SXSW

A TIcket To Ride to Remember, SXSW Edition

A Ticket To Ride to Remember, SXSW Edition

SXSW mobile event app

SXSW 2017, Austin, Texas

Jay Tollefson, Producer Lead
Justin Penney, Account Manger

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March 9-18


According to Eventbaser Jay, South By Southwest (SXSW) is “the stuff of legends!” Held each year in Austin, Texas, SXSW is the premier gathering of diverse and creative people from around the globe, where the intersection of art and technology collide.  It’s easy to understand why Eventbasers Jay and Justin decided to attend SXSW as their Ticket To Ride (TTR).

The TTR program provides Eventbasers with the unique opportunity to experience our apps in action while also having the chance to visit some great places, get to know their co-workers better, and be inspired by the energy and the creativity of the event itself. For Jay and Justin, SXSW was all this and more.

Eventbase has powered the official mobile app for SXSW for the past seven years and Jay, a producer lead, found it very interesting to see how this year’s app performed at this scale.  “We don’t do events much larger than this so, gathering feedback - be it praise or contrastive - gave loads of insight into what we’re doing well and what we can improve upon.”  He also found it very inspiring to see how SXSW used beacons, geofences, and push notifications to communicate with attendees.

For Justin, an Account Manager, his biggest takeaway from SXSW was that “no matter how many features and innovations we build into our technology, our number one job should be to simplify and enhance the attendee experience.”  He was intrigued to see the app in action and to get firsthand knowledge of how it impacted attendee experience.  He also found Abby, the in app not which was a new feature for SXSW this year, to be a useful addition.  “It was so much easier to ask Abby "Where is The Main?" than to search a list of venues. Abby made SXSW much easier to navigate and I spent less time on my phone and more time experiencing SXSW.”

App insights aside, Jay really enjoyed wandering up and down Rainy Street, meeting other SXSW attendees and listening to amazing music at intimate venues.  The most memorable part of his experience, however, was being able to hang out with the Eventbase team and get to know them better.

The scale and complexity of SXSW fascinated Justin, as did the way the event successfully brought together technology, music and digital industries. As a fan of the band Spoon, seeing them perform live to an audience of about 300 people was unforgettable. And then there were the foodie delights of Austin - Torchy’s Tacos, Death Metal Pizza and at least three BBQ joints - which he won’t forget.

Jay and Justin came back from SXSW inspired by the event’s creative energy and scope. And inspired to catch up on their sleep.

Abby (the in app bot) made SXSW much easier to navigate and I spent less time on my phone and more time experiencing SXSW.
— Justin Penney, Account Manager, Eventbase

Sundance Film Festival

A New Perspective in Park City

A New Perspective in Park City

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Sundance Film Festival 2017, Park City, Utah

January 19-29, 2017

Nik Macintosh, iOS Team Lead
Edwin Pham, API Integration Specialist
Ryan Lett, Senior Web Architect


The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, focusing on independent films, panels and music programming from around the world. It’s also an Eventbase favorite - not just because we deliver the official app for the event, but because it’s a film-lovers dream and one of our most-requested Ticket To Ride (TTR) opportunities.

This year the Eventbase Sundance TTR crew included Nik, an iOS Team Lead, Edwin, an API Integration Specialist, and Ryan, a Senior Web Architect. Our Ticket To Ride program is designed so that every Eventbaser gets the chance to experience our event apps in action at the event they’re designed for, bringing home great memories and indispensible ideas for how to enhance our products. 

All three chose Sundance because they’re film buffs. And, as Nik said, “film festivals are a specific subset of our events, and I hadn't attended one yet.” For Edwin there was also the appeal of seeing first-rate films before they’re widely released, as well as experiencing the Q&As with filmmakers and actors.

Our TTRs are about the full event experience, not just testing our apps in the field, as evidenced by the experience these three had in Park City, Utah.  The documentaries they saw affected their worldview. They were intrigued to learn “about the plight of people staying in Syria and the Muslim ban affecting all of these fantastic filmmakers from the Middle-east.” And after watching Last Men in Aleppo “which followed emergency responders combatting the siege of Aleppo” all three of them needed time to process what they’d seen.

