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"Poster Tinder" app for big conferences

Image credit: Poster section from last conference I visited - 900 posters

jnikola Jun 30, 2022
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An application where you can swipe through people's posters and quickly choose the ones you are interested in reading in detail. If you get a match (person swipes your poster too), you get an instant notification and can chat.
Conferences are great places to find partners, share your work, get feedback and talk to people about common topics. However,
  • if the number of posters is too big (at the last conference where I went there were more than 900 posters in 2 days), you will not have time to check them all and see what you are interested in
  • you will miss reading and talking to someone because you lost too much time roaming through the room full of posters
  • your legs start to hurt so you rather go to grab a coffee
  • sometimes it takes time to decipher what the poster is about, because it's written poorly
  • sometimes people are not there for you to ask them questions, so you never ask than anthing
How would it work?
An application where you sign up, upload your poster, abstract and write a short (200 characters) description. You also add up to 10 keywords and your data (names, working group, institution, affiliations).
You start swiping posters like on Tinder. You can zoom in poster, read short description or author information. If you want to read more, you scroll to abstract. You can also add filters to show posters only from specific institution, author or with keywords you choose. All posters you like go to "liked" folder so you can find them later. At the conference, you simply open your "liked" folder, check where these posters are and go and ask author some questions. If you get a match (a person likes your poster, too), you can have an instant chat.
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Michaela D
Michaela D2 years ago
Awesome idea! Seriously, we need this. If "tinder" cannot be used because of rights, other possibilities are "poster-filter", "poster-finder", etc.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
Most conferences provide booklets with poster abstracts. But even reading 900 abstracts could be be difficult. On the other hand, just reading the title is not enough. A quick view, like on Tinder, of the poster tells you the field of research, the model, the experiments performed, etc. I like your idea better! This would be a great tool for virtual conferences, too. If the two people feel like connecting, they could then share their official contact via the Poster Tinder app chat.
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jnikola2 years ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni Thank you! Also, I prefer to look at posters rather than read through the book of abstracts. The book is just tons of text while posters are visually appealing and can keep you interested for longer.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
J. Nikola Exactly! And therefore, "poster tinder" is the perfect name :)
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