The ESC and Conference Compass continue to pursue their shared vision of high-quality conference apps
Moving towards a 10-year relationship: The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has chosen to continue their partnership with Conference Compass for another 3 years. With more than 30,000 attendees, the annual ESC Congress is the world’s premier cardiovascular conference. The society was one of the first to team up with the Delft-based App Pioneer. Together, they pursue the vision of high-quality mobile apps that truly enhance the event experience and give conference knowledge a year-round purpose.
Ever since 2011, attendees of ESC congresses have been able to quickly find sessions and access valuable knowledge at their fingertips. The apps also enabled them to engage with the conference content before, during and after the event. Conference Compass made the online library of ESC congress resources ”ESC Congress 365” accessible within the apps. This integration allowed attendees to mark sessions, abstracts, topics and speakers during the conference and to revise the material later from the comfort of their home.
Now, the ESC has not only decided to continue their work with Conference Compass, but also to replace their single conference apps with one collective app. The new app contains all events and provides members with a year-round platform. Jelmer van Ast, founder and CEO of Conference Compass, is happy about this development: “It is an amazing testimonial for how our products are being appreciated by leaders of the healthcare community. We are excited to continue our relationship with the ESC and to bring great user experience and innovation to their congresses and all their stakeholders.”
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Apple updates controversial App Store Guidelines about Template Apps
Good news: Our apps are fully set for the future!
In June 2017, Apple updated its App Store Review guidelines. New rules were added, banning all apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service. The changes stirred up a discussion about the scope of those guidelines and definition of templated apps. This week, Apple published an amended version of the guidelines in an attempt to clarify their intentions. We welcome these clarifications as they are in line with our initial interpretation and our vision of high-quality apps.
Templated Apps and Submission
Before, the 4.2.6 App Store guideline read:
4.2.6 Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected.
Apple’s revised wording now declares:
4.2.6 Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app’s content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences.
Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or “picker” model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant, or as an event app with separate entries for each client event.
Will there be changes for our clients and apps?
No. The strategy we chose is now confirmed by Apple and has proven to be highly effective. Since the update in June, all our apps have been accepted to the App Store under our individual clients’ accounts. We have assisted clients for years to set up their own App Store accounts and publish their apps to those accounts for them. Our App Store Management service is free of charge for all our existing and new customers.
One App Portal
While some parts have changed, guideline 4.3 is still in place, stating:
4.3 Don’t create multiple Bundle IDs of the same app. If your app has different versions for specific locations, sports teams, universities, etc., consider submitting a single app and provide the variations using in-app purchase. Also avoid piling on to a category that is already saturated; the App Store has enough fart, burp, flashlight, and Kama Sutra apps already. Spamming the store may lead to your removal from the Developer Program
It is not allowed to have multiple versions of the same app in one account. Similar apps must be combined into a container app. In other words: One event app is permitted, but you cannot submit a second, comparable app. The solution is an upgrade to a Society App, which will enable you to publish all your conferences.
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Conference Compass wins innovation funding for worldwide knowledge platform
Conference Compass, a Dutch pioneer in the world of event apps, has a mission to enable medical and scientific professionals worldwide to share and exchange knowledge that is connected to the symposia and congresses they visit. To realise this platform, the young tech company has won an innovation funding of 1M Euro from the RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency).
The investment of RVO in Conference Compass accelerates the continuous development of its technology and supports the growth of their worldwide partner network. The knowledge platform will support the learning goals of millions of medical and scientific professionals by enabling them to access, share and exchange relevant knowledge, no longer limiting them to the time and location of a congress.
Worldwide knowledge platform connected to events
Founded in 2010, Conference Compass serves more than 150 events and hundreds of thousands of users each year, making them a trusted partner of the largest medical and scientific organisations in Europe and North America. As a front-runner in the event app world, Conference Compass sees great opportunities to further improve their value. CEO and co-founder of Conference Compass Jelmer van Ast: “We predict a shift to the more strategic use of event apps, giving them a central role in reaching event goals. Aside from this, we expect professionals to no longer settle for an event experience that is limited to a few event days. They long for an integration with their professional goals throughout the year.”
This vision was recently ratified by Apple through an update of the App Store Review Guidelines that aims to drastically lower the number of inactive apps in the App Store and realise a qualitative leap forward in its offer. Apple encourages organisations to choose a one-app solution that houses all their events and offers continuous value.
Jelmer van Ast appreciates the confidence that RVO puts in his company with their funding: “To know that the opportunities we see in this market are also seen by an organisation such as RVO, supports our vision that our knowledge platform can make an important and transboundary contribution. With this funding, we are given the opportunity to fully develop this platform.”
RVO sees a lot of opportunities: “Conference Compass has a proven status and expertise in the world of scientific and medical events and shares their passion for knowledge exchange. It is this combination that ensures an adequate translation of the needs of their clients and the professionals they represent into a dynamic platform. This results in an innovation that will offer value in both the short and long-term.”
App Store chooses quality over quantity
Impact on Event Apps
At their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2017, Apple announced the biggest overhaul of their App Store in its 9-year-history. In a move to clean up the App Store before its new launch, Apple announced updates to their App Store Review Guidelines, acting more strictly on their quality guidelines for apps. This move to quality over quantity is welcomed by Conference Compass and gives opportunity to further improve our service of providing high quality customised apps to our clients.
