4 Creative and Interactive Ideas for Conference Sessions

When you are an event manager, there are probably plenty of times when you have ran out of ideas while organising the same event series. To make this constant search for ideas easier, we have collected 4 creative interactive event ideas. Using these ideas will help you produce outstanding audience engagement with the content and strengthen your participants overall learning experience.

1) Picture tasks with an event app

At the UX To The Future, which was an e-government conference, held in 2018 in Estonia,  we came across a creative panel idea that quickly pulled people in and enlivened the audience. We used imaginative picture tasks through an interactive event app Worksup where people were creating different tasks, taking pictures and uploading them in the application. This kind of assignment not only made the participants think how they could solve the task but also creatively think how they will use the event app in its best way to bring out their ideas.

The participants cut out their answers from series of pre-prepared sentences. While they did this, the organizers posed the same questions to the audience through fun live polls. At the end, each team compared and commented on the results.

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This kind of format stimulated focused thinking among the attendees. As a result, the session achieved a remarkable level of engagement with over  200 members participating at the same time. 

2) Fireside chat during the conference

Firechat chat creates a smooth conversation between two or more people which helps to make the atmosphere a lot more comfortable more engaging. This year’s event at the Esha 2018 conference, event managers used the fire chat method quite effectively, the idea was to bring out the points which needed more insights and thoughts behind the concept.

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Vishen Lakhiani, who is the founder of Mindvalley, was talking inspiringly about how to transform education and leadership in an age of exponential technologies. Afterwards his presentation he answered various questions from the audience and moderators. Lakhiani was actually that inspired from the fireside chat, he stood up and explained passionately about the idea behind is company even more in depth.

Extra tip: If there are too many unanswered questions, write these on your event’s blog.

3) Campfire storytime

To take the interaction a step further, you could have few speakers at the same time, telling their inspirational stories in a short period of time. It creates a campfire feeling, where people tell their stories, which enables to relate to each other. This kind of storytelling is a great way to stimulate people’s learning process.

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These sessions are usually short and last about 20-30 minutes all together. One of the examples could be Education Technology EXEX 2018, where we had different schools on the stage, talking about their success stories regarding the technology usage. There were about 3-4 teachers on the stage at the same time, where everyone had a piece of story to tell.  The audience had a chance to rate each speaker and ask questions through Q&A session. Campfire sessions create an excellent place for people to learn from their peers, share experiences and build new connections.

4) Interactive quiz with a mobile event app

If your event has multiple sessions running at the same time, you can actually help the attendees choose the right sessions by running an introduction quiz or in other words – live polling. You can create a pre-event survey and let the participants guess the answers. When the answers have rolled in, you can send back the feedback. For example, in the Worksup event app, you can easily create polls in these kind of occasions and later export data and share it with your attendees.  Leverage these tips to deliver an outstanding event experience for your attendees. 

6 tips how to do a successful networking event

When you plan a business networking event, you are suddenly transformed into a business leader in the community. You are responsible for bringing entrepreneurs together to give advice and ideas from their experiences. Your one and only motivation as a business networking event planner is to organise an event that creates an impact on your clients. However, how can you plan a successful networking event ? Here are 6 tips on how to do it: 

1) Event topic ideas

Find out what people are most fascinated about today, so do your research and ask around, join event groups and read the latest business news.  If the topic is wide, make series of events about that one particular topic, but always bring in new ideas and speakers. 

For instance, a conference is an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded people. To know beforehand what are the most suitable and recommended topics to use during your event, we suggest event interaction and networking app, called Worksup. This web-based application includes an overview of each speaker and topic, as well as the possibility to carry out interactive polls, group work, tasks and Q&A before, during and after the event.

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2) Great venue

Make sure the venue is up-scale, easy to find, and has plenty of parking. Minimise any possible frustrations that might come from getting to the event, or you will make a bad impression of your event even before it has started. So, choose your venue wisely and make sure people have plenty of space to move around and feel comfortable.

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3) Make networking more efficient with cutting edge technology

In a 2015 Benchmark Study, researchers were able to quantify how event planners are using and will use event mobile apps in the near future. The report provides an in-depth look at why 3 out of 4 planners are using event apps at their events today. Here are 3 of the key findings:

  1. Planners are realising instant cost savings with mobile apps – as much as 84% savings on printing alone.
  2. Mobile app budgets are growing, for example,  the average increase was  21% in 2015.
  3. 88% of planners say that in 2016 apps were critical to their participants’ event experiences.

You can also assume that they will use mobile event apps on their smartphones and tablets to make event planning more efficient and resolve many of the challenges they currently face. For example, Worksup interaction and networking app is also great for networking. It provides features to match with like-minded people and helps to arrange meetings all in one platform.

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4) Make on-site check-in quick and easy

It’s a good idea to have participants check in, because you want to be able to track how many people attended, and if you ask for their email address, you can follow up and announce future events and newsletters. Keep in mind that if someone does not want to give you their email, then let it be and stay friendly. Have plenty of pens and name tags available, and make sure the person checking participants in is friendly and professional.

5) Meet, greet and connect  

Make sure you introduce yourself to every person who attends. Welcome them, and focus on talking about what they do, not what you particularly do. Take a genuine interest in them and their business and  constantly look for opportunities to connect people who would benefit from meeting each other. If you meet a startup enthusiast, introduce him to the investor you just met. Keep track of these connections, and follow up next time you see them. Also, encourage them to use mobile event app like Worksup for connecting, because this is one way how people can connect, even the shy ones. In addition to this, you can plan a group work for attendees which will give a great opportunity to connect within their own group but also to other groups.

6) Feedback

Follow up with your participants. Ask how they liked the event, and get ideas from them about how it could be better. One way is to use Worksup for feedback and later reports analysis. So, let them rate speakers, like topics or make your attendees a feedback poll, so you would know how you would plan the next one better. If you follow this formula, you will see your events grow, and success is waiting for you at your door.

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Conclusion

Networking is becoming more and more important for the event professionals industry. Traditional face-to-face networking still has a significant role for event managers, but as the event industry becomes more  global, we are looking towards technology to bring like-minded professionals together to share resources and ideas. Mobile event apps are already an essential tool for speakers, organisers, suppliers and attendees around the world, so choose the best one in the market.