BusVic show app


Smart phone app to bring BusVic 2015 Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo to life

Uptake of the dedicated smart phone app has been encouraging ahead of the BusVic 2015 Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo in Melbourne on July 8 and 9.

BusVic tourism development and industry marketing manager Craig Spurr says the level of engagement with the Show Gizmo smart phone app has been good and is confident it will add to the experience.

 "Exhibitors and BusVic team are busily adding more information to the purpose built event app to enhance the depth of knowledge on the programme, speakers, exhibitors, industry and expo happenings for all delegates," he says.

Delegates can also search for other attendees and send messages and request meetings.

"The app will be released to all registered delegates in the week before the expo so that they can plan their participation and make the most of their time at the event and well after as it is live for at least 12 months," Spurr says.

"Delegates who use the app to scan and ‘favourite’ at least 20 exhibitors and vote on the best display award will go into the draw to win a $500 Prepaid Visa Card."

The app will help exhibitors to share their knowledge and contact details.

All those registered should have received an email with clear and easy to follow instructions on how to download and install the app and how to fill out their own personal and company profiles that can be viewed and shared.

Attendees are encouraged to download and get familiar with the app interface and various features as soon as possible.

"One of the most important things is creating a useful personal and company profile within the app, so that other attendees can see what you have to offer," Spurr says.

Large numbers are expected to attend the event at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

BusVic executive director Chris Lowe says time is running out for those who wish to attend and there had been a huge influx of registrations in the last week.

"Registrations are still coming in and we have had a huge late surge," he says.

"We are working around the clock to get everybody registered. I think we will get to the 1500 mark."

Finance minister Robin Scott has now been confirmed to attend and will open proceeding and tables are filling fast, especially for the dinner.

"I anticipate having to turn off the tap shortly," Lowe says.

"I may have to start saying no and I don’t want to do that.

"The message we are trying to get across is; anyone who his wanting to come needs to get in touch as soon as possible.

"We just can’t take people two or three days before the event."

Lowe also wants to remind delegates that the venue for the dinner is not at the Exhibition Centre, but across the road at Crown Palladium.

Lanyards’ given out to all participants can even be scanned by anyone with a phone or tablet that has the app open, to store contact details electronically – without the need for pen and paper.

The exhibition room will be bursting with innovative companies keen to illustrate what they do and explain how they can help others to reach their long-term goals in the industry.

The exhibit is at full capacity and there will be up to 100 buses on display.

The trade stalls are close to full with more than 150 stands.

Maintenance, technical and management conference sessions and workshops covering a wide variety of industry related topics will be delivered within the exhibit.

Delegates can interact with more than 150 leading industry suppliers and be brought up to date with the latest products, services and developments.

Keynote speakers and entertainers include Mark Donaldson VC, Mark 'Bomber' Thompson, Kate Ceberano and James Galea.

The industry gala dinner will be held at Crown Palladium on July 8 and networking dinner at Munich Brauhaus on the closing night.

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