We built Lanyrd for people who attend, speak at or organise conferences. We also want to provide a permanent record of what happened at those events for everyone to benefit from. Today we're taking another step towards that goal by launching our new session pages.
Sessions can be attached to conferences. A session can be a talk, panel, keynote or even a lunch break. Just like conferences, sessions can have speakers and topics. Sessions don't have to have start and end times, but if they do we'll use them to generate a full conference schedule, like this one for DjangoCon US 2010:
To add a session to a conference, click the "add a session" link in the yellow tools box on the conference page and fill in the form:
For multi-day conferences, you can pick the day of the session from the dropdown and then enter just the times.
But what about sessions that run overnight, like epic werewolf marathons? You can also chose to "set both the date and time" for a session. This works for overnight sessions, but can also be used for sessions that fall outside the formal dates of a conference such as a pre-party on the night before.
Don't forget to add speakers and topics to the session. Session speakers will be automatically added to the conference speaker list, and the session will be added to their speaker profile page. Session topics will be used to generate a handsome topic cloud on the speaker's profile page, like this one:
If you're a speaker, adding topics to your sessions is a great way to show the topics that you specialise in on your profile page.
Session pages also have short URLs, e.g. lanyrd.com/syf. These are ideal for including in your presentation or passing around on Twitter.
Want to your add slides to your session page? Here's a sneak preview of a feature that's coming soon.
We've also launched two other recent features that we thought you should know about.
Spot a problem with a conference, session or book listing — a duplicate listing for example? Use the new "report an issue" link to tell us about it and we'll see what we can do.
It takes more than just the author to produce a book. If you've ever been the editor, technical reviewer, foreword writer, cover designer or anything else you can now add yourself as a contributor using the new link on the book page. Your book credits will be shown on your profile page, and you'll also get a small credit link from the book page itself.