AGCSA 2014 CONFERNCE PART 1- AGCSA APP
The Australian Golf Course Superintendents (AGCSA) has released the official conference app for this year’s show. A huge improvement on last year in every aspect. The app has plenty of features to make you want and need to use it before during and after the conference. Conference apps have been gaining popularity in the last 12 months as they provide more than just a schedule but with a full interactive experience.
Once opened the app will download any updates and then present you with as number of menus
The app is easy to use and flows well which is always a big plus. First thing is filling in your profile and choose to publish your profile so people can see that you will be in attendance. I won’t go into every single feature just the ones that stand out:
Speakers- each have a profile and schedule on what they are talking on. You can bookmark their talk and have it appear in your schedule
My Schedule- this is where you can input your program for the week. It can also share this with your friends on the app. The main use is that you can favourite a session on the program section of the app which will show up on this feature. You can also see the sessions you have favoured in the program as seen below with the Growing degree days and hosting the US open sessions.
Exhibitors- it has all the exhibitors but with a difference. This year instead of getting pages of inserts in the bags the AGCSA asked the trade to submit a PDF for the app for the insert. Most companies have done this. Some have a single page while others have detailed booklets with product guides (see Colin Campbell Chemicals here for an example).To access the PDF just click on the company name and download the handout to your choice of destination. If you choose to open in the app all PDF’s will be able to be accessed within the downloads section- very convenient. A map of the trade hall is available as well in the map section.
Contacts & Friends– this is a great new section where you can see who is going to the conference. You are able to connect with them by friend requesting them and then share your schedule with them and swap contact information (add their details to your device) and have notes for the friend (such as a follow up item when you get back).
The app can be synced between your devices as well (just enter an email address on your devices). This is a great feature as when i am at home I’ll use my ipad but when I’m on the road I’ll check it through my phone always being up to date.
The app is available on both ios (apple iphone, ipad) and Android devices. Click on the links below to download. Feel free to connect with me once you have downloaded the app.
In part 2 of my pre conference post I will be talking about QR codes and conference/trade show tips and part 3 will give you a preview of our booth. So stay tuned.