GAC: See what's 'app'

March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (3/9/15)--It's hard to imagine--given this year's expected record-breaking turnout--that the entire CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference experience could fit in the palm of your hand.

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But with this year's revamped conference mobile app, "GAC2015," it most certainly can.

The conference app, which can be downloaded from both the Apple app store and Google Play, is chock full of features to help keep attendees informed as they navigate the packed days of the conference.

Those registered for the event can access the conference's full agenda with GAC2015; search for networking opportunities by scrolling through the full roster of conference attendees; and also check out a map of the exhibit hall.

The app also offers transportation information, bios for the speakers, surveys and a page to read the GAC Daily, the daily conference publication Credit Union Magazine puts together to cover the highlights of the event.

This year, there's also a large social component to the app.

On the activity feed, attendees can post photos or comments about things they're doing or things they have enjoyed during the conference. They can even "like" or comment on posts from other attendees, similar to a Facebook feed. The app also can be linked to Twitter or other social media accounts.

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"Excited to attend GAC for the first time!!" Krista Raines, loan officer from VW Central CU, Parkersville, W.Va., posted on the feed last week.

"Looking forward to telling our legislators the credit union story, and how we benefit our members and differ from big banks!" said Jacqueline Henderson, vice president of human resources at Rivermark Community CU, Beaverton, Ore.

The Leaderboard feature also tracks who has been most active on the app during the conference. With a number of people already posting on the activity feed, it appears it will be a hotly contested race.

Conference registrants were sent invitations to download the app last week. The app was created by CUNA and is hosted by DoubleDutch.

(This article first appeared in the March 5 issue of News Now with the headline "App puts CUNA's GAC in palms of attendees' hands.")