Conference Hound and GatheringPoint Announce Partnership in Hyper-Local Mapping

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Taking the Conference and Trade Show Experience Outside the Convention Venue.

The conference experience for attendees today is about far more than what happens inside the walls of the convention center. GatheringPoint’s local maps now allow attendees to see "happening now" local entertainment and dining choices.

Conference Hound, Inc. the San Francisco-based conference discovery platform, today announced a partnership with GatheringPoint, an SF Bay Area provider of hyper-local mapping technology offering displays of restaurants, clubs, cultural events, recreational opportunities near specific venues.

Conference Hound will use GatheringPoint’s geo-platform technology to populate maps of conference venues and their surrounding areas on its web and mobile platforms. The terms of the agreement will also make Conference Hound the exclusive “conference, trade show and convention layer” for maps distributed by GatheringPoint.

“The conference experience for attendees today is about far more than what happens inside the walls of the convention center” said Bruce Carlisle, CEO of Conference Hound. “Not only do GatheringPoint’s local maps now allow attendees to see “happening tonight” entertainment and dining choices, but we also provide up-to-the minute location of their friends and colleagues.” The maps also provide Conference Hound users with Twitter clouds emanating from various venues in and around current conferences. The Gathering Point maps are currently implemented and live at ConferenceHound.com and may be viewed by clicking the “Map & Local Info” tab on any Conference Hound event listing.

Integrated with Conference Hound, GatheringPoint technology provides a highly visual and social element to the conference-going experience. “Conference Hound has the highest quality curated conference listings and we are pleased to add this layer to our hyper-local mapping data. By providing options for people visiting a city – restaurants, concerts, clubs and more, we help with the all important networking element of conferences and tradeshows.” said Spencer Nasser, CEO & Founder of GatheringPoint.

About Conference Hound

Conference Hound helps people discover, research and connect with the conferences that enable them to grow their careers, enrich their professional lives and to have fun while making the most of the conference-going experience. Based in San Francisco, Conference Hound is a seed stage company founded by Bruce Carlisle, former CEO and co-founder of pioneering digital marketing agency, “SF Interactive” and Jay Hung, formerly of Yahoo! and Scripps Networks, and social startup Mixture, is the company's Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The Hound currently offers more than 45,000 curated and filterable conference listings. In addition, the platform provides editorial coverage of major conferences, speaker bios and schedules and a variety of branded tools for conference organizers, with more added daily. Sniff us out at http://www.conferencehound.com

About GatheringPoint

GPVenture LLC (GatheringPoint) was founded in 2010 to provide location- centric applications for social networking activities. A debut offering “Be a Local!” is part of its product portfolio available on mobile, tablet, Facebook and laptop platforms via HTML5 technologies, bringing local information from many sources into one easy access point. The company has partnerships with media companies and other properties that use its customized platform to enhance web content. GPVenture LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Half Moon Bay, California. Visit http://www.gatheringpoint.com for more information and to see its geo-platform in action.

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