How we did it
The website is built on top of Contentful using React and Node.js. It holds all the information about forthcoming and previous events with details and bios of speakers along with the ability to register for future events.
Since we love Microsoft technologies, we decided to build the mobile apps using Xamarin and host the website on Azure.
The iOS / Android app is a native mobile app version of the site. Yes, the site is mobile responsive and yes we could have built it as a Single Page Application but playing around with Xamarin is fun ;D. Being a native app will allow us to add features and integrations such as image upload and recognition, voice and other fun features that we’ll add to support our future events.
The iWatch/Android Watch app will allow you to check on up coming events and provide reminders and notifications for events.
For the Alexa Skill, the current version allows you to ask it when the next event is and we’ll be adding features such as asking it for speaker line ups and so on.
Amazon have also just launched a new AWS DeepLens that is available in the UK. It’s already on the way to our office so expect to see some fun AI DeepLens based integration into future events!
The Tonic site is available here:
We’ll post details of the Alexa Skill and iOS / Android apps once they are available to download.
And if you want to buy your own AWS DeepLens, click here: