" set of weeknotes!

Posted at 11:36am on 16th April 2012 by Tom Insam 🎩

Digital Shoreditch 2012: Schedule powered by Lanyrd

We're proud to announce our first Technology Partner relationship, with Digital Shoreditch 2012 here in London. Lanyrd is powering the official schedule for the festival.

Posted at 4:17pm on 17th April 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

Weeknotes: improved session pages & speaker directories and upcoming iPhone design refresh

This week we Launched the official Digital Shoreditch schedule site and set up automated testing of our JavaScript. We rolled out some improvements to our session pages and speaker directories. I also have a sneak peak for you of some screenshots of our iPhone refresh and a bit more on our design process.

Posted at 8:48pm on 23rd April 2012 by Natalie Downe

Week notes: Links, bullets and coverage galore

We've introduced a simple way of adding bullet points and links to content on Lanyrd. Plus, slides and video from RailsConf and The Next Web 2012.

Posted at 2:18pm on 1st May 2012 by Simon Willison

Week notes: Adventures in Amsterdam, for one of us anyway

Jake has been entertaining attendees at Mobilism whilst the rest of us have been having a week of working on little bits and pieces.

Posted at 5:50pm on 14th May 2012 by Sophie Barrett

New and improved: Lanyrd 2.0 for iPhone

Download our shiny new, improved iPhone app for instant information about events you're attending. Organising an event? Use our free app to keep your attendees up to date.

Posted at 3:07pm on 16th May 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

Weeknotes: iOS apps, burly lumberjacks, & bockety arms

It's been a bit of a hectic week. We fled Castle Lanyrd and created a new upgraded base of operations a whole four minutes away, which we're lovingly calling Lanyrd:TNG. Rather than pay some burly lumberjack-shaped peoples to move stuff for us, we decided to "lumberjack up" and do it ourselves.

Posted at 12:09pm on 22nd May 2012 by Jake Archibald


In a desperate effort to return to a Proper and Normal universe, I'm going to try to actually do the Friday weeknotes blog entry on a Friday. It's crazy. But I have to try. As Jake managed to slip all the way into Tuesday (slacker) this means that I only have 3 days to talk about, but I'll try to pad it out with rambling as much as I can.

Posted at 10:08pm on 25th May 2012 by Tom Insam 🎩

Week notes: Roof tops, water coolers and Sass

We settled into our new office a little more this week, started work on some meatier long term projects and enjoyed some surprisingly sunny weather on our office's brand new roof deck.

Posted at 12:20am on 7th June 2012 by Natalie Downe

Weeknotes: Istanbul and Ampersand

In which Natalie and Simon have an adventure in Istanbul, Sophie and Jake take a trip to the seaside, and poor Tom stays at home on his lonesome.

Posted at 2:31pm on 18th June 2012 by Sophie Barrett

Lanyrd no longer requires write access to your Twitter account

We've made an important change to the way Lanyrd interacts with your Twitter account: we no longer require write access in order to use the site. Instead, we'll ask permission to upgrade to write access only when you do something on the site that needs it.

Posted at 11:32am on 20th June 2012 by Jake Archibald and Simon Willison and Natalie Downe and Sophie Barrett and Tom Insam 🎩

How to run an evening event

Have you ever thought you might like to run a series of evening events, but you weren't sure how to go about it? If you've got an urge to build a sense of community in your field of expertise, or if you struggle to contain your passion for knowledge and want people to share and learn with, you're probably a great candidate for becoming an evening event organiser.

Posted at 2:04pm on 21st June 2012 by Ellen de Vries and Natalie Downe

Week notes: Little Printer

On Saturday we headed over to BERG's Little Printer Hack Day to hack around with the future of personal whimsical paper-based communication.

Posted at 2:41pm on 2nd July 2012 by Simon Willison

Welcome, Andrew Godwin

Today we welcome Andrew Godwin, Python hacker and bow-wielding pilot, to the team here at Lanyrd.

Posted at 4:54pm on 2nd July 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Push event information to your iPhone

Last week we updated the Lanyrd iPhone app to support push notifications. Today we're releasing our first push-enabled feature — our new Push to your iPhone button.

Posted at 12:28pm on 5th July 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Week Notes: "We've made lots of changes"

Ahh yes, it's Monday and the little magnetic arrow next to my name means it's my turn to author week notes.

Posted at 2:40pm on 9th July 2012 by Jake Archibald

Lanyrd + foursquare = instant event information when you check in

Lanyrd now integrates with foursquare — connect up our new foursquare app and we'll show you information about events when you check in to the conference venue.

