The Networking Session
These sessions allow attendees to connect with other attendees through a video call for a few minutes. Attendees pair with someone randomly for a few minutes, and then when it's over, they will be partnered again with someone new, much like in a speed dating scenario.
Create a Networking Session
Go to Agenda & Speakers
Click Add Session
Session Type: Networking
Adjust the duration of how long a meeting should be in Networking Rules (this is set in seconds)
Test the Networking Session
To test the networking session, create a session that's happening now. You need a ticket to enter the Networking session (even for admins). For this test to work, you'll need at least two attendees to test. Click here to learn how to register for the event.
Once you join the networking session, you'll see an "I'm Ready" button. Click it to get matched with someone.
This is what it should look like when you're matched with someone.
Add a Virtual Background
You can enhance your networking session by adding a virtual background. You can upload your own background, choose a background color, or add a background blur.
Click the settings icon at the bottom of the screen
Click the settings icon from the Device Switcher menu
Select Apply Background Effect
Choose your background effect from the Virtual Background menu on the right side.
Extend the 1:1 Meeting
Once the timer hits 0:30, attendees will be allowed to extend their meeting duration; if it's accepted, the extended duration will be half the original set time. If they opt not to extend, the button will disappear, and once the timer hits 0:00, the meeting will end. Then, they can start a new meeting with a different random attendee.
While in the networking session, attendees can request a connection. Once the button is clicked, it will change to "Requested," and the other attendee's button will say "Accept"
Exit the 1:1 meeting
To exit the 1:1 meeting, attendees can click the phone icon or the "Leave this Session" button. It will only exit them from that meeting, but not the networking session.
View the List of Matches
At the end of the networking session, attendees will see the list of attendees they matched with.
When they exit the session, they can click the View Matches button on the session to review the list.
Tips on making sure that your networking session works:
Make sure you have a ticket to enter the networking session, even if you're an admin
Make sure to enable your camera and microphone settings on your browser
While in the networking session, do not open other windows, tabs, or programs
Frequently Asked Questions
Do admins need a ticket to join a networking session?
Yes, anyone who wants to join has to have a ticket.
Can attendees be matched again with the same person?
By default, attendees will not be matched again with the same person they've already matched with previously within 5 minutes. You can set up wherein attendees can match again through the Networking Rules tab, toggle on "allow matching with an existing match."
Can I select who can be matched with whom?
No, it will randomly match attendees 1:1, but admins can set up which ticket type can be matched with which ticket type.
What will happen if the session schedule is over and there are still people in the networking session?
If the session schedule is over and you are still on a match, this will continue until the match time limit has finished.
Can I record the networking session?
No, Networking Sessions are not recorded.
Can I have the networking session on the main stage?
No, Networking Sessions are only available in the Networking tab.
What happens when I leave a match?
The match pairing and/or meeting will end, and you will return to the page where you are asked if you're ready to be matched with the next person.
Can I create a networking session before or after my event?
No, it can only be scheduled on your event days.
Can I add an image or video that shows before the session starts?
Yes, but it will only show to attendees who access the session's direct link before they are allowed to enter the session. Click here to learn how to add an image or video that will appear before the session starts.
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