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.
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.
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. Continue Reading ->
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 an opportunity to further improve our service of providing high quality customised apps to our clients.
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.
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The move to mobile technology might seem to be driving people away from conferences, but ultimately it will also ensure they continue to show up for them. That is why it is increasingly important to be aware of the developments and what these can mean for you as a conference organiser or society. Our CEO & Founder Jelmer van Ast zooms in on 5 important developments and what they mean for your future events.
How do you let your event sponsors communicate to your delegates? Does it involve a simple message or do you facilitate a conversation? What do the stricter ethical guidelines mean for the future role of the industry at medical and scientific events and how can a congress app assist associations and their sponsors in evolving from a commercial message to a scientific dialogue? Conference Compass’ Jelmer van Ast and Annabelle de Clippeleir touch upon some key points.
The last years have seen a major growth in the development of event mobile apps and the range of features on offer. As the technology evolves, we are continuously working to provide new features to improve connectivity and convenience. Better social media integration, networking, messaging capabilities and interactive sessions are just a few of the newer functions we have been working on. Event organizers are always interested in adding more possibilities to the app, but it’s important to see which features users actually find most useful.
At Conference Compass, we have gathered analytical data from more than 250 of our event apps and more than 100,000 users. From this data, we can reveal the top 5 most used features in our apps. It is interesting to see that users focus mostly on fundamental features but with some added interactive capabilities