2012 Republican National Convention and Tampa Bay Host Committee Launch Joint Mobile Application
Mobile Application Will Provide First Release of Convention Schedule and Help Guests Easily Navigate Convention
Tampa, Fla. - The 2012 Republican National Convention and the Tampa Bay Host Committee launched a joint mobile application today that provides delegates, media and other guests the ability to easily navigate the convention and the Tampa Bay region.
The application, or app, provides users the ability to watch live convention coverage and share their experiences via social media networks. Other features include maps, transportation and weather information, local news and Florida fun facts.
In addition, the first release of the convention schedule will be through the convention app:
Monday, August 27 convention schedule to be released August 20
Tuesday, August 28 convention schedule to be released August 21
Wednesday, August 29 convention schedule to be released August 22
Thursday, August 30 convention schedule to be released August 23
Periodic schedule updates will be issued as necessary.
The mobile application, "Tampa 2012," is available on Apple and Android platforms and was developed for the convention and the Tampa Bay Host Committee by AT&T, the Official Wireless Provider of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Users can view the master calendar for the convention in addition to adding their own events. Maps of the Tampa Bay region highlight GOParty Card businesses, which offer discounts beginning August 17 until September 3, 2012, and numerous shuttle routes and taxi services are featured. In addition, the mobile application provides interactive trivia games and a scavenger hunt where users have the chance to win prizes by scanning QR codes at a number of GOParty Card locations. The GOP Store is also available where users can purchase convention-related merchandise.
"The mobile app will greatly enhance the experience of both convention attendees and non-attendees like never before," said convention CEO William Harris. "Information will be at their fingertips. The convention schedules will be, for the first time, available on a mobile device. Convention guests will be more informed and better able to navigate all the activities taking place in Tampa Bay while non-attendees will be able to join a Convention Without Walls and all the social conversations surrounding the convention."
"We are excited to provide an integrated mobile application for this year's 2012 Republican National Convention," said Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones. "Four years ago, at the last convention, iPhones and other smart phones were just making their debut and mobile apps were in their infancy. Now, these devices are everywhere and we have the fantastic opportunity to provide our guests and the public who are interested in the convention with a mobile application that is cutting-edge, easy-to-use and fun. More importantly, it provides users the chance to learn about the Tampa Bay region and all it has to offer."
The mobile app is available for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices, and through a mobile website that will enable Blackberry and other smart phone users to access the convention's mobile app experience. Instructions, links to the mobile app and additional Convention Without Walls materials can be found at http://connect.gopconvention2012.com.