Baton Rouge entrepreneurs, Charlie Davis and Brian Rodriguez, of Gatorworks Web Design launched a web venture called Event Connect this past week in conjunction with the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) to be hosted in New Orleans. The social networking site helps conference goers arrange offline meetings and get the most out of their conference experience. The launch included an iPhone app that allows attendees to view the conference agenda, view sponsors, and monitor a twitter feed.

Rodriguez said, “I was very excited to see the conference quickly adopt our technology, and we hope to provide value to many future events of all sizes through both and the iPhone app.”

Scheduled for April 8-11 in New Orleans, the SRLC is the most prominent GOP gathering outside of the national convention. Confirmed speakers include Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Tax Gov. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and more. The SRLC will be carried on Fox and CNN, and Sean Hannity will broadcast live. More than 3,500 people are expected to participate. is an online social networking platform for conferences, conventions, tradeshows, and events of all sizes. The website is simple to use and integrates many existing social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.