The 2013 Presidential Inauguration is just seven days away, and it will be the first to feature an official app. President Barack Obama’s swearing-in will be live-streamed and can be viewed conveniently on your smartphone.
The official 2013 Inauguration app will let iPhone and Android users stay connected throughout the events next Monday, Jan. 21. The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced the official app on Monday, and it will feature a live stream of the 57th Presidential Inauguration as well as several features that will let users interact and stay connected on the historic day.
The 2013 Inauguration app’s main feature is the live stream of Obama’s swearing-in and second inaugural address, but it will also feature maps, schedules, a social media stream and other videos that users can access from their phones. The Inauguration app will feature maps of all the Inauguration activities in Washington, D.C., for those in the capital. The Verge notes the app will give users maps of designated entrances and viewing areas in and around the National Mall, bathroom locations and even where to get something to eat.
Speaking of the app's creation, Steve Kerrigan, head of the PIC, said in a statement, "That's why we've designed our app to make sure folks across this country don't miss a moment of history. Whether you're in Washington, D.C., or any other part of the nation, there are plenty of ways to be involved in the inauguration through this app."
The app also lets users know what events, or areas, require a ticket, providing people in Washington an easy way to navigate and schedule their day. The app will also let users check in to events nationwide and see how many will be attending a particular event.
The app will also contain national maps of Inauguration activities and volunteer opportunities as part of the National Day of Service. The 2013 Inauguration will include a full schedule of activities including the inaugural parade and other ceremonies. The social media stream will provide a Twitter feed that will be updated throughout the Inauguration and the app can sync to a user's Facebook or Twitter.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.