Exploring delegate engagement with an augmented conference

Nick Taylor, Tom Bartindale, John Vines, Patrick Olivier

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We describe a qualitative study of delegate engagement with technology in academic conferences through a largescale deployment of prototype technologies. These deployments represent current themes in conference technologies, such as providing access to content and opportunities for socialising between delegates. We consider not just the use of individual technologies, but also the overall impact of an assemblage of interfaces, ranging from ambient to interactive and mobile to situated. Based on a two-week deployment followed by interviews and surveys of attendees, we discuss the ways in which delegates engaged with the prototypes and the implications this had for their experience of the conferences. From our findings, we draw three new themes to inform the development of future conference technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp’14 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 13–17, 2014 Seattle, WA, USA
EditorsJulie Kientz, James Scott, Junehwa Song
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329682
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing 2014 - Motif Seattle Hotel, Seattle, United States of America
Duration: 13 Sep 201417 Sep 2014


ConferenceACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing 2014
Abbreviated titleUbiComp 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Backchannel
  • Conferences
  • Public displays
  • Social media
  • Twitter
  • Ubiquitous computing

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