Mike Hyde's Special Projects

Annual Meeting Registration


When I started at the Electric Coop back in 2004, I got to attend my first Annual Meeting. Being the IT Manager, I was responsible for the registration desk. Luckily, there were notes as to how this setup worked. I had to take 4 computers, monitors, keyboatrds, mice, power cables, a network switch, and a laser printer. As a backup, I had to print 2 copies of the member list on green bar paper. Needless, to say, this pretty much filled up the back of a pickkup truck, and took quite a bit to setup/teardown onsite. The next year, we switched to laptops, and that helped out a little, but the entire process seemd entirely too cumbersome.

iOS to the rescue

If you are reading this, you probably know how I feel about tablets, and specifically the iPad. I saw the iPad, and iPhone as a great tool to simplify this process. Yes, along with every other process, but that is a topic for another page.

I decided to create a web based system to process the registrations, using iPhones and iPads. We ordered some bluetooth scanners to facilitate scanning barcoded bills. In anticipation of this, I had our bill print vendor add the account & Sub-account number to our members bills. When the barcode scanners came, they appeared a little cumbersome, so we then found the "iCody" app, which uses the internal camera as a barcode scanner and inputs the scan into a web form. It is perfect!

This is our third year using the program, and we are pretty much at the conclusion it has been tweaked about all we can tweak it. We had planned for 4 operators, butthe registration process was moving too fast, so we have to shut down 2 stations after about 5 minutes. We registered almost 500 members in less than 30 minutes.
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For 2013, we only made a few changes to the system.

Setup was so easy, we only had to bring the following:

Here is a picture of one of the registration desks.

More members bring their bills now than ever before, 72% actually.


Here are some videos of the program in action at our August 8, 2013 meeting.


Here is the registration table at our 2012 meeting. We had 2 tables, with 3 people at each table. One person used the iPhone to scan the barcodes on the bill. Another person had the iPad to look up and register any member that did not bring their bill. The last person handed out the meal and prize tickets.

This allowed us to register 4 members at a time.


Here are some of the screens.

Main Menu






Reports Menu

Utility Menu


Here is the laptop we used as the server, and the wireless access point.