Joining Instructions Friday Fests

Friday Fest FAQs
For urgent assistance please email or call 02081234778.

Friday Fests will take place online via Hopin. Hopin is a virtual venue with multiple interactive areas that are optimized for connecting and engaging. You can learn more about Hopin here:

All individuals who’ve registered to attend a Friday Fest will be issued with joining links from 14 June. Please follow the steps in the email to activate your registration. You will need to access the event each day via this link.

To access the Friday Fest platform, you must ensure you have completed the following steps:
Step 1: I Hopin will issue an email containing a link to activate your registration. The email subject will say “ACTION REQUIRED | Your registration to the Festival of Education | Friday Fest”.
Keep this email safe, you will need it during the conference to access the event!
Step 2: Click on the green “Activate Registration” button in the email. You will reach an email verification page and a verification email will be issued to you.
Step 3: You must head back to your emails and click on the link in the verification email in order to register and join the event. The verification link is active for 10 minutes. After it has expired, you will be issued a new link by clicking on the link in the original email (step 1).
Step 4: Once you have received the follow-up email “You’re in – Festival of Education Friday Fest”, click on the “Go to event” button. You will then be directed to the platform.
Step 5: Once the page has loaded, please click on “create your profile”. This will enable you to complete your profile with items such social media links, bio and a profile image.
Once the steps above are complete you will have full access to the Friday Fest.

If you have not received your link by 17:00 on Wednesday 16 June please urgently email so that we can ensure you receive your link ahead of the Friday Fest starting.

For the best Hopin experience we recommend:
Using Google Chrome or Firefox (Please avoid Brave, Safari, and Microsoft IE or Edge).
Make sure your browser is up to date.
Check your internet speed and network. Hopin recommends a minimum of 5mbps download and 2mbps upload. Ideally, we like to see 30mbps download and 10mbps upload or higher for the best quality.
We recommend attending the event using a laptop or PC, as we cannot guarantee it will work flawlessly on mobile/table device

You can view the agenda on the Hopin platform or alternatively download the agenda in PDF form here:

The Hopin platform will go live at 07:00 and close at 18:00 on Friday 16th & 18th June. Content will commence each day 09:30 and finish at 15:30.

You do not need to pre-book workshops for the Friday Fests.

The Expo area of Hopin is the digital exhibitor hall full of Festival partner and exhibitor booths.

Similar to an experience like FaceTime, the Networking area on Hopin randomly pairs two attendees over a direct video call. When someone clicks the Ready button, the system searches for someone else who has also clicked the Ready button. The two are matched instantly and the video chat begins. Attendees will see a timer countdown on the top side of the screen. When the time expires, the meeting ends. If you would like to continue chatting, you can search for each other in the People section and either send a message or invite to video call. You can also video call delegates by clicking on their profile within the People tab.

The Networking area is random, so you are not able to pick who you match with at this time. You can utilize the 1:1 meetings that you can create by going to the 'People' tab of the event, finding the person you would like to connect with, and clicking the invite to video call button

Recordings of content will be made available a few days after the event. Delegates will be emailed when available.

Please send your questions over to or call into the office on 020 8123 4778.

Platform Demo
We've produced this brief demo video of the Hopin platform and how to use it as a Friday Fest attendee.