Getting Started with Berst

Berst.io is designed to allow participants to control how they engage in a virtual environment reducing the need for a host to manage and coordinate participants.

If you prefer to watch a video to get started instead, check out our Guided Scenarios.



Getting Started

1. If you haven't yet created your room you will need to Create a Room. You will receive an email with your room details and be able to jump in immediately to play around.

2. (Optional) Create a verified login if you want to use the advanced administration controls. 

3. (Optional) Access to the admin dashboard with your login from step 2. where you are able to configure the controls available to your participants, and provide special permissions for named facilitators if you choose to.

4. (Optional) Ask all facilitators to also create a verified login to be able to authenticate themselves and access any controls you allocated them. 

5. If your participants want to join via mobile they can download the berst.io iOS App or the Android App.

You should check that your system setup is able to meet our minimum requirements.

You can also check your connection at https://network.callstats.io/

If you are having trouble connecting to a Berst.io video call, it is likely that you communication is blocked on 443 for TCP.
In some corporate environments this port 443 is only made available for SSL preventing you from accessing a Berst event. You will either need to disconnect from the corporate environment or ask your IT team to open port 443 for TCP communication.



Using Berst.io

Berst.io has two main areas in which users interact. 

1. The viewing area where everything that is "in-the-room" occurs, such as raising a hand to speak and sharing your screen. 

2. The room navigation area where participants can view the context of the rooms available and navigate between rooms.

By default all controls are available to all users, unless you restrict access via the admin dashboard.

Users can
• Edit the topic of the room they are in
• Indicate that their room needs help
• Create a rapid poll in a room, or across all rooms - asking a thumbs up, thumbs down question
• Broadcast a message to all rooms
• Set a timer on their room
• Set the number of breakout rooms that are available
• Show or hide rooms that have been previously created
• Return all participants to the lobby with a 30 second warning
• Create a shared link - associating it with the room they are in
• Add a password to the room they are in
• Lock the room their are in - which unlocks automatically when all participants leave the room


Creating a Engaging Environment

Using the facilitation controls available and presetting up your rooms, is the magic sauce that will make your rooms really sing!

Because participants move themselves, you can focus on creating a bunch of rooms that will allow them to find each other and generally just have fun. To make it even simpler you can restrict the types of controls participants can use based on how much control you want them to have.

For more coordinated events you can think about using timers, broadcasts, and polls to keep the event moving.

Enjoy yourself and let us know if you have any questions!

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