In lighter moments they spotted a moose just chilling right in the middle of downtown Park City and got to see Brigsby Bear in the theatre where it was shot.

As with any good experience, the memories you take home cement the experience. In this case our Eventbasers came back with a broader world perspective and some great insights into our products.

Nik came back with a renewed sense of perspective“We take producing event apps seriously, but it's important to take a step back and look at our successes. Seeing films like Last Men in Aleppo and City of Ghosts, is a reminder of what real earth-shattering problems exist.”

For Edwin and Ryan their takeaways were more technical.

Edwin found that “our integration with Sundance's waitlist system is great to get into the waitlist for a session without having to navigate anywhere else.”

Ryan found it valuable “to see how the choices made during the creation of the app can have significant impact on the ability for the user to find information within the app.”

We think this quote that stuck with Nik after attending a panel on Production Design definitely is a great reminder perspective no matter what you do in life - though it’s particularly apt for our business-  "Don't spend $1000 on a 10¢ problem."

We take producing event apps seriously, but it’s important to take a step back and look at our successes. Seeing films like Last Men in Aleppo and City of Ghosts, is a reminder of what real earth-shattering problems exist.
— Nik Macintosh, iOS Team Lead, Eventbase

CES

Ticket to Ride, the CES Edition

Ticket to Ride, the CES Edition

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CES 2017, Las Vegas

January 9-12

Abby Openshaw, Sales Development Representative
April Andrews, Account Manager
Paolo Montano, API Integrations Specialis
Josh Stagg, Android Developer
Mike Lee, Director of Technical Operations
Mike Jensen, Technical Production Specialist


As the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow CES is big deal in the tech world.    CES is the largest tech trade show in the world with more than 165,000 attendees and 3,800+ exhibiting companies.  This year the Eventbase team was excited to create the official CES app and deploy the largest number of proximity beacons at a show to date.  Las Vegas is definitely the appropriate setting for this larger-than-life event, which was also the Ticket To Ride of choice for six Eventbasers.

Our Ticket to Ride (TTR) program is unique to Eventbase.  Our team members have the opportunity to attend an event that we’ve developed the app for – giving them the opportunity to see our apps, and their work, in action in the environment they’re designed for.  TTR is also a valuable opportunity for our team to bond outside the office, discover new cities and events, and discover real-world takeaways about our apps that help continually power some of the biggest brands in the world. 

“There is something for everyone at this event, whether you are super techy or not - drones, luxury cars, health and fitness, beauty, advanced home appliances, cool gadgets, and much more!” says Abby, an Eventbase Sales Development Representative.

Our Director of Technical Operations, Mike L., was excited to go because “this event is huge!  I wanted to see and try out some of the cutting edge technology and products that are always revealed at this event.”

Josh, one of our Android Developers had “always wanted to go to CES. I love seeing new gadgets before they’re out!”

And the Vegas sunshine was part of the appeal for our Technical Production Specialist Mike J., but he was also “interested in new technology and in seeing the next gen of products and brands I own.”

Eventbase also deployed a large support team separate from our TTR team at CES. This gave TTRer April, one of our Account Managers, “the opportunity to see how hard working and skilled our colleagues are in creating a seamless app and navigation experience for attendees.”

Our TTR team found lots to explore and discover at CES.  Here are just some of the things that caught their eye:

For Paolo, our API Integrations Specialist, it was OLED TVs that are thinner than most smart phones. And he was also taken with the Samsung and LG new washer and dryer combos that can do two loads simultaneously. Parents everywhere will rejoice when those come to market!

Abby “really enjoyed bonding with colleagues from other departments that I don't normally work with on a day to day basis. I also saw a lot of innovative, tech-forward gadgets for consumers that I would love to be able to get my hands on once they launch to the public.”

Both Mike L. and Mike J. were intrigued by the life-sized drone that could fit a person, “it even had a seat and cup holder!”

