I build websites using WordPress. This past weekend, I went to WordCamp NYC, a two-day conference of workshops and face-to-face networking attended by WordPress rockstars, programmers, bloggers, designers, etc. It was held at the Brooklyn Marriott and I want to tell you how my Apple products helped me get the most out of my WordCamp experience so you can use some of my techniques to your benefit too.
I live about 35 miles north of NYC so I drove to the Brooklyn Marriott. During the workweek, that car trip can be 2+ hours; on the weekend, it took less than an hour to drive there. I mount my iPhone in my car using a Keno Airframe holder, plug the phone into a car charger and connect it using bluetooth for hands free control. The Keno Airframe attaches to the car’s air conditioning vent, swivels for portrait or landscape viewing (useful when the phone’s a GPS) and holds the phone great. It’s compact and portable so you can take it with you to another car and it works with other phones too. I got mine on Amazon for about $25. Highly recommended!
At the conference, I used my iPad to take notes during the sessions, check my mail, visit websites suggested by the speakers, review issues I have with my website gigs with experts, and keep up with social media. For note taking, I use Noteshelf; I wrote about that in Issue 2 of iBusiness and you can see it on my blog (blog.meshbiz.com). Writing with a stylus on my iPad with the Noteshelf app is a pleasure and is way better for me than typing. I set up a notebook called ‘WordCamp’; I went to WordCamp Connecticut in May and I added my NYC info in that notebook. So now I have all the newest WordPress topics in one place for easy review and information retrieval. Noteshelf backs up my notebooks to DropBox in pdf format so I always have access to them.
I had my iPhone with me too, of course, and I used both my iPhone and iPad to check mail, share pics on Instagram and Facebook and check out websites referenced by the speakers. There was free Wi-Fi for all conference attendees but, on occasion, I got a connection busy signal so I turned on cellular service on my iPad to access the net. I have an AT&T iPad 4 128MB and a 250MB per month plan for $14.99. It lets me stay connected wherever I am.
Whenever I travel away from my home or office and know I will be using my iDevices a lot , I carry a portable battery pack. I’m a big fan of New Trent; I have a 12000mAh External Battery charger that can charge both my iPad and iPhone simultaneously. I have seen other external batteries with two ports but they can only charge one device at a time. Highly recommended. I also bought some short cables for the charger so everything is compact and easy to use. Check Amazon for all the New Trent products and Amazon’s inexpensive, basic charging cables.
Attending conferences with these tools and techniques ensures that I am location-independent for my business and personal connections.