5 Crowd-Sourcing Apps for Events

From hitching a ride to alerting a CPR-trained citizen, these innovative mobile apps help guests get the most out of live gatherings.

By Michele Laufik August 10, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

Photo: Courtesy of Panorama Music Festival

Thanks to a host of resourceful crowd-sourcing apps, eventgoers are now sharing more than just the live experiences with their fellow attendees. From carpooling to even CPR assistance, here's a look at some apps harnessing people power.

Created by developers from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Eventride is a carpool app that works much like a conventional car-sharing service such as Uber. But instead of a for-hire driver, fans and eventgoers hitch rides with fellow attendees. In addition, the app will work with event planners to organize ridesharing among festival and event volunteers. Rod Bruinooge, C.E.O. of Eventride, said that he predicts festival partnerships will become a significant component of the new app’s usage. Plus, he said the company is expecting to announce partnerships with an N.H.L. team as well as an N.B.A. team soon. Eventride already works with the Miami Marlins baseball team and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

MyMusicTaste brings together fans, artists, and promoters to help organize concerts around the world. Through the platform, fans submit concert requests and in turn start a movement to bring their favorite artists to their cities. Users can spread the word to friends and complete daily missions to earn prizes, which will be awarded if the concert happens. MyMusicTaste uses the collected data to forecast demand based on artist and location, and supplies this information to promoters.

With CrowdFlik, concertgoers and partiers can share their smartphone videos to create a more comprehensive view of the action. First users check into an event, then they upload their video clips from that event. The app organizes the shared videos based on location and time, enabling users to create a new video—or “flik”—with the crowd-sourced footage. The goal is to replicate professional event videos, which are usually recorded from multiple angles, using the clips.

PulsePoint Respond
PulsePoint Respond lets everyday citizens provide lifeā€saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Users who have indicated that they are trained in CPR and are willing to assist in case of an emergency are notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. It also directs the user to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible automated external defibrillator. Plus, it offers another level of support to on-site medical personnel during public events.

The companion PulsePoint AED app lets users report the locations of publicly accessible AEDs on a map and add descriptive information as well as photos to help emergency responders, including off-duty professionals such as firefighters, police officers, and nurses, find a nearby AED.

In addition to standard event app features such as personalized schedules, speaker information, interactive maps, and surveys, Bonfyre allows users to share their photos and videos within a private social network (called a “bonfyre”), as opposed to posting to a more public forum like Facebook or Twitter. Within the app, users can create and join albums, as well as enter private conversations. After the event is over, users can revisit the photos on the app indefinitely.

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