Shdlr provides ical files to sync your An ICAL file is an iCalendar Calendar Data file. iCalendar is used send meeting requests and tasks to other Internet users.
iCal supported by a large number of products, including Google Calendar, Apple Calendar (formerly iCal), GoDaddy Online Group Calendar, IBM Lotus Notes, Yahoo! Calendar, Evolution (software), eM Client and Lightning extension for Mozilla Thunderbird.
In this HowTo we will look at how to add an iCal file of an event of shdlr.com to Thunderbird Lightening calendar.
Ensure that you have the Lightening extension installed in your Thunderbird.
Once you have switched the calendar view the screen will appear similar to
From the menu choose Files > New > Calendar
This will pop up a Create new calendar wizard. Since we want the talks and events from shdlr to update automatically in our calendar we choose “On the network”
The Format of the file is iCalendar (we all knew that right?
As location paste the URL of the ical file – for the demo conference it is http://demo.shdlr.com/ical
When you click Next the name of the conference will automatically appear in the Calendar name. Select your favorite color and set reminders if you want to
That is it! When you navigate to the days on the conference the day screen should appear some what like the screenshot below.
Any changes to the schedule of the conference will be also in the iCal file on the server. Thus it will also be reflected in your Thunderbird Lightening
Tech conferences have come of age with live streams and social media coverage. Gathering talk proposals, arranging venue logistics all can be done with online services. One area which has remained largely neglected and still a nightmare for the conference organizers is the Conference Scheduling.
Working for conferences we have had several iterations of hacked up scheduling systems over the years which worked with limitations but proved to be unfit for mass consumption. The benefits of flexible working are becoming clearer – but that doesn’t mean it comes without significant challenges. Advance Systems Inc : “Many managers are now adapting in order to better overcome these challenges and successfully head up flexible, remote teams. Here’s how you can handle the challenges of managing flexible workforces.” We have had horror stories like all talks being printed on sheets of several colored papers and them arranged on floor. A picture was taken of the acceptable arrangement and a HTML table crafted out of it.
Shdlr was born out of the pains of similar labors – a simple to use single purpose web app. A web app to create and distribute conference and event schedules.