What is a meeting?

What is the difference between a meeting and a live breakout session?

Author photo   Hugh M
  Last updated January 13 2022

In the context of your event there can be two types of meetings: meetings that take place in a scheduled session ("webinar" or live breakout sessions) and meetings that attendees can schedule between themselves (networking)

Live breakout or "webinar" sessions:

These are sessions that use either our integrated video conferencing solution or another platform such as Zoom. These are normally used for breakout sessions or smaller talks. Canapii web conferencing will allow up to 250 participants, Zoom allows 200 and Zoom Webinar supports 500-1000 participants.

In these sessions Admins can assign hosts, manage attendees, use polls and gather other analytics.

Canapii also supports the option to have attendees network freely with each other. This is handled within the Meetings tab of the event Console sidebar.


Meetings that attendees set up themselves can be either scheduled or instant (meet now).

Attendees can network with each other using the Attendees page (optional) of your event. Here they will see a gallery of all attendees within the event and are able to filter through the attendees via different profile parameters such as company, country, and other fields collected at registration. Admins can include a Networking page in their event (added in general settings) that allow attendees to create meetings and manage meeting requests all in one place.

Scheduled meetings encourage attendees to choose a mutually beneficial time to connect.

Meet now allows attendees to have an instantaneous video call. All meetings take place on the Canapii platform meaning your attendees never have to leave your event "walls".  

The Meetings section on your event console sidebar gives admins an overview of all scheduled "networking" meetings and allows you to define your event's meeting logic. Remember, for quick meeting stats head to your event Console homepage.

Note: Admins have the ability to decide when meetings are allowed and which attendee types can interact.