We’ve been busily building a conference app to help you plan and manage your conference experience.

Conference delegates should have received an email on Friday afternoon inviting them to download the app.

We strongly encourage all delegates to make use of the app in the lead up to and during the conference.

Why use the app?

We have summarised below no less than 17 reasons why you should use the conference app.

      1. It’s the Organising Committee’s direct line of communication with you throughout the conference. We’ll be posting announcements and updates related to the program and social events. We promise not to inundate you with push notifications! But we will post things you need to know to help you get around the conference. The app is going to be a really important tool for us because this conference is on a university campus, and that means we won’t have a PA system to make announcements (although we do have a bell to help us get delegates moving in the right direction!). Notifications will help us to get information to you.
      2. Once the conference gets underway, the app will always have the most up-to-date version of the program. So if any unforeseen circumstances crop up and the program needs to change, the app will be your single point of truth.
      3. You can build your personal schedule for the conference ahead of time so you don’t miss any of the sessions you want to get to. You can also set a reminder to prompt you to head to the right location, and you can export your schedule into your default calendar on your device.
      4. While we’re talking about the program, we should mention that all the papers and posters are available for viewing in the app. So if you’re in a session and you want to know more about the topic, you can quickly and easily access the paper.
      5. My pet hate at conferences is having to trawl the web for presenters’ Twitter handles when I want to tweet about a session. We’ve saved you that hassle – we invited all authors to provide us with their Twitter handle, and we’ve populated the author profiles with all the handles we have. No more hunting down Twitter handles for speakers!
      6. And you won’t need to go hunting for their bios, either. Each author’s page includes a bio so you can find out a bit more about the authors. You can also see a list of all the sessions a author is involved in from their speaker page.
      7. To help you find sessions, every session’s page includes a geotag icon that you can tap to see the room location on a campus map.
      8. We’ve created a Toowoomba map that plots all the key locations for the conference: campus; the dine around restaurants; the three conference hotels; and Picnic Point (the venue for the conference dinner).
      9. And to make getting around Toowoomba easier, we’ve included travel information, including the courtesy bus timetable, in the app.
      10. We’ve included information about our favourite places to eat and drink in the app to help you find good eats and great coffee.
      11. All the info you need about the all important social events can also be found in the app.
      12. The app allows you to rate sessions and we’ll be encouraging delegates to do that, to help us get a sense for how the different session types worked and what sessions people enjoyed the most.
      13. The social feed on the app offers Twitter integration. That means you can post to the social feed in the app and to Twitter simultaneously, with the hashtag pre-populated to make it super easy for you. This is great news, because it means those delegates who don’t use Twitter can engage with your content in the app, and without any extra effort, you can contribute to the Twitter feed and help those people playing along at home see what’s happening at the conference.
      14. The app pulls hashtagged content into a social wall, that you can access from within the app, which means anything hastagged with #ascilite17 on Instagram and Twitter will be visible to you in the app. We’ll also be displaying the social wall around the venue.
      15. Customise your delegate profile to provide other delegates with key information about you. We’ve made your profile public or private, depending on whether you told us you were happy to have your details included in the app at time of registration. You can change the privacy settings at any time. Add a photo to your profile to help other delegates put a face to your name.
      16. There’s also direct messaging in the app, so you can message other delegates, for example, to arrange a meet up.
      17. And last but definitely not least, we have planned an engaging gamification experience that will be run through the app. You’ll have the opportunity to win great prizes across the conference.

    The Organising Committee are well versed in how to use the app, so if you have any questions during the conference, please find one of us, or visit the registration desk.

    If you’re a delegate and you didn’t receive your invite to download the app, please shoot us an email at ascilite2017@usq.edu.au and we’ll re-send it.