Speaking tips, conference news, site updates
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch our two minute video to learn how to use austin.lanyrd.com to make the most of your trip to SXSW Interactive.
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!
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.
We've teamed up with Hackpad to enable collaborative note taking for every session at SXSW Interactive.
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.
Slides and audio from SXSW, videos from PyCon, recovering from jetlag and tinkering about under Lanyrd's hood.
Are you ready to run your own unconference? We’re here to walk you through a checklist of things to consider before getting started.
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.
Another Monday, another "I was supposed to have done this on Friday" set of weeknotes!
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.
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.
Jake has been entertaining attendees at Mobilism whilst the rest of us have been having a week of working on little bits and pieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday we headed over to BERG's Little Printer Hack Day to hack around with the future of personal whimsical paper-based communication.
Today we welcome Andrew Godwin, Python hacker and bow-wielding pilot, to the team here at Lanyrd.
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.
Ahh yes, it's Monday and the little magnetic arrow next to my name means it's my turn to author week notes.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Today we're excited to welcome Dan Shallcross, our first full-time designer, to the team here at Lanyrd.
We'll be putting Lanyrd in to read-only mode for a few hours on Monday morning.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.