Do you have a session in which you’d like to split up the agenda into multiple tracks running in parallel? Adding breakout sessions (also known as parallel tracks) into your session will allow you to show this.

How to create parallel tracks

Breakout sessions (a.k.a. Parallel tracks) can be created with the Breakout session button: Move your mouse over any block in your session plan, and you will see the ‘Create Block / Group / Breakout session’ buttons appearing between your blocks.

parallel tracks

When you click on the Breakout session button, a new Breakout session will be created in your session plan.

New breakout track

The Breakout session is created with two parallel tracks by default, but you can easily add (and remove) tracks. The tracks inside the Breakout session behave the same way as the rest of the session planner tool; you can create blocks and groups inside each track, and move blocks into your tracks by dragging and dropping them.

Move blocks into your tracks by dragging and dropping

The overview bar on the left side will always represent the track that you currently have active, which is the track currently being viewed on your screen.

If you have empty gray space in the left side overview bar in your breakout session, it means that one of your tracks within the breakout session takes longer time than the one you currently have open.

How can I rename tracks in my breakout session?

You can rename the tracks of your breakout session by clicking on the title of the track:

Rename a track

Move blocks between tracks

If you click on the Overview button next to the list of your tracks in a breakout session, then you will get a zoomed out view where you see all tracks next to each other. Here you can move blocks between the tracks by dragging and dropping them, or copy a block from one track to another by holding down the ALT key on your keyboard while dragging and dropping. This way, the source block will stay in the original track.

Move blocks between tracks

If you have more tracks than fit on your screen, you will have a horizontal scrollbar at the bottom of your breakout session to help navigate among the columns representing your tracks.

If you want to create more space for your overview, you may also hide the right sidebar, by clicking in the uppermost button in the right side menu. To return to the single-track view, simply click on the title of any of your tracks

Uppermost button in the right side menu

Adjusting the timing of your breakout session

Each track of your breakout session has its length marked next to the name of the track. The length of your breakout session – counted in the overall length of your whole session – will always equal the longest track you have in the breakout session.

Adjusting the timing of your breakout session

When you’re finished designing your session, you may take a final look at your breakout tracks to double check that they have equal length so you don’t have unused time in any of your tracks.

Breakout sessions in Overview and on your exports

Your breakout sessions will also be visible and editable in the Overview (if you click on the Overview button in your sessions’s header).

Here you will have a zoomed out view of your breakout session, and you can navigate with arrows between the different tracks.

Zoomed out view of your breakout session

Breakout sessions on your export / printout

Your breakout sessions will appear also on your PDF or Word export. The tracks will be listed under each other, and a visual mark will indicate the scope of the whole breakout session.

Breakout sessions in printout

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