A sturdy piece of paper, folded in quarters, then put on a lanyard with a clip. All the normal “badge” items on the outside, like who you are and where you are from, plus the conference name & date. On the inside was a full schedule, a map of the conference rooms used, and directions to an after-party.
The icing on the cake…in very tiny letters in the bottom corner…your t-shirt size. Stop by the t-shirt table, give them your badge. They “x” out your size and hand over your conference tee.
And unless you are one of those conference junkies that saves conference badges like trophies and hangs them around your office, you can recycle the schedule and hand back the lanyard for them to re-use.
We like. A lot. Probably more than we should.
Recently, Boston University welcomed WordCamp Boston 2011 to campus. And let’s just say that great ideas flourish when you get a group of innovative web designers, bloggers, and new technology junkies together. What impressed us? The Conference App (available for iPhone & Android users) provided by topquark.com. Don’t ask me to explain how they do it (ruins the magic), but by going to website link provided, it created a “conference app” icon on our phones. Very simple layout that included the schedule, session name & info, speaker info, and live Twitter feed (using hashtag for their conference). I used it a whole lot more than the paper schedule provided since don’t we all check our phones way too much?