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Sched

Event management for conferences, conventions and school.

4.61/5 (57 reviews)

Sched overview

What is Sched?

Sched is an event management software which enables users to manage entire events in one place using a range of features including event scheduling, speaker management and sponsor management, plus calendar sync, digital signage, attendance management, event website management, and more. Sched also provides users with personal mobile apps and an agenda builder. It serves as an event platform for small teams and keeps everything in sync automatically.

The Sched event website showcases event details and works on increasing event registrations. Digital Signage technology serves to display the event’s schedule on monitors and projectors placed across the event. The friend finder feature highlights friends attending the event, and Twitter Feeds keep the conversation lively and engaging. The attendance management feature lets users reserve their spot and join the list for workshops with limited spaces. Users can save time by enabling speakers to manage their own sessions and upload their presentation resources directly to the app.

Sched also helps users increase sponsorship opportunities by supporting 8 ways to feature their logo across the mobile app, reminders, and website. The Eventbrite ticket sync incorporates attendees into the software, controlling what they can add based on their ticket. Other Sched features include a check-in app, capacity and waitlist management, sessions management, email tools, customizable branding, an API, feedback reports, and more.
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Pricing

Pricing options
One time license
Free
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Free trial
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English
Sched screenshot: Browse the entire event schedule via the mobile appOrganizing a virtual event? Learn how Sched can help.Sched screenshot: Personal agenda tools give attendees the flexibility to plan their own experience & share what they are attendingSched screenshot: Manage session attendance & waitlists on-site and collect data on where people are goingSched screenshot: Users can increase sponsorship opportunities instantly with 8 ways to feature their sponsor logos across website, mobile app & email remindersSched screenshot: Help attendees navigate the venue & city with image-based and Google-powered mapsSched screenshot: Create and publish an intuitive and interactive site for your event.Event Management Made Easy | sched.com

Sched reviews

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Heather Brown

Sched is my best friend!

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-11-15
Review Source: Capterra

Communication is the main problem that Sched solves. It's an at-a-glance snapshot of an entire evening that easily drills down into specifics. It invites interaction, so that's another communication problem solved/helped. I couldn't be more thrilled to have Sched working on my event's behalf. Thank you!

Pros
What DON'T I love about this software? I love that it does whatever I want--I love that it's accessible and can be organized in so many different views, I love that it's embeddable on other sites, that the links to individual events are shareable, that it's COLOR CODED. I guess if I had to boil it down, I love that Sched creates a central place where my entire event can be housed, with all its moving pieces and participants, and that it's equally friendly to internal and external audiences.

Cons
I might be missing this, but it might be fun to be able to upload artwork for individual sessions. I've also had people ask for a maps function, so it might be cool to be able to see all my venues on a map or diagram, with addresses attached. I'm sure I haven't even begun to understand all that Sched is capable of. I just love that it works for me every year and that my users are getting more acquainted with it, so. . . thanks for staying consistent and continuously improving our experience!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Eva Bland

Well worth the investment!

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-10-25
Review Source: Capterra

The sched team was extremely helpful, timely and consistent. If I had a problem someone was always on it within at least an hour. They make it easy to build out this app!

Pros
Sched is our "go-to" conference schedule for our annual conference. As the one who built out and managed the conference agenda, I found Sched very easy to use, update and edit as needed. Our conference attendees also appreciated the layout of the app and fetures it comes with. We decided to go with the "native" option of the app, which was definitely worth the price. The native sched app made it easy for us to customize the app to our branding needs. It also made it easier for our members to find in the app store. I really enjoy the ease of developing this sched app. Thankfully, sched provides you with formatted spreadsheets, to make loading your conference agenda much easier. They saved me a lot of time, (though, Idid have to go in and edit each individual session because we have multiple presenters for a concurrent session.) Sched's CMS for editing descriptions is pretty straightforward. I am also EXTREMELY grateful for the opportunity to upload .pdfs to each session. This came in very helpful this year. Favorite features of Sched: spreadsheets to make uploading and developing easier, the ability for attendees to rate sessions (giving us great follow up data!), ability to attach .pdfs, .jpgs, .docs, to each individual session, ease of assigning speakers to sessions, ability to add in exhibitors/sponsor information. You can't beat this price. If you are looking for a conference app that is easy on both the management end and the user end, I would suggest Sched!

Cons
The only bad thing I would ay about sched, is that it doesn't have as many fancy detures or plugins like other conference apps I have looked at. While there are some things I wish I could have added to our conference app, at the end of the day they weren't missed nor needed. It's also not the most robust app, so if you have multiple presentations in a concurrent session- it's not an ideal product for that.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Lane Slagle

Horrible Customer Service

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-11-20
Review Source: Capterra

It wasn't too difficult to get everything set up, but we needed a human to help us select the right package to purchase. It was way too difficult reaching someone and we were actually told that no one could assist us for at least another week because that department was going to a conference.

