I swanee, I used to be able to remember everything. Phone numbers, addresses, names…but my iphone is so smart-it remembers for me and thus, I can barely tell you what I had for breakfast.
So you’re headed for DC for the meetings and the big Rally-and you want to avoid the nightmare that is akin to having a car in this city. The Metro system is fantastic in DC and outside of a few construction zones, is mostly on time. Download the iTrans DC Metro app for free (my favorite kind!). You will have an interactive map of DC-you can click on any station and see what time the next departures are-perfect for getting to that next meeting or just making to your restaurant on time. You will also receive alerts of delays, smart directions from one location to another, entrances and exits to the system, and more.
Free in iTunes, interactive maps for Washington DC
So in the interest of this being on the East Coast and at the end of the school year, I decided to bring the kids so they can see the sights and perhaps a legislator or two (never hurts a politician to see a kid!). I spent $2.99 on the DC With Kids app and have already enjoyed it at least $5.00 worth-you can use it as well, if you plan to break free of meetings at all. Within the app, you can hunt down Food Trucks (I’m looking for Sixth and Rye myself, @sixthandrye), find out the hours and tips for Memorials and Museums in town (even categorized by age group appropriateness), locate local shopping, etc.
$2.99 in iTunes, all DC attractions with tips and info
And of course you already have the official NAR MidYear app (why, yes, it’s free!). You can save your meeting schedule, be alerted to the next round of meeting starting up, follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and keep abreast of how to get to and fro the different hotels and such.
The Official Meeting and Connection Tool
And by the way-thank you to everyone who’s traveling into town in an effort to improve our industry!