From the initial 40 delegates to the present over 500 delegates, the size of applicants to IMUNC has grown so much that an automatic system of application processing is needed. iPlacard, a conference management system that is designed for the future, was born in this context. iPlacard’s fast user interface and real-time email and SMS notification system have covered all aspects of the conference, from application to services during the conference. Through iPlacard, IMUNC organizers can review delegate applications, assign and process interviews, upload documents for download; IMUNC delegates can submit applications, select seats, download Background Guides and Updates, contact other delegates, pay conference fees, book hotels, breakfast and lunch, and select “academic desserts” held at night for extra learning opportunities. All these functions are not possible if IMUNC still uses the traditional system of Excel, email and simple online forms.
Since its initial release in March 2013, iPlacard has undergone two major upgrades, with new capabilities and functions being introduced on a regular basis. In 2014, we brought unified authentication for iPlacard, allowing for cross-platform integration; different processes of application and seat assignment systems were also added for our partner conferences. In 2015, we introduced iDocument, a self-designed, lightweight markdown document compiler, to iPlacard. iDocument automated the processes of typesetting, compilation and download of documents and brought about a revolutionary reading experience.
Today, iPlacard is still being developed and updated future-oriented. In IMUNC 2016, a major upgrade to iPlacard will introduce exciting new capabilities, and contribute to a renewed conference application and management experience.