Idea/Highlight Crowdsourcing Platform for a Conference
October 15, 2012 11:05 AM Subscribe
I'd like some advice about creating a live website exercise for the audience at an industry conference. The exercise is about getting the audience to crowdsource highlights from the conference panels/speakers (this has the support of the conference organizers).
The highlights will be a take-away summary for everyone. It will also be used for my research purposes.
All panels will be in the same big room, so there is no worry about multiple sessions happening at the same time. Lots of people in the audience will be tapping away on their laptops/mobile phones anyway. I'd like to collect highlights on a panel by panel basis, and to make it easy, low-effort and straightforward structurally for everyone to participate (so this is why, for instance, I am not choosing a wiki as a platform). Say there are about 200-300 people in the audience (naturally, most of them will choose not to participate).
I'm asking people to keep their highlight submissions short (say, Twitter length-ish). I would like there to be a quick poll question attached to each submission (basically a measure of how much important people think the highlight is, and how certain it is. This poll would be done by both the poster and others)
What would be a good platform for organizing this? I originally thought of Posterous but unfortunately it looks like Twitter will be abandoning that platform pretty soon.
Ideally, people should have the option of emailing in their highlights (with the posts coming up on the website almost instantly), and also of tweeting highlights. So maybe some kind of big group blog?
Free or very cheap sites are preferable
Thanks very much for any suggestions!