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Details on Creative Elements of the SYM Conference

 —  March 14, 2012 — 5 Comments

Right after the Simply Youth Ministry Conference I always get asked the same question: how did you do that!?! I love a good idea – I love stealing good ideas, too. If anything you saw on the main stage was interesting to you or maybe inspired you to bring something back into your ministry setting – here’s the scoop on what we used or how we did it!

Poll Everywhere – the polls on the big screen were powered by PollEverywhere.com. The technology is free for up to 40 responses (perfect for most youth groups) and scales really well to have thousands of responses per poll. Be sure to check them out – we use it all the time in our youth ministry, it is so fast and fun!

AR.Drone – one of the new ideas this year was to use an AR.Drone to hover over the crowd with a gift card attached to it on a long string. The Drone is controlled by an iPad/iPhone/iPod/Android and streams live video from the hovering airship to the big screen. With all of the signals in the conference room it got bogged down a bit, but overall it was a super fun experiment.

Facebook Hack – This is a game we invented in our youth ministry a couple of months ago. You can read more about the game and download the title slide right here.

The Interlude – a fun dance you can download right here.

Digital Stachethese are the dudes behind lots of magic on the screens. We had an idea, they did it. Really stunning guys with tons of freebies and youth ministry resources totally worth checking out!

Twitter – this is actually a feature in the latest version of Propresenter (5, from what I understand). It is a super cool way to put up a paricular hashtag on the screen – it includes full moderation capabilities as well. Looked super slick up there!

Was there something else at the event you would like to know about? Hit me up in the comments!


Josh Griffin


5 responses to Details on Creative Elements of the SYM Conference

  1. Thanks, Josh! Love seeing all of these resources in one place!

  2. @Tom – You bet! Happy to help! JG

  3. Dave Nicodemus March 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    This might be simplistic, but what do you use to connect on stage iPads to the projectors? Ex. The temple run and jetpack joyride challenges.

  4. @Dave

    In this case, we just used iPhone 4s with screenoutput. When we’re just in our youth room, we have them roll on Apple TVs to it wirelessly streams from the device to the screen. Super cool and no cords in the way or anything!


  5. Hey Josh. The link for the facebook hack isn’t working for me. Do you still have that. I have been holding on to this game since SYMC! I finally got wifi, Hallelujah!

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