ESOT Connects 3,412 Transplantation Specialists

At ESOT Vienna 2013 47% of participants brought their own iPads. SpotMe provided loaners for the other 53%. Over four days the participants posted 1,246 session comments, made 2,284 appointments and exchanged 27,735 messages. They also used the app to document their event journeys, saving 47,133 abstracts, posters and notes to their online briefcases. Thousands of .pdf abstracts and posters replaced the “phone book” distributed to every participant at earlier ESOT congresses, saving 4,675 kilograms of paper.

The innovations grew out of a multidisciplinary collaboration between Stefan Schneeberger, who championed the project as a member of the ESOT board, ESOT Executive Officer Annalisa Ponchia, Ruud Janssen of TNOC, who consults with ESOT on the overall vision of the event, Sascha Tretenhahn of AIM Group International, ESOT’s PCO, the SpotMe team and many more.

Interview with ESOT Executive Officer Annalisa Ponchia:

Interview with Ruud Janssen, Founder of TNOC:

One of our favourite voices at ESOT is Carl-Ludwig Fischer-Fröhlich from DSO, telling us how a new research initiative covering several countries was spontaneously organized through the SpotMe app:

Agencies: TNOCAIM Group International

September 2013 – Millions of people are eagerly awaiting life-saving organs worldwide. 

Each year, 50 000 of them die waiting for a live saving organ. This burden could be greatly alleviated if people were fully aware that they can save lives by their willingness to donate organs. 

At the occasion of the 16th Congress of the European Society for Organ Transplantation, over 3000 clinicians and scientists from all over the world will gather at the Austria Center Vienna, from Sunday, September 8th until Wednesday, September 11th.

To address a number of issues in transplantation and raise organ donation, the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) has put an emphasis on current options but also ethical and psychosocial challenges in this field. The theme of this meeting is “pushing the limits” and specific topics addressed will include face and hand transplantation, organ preservation by machine perfusion, multi-organ transplantation, organ safety and quality under the EU Directive, fairness and transparency  in organ allocation and the impact of the economic crisis on financially demanding medical procedures, Testimonials of progress and mastering challenges such as Peter Habeler, Mountaineer and Pioneer for Alpine-style ascents and Niki Lauda will tell their story and identify parallels to the challenges faced in transplantation. 

“The theme of this meeting is "pushing the limits”. Sometimes you have to push your limit to be successful – not only in science".

TNOC has designed and collaboratively delivered a digital ecosystem for the #ESOTvienna2013 congress in collaboration with Spotme and PCO AIM Group International, H82 and ACV . The system is designed to connect all elements before, during and after the congress using iPads for all delegates onsite.  

See the Chair of the Scientific committee Stefan Schneeberger deliver the live demo of the digital ecosystem in the opening general session on-demand here:

See the photo report here of the user generated content live from Vienna here:  


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