When you create a new Hopin event you see this screen:
You are prompted to select either an Open Event or Scheduled Event.
An open event has no time constrictions — attendees can flow freely between event rooms (Stage, Sessions, and 1:1 Networking) as they please, whereas a scheduled event only opens one room at a time.
Let's take a few use cases.
If you want to make sure everyone watches the Stage, go with a scheduled event.
If you want to have a speaker, group discussions, and one-on-one meetings at the same time, an open event is probably best.
If segments are optional or casual, choose open.
If segments are critical or mandatory, choose scheduled.
If you want to set up a virtual office, choose open.
If you want to host a conference, choose scheduled.
For simultaneous segments, choose open.
For consecutive segments, choose scheduled.
Q. If you wanted to set up a webinar on Hopin, would you use Open or Scheduled?
A. It's a trick question. The answer is both! You can select an open event and add a Stage segment or you can choose scheduled and create a Stage segment.
The difference comes down to your goals for your event -- do you want everyone to do the same thing at the same time (then choose scheduled) or do you want more of a choose-your-own adventure experience (then choose open) -- it's up to you and how you want to delight your guests.
Learn how to create a great webinar event on Hopin here.