Coffee chats are informal, unstructured meetings that help people to know each other better. As the name suggests, they would usually happen over a coffee but the choice of beverage is (usually) not restricted!
In a physical office, coffee chats happen organically even without being labeled as such. Since in real-life we can move around easily, asking someone to grab a coffee together is a no-brainer.
While a coffee chat can be still goal-oriented - let’s discuss XYZ over the coffee - quite often it would happen spontaneously and in an unstructured manner. Those informal conversations are often one of the best ways to build long-lasting bonds between team members and let the important information within an organization flow organically. Just like quick catch-ups, they work their magic behind the scenes of the meetings that are scheduled with an agenda.
While impromptu coffee catch-ups are simple to encounter while in a physical office, remote teams don’t have the luxury of simply walking up to someone’s desk and inviting them for a coffee. If you’re using a tool like ZOOM for your remote work communications, spontaneity rarely occurs organically. It’s challenging to catch up with someone when you’re both embedded in a meeting that has 20 participants and someone is giving a presentation. Unfortunately, the limitations of standard video-conferencing significantly take away from the experience that one would otherwise have if working from a physical location.
The answer is simple - create a virtual office on flat.social where your remote team will be able to hang out and chat like they would be in a physical location together.
Flat.social allows your remote team to brainstorm, connect and collaborate in a fun virtual workspace that replicates the communicational dynamics of a physical office. At the core, every participant can move around and talk with others in proximity. (watch a demo video here)
Creating your first virtual workspace is really simple - you only need to create a permanent space (takes less than minute) and distribute the link to your team.
1. Sign up for free & create a virtual space on flat.social
2. Customise the space and brand it with your team’s logo
3. Add the link to the calendar invites. The link to a flat is permanent and never changes which makes it easier to join in
4. If you wish, connect the virtual space with your Slack workspace and set up recurring reminders that will notify your team about any events and meetings that you would like to organise in the space
With flat.social participants are not chained to a grid of tiny squares like they would in a classic videoconference. Instead, they can move around the rooms like they would in any multiplayer game.
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Your new virtual spaces can consist of multiple different types of rooms. Each room can be different - a mini-game, activity or something special for your team.
Dependently on the type of room, you will be able to host from 10 to 100 simultaneous guests.
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Build your own virtual space for your team or event by selecting from many of the available rooms and activities.
Each room is special and can be placed in whichever position you want. Fancy a quick retreat on the beach? Simply add the beach elements into your space :)
It's so much more than just a plain video-chat. Guests in a flat.social meeting can express themselves through a variety of virtual gestures and customizations on how they present themselves.
From becoming a godzilla to doing a frog dance, it's all built to be playful and interactive.
Engage your guests with interactive presentations and talks by using the spatial screen sharing and broadcasting features! Whether you're giving a talk or want to present something with a real-time video stream, sharing the live screenshare will be an experience that seamlessly integrates into the virtual space.
No need to install anything new. It all runs in the web browser both on desktop and mobile. Safari and Chrome are doing great, Firefox is catching up!
Yep, a number of participants can screenshare at the same time. Those can be positioned next to each other or distributed in various locations around the virtual space.
Check out thepricing page to see free and pro plans available.
Sure, if all you do is fun and creative meetings! (we sincerly hope so:)
Over the past 3 years we learned that while ZOOM and Microsoft teams are amazing tools to keep you productive, they're not optimized to to keep a group of people connected, engaged and happy.
Hence, flat.social was created. It does not aim to be a complete replacement - it's an addition for when the priorities switch from productivity to human interaction. It's here to bring smile and show that spontanous creative moments and connections can happen without having to travel to an office or an event venue.
Meeting attendees can use WASD keys like in multi-player games or drag themselves around with a mouse.
The experience is spatial by default - only ones around will hear you. You can however use the loudspeaker feature to speak to everyone at once. It's useful if you want to make an announcement or managing a larger workshop where attendees are distributed around the room.