EventDay hasn’t launched yet. In fact, it won’t be introduced the world until early next year.
But Gangplank anchor Scott Cate doesn’t much care. Called upon nearly two months by Microsoft to write a web-based registration app for their UndergroundPDC party in L.A. on November 9, Cate immediately went to work, using code from his eventual EventDay product to construct what was really a beta version. Deadlines were met and then just over a week ago, Microsoft called again. They wanted Cate to handle the entire registration process, including staffing and running the registration tables at the event, to be held at Club Nokia in L.A. Live.
Cate knew his app was ready. He had the equipment. He now needed about 12 people to staff an event six hours away and he couldn’t hire just anyone. He need people on short notice with enough tech skills to quickly process people, presentable enough to impress the top brass and sociable enough to do additional tasks the event might require.
Katie Charland overheard Cate talking about this and told me. Having more spare time than I’m used to, I offered to go and figured I could round up some helpers in L.A. Three texts to my music producer friend Kyle Townsend later, we had seven people, including me, ready to go. Cate found a few more helpers and we took off to L.A. on Monday morning to prep the equipment, scout the location and plan out the Tuesday night event.
Prep went well, all the workers showed up on time and Microsoft was extremely happy. How many other places would have helped EventDay pull something like this off on such short notice? Not many.
Good work, Gangplank.