Carlson has a custom built events system that we use to run events, and
event registration management.
Given so many of our events are free, we have not moved wholesale to a SaaS
service. Given they want a fee for everything.
- Charging by credit card on a single factor (usually we use time [early, normal,
late registration], or seat type/location)
- Publishes events to events.umn.edu
- Our system allows for restricting the number of seats and seat types.
- Exports name of attendees for use as a check-in list or table name tags
When events get complicated, like running multiple tracks and pre-conference
training and other a-la-carte payment needs we point people to CCE or out
side vendor offerings.
But for the majority of our events 50 - 60 yearly events this system works fine.
We have tied it to publishing promotional events to the http://events.umn.edu
We then make all of our events feeds (Web Site, Kiosks, Intranet) pull from the
source feed from http://www.csom.umn.edu/events/
(see attached diagrams)
It's not perfect, but it gets the job done.
I would be happy demo this if you wish.
If you're interested in the application, we could look at sharing.
Here is a sequence of pages for an upcoming "Carlson - May 2012 First
Tuesday Event" to follow the flow of event publishing
Events UMN Promotional Page - https://events.umn.edu/May-2012-First-
Carlson School Events Listing Page -
Carlson School Event Detail Page -
Registration Page -
Also we have created a prototype, that would allow for all the tracks, sessions,
pre & post conference stuff and charging by any and every option in the
system. And some nice add-on's like a speaker/presenter section to upload
media for sessions, and pre and post surveys for sessions and events.
But this would need to be a shared campus level development effort based on
our prototype. (Would be seriously fun project, could be open sourced for all
universities to use!)
One last item, I know SalesForce.com is coming and I believe they have an
event registration and management module in their suite of apps.