The networking session allows 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.
Note: Chrome is the preferred browser to access the event page, virtual event hub, and studio.
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.
1. Access the event page to buy a ticket
Click the View Site button and select View Event Site.
Since you're an admin, you'll be logged in when you access that page.
Click register to purchase a ticket.
2. Access the virtual event hub to enter the session
Click Enter Event from your event page. This will take you to the Virtual Event Hub
Click the Networking tab
Click I'm ready if you want to get matched now
This is what it should look like when you're matched with someone.
Here are some 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.
Is there a way to make a match longer while I'm in it?
Yes, you can! If you want to continue the conversation, a pop-up will appear 30 seconds before the time ends. This extended networking feature would allow you to request a time extension. If you click the Extend Meeting button and the other attendee accepts, the meeting will be extended to half the original set time. You can extend as many times as you want!
On the other hand, if you click the Extend Meeting button and the other attendee rejects or closes the invite, the Extend Meeting button will disappear on both your and the other attendee's screen.
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.
If I forgot to get their contact info, what's the best way to find them at the event?
You can see attendee profiles in the people tab, where you can connect with them.
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 want to leave a match?
The match pairing and/or meet will end, and you will go back 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 that 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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