World Pork Expo - There's an App for That!

It’s that time of year to start gearing up for the 2013 World Pork Expo (WPX) held June 5-7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. WPX is an industry innovating event that attracts around 20,000 pork producers and allied industry professionals.

This year marks the 25th anniversary for the show. WPX has been a place to discover advancements in technology, swine health, environment, and producer effectiveness from specialists and companies in the industry. It also allows swine exhibitors to compete in different events such as, showmanship, judging contests, and of course showing and selling their pigs. 

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This year, exhibitors, sponsors and spectators can stay up-to-date with the 2013 World Pork Expo application featured on many smartphones. Craig Boelling, director of industry resource development for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is part of the team that developed the app. The app is sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council and the National Hog Farmer. With this app, convenience is key. It's versatile, allowing people to access a realm of different sectors related to the Expo. Categories within the app interface include: exhibitors, maps, events, speakers, seminars, twitter, local places, my downloads, weather and swine shows.

App Benefits for Exhibitors

Application Dashboard
The application meets needs and demands of busy people wanting to organize their WPX experience. With smartphones becoming more popular, along with major technological advancements, it is vital to stay connected through these types of interfaces. The app's dashboard allows users to explore the different facets of the program. It features easy-to-follow graphics and is user friendly.

Ever feel lost within the hustle of the Expo? The new 2013 World Pork Expo app can assist by providing a virtual map of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 

Maps: Virtual maps give exhibitors a bird’s eye view of the fairgrounds and also break down the trade show into different booths.
Maps Main Page
Virtual Map

After selecting a venue on the fairgrounds, the app will then direct you to the virtual map.

You can "pinch" or "span" to zoom-in on the specific vendor you are wanting to visit.

Need to know when important deadlines and shows are? The app allows exhibitors to use and set alerts, such as entry deadlines, check-in times and weight cards collection.

Swine Shows and Schedule’s: One feature that is very helpful to swine show exhibitors is the swine shows icon, located on the home dashboard. The swine shows icon will allow exhibitors to set alerts by clicking on the star next to the event. It will then integrate into the exhibitor’s calendar. 

After selecting a show or event to add to your calendar, the alert window will show up.
Alert Option
Schedule of Shows

Local Places
Local Places:  
This option allows 
families to access things they want to do after show and in their downtime. This section lets them explore restaurants, attractions, and other things to do around Des Moines. 

Weather: Preparing for a week at WPX is complete with the weather section of the app. Exhibitors and their families can show up to the fairgrounds prepared for Mother Nature’s plans.

Detailed forecast and information for the Des Moines area is shown within this sector of the app. By selecting the weather option, the National Weather Center's page is displayed in an accomodating design. Users are able to check out daily, hourly and weekly forecasts for World Pork Expo. 


Seminars: Wanting to stay up-to-date and hear from the leading experts in the swine industry? It can be done at WPX. Through the app the seminars and speakers are highlighted though separate interfaces that show which skilled professionals are speaking, as well as when and where.

The seminars section works similar to the swine shows portion of the app, allowing users to select the star and chose seminars to attend.

Speaker Information
List of Speakers


Speakers: Leading professionals can be found within this part of the app. If a certain speaker is selected, another page will then show their title, topic, and time and place of their presentation.

While making final preparations for WPX, the 2013 World Pork Expo app is an essential for your trip to Des Moines. 

NOTE: All screenshots were captured on the iPhone version of the application.