Again, many of those reading this will have already received the email, but if you are attending this year’s AAR/SBL shindig you will now have an app to help you through the Days of Awe(some). Big plus: The iOS app is for either iPad or iPhone. (I have not tested it yet. A little busy around here right now.)
At the Annual Meetings 2011 San Francisco, the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion will introduce the use of Mobile Meeting Guide technology in a way that provides their members with a technically reliable, intuitive, and functional solution. Without additional cost, this solution will provide attendees with:
- the entire event program, including both SBL and AAR program unit and special sessions
- exhibitor info, including an interactive Exhibit Hall map
- maps of conference hotels
Attendees will be able to create and customize their own schedule, make notes about sessions, and share information and their schedule with colleagues and friends via built-in social networking. Because the solution features an intuitive offline program that is native to Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices, there is no waiting for schedule downloads or web pages to load and no dealing with slow or non-existent Wi-Fi connections. Schedule changes are downloaded in the background, allowing attendees immediate access to event information. A similar web-based solution will be accessible via one’s computer.
We are excited to announce that the app is available now in the App Store and Android Market—simply search for AM11AAR&SBL. On the SBL and AAR websites, we have posted answers to numerous questions as well as an introductory guide to the app. You will also find a mobile app help desk in the registration area in the Moscone West Convention Center and can send questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download the app to your mobile device from the Android Market and App Store now, use the web version of the app that is available here, or scan the appropriate QR code displayed on signage throughout the meeting. We hope you will find the app useful!
Your Annual Meeting Team