Innovative Sessions



– One presenter

– Simple staging

– Short presentation (eg: 10 minutes)

– No presentation slides

– Speaker choice is key

– The pre-chosen speakers have 2-3 minutes to introduce their topic to the full audience

– Then split to tables / split up sections of the room and audience chooses which topic they will listen to

– Important room setup

– “Abstract” presentations but no preceding selection process

– Presented in a standing/informal “arena”

– Audience decides if the presenter should continue or be stopped (by clapping)

– Could have no-one brave enough to participate

– Quality of the subjects is not vetted beforehand

– Ideas/problems/challenges are submitted by participants ahead of the meeting

– Committee selects 2 or 3 most suitable for group work aimed at finding a solution or defining a project

– Need time (a full day at least)

– Expertise to guide and channel the groups is needed and an expert in Hackathon facilitation would have to be selected and employed

– Entire session set up around a subject where there is a clear pro and con argument to be had

– 2 speakers and 1 moderator

– Audience asked to vote on their opinion of for or against at the end of the session

– Moderator is key

– Need to have a subject that lends itself to this kind of debate

– The congress APP is really the best way to get a vote at the end of the session

– All different forms of split audience sessions

– Facilitates more engagement / active learning / direct contact with Subject Matter Experts

– Many small sessions can be complex for participants to register for

– Similar to a traditional “plenary style” session with the audience set up encircling the speaker

– Change in session room format – changes the ambiance and makes the experience less one-to-many

– Room set up is important and needs time to put in place

– Speaker would certainly need pre-briefing and coaching

– 3 speakers are invited to come along and “pitch” their session to a full plenary – 2-3 minutes only

– Audience then votes on the topic they would most like to hear

– Most popular speaker makes their presentation – others do not

– Have to find 3 speakers willing to participate this way

– The congress APP would be the best tool for the voting


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