WHY AN APP?
We’re not in the USA where broadband speed is 2gig a second which, yes, would make a web app first choice.We took on the challenge of creating a native app, seeing that the delegates were mainly international guests, used to real-time action when they click a button. So: pre-loading of the app in their own country onto their ipads saved many a frown on current SA broadband speed should they have had to deal with a web app while attending the conference.
We not only created a detailed programme with speaker information, but included a brief Cape Town tourism guide for all the first time visitors with information on SA culture, local transport, and some sightseeing options as well as a 360 degree panoramic view of Cape Town to take home as a memento. ; )
The experience of creating an app and going through all the channels of Apple’s approval process was definitely worth the months of blood, sweat and tears if you have a client as happy as this one:
“They created the most wonderful user-friendly app for delegates to download and keep up to speed on the SACF Festival. The Australian group of 24 who were on a study tour prior to the Festival had the opportunity on the bus in rural KZN to see what they could expect at the Festival in Cape Town the following week. The app proved to be a great “take home gift” to the international delegates with all the South African snippets, colours, info as well as the detail of the Festival. Thanks for giving our Festival the technological edge!”
– Margie van Zyl Chapman, Chairman, SACF