Posted at 4:53pm on 11th July 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Make a note - it's been a week

Two-thirds of the office are on holiday today - apparently there are tents involved, which sound barbaric to me. This means I can put anything I want in these notes and no-one will be able to stop me tell at least Tuesday, by which time it'll be FAR TOO LATE.

Posted at 8:33pm on 13th July 2012 by Tom Insam 🎩

New and improved: Lanyrd’s mobile web app

We've updated our HTML5 mobile web app, adding features, redesigning, and improving performance. Want access to your events without a data connection? Bookmark our mobile web app.

Posted at 4:28pm on 18th July 2012 by Jake Archibald and Lanyrd Team

How we built Lanyrd's foursquare integration

Last week we launched Lanyrd's integration with foursquare. Here's how it works under the hood. (If you aren't fascinated by APIs, HTTP, JSON and web hooks this post probably isn't for you).

Posted at 11:56am on 19th July 2012 by Simon Willison

Week notes: Mobile web, fonts and foursquare

So, it's Friday, and I get my first opportunity to write some week notes. Fortunately for me, everyone's been back in the office and working hard on new, exciting, and non-secret things.

Posted at 2:25pm on 20th July 2012 by Andrew Godwin

Claim your event, embed your schedule and use Lanyrd as the mobile app for your event

We're now inviting event organisers to claim their event listings on Lanyrd. Claiming an event is free and claimed events gain access to useful additional features including event descriptions, advanced schedule editing and the ability to embed schedule and speaker information on another website.

Posted at 3:58pm on 23rd July 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Welcome, Dan Shallcross

Today we're excited to welcome Dan Shallcross, our first full-time designer, to the team here at Lanyrd.

Posted at 5:05pm on 24th July 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Scheduled maintenance planned for the 30th of July

We'll be putting Lanyrd in to read-only mode for a few hours on Monday morning.

Posted at 10:40am on 27th July 2012 by Lanyrd Team

From designer to design team

Dan and I have been having a lot of fun collaborating on some incremental design changes to Lanyrd. We're by no means finished, but of course with a startup nothing ever is!

Posted at 9:28pm on 5th August 2012 by Natalie Downe

Track topics on Lanyrd for smarter event suggestions

Today we're expanding the ways in which you can recieve event suggestions from Lanyrd: you can now track topics around the site, allowing you to subscribe to events that match your exact criteria and are happening in the places you care about.

Posted at 3:01pm on 13th August 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Link your Lanyrd profile to the rest of the web

You can now link your Lanyrd account to your profiles on other sites, making it easier for others to find out more about you and follow up with you after meeting you at an event.

Posted at 11:39am on 17th August 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Going to dConstruct? Help test our latest feature

We're trialling some nifty new functionality at dConstruct in Brighton next week. If you're attending that conference, you can start trying out our new "people you want to meet" feature today.

Posted at 9:58am on 31st August 2012 by Lanyrd Team

It's our second birthday!

How time flies... today is the two-year anniversary of our initial public launch, from a rented apartment in Casablanca on Natalie and Simon's honeymoon.

Posted at 6:05pm on 31st August 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Lanyrd: the early days

To celebrate our second birthday: for the first time in one place, we've put together a collection of tweets, photos and notes that document the unconventional birth of our little startup. When we started Lanyrd as a side-project on honeymoon in Casablanca we had no idea how far it would go! This is the honest story of the stresses and strains of rapidly launching a project into the world.

Posted at 12:15pm on 3rd September 2012 by Natalie Downe and Simon Willison

Project Guinea Pig: dConstruct feature preview

We're trialling some new features for meeting new people and co-ordinating with old friends. If you're at Dconstruct in Brighton today, here's how you can get involved.

Posted at 10:02am on 7th September 2012

Scheduled maintenance planned for Tuesday 6th November

We will be putting Lanyrd into read-only mode for a two hours on the morning of Tuesday 6th November from 10am GMT (2am PST, 5am EST).

Posted at 12:58pm on 30th October 2012 by Lanyrd Team

Lanyrd’s Big Move

Last week we pulled off two major changes to the infrastructure which runs Lanyrd, and both with no downtime - but what exactly did we do, and why?

Posted at 2:43pm on 13th November 2012 by Andrew Godwin

Use Lanyrd and LinkedIn to get more out of professional events and conferences

Sign in to Lanyrd with LinkedIn to get event recommendations (and more) based on your LinkedIn connections and professional profile. Also just launched: a new dashboard, a brand new homepage and a whole host of tools for better managing your Lanyrd profile.

Posted at 1:08pm on 26th November 2012 by Lanyrd Team

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