Malleable Musings

December 4, 2008

Spot me

Filed under: Conferences — Tags: , — Brendan @ 10:25 am

I mentioned in an earlier post the Gong Global conference that I am at today and tomorrow and how I thought the registration system was good.  Well I was amazed at the Spot Me system that they are using.

It’s a little handset (image right) that holds all of the conference information on it.  Agenda, maps, searchable delegate list across all sorts of fields etc.  It allows text messaging with other delgates, has voting options, handshaking abilities (exchange of contact info), person radar (i.e. it will help you find people, tell you who is standing around you) etc. etc.

Wow!  I’m impressed.  I’ve used it already to find someone and have swapped contact details and made notes, and sent messages to, against a couple of contacts already.  It’ll be interesting to see how it works through the conference. (Updated post conference – OK I managed to use it to send a couple of messages and to arrange to meet up with a couple of people, and we used it interactively to vote in a session, however the geo-location wasn’t great – it was OK for being alerted when someone you were looking for was close by but the radar was practically useless. Personally I think it was very useful but I can see that the same functionality and more could have been run from a 3G mobile phone with some specific web interfaces.)

The opening session was interesting.  The main speaker was the David Lammy, who has a highly impressive background (Lammy was the first black UK student to enrol for Harvard Law School – where he made friends with Obama. He was asked questions about the friendship and what Obama might mean for glogal higher ed in any case).


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