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How to get the best out of Emerge 2016

Emerge is energetic, dynamic, and jam-packed with sessions, workshops, lunchtime activities and more – not to mention the opportunity to connect with +500 impact leaders over the course of two-days!

So, how do you make the most of it?

If you have a ticket for the weekend or just Saturday or Sunday – here are our top-tips on getting the best out of Emerge 2016!

Before Emerge

Check it out! Read the programme. Find out who’s talking, and decide who you might want to try to meet.

You and your goals. What do you have to offer? What do you need to learn? Emerge is your oyster; to make the most of it come prepared with knowledge of yourself and what you need to make the next move on your impact journey.

During the Event

Arrive in time to have a coffee! Registration opens at 09:15 on Saturday and 09:30 on Sunday. Make sure to check in when you arrive. This is the optimal time to scout out the event before the sessions start, check out the marketplace stalls in the Entrance Hall, or network over a coffee from the Marquee.

Take note. Remember to bring a notebook, or whatever you need to capture your learnings, words of wisdom, and someone’s email address if they’ve run out of business cards!

Bring a bottle. Let’s face it; we all feel a slight bit of guilt when we buy water in a plastic bottle. We want to decrease the number of water bottles used this year to help reduce our environmental ‘footprint’, so we are only offering one bottle per person each day (plus hiring in reusable mugs). So if you have an eco-friendly re-usable water bottle, then bring it! We have a number of water stations at the event; it’s literally on-tap!

Get social. Remember to tweet your experience live during the event using #Emerge16! Share your bite-size insights, photos or shout outs and join the conversation.

Time out. If you need to take some time to get away from the hustle and bustle, retreat to our “Zen Zone” for some quiet time. And if it’s not just you that needs to recharge, then each of our Zen Zone pods also have plug sockets for your device.

Network. There are so many opportunities to network at Emerge. Whether it’s during coffee breaks, lunchtime sessions, the Collaboration Clothesline, or even our dedicated Speed Networking session on Saturday or Drinks Reception on Sunday, make sure you come armed with your elevator pitch and trusty business cards!

After the Event

Keep the fire burning. We hope you’ll leave Emerge feeling inspired and ready to set out on your impact endeavours, so don’t let this fire burnout! Follow up on the connections you made and carry on learning by attending more of the Skoll Centre’s events and talks throughout the academic year.

See you soon!


Join our team!

Join our warm and friendly team and be a part of the Emerge crew!

We are looking to recruit Event and Communications Volunteers to help us run the 2 days of Emerge. Be prepared to muck in and work hard (there is limited time off between sessions), but you will be rewarded with a free ticket to Emerge and also to the Saturday night Emerge Dinner.

Applications close on Monday 24 October at 12-noon.

Apply to be an Event Volunteer


Apply to be a Communications Volunteer



What is my time commitment?

You will need to be available on both the 12 and 13 November (Saturday and Sunday) for the full day and you will also need to be available for a 1.5-hour briefing session on Thursday, 10 November at 12noon. Communications Volunteers will additionally need to be available for a 30-minute briefing (date and time TBC).

Is it paid?

Unfortunately, volunteers are not paid, but they will receive a free ticket to Emerge and the Saturday night Emerge Dinner.  Plus, for Event Volunteers, we’ll try to arrange for time off in your schedule if there is a particular session you want to go to.

Who can apply?

Anyone! We are looking for those who will get stuck in, be friendly and helpful and have bags of energy to get you through the weekend!