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Conference Companion app suite poised to transform event experiences

By Michael Rose
Feb 21st 2011 at 8:30AM
Unfortunately, getting a ubiquitous, easy-to-use and relatively inexpensive solution for this challenge has proved elusive.

Enter the big brains at Parliant, a longtime Mac developer based in Ottawa, Canada. For the past three years, CEO Kevin Ford and his team have been quietly testing, tuning and deploying one-off implementations of just such a 'paperless conference' solution for big-name customers like..."
"If you're attending a professional conference or symposium, you can expect to do a lot of walking around, meeting and greeting, professional networking and intensive learning. Unfortunately, you can also expect to be saddled with a lot of paper: venue maps, agendas, speaker bios, training manuals and product information. For years, the events industry has been working towards the goal of 'green meetings' that manage with little or no printed collateral for participants to schlep around.

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Trade Show Executive Magazine’s 2010 Innovations Award

June 201 Page 32
Our client, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, won this Trade Show Executive’s 2010 Innovations Award for its paperless meeting." We were delighted. After all, we build our reputation by helping you build yours. more
"The Innovation Awards recognize companies and organizations that have created products, procedures and other new ideas that have yielded new value for show managers, exhibitors, attendees and the exhibition industry as a whole."

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Technology Helps Conference Go Paper-Free

By Angela Kryhul,
May/June 2009
For three days in February, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) tapped into the power of the Apple iPod Touch to turn its annual Prime Time convention into a paperless conference. The digital delegate bag eliminated the need to print 111,000 sheets of paper and to produce and distribute hundreds of video DVDs.

All 560 delegates were handed a brand new Touch preloaded with a custom-designed application featuring..."
"The CFTPA tapped into the power of the Apple iPod Touch to turn its annual convention into a paperless conference.

Anyone who’s ever dragged a delegate bag full of conference brochures and reports back to their hotel room knows just how much of that material never makes it home. The one thing delegates won’t add to their suitcase is a mountain of paper.

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First medical meeting in North America to deliver its content via the iPod touch.

By Sue Pelletier
May 19, 2010 5:10 PM
A. Marshall, it was “a huge hit for the 3,383 medical attendees, from the highly techno savvy medical students to veteran neurosurgeons unaccustomed to using such devices.” And no wonder: they not only didn’t have to lug around the usual heavy program book, but they also got to keep the iPod after the meeting. more
"The American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ 78th Annual Meeting, held May 1–5 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, was the first medical meeting in North America to turn over the delivery of all of its content to the iPod touch.

According to AANS Executive Director Thomas