Inauguration? There are apps for that.

January 14, 2013

The committees behind President Obama’s second inauguration are set to release two smartphone apps to help people navigate the event and share their experiences using social media.

The free apps, developed by the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for iPhone and Android, are both slated to be released Monday morning.

The PIC app will allow users nationwide to connect via Facebook and Twitter, and watch a livestream of the swearing-in and procession on Jan. 21.

It also will include a schedule of official inaugural events and help people find ways to join in the festivities. A maps feature will help users find public restrooms and lead ticketed users to entrances.

The JCCIC app, which will be unveiled at 10 a.m. by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the committee chairman, will provide ticket information and help users find the best route from Metro to the Mall.

In addition to the apps’ releases, Monday marks a lottery of about 200 inauguration tickets for D.C. residents. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s representative, plans to raffle off about 200 tickets in a random drawing at noon.

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