Software links delegates to 'grassroots'
Delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be able to use communication
and collaboration software developed and hosted by an application service
provider (ASP) to plan convention events.
Next week, all 5,000 delegates will be able to use the software to communicate
with fellow Democrats inside and outside the Staples Center, the arena in
Los Angeles where the convention will take place starting Monday.
The application, developed by Event411.com Inc., Marina del Rey, Calif.,
has been in limited use by several hundred people for the past two weeks.
Passwords have been given to all the delegates and to a wider group of Democrats.
Event411.com customizes its meeting software for every event it works on
and spent about a month preparing the collaboration service for the Democrats.
Four levels of access were set up:
* Two levels allow the development and planning of events at the convention
and provide full communications capabilities to the designated users.
* Another lets convention delegates schedule events on their personal calendars
and send and receive e-mail.
* A fourth that lets "friends and family" communicate with the delegates.
Delegate Doug Stone, an attorney from Kansas City, Mo., and chairman of
the Democratic Party organization in his county, said he has already used
the collaboration technology to generate ideas for party activities. For
example, he created working groups for planning fund-raising and social
events with other county-level party officials whose areas have similar
He added that he sees the collaboration service as a vehicle for helping
local politicians like him "grow the party at the grassroots level."
Event411.com is letting the Democrats use the software for free and made
the same offer to the Republican Party for its convention last week. But
officials at the company said they never heard back from the GOP's organizing
Distributed by IDG News Service.