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Shiftboard iPhone App Ready for Showtime: App Provides Real-Time Scheduling for Thousands of Volunteers and Staff at Seattle International Film Festival

Launch of Shiftboard iPhone App Takes Hassle Out of Scheduling Nearly 6,000 Shifts for Largest Film Festival in North America (May 12, 2010)

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/12/10 -- Shiftboard, Inc., the leading provider of online and mobile scheduling software, today announced the addition of an iPhone application for on-the-go, real-time scheduling, and the Seattle International Film Festival's successful deployment of the app. With a diverse and mobile volunteer base, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) now offers another simple way to participate, select and confirm positions, receive critical messages and reminders, and track scheduling activities -- all on the go.

As the largest and most attended film festival in the United States, SIFF's event scheduling team depends on hundreds of volunteers with various skill sets to keep the festival running smoothly each year. During the 25-day event, SIFF manages and schedules 1,000 volunteers for positions including ushering, box office assistance, driver transportation, translating services, guest relations, special events, administration, publicity and promotions. To make this process as seamless as possible, SIFF relies on Shiftboard's online and mobile scheduling software and qualification database to fill the 5,700 required positions and more than 15,000 hours of time without ever picking up the phone.

Shiftboard iPhone App Takes Scheduling Mobile
Shiftboard allows organizations to create a flexible scheduling process for managers, workers, contractors and volunteers. Using Shiftboard, organizations can view and manage thousands of schedules and quickly fill a high volume of shifts through real-time, self-service or auto-scheduling based on worker availability. The easy-to-use, highly intuitive software provides scheduling managers, like those at SIFF, the tools they need to schedule hundreds of workers with just a few clicks, significantly decreasing the amount of time spent on an otherwise tedious, manual and error-prone process.

Shiftboard's iPhone app incorporates key features of Shiftboard's scheduling software into a simple and intuitive format. It enables users to view, select and confirm positions, view the location of their work on a linked map, and receive reminders and other critical messages from an event organizer.

Mobile managers using Shiftboard's iPhone app can:

  • View all positions
  • See all positions for any date range
  • Filter status by confirmed or open shifts
  • View shift details including who is working
  • Check the location of any shift with a linked map

Mobile workers using Shiftboard's iPhone app can:

  • Check shift details and pick up open shifts
  • View positions for any date range
  • Filter status to view all open positions
  • Pick up an open shift in real-time
  • Check the location of any position with a linked map

"We have relied on Shiftboard year after year to deliver simple, real-time scheduling for our volunteers and staff. We have increased participation while saving thousands of hours that would have been spent manually juggling schedules," said Deborah Person, SIFF executive director. "Shiftboard's iPhone app provides increased accessibility to our organization, and allows us to keep our volunteers and staff connected to our events and avoid last minute staffing fire drills."

"Shiftboard has become the go-to resource for online and mobile scheduling, and our iPhone app represents a natural evolution of our service and the way scheduling will be managed in the future," said Bryan Lhuillier, chief product and technology officer at Shiftboard. "SIFF is a great example of how not-for-profit and volunteer-powered groups of hundreds or thousands are using Shiftboard to ease the scheduling and people management process. Shiftboard leaves more time for SIFF to focus on what it does best -- bringing people together and promoting the art of filmmaking."

The Shiftboard iPhone app is available for download in the Apple App store free of charge under Shiftboard Online Scheduling. For more information on Shiftboard's online or mobile scheduling software, please visit

About the Seattle International Film Festival
The 36th Seattle International Film Festival runs May 20 through June 13. The complete SIFF program schedule will be available Thursday, May 6, at, and as a special pullout grid in the May 6 edition of the Seattle Times. The SIFF Box Office opens to SIFF Members May 6, and to the general public on May 7. Tickets will be available online at, by phone at 206-324-9996, or at the Pacific Place Box Office (600 Pine Street, second level). Members of the press can find and download more information, including press kits, photos, press releases, and full film descriptions at

Now in its 36th year, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States, showcasing more than 400 films from over 60 countries to an audience of 150,000 attendees annually. Listed by Variety as one of the world's "50 unmissable film festivals," SIFF continues to be recognized as one of the top festivals in North America. SIFF combines the best aspects of a casual film marketplace with our well-established reputation as a great audience festival filmmakers love to attend.

SIFF's mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. In addition to the Festival, SIFF operates SIFF Cinema, its year-round flagship theater at McCaw Hall. In 2011, SIFF will open the SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center's Alki Room, thereby fulfilling its long-standing vision of creating a permanent home where SIFF's successful film, education, and community outreach programs can thrive.

About Shiftboard
Shiftboard, Inc., the leading provider of online and mobile scheduling software, is the solution of choice for companies with flexible work-time or flexible workforce requirements. Founded in 2002, Shiftboard is used by organizations ranging from 25-10,000 people. With Shiftboard, companies can create a flexible scheduling process, fill more shifts, manage fewer questions, and significantly decrease the amount of time spent on scheduling. Shiftboard's self-service solution is accessible via any Web browser or the Shiftboard iPhone app, and allows managers and employees to schedule, view, accept and trade shifts in real time. Shiftboard works with organizations in a variety of industries including call centers, event management, healthcare, and security services. For more information, please visit

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