The sheer size of the event impressed Josh who felt like “a kid in a candy story seeing a bunch of cool tech, from drones to new audio equipment to crazy thin TVs.”

Sleep-loving April also noted “the vast scale of the event! Even in our few days there, we did not have the time to see the whole trade show floor. One of my favourite experiences was the Smart Beds - which will analyze the users sleep - and change heat, firmness based on preferences.”

When it comes to CES what happens in Vegas definitely doesn’t stay in Vegas, instead our team came back brimming with insights and experiences that add a deeper layer of understanding of the real world impact of their work:

Abby’s biggest takeaway was how valuable it is seeing and using our apps firsthand. “You can't replicate the experience and understand the imminent need for our event technology unless you are onsite. Attending CES will help me in my communications with trade show organizations as I can now speak to the event with first hand knowledge and use it to drive potential sales opportunities.”

Mike L. found it awesome to use “our product as an attendee. While walking the floor with some of the TTR team, I ended up away from the group. I was able to use the beacon technology and routing features to find them after they told me where they were. The event and floor space is huge... it was awesome to have the app work as expected in a crunch when needed.”

Mike J. felt “a real sense of pride when telling people and vendors at CES that the company we work for was responsible for making the official app. That conference is a really big deal to a lot of people, and we got nothing but positive feedback from people we talked to about our app. Hearing people say that it actually helped them in getting the information that they needed right away while at the conference validates our efforts here. We aren't making nice to haves, we're making necessities!”

And Josh summed it up succinctly, “Tech is awesome, anything is possible!”

There’s a real sense of pride when telling people and vendors at CES that the company we work for was responsible for making the official app. That conference is a really big deal to a lot of people, and we got nothing but positive feedback from people we talked to about our app. Hearing people say that it actually helped them in getting the information that they needed right away while at the conference validates our efforts here. We aren’t making nice to haves, we’re making necessities!
— Mike Jensen, Technical Production Specialist, Eventbase

New York Film Festival

Calling All Film Buffs

Calling All Film Buffs

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New York Film Festival 2016, New York City

September 20-October 16

Anna Drake, Producer
Taylor Gibson, Account Executive
Abhiraj Bhatia, Quality Assurance Analyst
Adrian Au-Yeung, Software Analyst


Every year tens of thousands of film buffs flock to the famous and prestigious New York Film Festival.  This highly sought after event is known for showcasing the best movies from around the world and screenings are often followed by Q&As with filmmakers and actors.

Four Eventbase film fans took in the 2016 Festival as part of our Ticket to Ride (TTR) program.  Anna, a Producer; Taylor, an Account Executive; Abhiraj, a quality assurance analyst; and Adrian, a software analyst, were excited to participate in this year’s festival in New York.

While at the festival the team caught some interesting films, attended some fascinating Q&As with actors and directors, and enjoyed experiencing film premieres.  Abjiraj’s favourite moment was “the world premier of the movie 20th Century Women. It was amazing having the director talk passionately about the movie!”

The team also had the opportunity to explore the Big Apple, seeking out trendy speakeasies and eating out at some remarkable New York restaurants.

But, these four brought back more than just great memories. They all found being on the user-end of an Eventbase app eye-opening and validating of the work they do.  It also gave them a fresh perspective of the benefit of a well-designed app at a festival.

Taylor also had a great spin on the overall TTR experience:

“TTR is a perk at Eventbase that brings employees who work in other departments closer together.  It is a great way to experience a new city and a live event with like-minded individuals who have different roles in the company. Not only it is a great way to gain perspective on other teams, but it allows you to create shared memories with people who you see everyday, but may not interact with on a regular basis.”

