Med Forum

iOS & Android Conference App

The Med Forum Android and iOS apps provide the programme, atendee details, priorities and other useful information for the Anna Lindh Foundation Mediterranean Forum, which took place in Valetta, Malta in October 2016.

The Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation is the region’s largest civil society gathering and most influential event of its kind for intercultural dialogue. The Forum connects a unique regional network of practitioners, policy-makers, media and international donors, united to create together real and lasting change in the face of the region’s most pressing problems.

Connecting Delegates

The conference has a large number of delegates, many of whom expressed an interest in communicating with each other. The programmes were also only available in a printed format or on the website. As the conference is a attended by people from all over the world, internet access could not be guaranteed, so the organisers came up with the idea of developing an app which would work completely offline, but update whenever possible.

Web Integration

The existing ALF website was build by our friends at Consult & Design. As the programme and delegate data was already stored on the website, it made sense to synchronise the app through an API exposed by the website. Consult & Design recommended us to the ALF, and we started work shorly after that.

Development

The apps were developed natively for both iOS and Android. While we worked on the user interface, Twitter integration, caching and networking features, the team at Consult & Design were working on exposing the data to us through an API on the ALF forum website.

We completed integration testing with the API, user testing and acceptance testing, then submitted the builds to the iOS App Store and the Google Play store. The apps passed review first time, without any issues at all, and were available for the start of the conference.

Key Technologies

Swift iOS Twitter SDK Drupal Integration Java Android

The Result

The apps were used by more than 50% of the atendees at the conference, and only recieved 5 star ratings from users. Retention rates were slightly over 90% when the conference was in progress, and we recieved some very positive direct feedback from delegates about the app.