Customisation is the future
The update to the App Store Review Guidelines (find out more here), translates in stricter requirements for new apps and demands the apps to have a certain custom quality. With the update Apple wants to enforce a decline of clone, spam and junk apps and an increase of quality apps, with a structure and usability catered to the personal needs of the users. This firstly means that companies and organisations that want their own app, need to create their own Apple App Store account. We are happy to assist our clients in this, as it provides an extra branding opportunity that helps promoting their apps and getting more attendees to download them.
One app portal
Secondly, in a move to prevent from cluttered accounts with inactive apps, Apple demands account holders to abstain from publishing multiple similar apps. Should multiple similar apps be necessary, for example for multiple events, Apple requires to house these into a so-called container app with their organisations name, branding and custom structure.
By doing so, Apple aims to offer users easier discovery of apps and a better usability of the App Store. Just like the overall media trend, Apple wants its App Store to offer its users only content that is relevant for them, preferably through one portal. This is a development that Conference Compass applauds, as it confirms our vision that event apps should provide a more lasting experience than just during the days of the event, and that the experience during multiple events can best be unified in a single mobile app. To this extend, we have pioneered with the Society App and are leading in this domain. The Society App functions as a mobile platform for an organisations communication channels and events, creates an engaged community and unifies various conferences and workshops as well as other activities.
Assisting the change
As an experienced app developer who works closely with Apple, Conference Compass’ services are aligned with Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines. We regularly update and inform our clients on these and other relevant policies as they become available. For years our App Store Management service has assisted our clients in setting up their own app store accounts and publishing their apps into those accounts. We will assist our clients in alterations to their App Store Accounts, guaranteeing them to comply with Apple’s updated Review Guidelines.
Conference Compass launches dedicated mobile app for associations
As a specialised app developer for medical and scientific events, Conference Compass has created a customisable app solution that addresses the specific challenges and needs of national and international associations. With the Society App, associations can now move from a single event app and beyond a multi-event app by connecting events, journals & year-round activities on one mobile platform.
One-stop mobile portal
Mobile is leading and the need to build and activate a mobile community is evident. The new Society App lets associations build, reach and activate their mobile community before, during and beyond their events. The app enables associations to reach out to their mobile members 365 days a year and functions as a central communication channel for all activities by showcasing the most important society assets, such as journals and courses.
As knowledge sharing is of key importance to medical and scientific societies, the Society App is designed to both save and share content, hosting thousands of abstracts even after an event ends. The content is searchable and societies can continuously add content, such as full papers or presentations as well. This makes the Society App a digital library for their members.
One of the specific challenges of medical societies is the 2018 change in ethical guidelines for event sponsorship. This asks for alternative opportunities to retain sponsor revenue by offering them the interaction they deserve. The Society App offers multiple options that facilitate the scientific dialogue that industry sponsors are looking for in a manner that is no longer limited by time and space.
Making bright people brighter
CEO and founder of Conference Compass Jelmer van Ast is aiming to make a difference in the world of association events: “With the new Society App we aim to further empower associations and their members. By using a dedicated mobile app platform that answers their specific needs, we assist them in sharing their knowledge and improving their skills, regardless of time and place.”
The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) is one of the key clients of Conference Compass and was one of the first to employ the new Society App. Daniël Waigl, Executive Director of CIRSE appreciates the innovative character of the Society App: “We appreciate the long-term cooperation we have with Conference Compass. Especially their ambition and drive to provide us with innovative technology, while keeping things simple and easy to use for our members and congress delegates. The CIRSE Society App is a great asset and fits nicely into our overall communication strategy. ”
The new Society App is available as of now and will also be presented at the Associations World Congress in Vienna 2-5 May 2017. The Society App comes with great service and support and offers multiple customisable options in order to make it work for every society’s specific needs. Together with their clients Conference Compass aims to make bright people brighter.
UEG chooses Conference Compass
as 2017 official app partner
Conference Compass will be the mobile event app supplier for United European Gastroenterology (UEG), servicing their 25th UEG Week from October 28 – November 1, 2017. This after a successful cooperation for the UEG Week 2016 app and a record number of app downloads.
Customised UEG features
The customised UEG Week 2017 app will once again feature the myUEG single sign-on, giving UEG Week participants in-app access to topical and personal chat, their personal certifications and Live streams. A record number of over 7.500 attendees downloaded the app and enjoyed customised features such as intuitive UEG Week pathways and a branded user experience. The app users further appreciated the in-app availability of more than 2000 abstracts and interactive Q&A sessions.
UEG is constantly aiming to further optimise their educational events and Conference Compass is proud to assist them in achieving their goal of advancing science and linking people. The UEG Week 2017 will be the 25th edition of these 5 days of scientific advances, updates and getting together of practitioners, top scientists and everyone invested in digestive health. With almost 60% of the attendees using the app in 2016, Conference Compass aims to grow this number further in 2017. The event app pioneer aims to provide UEG and their members, sponsors and attendees, with even more in-app features and functionalities to further increase engagement and event impact.
UEG is excited to partner with Conference Compass once again and Conference Compass CEO Jelmer van Ast is equally delighted: “It is our mission to help advance science by making it easy to access and share knowledge at conferences. This mission perfectly aligns with that of UEG Week, and we are proud to yet again have the opportunity to help making all these bright people brighter.”
Over 89% of the time spent on mobile media, is through the use of apps and their importance is only increasing. With their own mobile apps event organisations have a direct communication channel that not only helps them to increase their reach but also empowers their delegates. Aiming to increase knowledge sharing and improve event ROI for all. The mobile app solutions of Conference Compass are known for their high quality platforms that enable knowledge sharing before, during and beyond the events of their clients.