What is a breakout area?
A breakout area is a space for smaller groups to break out into a workshop-style group, away from the larger events and speakers’ main stage. If you’re hosting an online meetup, then you’ll probably want to be able to provide various breakout areas across your virtual event. Breakout areas encourage your attendees to connect with each other and participate in discussions outside of the main event provided, which can prompt further engagement and personal connections to be made…Here are just a few benefits of creating these breakout spaces:
- Encourages social interaction
- Creates a safe space for relaxation
- Prompts further discussions
- Opens opportunities for collaborations
- Builds connections
- Boost creativity
- Improves well-being
Whether you are looking to learn more about the top breakout areas that your online meetup needs or are simply searching for inspiration on how you can implement breakout areas into your next online event, Orbital has created a list to help get you started. Breakout areas are vital at virtual conferences and should be at the top of the list when event organisers plan their online events.
Orbital's top breakout areas that your online meetup needs
Breakout areas create a versatile virtual meetup experience and can come in various styles depending on the platform being used or the event’s purpose. Whether you are looking to connect with other professionals or recharge in a relaxation space, we have put together a list of our favourite breakout area ideas for you:
Looking to provide instructions to your attendees to allow for a smooth, efficient event? Much like a waiting room, an info booth you can point people in the right direction to find speakers and provide a map of the entire virtual space. This will help people navigate your online event and provide useful information about any upcoming events you may be looking to host. This is also a great place to add links to the event schedule for people to revert to and links to your speakers’ social media accounts, encouraging further connections once the event has finished.
Open Q&A spaces are a great room feature to allow speakers and attendees to meet and discuss further questions generated after talks. This can be created by organising a schedule for office hours with special guests to provide more personal interaction for the attendees and speakers.
Roundtable discussions are the perfect way to encourage your attendees to discuss topics amongst themselves and mingle. These areas are essential as they can prompt further personal discussions, allow natural conversations to occur, and encourage relationships with like-minded people to be built.
Open networking areas
Designating a space for networking increases guests’ chance to chat with ideal prospects or people who may be interested in their profession or services. These spaces are essential and build business connections and provide a space to learn and share experiences relating to event topics and personal journeys.
Themed spaces for casual chats
Canteen for lunch? Fireside chat? Our breakout ideas are endless. Having the option to create these various spaces encourages your guests that the party’s not over after the speakers have finished. Push your attendees to move into breakaway areas and talk to each other beyond the main event.
Interactive spaces for games and collaborations
Other than chatting, playing games and encouraging further interaction is a great way to connect with others. Here is a virtual game’s idea taken from SnackNation:
- Virtual icebreaker for breakout space:
- Time: About 2 minutes per person
- Start your online meeting by posing this lateral thinking question from Udemy to the group: “If you were alone in a dark cabin, with only one match and a lamp, a fireplace, and a candle to choose from, which would you light first?” (or why not collect question ideas relating to the event?)
- Give everyone 30 seconds to choose.
- Have everyone share their answer.
- Spend about one minute discussing the differences in your answers and what you each learned from one another.
We know how important it is to present your services to other professionals at online events. This is why creating a breakout area where people can share their product or services effectively is a vital aspect; whether this is an embedded link or screen share, creating a space for demos is a must.
Having a meditation area is perfect for allowing attendees to step away from the main event’s hustle and bustle. This is a quiet space where people can get away and switch their mic off, just to sit and gather their thoughts before jumping back into the action.
Vendor hall with exhibition booths
When creating vendors, you should create customisable booths for personal touches, including pre-recorded or live video and a space to chat with visitors, share documents, gather signups, and more. By showcasing your latest innovation, you can pull in new customers and open the opportunity for collaborators!
Ready to plan your meetup with Orbital?
Are you looking for an innovative virtual events platform providing multiple breakout rooms, screen sharing, and various collaboration tools? If the answer is yes, then a galaxy is what you need. With Orbital, event organisers can build a galaxy appropriately for numerous types of meetup groups, without the hassle of downloads, managing links, and awkward video conferencing calls as seen in a Zoom meeting. Unlike Zoom video, Online events using Orbital have been highly effective with our audio-proximity function, making it possible for unlimited breakout rooms available with no background noise. We look to encourage people to create real connections as you would face to face – making sure all of our users feel comfortable when in our virtual meetups and always have the option to segregate into smaller groups for casual chats and networking.
Each breakout room is designed as a ‘pin’. When adding these fully-customisable pins, you will be able to name them, select a colour, and use a pre-set image or upload your own for the pin’s visual in your space for a personal touch. You can then simply drag and drop this pin across the galaxy to appropriately organise the layout for your virtual event.
We are so excited to help you get your virtual event launched. By default, your galaxy will have a limit of 20 people, but the more, the merrier! Please get in touch with our events team below if you would like us to set you up with more seats and have Meetup Mode switched on for you. We will have your galaxy set up for an online meetup in no time!