Confers is online software that enables online presentations, discussions with recorded outcomes and decisions for projects. It is designed to extend the opportunity for different groups of people to engage with your projects beyond the time available in face-to-face meetings and improve the project with their contributions.
Unlike most project collaboration or management tools that create workspaces in order to support messaging, files and task management, Confers is modelled on a time specific "consultative" activity enabling explanatory presentations, supporting discussions, conclusions and a recorded overall outcome for that activity.
Organisers manage project portals in which they can create and publish and manage activities. Each activity goes through a 4 stage process, through preparation, open engagement, closed and concluded stages, where the final outcome is published as a record. The organisers set the timeframe and rules of engagement for each activity to suit the stage and project type.
Confers works on desktop and mobile, anyone with an invite or a link to a public or semi public activity can engage within the timeframe specified. This is usually a case of looking at slides, reading and responding to a question. Activities can be public, semi public or private. Responses can be open to all for a forum based activity, or just for organisers eyes only.
Confers is used by all kinds of professionals running projects. Customers include:
• Local Government
• Architecture and Design Firms
• Urban Design and Planning Firms
• Construction Firms
• Communications Agencies
• Business Transformation & Change Consultants
• Policy Development Teams
Confers supports public, semi-public and private activities by secure private invite. This means you can confer with anyone you need, including with:
• Client stakeholder representatives
• Project Team
• Wider Staff
• End Users
• Local Communities
Confers supports any project where's you need to present and discuss proposals or progress and record feedback to inform or instruct changes.
Project types include:
• Place-making and regeneration
• Architecture and design
• Workspace transformation
• Technology development
• Digital transformation
• Business change
• Policy development
Each project supports a range of activity types to suit the stakeholder audience, the stage and the kind of outcome from the feedback.
Activity types include:
• User research and focus groups
• Strategy workshops and briefing
• Design reviews
• Client consultations
• Public consultations
• Progress reviews
• Handover training
• Post occupancy forums
• Project retrospectives
Confers is useful for a variety of scales of projects, from very small projects with less than 10 people involved, to large public consultations with 1000s public stakeholders. Private projects are priced differently to public consultations.
You get going, you can start with an online demo or free trial for a small group. We consult with you and offer the right plan depending upon what you need.