CDTM – How to socialize during a summit?

The Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) hosts an Alumni Summit every year to bring together students and alumni. The event’s rich agenda includes workshops, talks, startup pitches, and networking.

Covid-19 force-moved the summit online. The technical know-how of the CDTM staff enabled it to quickly provide a custom high-quality streaming setup for talks and panels which Knit integrated with its networking capabilities and a smart agenda. This combination made the event a success in spite of the challenges.

Challenge 1: Organic networking is hard to do online

Solution: Knit networking lounges

The networking and socializing elements that had always created the lively atmosphere of the offline event were missing this time, so a new approach was needed. Therefore, the new online event included 4 networking sessions interwoven in-between the talks and workshops, and an open-ended, informal networking afterparty. Despite the preceding 7-hour marathon of fixed agenda items, this informal, unstructured socializing lasted for another 1.5 hours, proving that Knit provided a hospitable atmosphere that encouraged meaningful conversations and led to establishing truly lasting connections between the students and alumni.

Challenge 2: Many agenda items make the event complicated

Solution: Knit event page

Another challenge was the complexity of the agenda (13 class reunions, 10 pitches, 10 workshops, and a panel discussion). This required very clear waypoints. Knit seamlessly integrated all agenda elements on a centralized event page and smartly prompted guests to proceed to their next session when needed.


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