What would it be like to meet an alien species? You and your team can find out in this fun and thought-provoking activity built to enhance communication, cultural awareness and empathy. Each team will become a different species of alien with their own culture, economic system and set of social mores. What will happen when their ambassadors meet? Without a common language, how will they communicate without offending each other or potentially starting an interplanetary war? This activity explores the nature of diversity with entertaining and often hilarious results.
- Ensure remote teams are still engaged with each other and the job
- Enhance group online communication skills
- Heighten sense of online group productivity
- Use Video Conferencing to fullest potential
- Great fun for the whole team at an entry-level
- Easily customizable to fit your specific needs
- Helps to hone online conferencing skills using built in tools and other apps available online
- Builds trust and confidence between team members
- Stimulates creativity and innovation
Participants will be divided into teams and given a set of information and rules about their alien race. Each team will occupy a “planet” (online breakout room) and they must strictly adhere to the rules and social norms described in their information pack. Communication between alien races is prohibited except during diplomatic missions, and their various social norms are unknown to each other. Teams will be tasked to initiate contact with one of the other alien races in an attempt to be awarded a prized alien relic. A relic can only be obtained by successfully interacting with an alien race without breaking their rules or disrupting their social norms. If one of the rules is broken during a diplomatic mission, then teams must cease communications and return to their home planet. Through trial and error, teams will become more familiar with the taboos of each race and how to avoid diplomatic mission failure. At the end of the session, the team with the most successful interactions (the most relics) will win the game.
Each Team will be accompanied by a moderator who will ensure that participants are familiar with and fully understand the Alien race they are portraying before gameplay commences. Each team will have the opportunity before visiting another planet to send out “probes” – individual participants that may observe that planet without interacting for 1 minute. Diplomatic missions may carry on uninterrupted unless the diplomat causes enough offense to warrant being expelled by the planetary authority.
- A fun and thought-provoking take on cross-cultural awareness
- Gives participants an opportunity to get creative with portraying their alien characters
- Better negotiation and diplomacy skills
- Active participation of the whole group
- A great working analogy for the DISC model
In First Contact each team is assigned to a planet to represent a different alien species with each member of the culture assigned a different role within the Nation’s government.
- The Zox’s Empire
- The Children of Krell
- Red Star Collective
- Vo’Shan Protectors
This event is staged online using a combination of ‘Zoom Meetings’ and a selection of other software and websites, all of which are easily accessible or free to download. We can send an invitation via email containing all instructions and links prior to the event. We highly suggest installing the relevant programs and using a desktop or laptop for full experience. Tablet and smart phone access is possible but will contain less functionality.
Your host will be tallying team scores after each challenge throughout the event and declare the virtual race winner at the end during debrief.
The event briefing takes place in the central video conference room. The briefing will include a short tutorial for how to use the Video Conferencing software and best practices for operating within a group video chat. i.e. muting microphones when not speaking, looking at camera when speaking etc. After the briefing, participants will be separated into teams and invited by the facilitator to separate chat rooms, then the lead facilitator gives further instructions and objectives for the activity. The de-brief takes place again in the central video conferencing room. Briefing and de-brief usually take around 15 minutes each but can be extended upon request for more in-depth analysis of team performance.
Starting with a two to four hour half day option, this activity can be expanded to an eight hour full day event.
09.00 am – Event brief by lead facilitator
09.15 am – Ice breakers and warm up activities
09.45 am – Preparation for diplomatic missions
10.00 am – Diplomatic missions begin
12.15 pm – Teams must reconvene in the central conferencing room
12.30 pm – Event de-brief, awarding ceremony
01.00 pm – End of the program
People per Team
Below are three options for First Contact with different inclusions and rates all tailored to best match your budget and requirements. The Bronze option is a fixed program with few inclusions but the Silver and Gold packages include extra benefits and allow selection of some or all challenges. On the pricing page we offer further optional extras. The full day activity will have up to double the number of challenges.
All options include
One Western lead event instructor
Interstitial (between challenges) quick fire discussion topics
Simple version of First Contact
One facilitator per 40 pax
Standard version of First Contact
One facilitator per 20 pax
+Customised backgrounds for each team
+Raw footage of live stream for internal training purposes
+Prizes winning team
Standard version of First Contact
One facilitator per 10 pax
+Activity material send to participants in a gift box