Silk’s CEO Salar al Khafaji was invited to attend the DLD confab this year. It’s a great conference with entrepreneurs, scientists, and politician. Salar likes to organize his conference forays in advance and connect with people he hopes to meet for coffee or a chat. This isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Often, the directories that conferences provider are static and hard to filter. This can make viewing speakers and figuring out who to contact cumbersome.
A Conference Strategy Built With Silk and import.io
For DLD, we used import.o’s magical Magic feature to quickly extract data for all 165 speakers in only a few seconds. Here’s a screenshot:
We downloaded that data into Google Sheets and then cut and pasted the URL into our Silk importer. Silk automatically recognized the fields and even imported and resized the images. So in less than 5 minutes, we had a fully functioning, interactive online directory app. Each row on the table import.io supplies Silk then converts into a web page on import. Silk recognizes that some of the URLs in the import.io download are images and imports them. Even better, Silk detects that almost every page has an image and by default generates a gallery view made up of images from each conference attendees’ page.
Wait, that’s not all! Because the speaker data is no in Silk, you can do lots of amazing things with it in only a few clicks such as build a map of speakers by where they live, break down how many speakers came from each leading city or analyze what the most common titles of the speakers are. Here’s the speakers-by-location breakdown as an interactive column chart.
Or if you mainly want to organize your conference campaign and use a simple list view to get the most data on a page, you can do that on Silk and can even include inline filters to target your research. If you happen to be attending DLD and read this, give this Silk a try. You can even embed any visualization you see – including gallery, map, donut, column, table visualizations- most web platforms. And if you don’t like those visualizations, you can build your own. Any user can take data in an existing Silk and query it for answers. For example, there is only one CTO presenting at DLD 15. Can you name that speaker?
That’s the magic of Silk – the data you see in a visualization or gallery is entirely yours to play with, filter and learn from. Combined with import.io’s Magic function, it’s like peanut butter and chocolate.
Thanks, import.io, for making Silk’s visit to DLD more fruitful!