One of the first steps in creating an event or community is selecting an Event Type. Your selection indicates how attendees will participate with your event and the event content, and it enables or disables certain event features and functionality. This article walks you through the facets and considerations of each one. 👍

⭐️ Keep in mind, if you've already created your event, you can edit your Event Type selection before publishing the event by visiting the Basics tab of your event.

Event types

There are three different options when choosing your Event Type:

In Person (Default)

The In Person (Default) option is perfect for events that will be held at a specific venue with all attendees present. If some attendees will be remote, the Hybrid option is a better fit.

Here are some considerations when selecting this option:

  • An Event Location is required. Session Locations are optional.

  • All times in the Agenda feature in the app are identical to those entered in the Socio Platform, and the venue location is used to determine the time zone of the event. The user's local time isn't shown. 

  • The Live Stream feature is unavailable.

  • The Live Stream and Video Replay options can't be added to a session.

Virtual

The Virtual option is the best choice for events where all attendees will be participating remotely, and there will be no physical venue or location where attendees will meet. 

Here are some considerations when selecting this option:

  • No locations need to be selected

  • You select the time zone that you want to build your content in. Attendees will see this time in the Agenda feature in the app, and they'll also see the time in their own time zone - AKA "Your Time".

  • The Maps feature is unavailable

Hybrid

The Hybrid option is ideal for events where there will be a mix of in-person and virtual attendees. 

Here are some considerations when selecting this option:

  • Event Location required, and session Locations are optional

  • You select the time zone that you want to build your content in. Attendees will see this time in the Agenda feature in the app, and they will also see the time in their own time zone - AKA "Your Time".

  • All features are available. 

Pro tips! 😎

  • If you're unsure which option to select, we recommend the Hybrid option. This gives you the most flexibility when creating your event, and features only appear to attendees if you configure them to do so.

  • If the Virtual or Hybrid option is selected for an event in a Branded Event App, Shake to Connect has no distance requirement. Users across the globe can shake within 5 minutes of each other and still connect! This will impact all other events in the app as well.

  • If you need to change your event type after it's been published, reach out to us via Live Chat, or email us at [email protected]. We'll walk you through the considerations and help you make the switch.

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