Today we can excitedly announce that we’re now live with our new platform Colloq. If you’re as excited as we are, please sign up, spread the word, and support our platform by using it actively.
— Cheers, Anselm, Tobias & Holger.
Colloq is a new event platform that connects organizers, speakers and attendees in an enjoyable and engaging way. We want Colloq to be the central resource for comprehensive and rich conference and event content.
Our vision is to gather the vast amount of knowledge produced by events and their participants. Videos, slide decks and social media coverage are a major resource for professional development. We collect these event resources to foster education and help newcomers as well as industry experts stay up to date.
Colloq offers basic accounts and our paid subscriptions offer additional features such as scheduled publishing of speakers and event updates, adding sponsor information, staff members and team management, custom brand colors and more. We also put an emphasised effort on user and data privacy, don’t use any tracking or analytics tools and try to only use third-party services where necessary, such as payments.
Behind Colloq are the three founders Tobias Tom, Holger Bartel and Anselm Hannemann. We run Colloq as a private company and want to build a sustainable platform.
For further information, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why did we build Colloq?
When we all met for the first time it was at a conference. Over the years, we visited quite some events and became friends. While talking about the great experience you can have at a conference, we realised that we want to help attendees and organisers to take it a step further. Our idea of Colloq is to help attendees find great conferences, prepare them best for their actual trip and make the content available for everyone afterwards online.
What makes Colloq differ from other event platforms?
Colloq differs in a few ways from other platforms. While we do offer event listings and want to help people find events and conferences they like, we want to take Colloq much further than that.
Our vision is to collect the vast amount of knowledge produced by events and their participants. Videos, slide decks and social media coverage are a major resource for professional development. We collect these event resources to foster education and help newcomers as well as industry experts stay up to date.
Another difference is to how we approach and want to run Colloq. We want to build a sustainable business and since we also don’t believe in today’s practice of collecting vast amounts of user data, we want to show that this isn’t necessary to run a successful platform. For example, we decided to launch without any user tracking, e.g. analytics software and solely rely on the server logs. Furthermore we only use a minimum of third-party software and built everything else we needed from scratch, to keep as much control over our platform as possible.
Who’s our main audience?
We have defined different target groups for Colloq. The first group are mainly people who are interested in attending conferences and want to continue learning to professionally improve in their field of work. Our other main target group are event and conference organisers.
What are our next goals for the service?
We want to collect the resources produced by events and participants in an automated way and make those easily accessible for people to learn about latest trends and best practices. We have a lot of ideas about where we want to take this and will continue working on features around event coverage. Other than that, we have a fairly long backlog with additional ideas and will decide which features are the most useful to our users and implement those in the future.