Our Ticket to Ride Program is unique to Eventbase.  Every Eventbaser gets the chance to experience a festival, conference or tradeshow we’ve developed the app for.  Not only is it a great opportunity to see our apps in action, it also gives our team great real-world insight and ideas for how to improve our product.  Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

It is a great way to experience a new city and a live event with like-minded individuals who have different roles in the company. Not only it is a great way to gain perspective on other teams, but it allows you to create shared memories with people who you see everyday, but may not interact with on a regular basis.
— Taylor Gibson, Account Executive, Eventbase

AWS re:Invent

Lessons from AWS Re:Invent

Lessons from AWS re:Invent

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AWS re:Invent, Las Vegas, Nevada

Dmitry Varennikov, Web Backend Team Lead

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November 27-December 1, 2017


If you’re planning on attending AWS re:Invent, a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community, you know you’re going to come home with some thought provoking ideas.

Which is exactly what happened to our Web Backend Team Lead, Dmitry, when he chose AWS re:Invent as his 2016 Ticket to Ride (TTR). Our TTR program sends each of our team members off to experience one of our apps in action at the event they’re created for.

Dmitry picked AWS re:Invent for his TTR because he was intrigued by the opportunity to experience our infrastructure at a large event with keynote announcements, more than 30,000 attendees, training and certification opportunities, more than 400 technical sessions, and more.  

The event, aimed at developers and engineers, system administrators, systems architects, and technical decision makers, lived up to Dmitry’s expectations.  He found that deep links in the AWS re:Invent app helped him orient himself inside the event venues, which included more than 600 sessions across three different venues. He also found our My Schedule feature useful for creating his own schedule and planning his agenda.

As always with our TTR program, half of the experience is actually being at the event, and the other half relates to the great ideas Eventbasers bring back home.  For Dmitry as “our web backend team is entering the micro-services world, I learned architectural patterns used in micro-services and details of how to migrate from monolith architecture to micro-services architecture.”

Our web backend team is entering the micro-services world, I learned architectural patterns used in micro-services and details of how to migrate from monolith architecture to micro-services architecture.
— Dmitry Varennikov, Web Backend Team Lead, Eventbase

Maker Faire New York

Tinkering in NYC

Tinkering in NYC

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Maker Faire New York 2016, New York City

Curtis Strome, Quality Assurance Lead
Kosta Sushkov, Mobile Architect


Tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, authors, artists and more.  That’s who you’ll find at Maker Faire - part science fair, part country fair, part show and tell.  At Maker Faire New York two of those tinkerers were Eventbasers Curtis, Quality Assurance lead and Kosta, a Mobile Architect, who went to the faire as their Ticket to Ride (TTR).

Our TTR program sends each Eventbase team member to an event we’ve developed the app for.  Eventbasers have ventured to Chicago for Chicago Gourmet, San Diego for Comic-Con and Philadelphia for Philly Beer Week, just to name a few.  These events allow our team to experience our apps in the environments they’re designed for and they always come home with new ideas on how to further strengthen what we build.

Curtis chose Maker Fair because he spent a lot of time in high school tinkering on projects so he can relate to hobbyists and inventors.  Plus, he’d never been to New York before.

For Kosta, the appeal was seeing what other hobbyists did in their spare time using technology.  He wanted to discover how other people use Adruino, 3D printers, their Raspberry Pis and other technology.

While there was a lot to check out, a highlight for Curtis was seeing someone who had connected a Raspberry Pi to an old projector to capture and restore stills from old family films.  Kosta came back to the office with tales of Dave Zobel's session about Sheldon and “visiting Google's booths, where various Google engineers presented products they'd worked on in their spare time like a mini computer the size of a Rubik's cube running classic Mac OS with a miniature mouse and keyboard.”  He was also in awe of the giant 3D printer and enjoyed the drone race.

Raspberry Pi and 3D printers aside, Kosta and Curtis also brought their Maker insight back to the office.  For Curtis, Maker Faire was “the first event I’ve attended using an Eventbase app. I found the app was very helpful in exploring all the event had to offer and it helped me find a few really interesting exhibits that I wouldn't have found otherwise.”

And Kosta came home thinking outside the box.  He plans to make his own little robot and is interested in “learning about Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other tinkering tools.”

Perhaps, we may see a little robot office mascot in Eventbase’s future.

