mobile_appsThose attending the Institute’s 2013 Fall Meeting in Chicago November 5–8 will find it easier to get the most out of the event thanks to a new mobile app for iPads, iPhones, and other smartphones capable of browsing the web. The free app is designed to help attendees plan their schedules, communicate with each other instantly through Twitter, comment on programs—and even find nearby restaurants.

The new mobile app for the Fall Meeting can be installed on iPhones and iPads, as well as on Android and BlackBerry mobile devices. A web-based version of the app also puts it within reach for other web browser–enabled phones. A sponsorship by DLA Piper is helping make this valuable tool available for free to meeting attendees and other ULI members and customers.

The ULI Events app allows you to perform the following functions:

  • organize your schedule with one touch, adding sessions you want to attend;
  • receive up-to-the-minute alerts from ULI’s event organizers;
  • follow and join Twitter conversations via the hashtag #ULIFall13;
  • rate the sessions you attend—and comment on them; and
  • find restaurants and other places of interest in the Chicago area.
  • To download the app, follow these procedures:
  • For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android phones, visit the App Store or Google Play on your device and search for “ULI Events.”
  • For all other phone types, including BlackBerry and other web browser–enabled phones, direct your device’s mobile browser to http://m.core-apps.com/uli_events2013. From there you will be directed to download the proper version of the app for your device.

This app follows similar offerings presented for the 2012 Fall Meeting in Denver and the 2013 Spring Meeting in San Diego. ULI continues to experience dramatic growth in the use of mobile devices by members and web visitors, with more than 76,000 visits from such devices to ULI.org in fiscal year 2013—an increase of 163 percent compared with the prior year.

In addition to enhancing their Fall Meeting experience, ULI’s members and customers can now use their mobile and tablet devices to transact their business with the Institute—joining or renewing their membership, registering for events, and donating to the ULI Foundation’s Annual Fund.

Joseph Klem is vice president of online communications at ULI.