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System and Method for Imposing Picture Constraints for Face-to-Face Meetings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202113D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for displaying information about meeting attendees who are otherwise unknown to each other. This system imposes a constraint whereby attendee pictures are readily available to the involved participants.

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System and Method for Imposing Picture Constraints for Face -to-Face Meetings

Upon an initial meeting, participants/attendees may take some time to become comfortable with one another and begin working together. This is a very real problem that affects the bottom line of a business, which this disclosure is addressing. For face-to-face meetings where individuals are meeting each other for the first time, it is beneficial for attendees to be familiar with one another's appearance before the meeting. This promotes trust among the individuals and facilitates more immediate collaboration.

Some internal systems hold corporate profiles which include photographs of individuals; a user can search for these. Not all profiles have pictures, however, and it is often time-consuming to locate individual profiles.

Existing prior art discusses:
• Utilizing a personal information manager when a meeting is set up. This manager retrieves documents necessary and allows for an attendee to edit the document in an editing application. [1] It does not actually provide information if the attendants never met before.

• A subscriber registering his or her attribute data, attribute data of a desired person and his or her travel schedule data through an input/output terminal. [2] It focuses on travel data, and this disclosure does not.

This disclosure describes a method for displaying information about the meeting attendees who are otherwise unknown to each other. This system imposes a constraint whereby attendee pictures are readily available to the involved participants.

The process and components of the disclosed invention follow:
1. Upon the creation of a face-to-face meeting request, the system references past meetings to determine whether attendees in the Calendar (i.e., meeting invitation) have previously met. If they all have, then the meeting is scheduled as usual.

2. If attendants have not met before, then the system retrieves each person's business social network file for...