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Perfect conference collaborative tool?


This morning I hit a wall with PBWiki 2.0. and a perfect storm of terrible/outsourced customer service, customization, lack of information, and knowing exactly what I needed. [update: the folks at PBWiki responded very nicely & very quickly to my email once I figured out how to send one directly to them. They deserve kudos for being so responsive]

At a conference next week, we will breaking out session attendees into small groups and having them brainstorm a bit. I want a collaborative tool that will allow multiple synchronous editors, but that will not require me to invite each individual person. A wiki with a single password, or a completely open google doc were my first choices, but none of those appears to exist.

We have some time issues during the session, so collecting email addresses and sending the invites isn’t ideal. We would also like the tool to be available after the session for continued contribution.

Worse case scenario is index cards gathered and data entered after the fact, but it would be great to avoid having to do that.

Does anyone know of a tool that

  • can be guarded by a single password?
  • can have multiple folks editing at the same time
  • does not require email based logins (or being invited in general)

Does my tool exist yet in cyberworld?

[further update: PBWiki original flavor does exactly what I need. But since PBWiki 2.0 doesn’t I’m still actively interested in suggestions!]


4 thoughts on “Perfect conference collaborative tool?

  1. Not sure if this will work for you, but we used CrowdVine at IA Summit and I thought it was excellent.

    I think there’s a free option available for small conferences, they also have other packages if you’re willing to spend money.

    I would think less wiki and more blogging and social networky with this one though.

    I haven’t tested this next one out yet (not wiki like either), but ScribbleLive is a Live Blogging tool that can be set up for events.

    If you have a whole bunch of people live blogging under an event you might get some interesting results.

    Good luck!

  2. Heidi, thanks! I haven’t encountered either of those tools, and will definitely look into them.

    We can’t count on having enough laptops or bloggers in the room to guarantee that every group will do this. I’m also not certain that we want the brainstorm to be transparent to the world at large. But these look like really useful tools to get to know before I get to this point next time!

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  4. We hear your message loud and clear, Rudy. We’re definitely working on making publicly-editable PBwiki 2.0 wikis.

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