Chicago Gourmet

Foodies Unite at Chicago Gourmet!

Foodies Unite at Chicago Gourmet!

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Chicago Gourmet, Chicago

Stuart Choy, Mobile Application Developer
Mae Uy, Production Design Lead
Ron Bellido, Backend Developer
Sharon Chong, Implementation Lead

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September 22-24, 2017


For one weekend every September Millennium Park in Chicago turns into foodie heaven thanks to Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet.  The weekend is filled with top chefs demoing their techniques and sharing their stories; wine and cocktail seminars; and tastings of gourmet creations from amazing restaurants, wineries, spirit purveyors, and breweries.  If you love food this is the place to be!  This past September four Eventbasers were part of the crowd enjoying all that Chicago Gourmet has to offer as part of our Ticket to Ride program (TTR).

Stuart, Mae, Ron and Sharon all chose Chicago Gourmet as their TTR for similar reasons – they’d never been to Chicago and, as Stuart said, “I very much enjoy amazing food!”

Chicago and delicious food aside, Sharon found that “having worked on this app last year, I was very interested in seeing it in action as we rarely work on events like this.”

This is one of the reasons we run our TTR program, it allows each team member to experience the apps we develop at the event they’re developed for. Using our apps in the environment they’re designed for is an invaluable opportunity that leads to ideas on how to use and improve upon what we build.  The insight these four brought back to our office reflects the experience they gained at Chicago Gourmet.

Stuart recognized that “it definitely helps to have the app available some time before the event, so that as an attendee you have time to look through the schedule and other items available at the event. There's generally no time during an event as there is so much going on. It has made me appreciate the importance of getting an app out on time.”

Sharon came back “thinking about ways we can have people engage more with the app at events like this where people have their hands full of food.”

Mae and Ron came back with an appreciation for visiting new cities and the importance of downloading the app ahead of time to plan your attack at an event.

As for the rest of our team’s time in Chicago, it involved a lot of amazing food including deep dish pizza; a 4-person bike ride that made for a fun "team-building" experience; checking out Chicago's architecture; and even more delicious food.

Now they’re back in Vancouver (and their food coma has passed) they’re working on solving the puzzle of making our apps even more accessible, no matter what event you’re attending and how much food and wine you’re juggling.

“It definitely helps to have the app available some time before the event, so that as an attendee you have time to look through the schedule and other items available at the event. There’s generally no time during an event as there is so much going on. It has made me appreciate the importance of getting an app out on time.”
— Stuart Choy, Mobile Application Developer, Eventbase

Cannes Lions

Yoga and Yachts and YouTube, Oh My!

Yoga and Yachts and YouTube, Oh My!

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Cannes Lions, Cannes

June 17-24, 2017

Becky Smith, Director of Production
Stephanie Donald, Creative Design Lead
Joelle Guerin, Producer EMEA


Imagine your job sending you to Cannes to sip rosé overlooking the Mediterranean, do yoga on a yacht, and get up close and personal with Gwyneth Paltrow? Eventbasers Becky, Stephanie, and Joelle took off to the south of France to attend the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as their Ticket to Ride (TTR), and what a ride it was.  Our unique TTR initiative gives Eventbasers the chance to experience our apps first-hand at the events they’re designed for.

One of our TTR events is The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, the advertising and communications industry’s marquee event, attracting the world’s biggest brands and agencies known for their innovative and cutting edge work.  This was our 2nd year partnering with Cannes Lions and each year our goal is to create an app that not only exceeds expectations, but is also fit for this highly creative and innovative audience.

All three Eventbasers chose Cannes Lions as their TTR in (large) part because of the location, but that wasn’t the only draw.  As Becky said, “the opportunity to be immersed in inspiring creativity from around the globe was really exciting.”

As for the festival itself, in addition to rosé and yacht yoga, highlights for our team included the YouTube, Twitter and Facebook beaches; talking with other attendees about Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly's amazing talk about the future of technology; and hearing Rashida Jones session on "Creativity is the Only Way to Survive.”

