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How GMIC is Using Gaming to Transform its Learning Platform

Next week’s Green Meetings Industry Council Annual conference (Feb 20-23, 2011) sounds like it will be really cool.  They are complimenting the traditional lecture model with an interactive and collaborative games model. From what I understand – the idea is to send attendees home prepared to think strategically about building sustainable events.

To execute this vision the GMIC team is getting everyone to work together to solve problems rather than just listen to speakers talk. The idea behind the event is that you will go home having looked at building sustainable events from several different perspectives. Not only will you have heard about the strategies – but you will have been able to practice them.

Since, I am not really doing this event justice – here are snippets of Paul Salinger and Midori Connolly talking about Game On.

How You Can Participate

[Register here] Obviously you can attend in person. The event is in Portland. For those of you that want to save your carbon footprint (and your greenbacks) there is a FREE virtual pass available. Since, this conference fits with my innovation wishes – I plan to attend online.

I will be looking at  how the organizers are integrating the games, ipad applications and case studies into the event design. I will be happy to share what I learn with all of you.

Tell me about your own experiences (positive or negative) using games in learning. Are other conferences doing this? What is the reaction from the attendees – near term and long term?

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  1. Sam, we are so thrilled to have such a leader in meeting innovation participate in our event.

    I know you share the same passion for experimentation – so fingers crossed at the end we discover this is an experiment worth the effort 🙂 As I always try to remind people, with technology we really must take a leap and at least try to experiment. The worse that could happen is that it doesn’t work and we then try again.

    Here is another short video that explains a little more about how the conference actually works. Enjoy!

    February 17, 2011
  2. Midori, great video!

    Incorporating social gaming into meetings can be a pragmatic solution to tackling many of the obstacles we face as meeting strategists. This simple platform enables attendees instant access to networking opportunities, will engage attendees and deliver meaningful events.

    The challenge of getting participants to step up to the plate is always great. To get them to overcome their insecurities and feel comfortable/safe to expose what they don’t know to a group of peers will take some thought.

    So glad I will be on site to participate in the GMIC, Game On experiment!

    February 19, 2011
  3. I’ve tried a similar concept out a few meetings with great success. One of the key elements is engaging attendees in the process. So fun and so effective! Can’t wait to hear how it goes on this scale.

    February 21, 2011
  4. Bridget #

    Wow. Although disappointed not to have checked out the above (interview, video & comments) prior to attending the SusMtgsConf in person, it was also exciting to have a post-conference perspective: reviewing how it was introduced, witnessing how the mixed audience was already engaged, and (now) to know how truly well the Game On experiment went.
    Surely, lessons and ideas for improvement will continue to surface, as with any try at a new idea. But, what an ideal opportunity to experience, matching the missions of our constantly evolving GMIC.

    Well done, and THANK YOU, conference leaders!

    February 24, 2011

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