Join us early to pick up your name badge. No ticket needed, we have you on the list!
Don’t forget to grab a sticker before heading into the exhibition space for coffee and carbs.
The stickers are just a little way to help you break the ice, as Intranet Now is all about conversation and connection. Even if you don’t leave with a new friend, you’re certain to meet people with similar responsibilities to you. Not something you can always say, considering the diverse skillsets within the digital crowd.
The venue is dissected by the old Roman wall of London, so take a selfie with a genuinely historic backdrop, before swanning around our exhibitor stands with a hot beverage.
The place will soon fill up, so get in early to meet friends, acquaintances, and new people before the conference begins. Maybe say ‘hello’ to five people with the same sticker as you, or look for someone with the exact opposite element. (If you’re not sure which sticker is ‘opposite’ which, well, that’s a fine conversation starter before you get into “what brings you here” territory).
The conference opens with a sharp keynote (only 18 minutes) from Jamie Garrett of Invotra. He’ll show how enabling employees to be more directly involved (with everything?) is transformative, leading to better business in all ways. It’s now a mini-tradition for Invotra to open for us, and yet there’s always someone new on stage with a fresh take.
Our second keynote of the day will be from LumApps — the topic is still under wraps as they’re hoping to bring a secret customer to the stage. Stand by for news. While this is LumApps’ first time at Intranet Now, we welcome them as co-platinum partners, having seen them present around Europe and once or twice in London.
There’s much discussion about the optimal short-talk length, but we know that 9 minutes is the sweet spot! We started Intranet Now in 2014 with 5-minute talks, in later years we experimented with 7, and now we know that 9 minutes is perfect. It’s just enough time to lay out a problem, explore the solution(s) and discuss the impact upon people and the organisation. Plus, and this is not being uncharitable at all, if a talk doesn’t interest you, well, we have like a dozen other talks coming up in just a few mins! The agenda covers many aspects of communications, engagement, and collaboration within the digital workplace.
Lightning talks are so fast-paced, there’s no time for your questions. Or is there?!
Around 10:33am (give or take a minute) we’ll hand the stage over to you for your 60-second hot take. You’ll have just heard from five presenters, and now it’s time to add your hot_reaction_.gif — Start by saying “This is more of a statement, not a question” (SNAQ, get it?) to be sure of a warm reception.
There’s another SNAQ attack just before lunch too.
Each break is a chance to catch up with your peers and friends, and make new acquaintances. There’s a good bunch of digital-types that always come to Intranet Now, but I don’t mind telling you that there were loads of brand-new people at the last conference.
We want everyone to feel welcome, and to feel comfortable and confident in discussing their own experiences and challenges. With so much expertise in the room, it’s a brilliant opportunity to connect with people who understand the digital landscape. [Insert promo of IN LinkedIn and Twitter here.] Use everybody’s elemental sticker to start a conversation – debate the pros and cons of typecasting.
Straight after lunch, head to either your chosen workshop, or back into the conference hall for table talks.
While there are multiple workshops available, we ask that you choose, and register, for only one.
The workshop leaders will be on stage just before the first break to ‘sell’ you their workshop, and you register on paper during the break (or lunch).
While the workshop is only 40 minutes, it’s great to slow the pace and explore one topic in more depth.
When not in a workshop, you’ll be in two informal discussions at tables in the conference hall. Pick your topic, or simply sit with your favourite speaker, and discuss your real-life digital challenges with a small group of peers for 20 minutes.
We’ve taken all the pain out of ‘networking’ – with stickers, breaks, table talks and a workshop — you’re not sat in the same chair all day, and you’ll naturally meet new people and get into fresh conversations. If you’re an introvert (or a tired omnivert / ambivert like me), you’re welcome to step outside for a breath, but we hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn with peers outside of your usual circle for at least one table talk.
We’re just about the announce our three debaters, who will all tackle the same topic in just 4 minutes each, and then debate the pros and cons.
It’s more than a panel discussion, as each debater gets to set out their approach in a mini-presentation first. We hope that seeing the success three people have had with different approaches illuminates your intranet choices.
And we hope the debate sparks additional thoughts and concerns from you, as we’ll throw out a roving mic to you in the audience for your questions (and statements) for the debaters to consider. Like I always say, nobody at Intranet Now is an attendee, everybody is a participant.
Not the end
The roving mic brings us to the end of our summer conference; hopefully, we’ll have not only seen some presentations that stick in the mind, but will also have heard some insights from the crowd that we can all reflect upon and take back to the office on Monday.
We’ll publish the photos from the day, and many of the presentation files, so we’ll email you with details and continue the conversation within our LinkedIn Group.
Will you join us?
If you haven’t already got your ticket, Lisa and I invite you to check out our tickets and consider the benefits of bringing teammates from across your organisations. Lessons are easier to learn (and implement) when more than one of you ‘gets it’.
If you’re working to improve communications, collaboration, and productivity across your organisation (and care about people) then Intranet Now is an invaluable experience that will boost your knowledge and energy.