Looking back at Cannes Lions through rosé coloured glasses the three of them brought back more than just memories from Cannes:

Becky: “The motivation you pick up from the diverse and inspiring speakers was great. The reminder to persevere, and to put your mind to things were my two big takeaways.”

Stephanie: “Excellence in design and execution.”

Joelle: “Always remember to keep an open mind, in life and in business. And there's always another way to reinvent an old idea, bring it to life and improve.”

Their takeaways resonated with us as we’re all about excellence in design, execution, and constantly innovating!

The motivation you pick up from the diverse and inspiring speakers was great. The reminder to persevere, and to put your mind to things were my two big takeaways.
— Becky Smith, Director of Production, Eventbase

Comic-Con International

May the Force be With You

May the Force Be With You

Mobile event app Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International 2016, San Diego

July 20-23, 2017

Felix Li, Implementation Lead
Tom Trieu, SDR Lead
Scott Buchanan, Technical Product Specialist


Comic-Con International is a celebrated pop culture convention that draws over 130,000 self-professed fans who temporarily escape reality to immerse themselves in all things comics, games, arts, movies and more.  It’s where the Avengers cast may show up and attendees can take in panels featuring cast members from shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Walking Dead.”  

This past summer Eventbasers Felix, Tom and Scott chose Comic-Con in San Diego as their Ticket to Ride. When you’ve been with Eventbase for a year, you get a Ticket to Ride for an event of your choice that we’ve developed the app for, giving you a chance to see our apps and your work in action. When asked why he chose Comic-Con Felix, an Implementation Lead, spoke for them all when he said, “It’s Comic-Con!! Games, film, TV show panels…” Enough said.

Not only did the three of them enjoy crazy Pokémon Go moments and take in great events such as the “Silicon Valley” and “Last Man on Earth” panels, but they also came back with great insight into using Eventbase apps in the exact environment and scope they’re designed for.

Tom, a Sales Development Representative, found that “attending Comic-Con and using our Eventbase app as an attendee gave me a much better understanding of how I would position our solution in terms of complexity, size, and audience.”

For Scott, a Technical Production Specialist, it was his first time using one of our apps in real life and it “gave me insight into the strengths of the app and opportunities to improve it.”

Helping 130,000 people manage their schedules and plans at an event may be a tall order, but our team is up for it!

Attending Comic-Con and using our Eventbase app as an attendee gave me a much better understanding of how I would position our solution in terms of complexity, size, and audience.
— Tom Trieu, SDR Lead, Eventbase

eMerge Americas

Tapping into Miami's Tech Innovation

Tapping Into Miami’s Tech Innovation

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eMerge Americas 2017, Miami

June 12-13, 2017

AJ Brigden, Technical Production Specialists
Rock Hu, Technical Production Specialists


eMerge Americas, Miami’s homegrown tech conference, is building momentum, attracting a global audience, and connecting investors with innovators.  It also attracted Eventbasers AJ and Rock who chose it as their Ticket To Ride (TTR).

AJ and Rock, Technical Production Specialists, chose eMerge not only because it was in Miami, but also because they were intrigued by an innovative and tech-focused event.

Eventbase partnered with eMerge to develop the event’s official app.  AJ and Rock found that being able to use an Eventbase app as a consumer, rather than a developer was a value-add to their TTR experience.  “It was interesting seeing the app in action.  It helped highlight the things that are important to an attendee, which should help with setting up apps, now I’m more aware of what’s important,” said AJ.

Rock’s experience was similar.  “Now that I’ve used our app as a conference attendee, I have a better understanding on how it works for events.”

Though the event wasn’t in a huge venue, they both found the mapping functionality on the eMerge app incredibly useful.  “Trying to find out what stage was doing which talk at what time would have been impossible without the app,” said AJ.

As for the event itself AJ found that, “there were plenty of interesting and exciting exhibitors present.  IBM was there with Watson, which was hooked up to a small toy-like robot that you could communicate with.”

eMerge was Rock’s first tech show outside of Vancouver and he found it inspiring.  “I met with start up entrepreneurs who have great ideas and I also talked to giant corporations like IBM.  I was proud to tell attendees that I am part of the company behind the official mobile app for this event!”

