All Winter Institute 12 attendees are encouraged to download the free ABA Institutes app, which the American Booksellers Association has designed to enhance their event experience in Minneapolis from January 27–30.
Through the app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Android devices, users will be able to access the Winter Institute schedule along with full session descriptions; create customized agendas by adding individual events to their personal schedule; message fellow attendees; view keynote and featured speakers as well as the list of attending authors; and explore a map of the hotel with session locations and a city map of Minneapolis.
Mobile device users can download the ABA Institutes app via the App Store or Google Play, depending on their type of device. Once installed, the ABA logo will appear as the app icon. Anyone who downloaded the ABA Institutes app when it was introduced in June 2016 for the fourth Children’s Institute (Ci4) should already see the Wi12 event in the app.
Wi12 attendees will need to create new accounts to access the app’s many features; the “Using This App” guide provides details on how to log in and other useful instructions.
ABA will use the app to issue real-time alerts in order to disseminate late-breaking news or schedule changes, so users should allow for push notifications; important changes and news will also be listed within the app. Booksellers will also be able to fill out session evaluations on the app.
Reminders about the app and additional instructions on using it will be visible on signage throughout the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.
The minimum operating system requirement for using the app on Apple devices is iOS 8; for Android devices, 4.1. App content is also visible on a web version.
Questions about the app should be sent to Director of ABA Technology Greg Galloway.