Pros
We liked that if needed, you could print out the schedule.

Cons
There is no customer support. The only way to reach someone for assistance is to find a spot on THEIR calendar for them to call you.

Response from Sched


Hi Lane, I'm very sorry we were not available for a call right away when you reached out. As a fully remote company, we take one trip a year to do big-picture planning and foster connection. We will be working together to create a better system for handling inquiries during our future off-site team events.

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Likelihood to recommend: 1/10

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Anonymous

Think of it as the streamlined Everbrite app for both attendees and organizers

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-10-03
Review Source: Capterra

Don't think of this web service/mobile app as a replacement for Everbrite. Think of it as a complimentary app that can quickly turn volunteers into productive teams and for users to avoid the bloatware of Everbrite as an option. Very impressed and thoroughly satisfied with Sched.

Pros
I recently started using Sched when volunteering at an international business conference. In addition to Everbrite, we were trained on using Sched for checking in attendees and managing custom schedules for workshops, seminars, etc. Though it has less features than say Everbrite, Sched feels much faster and streamlined (especially on my older mobile devices). Fast loading and transitions. The minimalistic UX/UI makes learning how to use the app simple for even non-tech-savvy users. I really liked the website integration. It was very smooth to get people to register or sign up for events then have those events make up a custom schedule for attendees in the mobile Sched app. With thousands of attendees and dozens of workshops a day, we never ran into any technical issues. And I like their cute logo as well :)

Cons
I didn't have any issues with using the app but the only hiccup was explaining the name to others who have never heard or used it. I think for non-native English users, the single syllable abbreviated name was confusing.

Response from Sched


Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback.

I'm so happy to hear Sched streamlined your event and love that we could "quickly turn volunteers into productive teams." This is exactly something we strive for every day.

I've passed on your kind words to the whole team -- you made our week!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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James Celoni

Excellent package and service

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-24
Review Source: Capterra

We used to publish our own website with conference info; it had the basic info, but it was hard to keep the pieces consistent. Now we link to the Sched site from our event page and attendees find everything there. Speakers can post their pix and handouts and complete/update their profiles and send e-mail blasts to all who signed up for their workshop. We got good reporting and from it (and Google Analytics) see a high engagement rate (not just page views; over half set up accounts and created a personal schedule). This is all from their lowest service level/tier; higher levels integrate more with registration/payment etc., but we already have an online store and used it for front-end registration.

Pros
One-stop shop for event management: attendees, speakers/handouts, exhibitors, rooms, messaging, feedback, social sharing.... Mobile-friendly site and app for participants to create/manage their schedules, submit feedback, share content, etc.. Smart import/export/update Responsive personal tech support Good pricing plans especially for nonprofits

Cons
We ran into a couple of small limitations (e.g. can't embed image in e-mail blast), but we found workarounds and Sched team is using our feedback to improve their platform.

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Sched pricing

Pricing options
One time license
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Contact Sched for detailed pricing information. Purchase orders available to approved organizations.

Sched features

API
Activity Tracking
Calendar Management

Activity Dashboard (262 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (224 other apps)
Contact Database (146 other apps)
Contact Management (149 other apps)
Custom Fields (162 other apps)
Customer Database (186 other apps)
Customizable Branding (237 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (182 other apps)
Customizable Templates (199 other apps)
Data Import/Export (209 other apps)
Electronic Payments (160 other apps)
Email Integration (214 other apps)
Reminders (199 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (287 other apps)
Social Media Integration (193 other apps)
Surveys & Feedback (167 other apps)
Third Party Integration (260 other apps)

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Additional information for Sched

Key features of Sched

  • API
  • Attendee management
  • Branded mobile app
  • Branded website
  • CSS customization
  • Capacity & waitlist management
  • Capacity reports
  • Check-in management
  • Content management
  • Custom agenda builder
  • Email invites & announcements
  • Email reminders
  • Event directory
  • Eventbrite ticket sync
  • Exhibit/vendor management
  • Feedback reports
  • Friend finder
  • Participant networking profiles
  • Payment processing
  • Presentation upload
  • Reporting/analytics
  • Scheduling
  • Session management
  • Session reports
  • Social media promotion
  • Speaker management
  • Sponsorship management
  • Ticketing
  • Venue & city maps
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Benefits

• The Custom Agenda Builder allows attendees to personalize their schedule according to their needs, and measure their popularity.

• Sched has a simple Content Management System that lets users publish an event site or integrate it into their own website.

• Track and verify attendance on-site and on-the-go for event sessions via the mobile check-in app.

• The Sched Profile makes networking easier by providing participants with their own profile page.

• Lets users discover insights into the most anticipated sessions and highest rated speakers to help them organize bigger and more successful events in the future.