We're trialling some nifty new functionality at dConstruct in Brighton next week. If you're attending that conference, you can start trying out our new "people you want to meet" feature today.
dConstruct is one of our favourite UK conferences - it was Lanyrd's first big event back in 2010 (just a week after we launched the site) and it's always a great opportunity to catch up with the UK web community and enjoy for some deeply thought-inspiring talks.
This year, we're using dConstruct as a testing ground for some exciting new features we've been building to help attendees get the most out of the event. We're turning on the first of these on today: our new want to meet button.
If you're signed up to attend dConstruct you should have access to the new button. If you hadn't marked yourself as attending on Lanyrd it's not too late - simply hit "attend" and we'll turn the feature on for you shortly. Drop us a note at email@example.com if you have any questions.
If you head over to the dConstruct attendee directory you'll see the new want to meet button next to each listed attendee:
Clicking the new button will add that person to your people I want to meet list. The list itself is private - only you can view your own list. The people you want to meet can tell that they are on your list though, and you can see a full list of people who want to meet you.
You can use the feature as a personal to-do list for dConstruct, but its real value lies in helping you break the ice and reach out to people who you'd like to meet at the event.
Want to meet is fully integrated with both versions of our mobile app.
If you have an iPhone (or iPod touch) check that you're running the latest version of Lanyrd for iPhone and you'll see the new buttons and lists when you sign in to the app with your Twitter account.
If you're on Android, BlackBerry or Windows Mobile make sure you have a bookmark for m.lanyrd.com. It offers the same set of functionality as our iPhone app, and you'll even get offline access to event and schedule information on devices that support HTML5 offline storage.
Although we're previewing this feature for dConstruct, your want-to-meet list is global across the whole of Lanyrd. We'll show you events the people you want to meet are attending in your calendar, include them in our email suggestions and tip you off whenever someone you want to meet is attending the same event as you.
If you're looking to meet new people at the conference you should make sure your Lanyrd profile is in good shape. By default we display your bio from Twitter, but you can set a custom bio just for Lanyrd by editing your profile. You can also upload a recognisable photograph of yourself to help people find you, and you can also now link up your LinkedIn and GitHub accounts and add links to your other profiles around the web.
If you're attending dConstruct we're very keen to hear your feedback. Simon, Natalie, Sophie, Dan and Jake will all be at the event (look for our distinctive Lanyrd lanyards) or you can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you want to talk to us about anything at all, want-to-meet us and let us know!
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