Once upon a time when I attended a conference, I felt like a lone attendee. I registered ahead of time. There was no way to know who was attending. It wasn't easy to prepare for the conference to get the most out of it. A huge book of presentations was provided. It was a burden to carry along all day. Scraps of paper held various scribbled notes. Being able to connect with attendees was left to serendipity and swapping business cards.
Speed forward to 2017. Have conference planners come a long way in creating a participatory experience for attendees! Conference planners are now harnessing the power of technology by using apps that are used on mobile devices. The app design not only has details about the conference, but also immediately connects with your social media accounts, your photos, and your email accounts. The apps also have neat, built-in ways to immediately communicate with attendees about any changes in the conference OR information about the conference.
I just reviewed the app for the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. The app has some features that will enhance your conference experience. Maximizing the conference experience does require just a little bit of time and completing a few pre-conference tasks. You'll want to download the app and begin getting ready now instead of waiting until the conference actually begins in order to take advantage of what the app offers.
Here are 5 ways to maximize the conference app to enhance your experience:
This last step will not happen automatically. You will need to manually do this. I have a feeling there will be a little download icon that you click to make your notes and contacts automatically be sent or populated into your address book. Remember, the contacts will be populated into the address book you used for registration.
The Private Practice Section Annual Conference is this week. It's not too late to register. For those of you who have registered, definitely download the app. After you download it, you'll need to input your name and the email account you used for registration. You do need a special confirmation code. That code will be sent to you to your registration email account. The Private Practice Section created a short video to help you better understand the app features.
Enjoy the conference! The FOTO Team will be at booth 213. Stop by and say hi!
Until next time,