The outcome was a lot of “this would be cool” and “just don’t have the time”. Well, Matt made some time anyway, and he’s soft-released Collok.com to help you manage your OpenWorld schedule.
I say soft-launched because he has a list of features that aren’t done, and he says the code isn’t there yet. I beg to differ on the latter point; I entered my schedule into Collok yesterday and didn’t see any bugs. Collok supports csv import if you’ve built your schedule using the Schedule Builder.
Apparently employees are not eligible to use the Schedule Builder, so I entered my alerts by hand. Collok stores my schedule for the week and can send me reminders for each alert by SMS, Twitter and email. Pretty handy when you’re on the go, hoofing around the massive conference that is OpenWorld.
Collok is tightly focused on your schedule, at least for OpenWorld. Matt has a list of plans to make it more social, but he has a day job. Here’s his list of features to build:
- Sessions organized into tracks
- Presenters can claim their sessions
- People can say they are attending the session
- A twitter like stream for each session
- People can “check in” to a session via twitter DM and then anything they dm collok for the length of the session automatically gets added to the session’s timeline
- An air app that displays all the incoming msgs on the presenters screen during the session
- Brightkite and FireEagle to push/pull current location
- Create your own sessions / event i.e. unconference and after parties (private and public)
- A map of the events and after parties
- A map of the attendees and their current locations
I like the narrow execution, versus a big splat with a bunch of features that aren’t fully baked yet. If Matt can excute his list of enhancements, Collok will be a powerful social tool for conferences by the time next year’s season begins.
So, if you’re attending OpenWorld, test out Collok as your personal conference assistant. Be gentle though, it’s pre-beta now, and Matt has a duties at OpenWorld to handle too. Of course, if you like it, find him at the conference and pat him on the back.
Maybe he’ll tell you what the significance of the name is. I’d like to know.