Attending a conference is a great way to enhance your professional career and personal knowledge while meeting new people and expanding your network. Conferences require a lot of preparation, for both hosts and guests. Between a busy day of informational sessions and exploring what could be a new city, it may be a challenge to make time for exercise, and of course, sleep.
We’ve rounded up a list of apps for mobile devices that will help you have the most productive and rewarding conference experience possible.
Travelling can be exhausting, and it can throw your entire biological clock for a loop, especially when moving across time zones. Enter Entrain, a free app designed to monitor your body’s circadian clock directly on your smartphone. Backed by scientific research from the University of Michigan, Entrain uses light and the body’s natural rhythms to make recommendations for how you can help your body adjust to a new time zone. Ultimately, it’ll help you sleep more efficiently while you travel so you can kiss jetlag goodbye.
Conferences are all about learning and developing new skills. During long periods of lectures and sessions, it can become difficult to focus and absorb every parcel of information thrown your way. Born from the creators of Rosetta Stone, Fit Brains has been ranked the number one education app in more than 90 countries.
Fit Brains uses more than 60 games and 500 personalized training programs to challenge different areas of your brain in fun, unexpected ways. Challenge your ability to focus, problem-solving skills, logic, as well as social and emotional skills, and track your progress with in-depth performance reports. With these games and tests, you’ll be more than ready to take on the conference and put everything you’ve learned into action.
Use of a tablet, laptop or smartphone has become more and more popular than the traditional pen and paper when it comes to taking notes at conferences. With SimpleNote you can keep your notes synced across all of your electronic devices on a clean, simple interface. You can also publish and share your notes with coworkers and colleagues, go back in time to see past documents, organize your thoughts with tags and categories and easily search through your notes to avoid misplacing useful information. The best part: It’s free!
While attending a conference, working out is often the last thing on your mind, especially if your conference doesn’t have built-in workout classes. With The Wherever Workout, you can find ways to squeeze in exercise between sessions, at a nearby park or even in your hotel room. The app provides instructions and demonstrations on how to complete each exercise with no equipment required. The workouts are quick, easy and perfect for the busy and traveling professional.
Work-life balance can be difficult to achieve and even more difficult to master. With the hustle and bustle of a highly programmed conference, finding time to relax and focus on wellness can be a challenge. Relax Melodies is a free mindfulness app that provides soothing, calming sounds, mixed and curated to match your needs. Whether you need a moment of serenity in between sessions or a relaxing piano melody to fall asleep, Relax Melodies can help keep your conference experience stress-free and fun.
With these helpful apps in your arsenal, you’ll be more than prepared to take on your conference and absorb knowledge, build new relationships and take what you learned back to the office.
Do you use any apps that would be perfect for a conference environment? Let us know!