Session formats at #execfintech

This year we’re adapting more innovative session formats for #execfintech. We have tested various session formats during Pirate Camp 2014 and Pirate Summit 2015. Here is the essence of what has worked best.

AMA (Ask me anything)
Anyone from the audience can ask anything by just raising their hand. So basically, the good old Q&A.

Four to five chairs are arranged on stage. This is the fishbowl. Some selected participants will fill those chairs leaving 1-2 chairs empty. The moderator introduces the topic and the participants start discussing the topic. The audience outside the fishbowl listens in on the discussion.
Any member of the audience can – at any time – occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and vacant a chair.

Open Interview
This is a mix of fishbowl and ask me anything. The person being interviewed stays in the fishbowl, and the rest of the people can sit in and become the interviewer. You have to join the fishbowl on stage to ask a question, so this creates more in-depth discussions than Q&A sessions. It’s a great way to dig deep and learn from someone.

3-5 people form a panel on a certain topic. A moderator makes sure that the panellists stay on topic. This is the classic panel you know from many conferences.

A short 5 minute ignite talk to communicate a thought or a provocative statement to spark an ongoing discussion (most of the time an ask me anything or open interview session).

A short pitch of an idea or startup. Usually followed by a short Q&A session about the topic.

Office Hours
Bring a problem and an expert will try to propose a solution/fix in a 1-on-1 session.

At least 15min presentation on one specific topic, with a lot of hands-on hacks/hints. Basically a useful keynote.