How to Oktoberfest with Doodle – 2016 Edition

Over 200 years of tradition continues this weekend in Munich, and it’s not too late to start planning! Organizing your Oktoberfest plans is a piece of cake with Doodle.  Create a poll, invite all of your favorite Volksfest enthusiasts, and find the best date to meet.  The whole event starts on September 17th with the hosts tapping the first barrel, and runs through October 3rd.  There’s plenty of time to catch the festivities when everyone can attend.  Using Doodle, it’s easy to keep track of who can come and when.   

Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest in Munich

Here are a few other things to keep in mind… 

Hugeness – With millions of visitors every year, and the whole Theresienwiese grounds being as massive as they are, you can lose your mates in a blink.  So pick a spot to meet and stick to it!  There are so many tents, large and small, but the biggest is Winzerer Fähndl, which boasts seating for almost 8,500 people (inside!).  The 13 other large tents are of near-comparable size.  Most of the attendees are coming from Bavaria, but a large percentage are visiting from other EU countries or from overseas.       

Food – Traditionally, only local brews are allowed to be tapped and sold at the festival, but there’s much more than Paulaner (and 5 others) to be enjoyed.  We’re talking about all of the amazing Bavarian cuisine available to accompany the brew.  Aside from Schweinshaxe, a pork knuckle that’s marinated and roasted until the skin gets all crispy and delicious, there’s weisswurst (white sausage), roast chicken, pretzels, spaetzle (like mac and cheese), and much more.  Don’t forget to hit up the money machine beforehand, it’s cash only in the tents!   

Travel and Safety – It’s not really recommended to drive to the Wiese by car, because parking can be a bit of a nightmare.  No worries though, the grounds are easily accessed by public transit.   Once you arrive at the gates be prepared for a security check.  Everyone gets checked before coming in, and due to a recent ban, no big bags or backpacks are allowed beyond the gates.  Safety is taken very seriously; at the busiest times of the festival, there can be up to 450 security officials on duty (and some in plainclothes).  Best to avoid conflict with drunkies and keep an eye on your possessions anyhow!   

Have the best time at Oktoberfest!

– Your friends at Doodle

We proudly present: our new Doodle iMessage App for iOS 10

Scheduling a meeting or activity with a group of people can involve a lot of back-and-forth communication that ends up complicating the planning process. With Doodle’s iMessage app, you just select some possible dates for an event and let the participants vote on which options work best for them. The app also includes templates, which make it easy to create a Doodle poll for specific time periods like this weekend or next week with just one tap. Once the results are in, you can see which time works best for everyone and confirm it.

No accounts are required, and you don’t even have to leave your iMessage conversation to plan and confirm an event! Users of iOS 10 can quickly install and use the app, and users of older versions of iOS can still participate and vote using the usual Doodle link.

Download Doodle for iMessage now 


We look forward to your feedback!
Your Doodle team

“Hi Meekan!” — Doodle welcomes Meekan, the scheduling assistant chatbot

The Doodle Team is thrilled to announce that the Israel-based startup Meekan is now part of the Doodle family! Meekan’s chatbot supports users as a virtual assistant with easy and fast scheduling — a perfect fit to enhance Doodle’s already powerful online scheduling service.


Driven thoroughly by artificial intelligence, Meekan acts as a virtual scheduling assistant and is controlled by a conversational interface. In response to a simple request, the chatbot automatically matches up the schedules of all members of a group chat within seconds and proposes prioritized dates. The Meekan chatbot is adaptive and remembers prior preferences and practices of its users to optimally plan and adjust schedules. Unique to this industry, Meekan is 100% driven by artificial intelligence, with no humans involved “behind the curtains”.

Meekan was established in Israel in 2013 by Lior Yavor, Eyal Yavor and Matty Marianksy and has been supported by Hong Kong-based venture capital investor Horizons Ventures up to now. The Meekan scheduler is already in use as a robot assistant in the instant messaging applications of Slack and HipChat.

As members of the Doodle management team, the founders Lior Yavor, Eyal Yavor and Matty Marianksy will continue to be responsible for the development of Meekan. Lior Yavor, CEO of Meekan: “We very much look forward to working with Doodle, a strong international brand with more than 26 million users a month worldwide. With the chatbot feature and other developments, Doodle will still be the first choice for scheduling in the future, both for personal use and for business purposes.”

