How to Design an Effective Hybrid Event: Lessons Learned from Event Camp Twin Cities

Last month, an event took place in Minneapolis that could very well change the face of meetings to come. The Event Camp Twin Cities program centered on four words - social, innovation, collaboration, experimentation. And with more than 550 people participating online and over 100 people participating in three face-to-face sites, that innovative meeting experiment was a success. The event's volunteer organizers, Samuel J. Smith and Ray Hansen, sought a safe environment where event professionals could push the boundaries of the traditional face to face meeting by trying new things: live webcasting to a remote audience, an online host, international PODS connected with videoconferencing, alternative session formats like Pecha Kucha and game simulations, plus improv, storyslam, a digital scavenger hunt and more. Join the Event Camp Twin Cities co-founders as they reflect on how they did it, what they learned and why the end result was an experience people are still talking, blogging and tweeting about more than a month later: - Understand how hybrid event technology, social media and collaborative formats can be used together successfully - Review the checklist of the technology they tried, how it worked and what they'd do differently next time - Get inspired through their photos, screen shots and anecdotes to introduce new formats, technology and entertainment at your next event - And bring your most pressing questions about how to successfully blend social media, collaborative communities, webcasting and other meeting technology