There are around 25 participants in the hotel room and almost 40 remotely, spread across seven European countries, some of them at home and others in their offices. This cross-cutting team of 65 people from a multinational decided to go for a hybrid teambuilding with well-defined objectives. The host of the event begins to explain the experience that is about to begin. Everything takes place in English.
The aim is for this team to be faced with a challenge so immersive that they forget it’s just a training session.
The key words are: Communication and Interdependence – the host’s image and sound reach the remote participants via a video conferencing platform (e.g. Zoom or Teams), while he details the briefing in the hotel room where he is, together with the staff supporting the experience.
While some receive an envelope with their mission and prepare their backpacks to hit the road, others access a website where they can download valuable information.
Some of the adventurers on the ground have headphones and a smartphone holder, so that those who are remote can see everything that is happening as they progress.
The hybrid experience begins!
Everyone knows that the ultimate goal of this immersive experience is to discover a real treasure chest and access its precious contents. They will only succeed if the remote participants manage to discover the treasure map with the famous cross, marking the location of the chest, and lead the field team there.
They will only be successful if the participants on the ground pass through some mandatory points on the map and collect the tools that will allow them to access the chest.
Some are the team’s intelligence center, others turn theory into practice and make it happen. Everyone counts.
They arrive at the place marked with the cross.
There should be a treasure there, but there’s just a cross marked on the ground, just like on the map… In fact, the shovels they collected at the obligatory points were not merely symbolic and they start digging, while those in the background try to figure out how to open the chest.
Really? I’m serious. Deeply buried is a huge, heavy wooden box, the ropes used to pull it to the surface. Everything is being transmitted to the remote team.
The wooden box protected a phenomenal treasure chest that is now at the mercy of the entire team. It’s locked and still needs a lot of collaborative work to unlock its treasures. Some solve the puzzles remotely, others solve them locally.
We can’t tell you more, but this is how a hybrid immersive experience plays out. Makes you want to try it, doesn’t it?