When they weren’t taking in the technology AJ and Rock explored Miami, hitting up South Beach, Lincoln Road Mall, and enjoyed the nightlife.  “I also had the chance to take an Uber into downtown Miami and check out the Cuban district,” said AJ. “It felt very authentic - in one of the bars there was a band playing and people off the street would walk in and start salsa dancing.  I also got to hang out with Rock so that was fun!”

Eventbase’s Ticket To Ride initiative offers our team the opportunity to jet off to events, meet clients and get a first-hand view of our apps in action.

Now that I’ve used our app as a conference attendee, I have a better understanding on how it works for events.
— Rock Hu, Technical Production Specialist, Eventbase

Maker Faire Bay Area

Calling All Makers and Creators

Calling All Makers and Creators

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2016, San Francisco Bay Area

May 19-21, 2017

Won Ng, COO
Kiran Lakhani, UX Designer


Seeing the Coke Zero and Mentos fountain show; watching a metal praying mantis spit fire into the sky; and checking out all the wonderful initiatives encouraging women in STEM. These are just a few of the inventive and creative experiences enjoyed by Eventabasers Won and Kiran who chose the Maker Faire Bay Area as their Ticket To Ride (TTR).

Eventbase has powered the Bay Area Maker Faire app for the past few years and it was great to partner with them to create the 2016 app.  Won, our COO (and a woman in STEM!), and Kiran, a UX Designer, enjoyed this event which is described as “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.”

Won chose Maker Faire as her TTR – and took her daughter with her - as “my daughter is a little creator so we wanted to explore that with her!” While for Kiran, “it's always been an event I wanted to go to. I love the culture of invention and innovation in the Bay Area.  It's very inspiring!”

Won found it an “awesome event for makers for all sorts - artists, inventors, scientists, tinkerers.  If you like creating things this is a great event to explore!”

“It was eye-opening to see the a variety of applications of current technologies,” says Kiran.  “To be immersed in a group of enthusiastic new and veteran makers with all their creative ideas was invigorating.  It also brought to my awareness the specific needs of our app in such an event - where there was no clear spatial navigation.  It was akin to a country fair or flea market.  The need for invisible UI is key at such an event.”

Whether you’re developing our apps or overseeing our operations, as part of our TTR program you get to travel to an event we’ve created the app for - an experience that’s fun, enriching and an important part of our culture.

It’s always been an event I wanted to go to. I love the culture of invention and innovation in the Bay Area. It’s very inspiring!
— Kiran Lakhani, UX Designer, Eventbase

Philly Beer Week

Time To Beer Up

Time To Beer Up

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Philly Beer Week 2017, Philadelphia

June 2-11, 2017

Christina Looker, Production QA Lead
Kristen Macgregor, Production Coordinator
Aliya Hassam, Windows Developer
Shayne Johnson, QA Analyst


Hanging out with your co-workers while enjoying craft beer sounds fun but not all that unusual, especially in Vancouver.  Unless you and a group of your colleagues are headed from Vancouver to Philadelphia to experience Philly Beer Weeklive and in person as part of our Ticket To Ride (TTR) initiative.  Ticket To Ride offers each member of our team the opportunity to attend an event we’ve developed the app for and get a first-hand view of our apps in their natural environments.

In June of 2016, Eventbasers Christina, Kristen, Aliya, and Shayne flew from Vancouver to Philly to take in Philly Beer Week.  Philadelphia is rumored to be America’s best beer-drinking city and this 10-day festival celebrates Philly’s diverse beer community.

Our Eventbase crew was drawn to this TTR by the opportunity to check out Philly and to drink craft beer, while hanging out with coworkers in a new environment.  They explored the city in the hunt for participating pubs, took in a Phillies game, met locals, and had a great time.

