WAIC is less than four weeks away and we are counting down the days till we all gather at ICC in Ghent. To anticipate some to the excitement, the Conference mobile app will be available for download during the week of April 1st from iTunes, and the Android market place soon thereafter. We’ll let you know for sure when it’s launched!
Take a look at the video clip to help you appreciate the app, its design, features and functions.
Our little team of three has been working closely on the app since January. The team is Juergen Berkessel, founder of Polymash Inc, mobile strategy and app development company, Niel Van Meeuwen of Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company and Robyn Stratton-Berkessel. It has been a privilege to create this app. We feel already very closely connected with all the presenters and facilitators and their content, so we can’t wait to meet you in person.
As an AI practitioner and author, it has been an absolute joy to turn my effort to this work, same goes for Niel and Juergen, who is an AI practitioner by marriage! Not only are we excited to meet the presenters because we’ve got to know you through the app, Juergen and I are so in love with the city of Ghent and can’t wait to visit some of the places of interest we have entered into the app, eat the food, drink the beer and walk around the historic town and immerse ourselves in the culture.
For those attending the conference, the app will serve as your concierge during the conference. You have all the program data required to chose the sessions you want to attend, categorized by color-coded themes. You’re able to search the presenters, customize your personal calendar, make notes during the sessions and email insights, observations, learnings to each other from within the particular sessions. This is such a neat way of organizing your own notes, particularly if you have a iPad! You’ll find your way around International Convention Center (ICC) and the city of Ghent with maps and GPS built-in.
Great news is that even if you are unable to attend the Conference in person, you can stay connected with your colleagues who are attending. You’ll know what’s going on in real time and participate via the #2012WAIC Twitter stream and Facebook Page. In addition, you could ask a buddy to share their notes with you via email. There’s the possibility, that the app could serve as curator of all content, as it’s already structured and themed to make such a possibility a reality. We’ve also made it easy for presenters and facilitators to share their materials via the app live during the conference.
Another valued feature is you do not require persistent wifi connection required to access the conference program, presenters, sponsors, venue, transportation information and animated maps.
We have not forgotten our valued sponsors, whose generous contributions enable us to offer the best we can. You can read more about them and their services in the app.
You’ll experience all this yourself once you download it.
We can’t wait to greet you personally during the Conference, and come by to say “Hi!” at Polymash’s Poster Presentation on Friday afternoon, “Transforming content to be mobile, interactive, engaging and playful”.