Many of us who attend research conferences on the local/regional and national/international level have experienced the highs and lows of poster presentations. By the end of this year, I will have given five poster presentations and many more oral presentations.

The problem with poster presentations is that the time allotted for presentation is limited, the sessions frequently conflict with other competing demands leaving posters abandoned by their presenters, attendees can be sparse making the time spent creating the poster and flying hours to show it off seem wasted, and presenters can reasonably only talk to a few people at a time about their poster. Many of us would prefer to give a more prestigious oral presentation, but the slots are limited so conferences can offer more research presentations via posters.

The Boston-based company PosterCast has created a novel method of expanding poster presentations’ appeal and potential audience. The concept is based on the podcast idea. Researchers record a short 3-minute presentation of the poster and conference attendees can listen to the postercast on their smart devices. The app allows presenters to create the postercast right on their phone, upload to the PosterCast server and embed the link on their poster via a barcode. Attendees can enter the presenter’s name, poster number or scan the barcode and listen to the postercast.

Video Review of the PosterCast app

Evidence based medicine

N/A for this app, but no “examples” provided as “evidence” that the technology is being used at medical conferences.

Who would benefit from the PosterCast app?

Anyone who is interested in improving the quality and reach of their research posters and are presenting at a conference that is utilizing this technology.

PosterCast

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  • Price
    • Free
    • Extremely novel concept to improve research poster sessions.
    • Helpful videos embedded in app.
    • Multiple options to find/create postercasts.
  • Dislikes
    • No documentation about the company behind the app.
    • No ability to create a demo postercast without a code.
    • No information on which conferences are currently using the app.
    • Not available for Android at this time.
  • Overall

    The PosterCast app is a fabulous concept that turns the poster presentation experience into a user friendly, easy to disseminate multimedia experience. The demos available on the device look amazing, but unfortunately users cannot “try it out” without a conference code. Time will tell if this technology is utilized at many of the larger national/international medical conferences.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Interface is easy to navigate and cleverly designed, but includes only sparse information on the company behind the app or information on what conferences are using it.

  • Multimedia Usage

    The app includes detailed videos of how to create a postercast, but no ability to actually do it without a code.

  • Price

    App is free to download; unclear what cost may be incurred by conference planners.

  • Real World Applicability

    PosterCast is an extremely novel concept for improving the research poster experience by combining it with our smart devices. The app would be improved if users could create postercasts without the need for the conference code. Finally, it is uncertain how many conferences will adopt such technology into their poster presentation requirements/options.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 6S running iOS 10.0.1

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