As for experiencing the Philly Beer Week app in action, they all took away something valuable:

Christina, a Production QA Lead, found it very insightful to be at an event thinking like a user rather than a developer.  It got her thinking “What would they want the app to do? What would they change? What’s in the app that just isn't used by a typical user?”

Kristen, a Production Coordinator, found that the event “really showcased how our Favoriting feature, comes in handy.  It was a great way for us to not miss a single place we wanted to visit, as this event was really spread out!”

Shayne, a QA Analyst, found it useful “to see what happens when there is engagement between consumers and suppliers.”

Aliya, a Windows Developer and Team Lead, found it “eye-opening to use our app and see how it works as an attendee. We used to it find the beer gardens and keep an eye out for events as we were checking out the city - which was great!”

The four of them are bringing all that insight back to their work, plus their memories of the Phillies game and checking out the city (and the beer!).  We toasted their safe return with local craft beer, which we think is better than the beer in Philly. Just saying.

It was eye-opening to use our app and see how it works as an attendee. We used to it find the beer gardens and keep an eye out for events as we were checking out the city - which was great!
— Aliya Hassam, Windows Developer and Team Lead, Eventbase

Tribeca Film Festival

Eventbasers Take Over The Big Apple

Eventbasers Take Over The Big Apple

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Tribeca Film Festival 2017, New York City

April 19-30, 2017

Tribeca Film Festival 2016
New York City

Ronnie McGregor, Web Developer
Jatinder Sidhu, Software Developer
Jordan Potter, Product Manager
Noa Ben-Mazi, Barista


New York’s Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craigh Hatkoff following the attacks on the World Trade Center.  Their goal was to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.  The Festival is known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors with over 3.5 million attendees.

But, the Tribeca Film Festival isn’t just a popular event for film goers, it’s also popular as part of our Ticket To Ride (TTR) initiative that offers each of our team members the chance to attend an event of their choice that we developed the app for.  Four Eventbasers chose the 2016 Festival as their TTR - Ronnie, an Eventbase Web Developer; Jatinder, one of our Software Developers; Jordan, a Product Manager; and Noa, our in-house Barista (yes, we have an in-house barista).  Together they hit up the Big Apple to take in the Festival, gain insight into the impact our apps have in action, act as Eventbase ambassadors, and do a bit of sightseeing.

They chose the Tribeca Film Festival as their TTR of choice, for reasons ranging from wanting to see New York in the spring to loving the Vancouver Film Festival and being excited by the opportunity to have the chance to check out a film festival in New York.

All four Eventbasers enjoyed seeing John Oliver interview Tom Hanks.  “The interview was amazing and provided so much insight into the film process and the history of Tom Hanks’ successes and failures,” says Jatinder.  Noa added, “In addition to the Festival we visited the MOMA, The Museum of Natural History, One World Trade Center, Central Park, the Comedy Cellar, a bunch of different local pubs and restaurants, and we got to see Book of Mormon on Broadway.”

Coming back to Vancouver and back to their regular work life, all four found their TTR experience translated to a new understanding of the real world impact of what they do each day:

Ronnie: “Being an attendee at an event showed me how useful our apps actually are.  The maps and directions were particularly helpful in an unfamiliar city.  I also found a couple things about the app that could be improved for next year.”

Jatinder: “It was inspiring, we saw NYC, the new World Trade Centre, the 9/11 Memorial and amazing actors and people.  It's hard not to be inspired by their fortitude and successes.  Ultimately it makes me happy to work at a place that cares enough to give us these opportunities!  That alone motivates me daily.”

Jordan: “It was a beneficial experience to attend an event with so many interesting sessions available, and it shined a light on how we can improve on our apps' ability to suggest the right content to attendees based on their personal tastes.”

Noa: “Tom Hanks said something that resonated with me: 'You learn more from your failures that from your successes. True thing.' "

Being an attendee at an event showed me how useful our apps actually are. The maps and directions were particularly helpful in a strange city. It gave me some great ideas for next year.
— Ronnie McGregor, Web Developer, Eventbase