Many of the teambuilding platforms the events industry offers are old-school models that KONCEPT EVENTS spins in a new way that makes them relevant to the times. With everything society is exposed to on television, the internet, social media and in movies; our expectation levels and the degree at which we are stimulated or engaged has changed. We must evolve with our attendees in order to capture their attention and get the results that the organization is investing in and counting on.
For example, we can upgrade “Scavenger Hunt 1.0” by adding technology. Using smart phones, GPS devices, Ipads and/or custom-built Apps helps us to speak the language of the times; while the concept itself hasn’t changed at all. Attendees are still progressing from pre-planned stop to the next, but now it is how they get there and what they do once they arrive…and that makes all the difference!
A few years back “SURVIVOR,” the TV series, was extremely popular along with “THE AMAZING RACE.” Corporate training companies capitalized on the popularity and familiarity of these programs by creating corporate teambuilding activities that mimicked the overall objectives of these games. For KE, these platforms are now a bit dated. Just like iPhone 4, what is “trending” today is different than even 5 years ago. Movies like “THE HUNGER GAMES” have inspired us to think differently about survival. Therefore to stay relevant, we have created a scavenger hunt that plays off the premise of this fierce competition to survive. Teams (or districts) are formed and must create a team culture, name and persona. They are given a backpack filled with various tools and necessities and are able to use their smart phones to locate each mission. Along the way, twists and turns provide opportunity for additional team points and provisions (such as water, food and flint). At each of the missions, the team will compete in mental and physical tasks that make them face fears and overcome obstacles such as archery, fire-building, trust falls and board-breaking. A guide or facilitator is there to “set up” each task and encourage teams to complete each thoroughly. Teams are scored on individual accomplishments as well how well they functioned as a group.
We find the combination of mental and physical challenges allows the wide spectrum of personalities and talents to come through. In the end, it’s still just a scavenger hunt. But as our expectations and needs change, so must the way we communicate with and “touch” our attendees.