Our first Web Ascent Event went very well. We had a great time, and we appreciate all the folks that came out, as well as the sponsors that made the event possible. Eleven companies came to present and demo, and some took the opportunity make some big announcements about their products. Joyce Park was our keynote speaker. She shared her experience from living in the midwest and moving out to the Valley, and noted the growth we’ve all witnessed here in Chicago.
ChaCha announced that it will be incorporating a mobile search component for its service, which allows you to also call in to speak with a representative in order to find what you’re looking for. Think of it as the web 2.0 version of 411. In addition, Userplane now offers a revenue-sharing platform called Userplane Money, enabling developers to integrate Userplane via the Facebook Platform. The service is free, and is monetized by displaying ads on the widget application.
timeXchange announced its launched its service has emerged from public beta, and the site is completely live for users. Its service provides free online time tracking for businesses small and large, and has gained over 6,000 beta users in the last six months. The team also announced some upcoming industry versions with more options for staffing and temp firms. Actionize made the trek all the way from Switzerland to present his team collaboration service, and Spongecell Promote was also there to present its event-planning tools for promotional and tracking purposes. iqzone gave out flash drives to guests and had a Playstation 3 giveaway as well.
MediaRiver won the prize pack for the evening’s event, which includes an ad spot here on Mashable and a full conference pass to ad:tech Chicago. ImThere has also gearing up to re-launch its service, which involves ways to meet local friends based on interests. List events, post reviews for venues and artists, and post photos and comments to the site on the go, with your mobile phone.
In all, Web Ascent Events was a great time. I hope to see some more of you out at the next event, in a new city. We’ll be going to Seattle and Boston next!
Disclosure: Userplane is a Mashable advertiser.
Web Ascent Events is coming up this Wednesday, and we’re extremely excited about the companies and guests that are coming out to join us!
You can read below to see a list of the companies that will be presenting, and be sure to check out our gracious sponsors, who have made this event possible. —->
We do still have a few spots open, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!
Here is where you can get your tickets: http://webascentevents.eventbrite.com/
Thanks to everyone for their support, and I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday.
~Special thanks to Jim and Joe of timeXchange, Scott Robbin, David Dalka and Joey Curalli.