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Sweden's Andreas Ericsson shared a cool weekend project on TechSoup's Digital
Engagement forum that any organization can adopt for their next event. He printed
photos posted on Instagram to document a large gathering in Sweden. Additionally,
he wanted to make TechSoup Sweden's booth stand out from the crowd — and it
Instagram is a photo-sharing app (for Android phones and the
iPhone) that has a built-in social network. Like Twitter, you can add
searchable hashtags (like #event2012), and then view all photos with that
It is a useful social media tool for events and
conferences, but being able to actually print these photos takes Instagram's
usefulness one step further. While there is an automated Instagram printer for sale in
the United States, it is pricey and not available globally.
Andreas decided to build his own using a basic photo printer
(he used the Canon Selphy CP800, which retails between $75 and 90) and a script
that can download photos from your phone to a computer.
He used a program
called If This, Then That to create a script that downloaded all of the Instagram
photos with his event's hashtag to a specific Dropbox
Here is a link to his script that anyone can
use for their own Instagram printer project (you'll have to sign up for an
account with IFTTT.com). He also set up a script that triggered the print function
from his phone to his laptop.
Andreas used this workflow
from Digital Inspiration to get his printer fully automated.
Check out Andreas's thread in TechSoup's
Digital Engagement Forum to share feedback and tips or to ask questions about
setting up your own Instagram printer.
TechSoup Sverige, the
IT donation program of the National Forum for Voluntary Social Work, donates technology
and provides knowledge and support to nonprofits. The Swedish donation program
was launched in May 2010.
Ginny Mies is a Content Curator at TechSoup Global.