Guide to GDC 2014: Nine essential apps to download now

Guide to GDC 2014: Nine essential apps to download now
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

March 14th 2014 at 3:26PM

Ensure your smart device is fully equipped to keep you organised in San Francisco

We're all using the last working day before GDC 2014 to frantically confirm appointments, print off tickets and schedules and pick up those last minute toiletries, but have you got the right apps to survive the week.

There is a range of downloadable software for smartphones and tablets – both official and unofficial – that can make your week significantly easier, putting everything you need in your pocket or bag.

And don't forget to bookmark www.develop-online.net/gdc for all the latest news, announcements and interviews from the week.

Here's our recommendations:

GDC 2014 Official App

This app enables attendees to quickly access and manage their meeting schedule, browse the expo floorplan, and search listings for speakers, exhibitors and other attendees.

Download it for iOS or Android. HTML5 version available at app.gdconf.com.

Game Connection Meeting App

Created by the organisers of Game Connection America, this allows you to check your meeting schedule, reach out to attendees to arrange new ones and browse through the list of conferences and projects on offer.

Download it for iOS and Android.

LinkedIn

Useful for quickly putting faces to name, LinkedIn's official app gives you all the functionality of the extensive online network. Depending on how well people keep their profile updated, it can also help you check contact details.

Download it for iOS and Android.

CardMunch

LinkedIn's clever photo app lets you turn business cards into contacts. Simply take a picture of a business card using CardMunch and it will automatically be converted into a contact, and linked to your LinkedIn account.

Download it for iOS.

Eventbrite

Most of the parties and networking events have been sending out invites via Eventbrite. Downloading the site's official app brings all those invites into one place, so you can quickly check which venue you're heading to next.

Download it for iOS and Android.

Google Maps

Few offer a better way to get your bearings in a strange city that Google. The Google Maps app lets you check routes, walking times and more between your meetings - plus the comprehensive database lets you search by venue rather than specific address.

Download it for iOS and Android.

Yelp

Accessing the directory's massive database, Yelp Mobile lets you search for near-by businesses and find deals in nearby bars and restaurants to keep your expenses down.

Download it for iOS, Android or Amazon Kindle. You can also visit m.yelp.com.

Foursquare

The location app offers you recommendations on nearby places of interest, as well as decent bars, restaurants and other amenities. Plus checking in helps fellow Foursquare users track you down in the mammoth Moscone Center.

Download it for iOS and Android.

Fellowship of Game Developer Parties

There's a lot of parties happening next week and, as always, the Fellowship of Game Developer Parties has tracked down times, places and - most importantly - who to hassle for an invite.

Download it for iOS and Android. If you're on PC/Mac, click here.