The Gradual platform is fully loaded with options to help you get the most out of your events and your community. This list outlines event type key features to help you get on your way.
Note: All event types offer an event page and agenda and the ability to assign speakers and capture registrations.
This format is best for when you’re hosting a presentation or one-way video, and speaking content as it allows the attendees to watch the stream and engage in chat, but not have their videos and microphones on. This option is the most robust and allows access to many different types of sessions and interactions: 1 to 1 matches, roundtables, meetings, Q&A sessions, presentations, etc. in the agenda.
Livestreams have no capacity limit to the number of attendees who can participate and engage in the event.
Interactive Video Calls
There are two styles of interactive video calls in Gradual: Meetings & Roundtables.
Here is a great resource to understand the differences and best use cases of these styles.
Meetings are events that function like a video call, and allow you to conduct break out rooms and enable recording. Meeting events have an event landing page, agenda and you can assign hosts and speakers, and capture registrations, but when an attendee joins the meeting they enter the meeting room versus a livestream environment.
Meeting rooms can also be added within an event as a session, and can appear in the agenda for event attendees to join. This use case is great for a single meeting or discussion within a larger Livestream event. All users have the ability to be on camera and audio and to screen share in Meetings. Hosts can configure breakout rooms, as well.
Meetings currently have a 125 capacity limit to the number of attendees who can actively participate and engage in the call.
Meeting events are not currently mobile-friendly so users must attend on a laptop or desktop computer.
Note: Recording is now enabled in all meetings, either stand-alone meeting events, or meetings hosted within an event agenda.
How to create a stand-alone meeting room event (break out rooms + recording enabled)
Roundtables allow for more organic and free-flowing group interaction over video call. Roundtables have set time slots and can be open for users to enter and exit rooms on-demand, either at the community level, or from within an event. Users don’t need to register for a Roundtable, and can join them at their leisure as long as the room is active. The display shows who’s the host, who’s in the room, and how many seats are available. All users in the roundtable are on video, on audio, and can screen share. Hosts can configure breakout rooms, as well.
Roundtables currently have a 125 capacity limit to the number of attendees who can actively participate and engage in the call.
Roundtables are not currently mobile-friendly so users must attend on a laptop or desktop computer.
Note: Recording is now enabled in roundtables within events!
This event type allows users to be matched 1 on 1 with other members in a more intimate setting, and for a shorter amount of time. Interested parties will opt into the matching experience, be put into a queue and paired randomly with another attendee who’s opted in to the experience. Members are paired for a 10 minute video call with another attendee and have the opportunity to approve or disapprove their suggested match without notifying the other party. Those who do engage in this feature can access their match history from the Match tab, too. This feature is available 24/7 to members at the community level (if turned on), or you can set aside time in your event’s agenda to direct attendees to engage in this networking opportunity.
1:1 Match events have no capacity limit to the number of attendees who can participate and engage in the networking event.
1:1 Match events are not currently mobile-friendly so users must attend on a laptop or desktop computer.
Note: While the initial call is set for only 10 minutes, if the call is going well and they’d like to extend the time, the participants can from within the call.
💡 Pro Tip: Set aside time in your agenda to have folks pair with other attendees through Match as a great networking opportunity and break from the livestreaming.
The In-Person event type is used for any live, in-person events you are hosting. They differ from the other event types as they require a physical address in the event setup and don’t have video streaming options. In the dashboard, you can check in members, register new attendees on site, and export lists of attendees.
In-Person events have no capacity limit to the number of attendees who can participate and engage in the event.