A new application developed and designed by local software firm CQL will make its debut at a local networking event on Nov.11 at the DeVos Place from 6-9 p.m.
According to Adam Clarke, the "chief alchemist" at CQL, the application was developed at the suggestion of Michael Yoder, organizer of the online networking site LinkedUp Grand Rapids.
Yoder was interested in leveraging technology to help facilitate "face-to-face" networking at large events. The application that was developed will be synced with LinkedIn, a popular online professional networking site.
As attendees check into the event and register, information from their LinkedIn profile such as such as their name, picture, industry, employer and number of connections will be displayed on several screens.
For individuals relying on LinkedIn for business connections, Clarke indicates the information will facilitate networking by helping to make introductions easier and creating a sense of a "who's who" in specific industries and companies.
Clarke states that future uses of the application are being explored, but he is very optimistic about its potential, especially for conventions or other large networking events where people might know each other via an online network, but are connecting in-person for the first time.
Clarke says the requirements for this application are simple, requiring only internet access, a laptop, projector and screen to use the software.
Other businesses collaborating on this event include local branding companies Deksia and Kmotion Design.
For more information about LinkedIn Grand Rapids or this event, you can visit their group site on LinkedIn. For details on the application, contact Adam Clarke at CQL.
Source: Adam Clarke, CQL
Writer: John Rumery Innovation and Jobs Editor