Attendee Networking

Help your event participants network and connect during your event with these key features/ideas:

Attendee Directory #

Encourage your attendees to complete their profiles and make them public. Displaying an attendee directory on your Sched event will help event participants view other attendee profiles. Attendance lists can also display within each session.

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Attendees can list their contact details, social media links etc in their profile to quickly connect with other attendees, colleagues and friends.

List Your Social Media Profiles

Twitter Feed #

Provide access to your event’s Twitter feed from the Sched event site and mobile app. This will show any activity related to your event’s hashtag or Twitter handle.

Twitter Feed


Sched Chat Feature #

Sched has chat functionality that allows for 1-on-1 and group chat between attendees/speakers/sponsors etc. in an event, both via the web and mobile apps. This feature is available on the Plus and Premium Plans.

Note: Moderation tools are currently not implemented in the Web Chat. Please use mobile apps to moderate group chats.

How To Enable/Disable Event Chat
1. Go to ‘Settings‘ in your event’s Control Panel
2. Under the ‘Communication’ section, click on the ‘Enable/Disable Chat’ button

Once enabled, you should see the chat icon available in the upper right corner of your event’s preface. While in the mobile app, it is in the lower part beside the ‘My Account’ tab.

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Things To Keep In Mind
• Attendee profile should be set to ‘Public‘ to allow chats.
• Attendees with private profiles will not show up in the chat list.


Chat feature (Announcement and Event Lobby) #

When the event organizer activates chat in the Control Panel we will now auto-create 2 group channels for them – announcements and event lobby. Any Sched admins at the time of creation will be set as admins for these channels also. Subsequent admins won’t be auto-added as admins to these channels – an existing admin must add them via the chat options directly.

Note: There are no controls in Control Panel for posting to these channels, admins can go directly to the chat (apps or web) and post a message in the channel just like any other chat channel.


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Please keep in mind: Anyone can post in these channels, not just admins. We advise admins to resolve any issues that might arise from this using the admin options in chat which are available on the mobile apps. There they can self-moderate these channels with actions like deleting posts, banning users, etc.

As this feature’s activation is tied to the activation of chat in the Control Panel, any active events that have already activated chat before November 10, 2022 (feature release date) will not have it.

Community Space #

Another common approach is use an external collaboration / sharing / communication tool, such as Discord, Slack, Facebook Groups, in conjunction with Sched. Invite event participants to channels based on session topics, or utilize a 3rd party tool such as Community Inviter.

Chicago StartUp Week is an example of a Sched event that took this approach.


Networking Focused Sessions #

Create sessions in your event schedule in Sched that are specifically for attendees to connect with each other. Use session types or custom filters to help highlight these sessions within your schedule.

We recommend hosting these sessions within a meeting platform such as Zoom Meetings, Microsoft Teams or a dedicated networking tool, such as Remo. Having a host or moderator in each session can help keep conversations flowing.

Setting capacities on these types of breakout sessions will keep conversations more focused and intimate. Setting capacities for sessions is available on Sched’s Plus and Premium Plans only.

Promoting Your Networking Opportunities #

Call out the specific platforms you’re using for your event as much as you can to promote networking by all participants. You can add links to your desired networking tools in many places on Sched:

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