Meeting planners looking to technologically spice things up for their next meeting just might have the answer they’ve been looking for—Infinite Loop, a virtual-reality technology that turns meetings into an opportunity for experiential learning.
One of the first virtual-reality video games that works well for large groups, Infinite Loop was created by team-building specialists Play with a Purpose. Players must be engaged, as the game is fast-paced and requires communication and problem-solving skills to succeed.
The game plays much like an escape room, where clues must be found to proceed to the next level. The objective is to save a young man who is trapped in the virtual world. Team members take turns wearing a virtual-reality headset as they navigate themselves in different virtual rooms. They must observe what they see in the virtual world and echo it back to their real-world teammates, while also using information from the real-world provided by the team. Teammates are encouraged to communicate with one another and are rewarded for it as they progress through the game.
In addition to the Infinite Loop virtual-reality game, Play with a Purpose has plenty of other problem-solving activities for meeting groups to enjoy. If your meeting’s purpose is to encourage collaboration, there are games such as Beat the Box, which requires teams to cooperate to open a box before the given time runs out, and Rat Trap, much like Mouse Trap, but rather than trapping a rat, participants squash one (an artificial one, of course). Each game serves as a metaphor for the work environment, with its many hurdles and hiccups, and teaches employees how to overcome challenges through team-building activities.
If a meeting’s objective is to improve team dynamics, groups can play Blend It Like Bordeaux, where teams make their own Bordeaux—the blend, name, and label—or form a symphony during Orchestrate, in which participants choose an instrument and are taught to play before performing with their group. It sounds nearly impossible, with the lack of instrumental experience that some bring, but that’s part of the fun.