Here is an idea that will help you to engage the audience before the event and it has the power to potentially gamify every single presentation.
It is not easy to get pre-event input from attenders, but there is a way to gamify it. Some of the event companies are doing just that with Loquiz. It does work best with company specific events.
The mechanics is simple. Create a clue game and distribute it to all visitors before the event. Whoever gets the best result receives a prize on a main stage. Now the content of that game could include
- Some general/trick/logic puzzles that make it a competition
- Some survey type questions that ask what would you like to hear from every participant
- Maybe some background content or questions related to the event
And you can top it off with asking for a word that a specific presenter must meaningfully use in her presentation (this needs of course to be agreed beforehand ). This word could be anything, but only the words that are “requested” most are relayed to the presenter before the event, so they can include them into the presentation. So you might cooperate with fellows to make sure that your absolute nonsense phrase is in this bunch.
As an added bonus you could print out the “bullshit bingo” sheet to all the participants, but instead of the BS-phrases you can fill the table with the words participants are waiting for.
And so each presentation is gamified even before it starts!