For further details, please refer to the press release.



Schedule your workouts with Doodle

Kit_RichAmong other things, Doodle can be used to schedule workouts with other people, and now that we’re in the summer months, many people are starting to pay more attention to their fitness routines.

Because of this, we thought it would be interesting to interview some fitness experts from around the world. Let us start by talking to Pilates Expert Kit Rich from Los Angeles:

What technology do you use during your workouts, and how does it help you?

The only app I use for working out is Strava. I always want to see how far I’ve gone and my pace, stride and sometimes I look at other Strava members runs for inspiration. It helps me because I love the accuracy and the awareness. My method, which you can find online, is all about 3 miles or 30 minutes everyday so Strava helps me figure out how I’m improving within this framework. Here’s a link to understand my method.

When do you like to schedule your workouts?

I always work out in the middle of the day because it’s the only time I usually have a break from clients. Only on weekends can I find time in the morning to workout. 

Canadian Health and Wellness Coach Sophie Gray

Our 2nd interviewee is Sophie Gray from Alberta Canada. You can read more about her and her tipps for getting fit on Way of Gray where she sells online workout programs incorporating full length follow along workout videos. 

WayofGrayKitchen-180Asked about technology she uses during her workouts she answers: ‘I actually simply use my good old iMac Calendar to schedule in my workouts! I find that by scheduling them in, just like I would any other appointment, I am much more likely to stick with them! 

Being self employed, keeping a schedule is incredibly important to me. Each Sunday I schedule my week out, and incorporate the time I’m working out as well!

This way I always make time. I personally workout in the morning, before I get to work! ‘

Thank you Ladies for sharing these insights with us. Scheduling a workout with Doodle is easy, no matter whether you are working out with a fitness coach, or whether you are exercising with a group of friends. More information on current fitness trackers can be found here.

Don’t miss out on the UEFA EURO 2016

Our brand-new Doodle European Championship scheduler brings friends and football together! Doodle quickly creates a poll with the dates and times of your favourite team’s matches. Start now!

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All the fun and excitement without effort! May the best team win.

– Your Doodle Team

Michael Brecht to resign as CEO of Doodle

Media Release

Zurich, 19 April 2016 – Michael Brecht will resign as CEO of Doodle during the summer of 2016. He will continue to be a leader and investor in the digital sector outside of Tamedia.

Michael Brecht took over as CEO of Doodle in February 2014 after the founders sold the scheduling platform in its entirety to the Swiss media group Tamedia and stepped down from the company. Michael Brecht successfully fuelled the international growth of the platform, and today, approximately 26 million people worldwide are using the online scheduling tool. Doodle is currently used in a total of 175 countries and is available in 22 languages, making it an international brand. In 2015, the use of Doodle on mobile devices increased dramatically, and Michael Brecht also assembled a team in Berlin to further accelerate Doodle’s international growth.

Moving forward, Doodle’s focus on product advancement will continue to increase, particularly in relation to mobile devices. Michael Brecht’s successor at Doodle will be announced at the appropriate time.

The management of Tamedia would like to thank Michael Brecht for his successful and dedicated leadership and wishes him all the best for the future.


Further information:

Simon Marquard
Digital Communication Manager, Tamedia


Carnival and Productivity by Doodle

Doodle is not only a good tool to organise business meetings or a dinner with your friends. It can also be very helpful when scheduling your carnival party! Especially Brazilians appreciate Doodle in this time of the year as Carnival is one of the most, if not the most important festivity in Brazil.

DoodleCarnaval_02Carnival has also a lot to do with Productivity! First, Carnival is a huge economic factor for Brazil, be it for Brazilians that travel during the Carnival holidays or for foreigners coming to Brazil, especially to Rio de Janeiro, where the biggest Carnival procession happens, in the so called Sambódromo.

So Doodle is used to organise the many hundreds of official events, the thousands of private parties and also for foreigners to book themselves into the happenings in this great South American country.

Another interesting productivity aspect is the flexibility and the capacity of Brazilians to improvise. It seems that before the big Carnival procession starts, that everything is a big big chaos… but few minutes or even seconds before everything starts, the Carnival groups suddenly organise themselves very quickly and the procession looks perfect, as you can see here in this picture:


Doodle goes Brazil – 


Happy Celebrating – Your Doodle Team