What is a QR code?

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QR (short for Quick Response) codes are a type of barcode which is square and is made up of an detailed pattern of black and white dots. They can be read using smartphones and dedicated QR reading devices that link directly to text, emails, and Websites. QR codes can be found in magazines, business cards, and … in our New Horizons program booklet!

Why do I need to know about QR codes at the New Horizons Conference?

New for 2013, participants will have the option to scan QR codes in the Sessions At-A-Glance section of the New Horizons program booklet and outside the door of each session room to view detailed information about each session.

Am I required to have a smartphone at the conference?

No. Having a smartphone with you at the conference is optional. Scanning the QR codes is also optional. You will be able to see the same detailed session pages by visiting the New Horizons website using a laptop or tablet.

What information will I see when I scan these QR codes?

In the Sessions At-A-Glance section of the New Horizons program booklet, you will see a QR code located to the right of each session. This QR code will give you direct access to the detailed session webpage. Each session webpage contains the presenters name, their bio and contact information, session title and abstract, and pre- and post-session materials. Outside the door of each session room will have a QR code you can scan to see all the sessions being presented in that room for that day.

Who can use the QR codes found in the New Horizons booklet and outside the session rooms?

Any participant that has a smartphone. It’s that easy! Don’t have a smartphone? No worries! If you want to try scanning a couple of QR codes to see how they work, ask a colleague that has one to try it out.

What do I use to scan a QR code?

Android users can visit the Google Play Store and search for ‘QR code reader’. Popular QR code reader apps that you can download for free are QR Droid or QuickMark Barcode Scanner. iPhone users can visit the iTunes App Store and search for ‘QR code reader’. Popular QR code reader apps that you can download for free are Barcode or ScanLife.

Once you download one of these apps you can begin to scan away!