Gatherlist: combining Pedestal & OAuth12 Oct 2015
Visiting conferences is nice. You'll find lots of new and old friends and will leave with a whole list of new interesting ideas to follow up on. It is also an opportunity to find out how much browsing websites on a mobile phone sucks. Want to find today's schedule on the conference mobile website? Sorry, the hamburger menu doesn't collapse and blocks the program table. Want to find the venue address? Sorry, the hero image of the host city's landscape is a static overlay on top of the Google maps.
At conferences it is equally complicated to arrange an impromptu meeting or eating arrangement between a larger group of people. It's a hassle to exchange contact details with all of them, because not everybody is on the same platform. The most common place for these types of ad-hoc organizing that I have seen is on Twitter. But it's almost impossible to follow a conversation between a lot of people on Twitter, especially through the mobile website.
Gatherlist is a solution to this problem. Just share the url to a page and everybody can add information to it.
Although the biggest motivation for this project is that I needed an excuse to combine Pedestal with third party oauth logins from GitHub, Twitter, Facebook and Google.