Are you treating live events like in-person events? Stop limiting yourself!
Live events offer more scale and interaction than in-person events. With in-person, there's an "interactive tipping point" where you'll never be able to involve everyone.
With a live event, everyone's connected, everyone has an opportunity to participate, and you can get people involved.
Here are some ideas:
- Guest speakers
- Town halls/forums
- Community standups (.NET standup is well-attended)
- Co-working time
- Demo days (show off features with who built them)
- Customer success stories
- Interactive workshops
- Audience show and tell
- Happy hours (okay, PubConf is the exception)
- Group party games (hello Codenames!)
- Breakout rooms
- Bug bash
Hope that's flipping some bits in that ol' noggin of yours.