Klingensmith Brings An Event Apart Attendees Closer Together via Twitter

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[prMac.com] New York, New York - Once again, An Event Apart attendees show their incredible creativity and skill. On the second day of An Event Apart Boston 2009, a web app that let attendees indicate where they were sitting by associating a Twitter ID with a spot on a seating chart made its debut. The app, coined A Seat Apart, was created by Allister Klingensmith, a managing partner at New York City's Sugarspun Industries. Klingensmith's app assigned a known static physical value, an attendee's seat, to a known static ethereal value, that attendee's Twitter name, which let attendees collaboratively create a map of themselves.

During An Event Apart Boston 2009 presentations, the audience was sharing back-channel communication - comments, footnotes, secondary links, and quotes - volleying back and forth among the attendees. Collectively, attendees had created a fantastic environment, but it was confined to an anonymous online cloud. A Seat Apart, which was assembled using the Twitter API, JavaScript, Code Igniter, mySQL, and PHP, allowed attendees to build a map of their own physical community and meet the folks they were communicating with.

"I was surprised at how fast A Seat Apart spread and how people were registering those around them," said Allister Klingensmith. "I know Jeffrey Zeldman - co-founder An Event Apart - is fast, but he was on the app in eight minutes."

"A really interesting outgrowth of A Seat Apart is how An Event Apart Boston attendees quickly pitched in, not only registering their locations but even sending Allister design refinements and feature suggestions as the show continued," said Eric Meyer, co-founder of An Event Apart. "It was a case of a community not only mapping itself, but collectively working to make the map better and more powerful in its execution. It's analogous to residents of a town sending street maps to a cartographer while simultaneously pitching in to make the design of the cartographers' maps more clear and more useful."

The creators of An Event Apart, Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer, fundamentally believe that A Seat Apart is the kind of positive outcome that happens when you create a community that recognizes and champions great web design and development.

The entire interview with Klingensmith detailing A Seat Apart is available on the An Event Apart website. A Seat Apart supports the conference series An Event Apart which delivers two days with the greatest minds and hottest talents in web design today. Speakers at An Event Apart cover creating the right content and features for your audience, designing pages that are a pleasure to read and use, and beating browsers and web gadgets into submission. Both An Event Apart and its presenters are gung-ho about web design and development. Each speaker has made genuine contributions to the industry and each is a star.

An Event Apart next takes place in Chicago, October 12-13, and finishes the year in San Francisco, December 7-8, 2009. These two-day events all take place in one room, one track, for a shared and concentrated learning experience multi-track events cannot deliver. To register for the conference, visit the website.

An Event Apart Support
An Event Apart receives support from A List Apart, Happy Cog, GoodBarry and Media Temple.

From the makers of A List Apart, An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you've been waiting for. Founded by web visionaries Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman, and dedicated to the proposition that the creators of great web experiences deserve a great learning experience, An Event Apart brings together twelve of the leading minds in web design for two days of non-stop inspiration and enlightenment. An Event Apart receives support from A List Apart, Happy Cog, GoodBarry and Media Temple.


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