Different Space Types

Gather is currently designed to support two different types of Spaces: Remote Work and Events. We design, test, and release features that are unique to these two Space types. This article describes:

Tip: You can easily tell what type of Space you are by checking for the info board icon (sign post) in the navigation bar. If you see an info board icon, you're in an Event Space. If you do not see this icon, you are in a Remote Work Space. Read more about features available in the navigation bar.

Choosing Your Space Type

The type of Space you have is determined in one of two ways: The option you choose at https://app.gather.town/get-started or the answer you select at https://app.gather.town/create.

Get Started

When you visit https://app.gather.town/get-started, you're presented with three different options: Set up a workspace, Organize an event, or Explore social experiences. If you choose Set up a workspace, you will create a Remote Work Space. If you choose Organize an event or Explore social experiences, you will create an Event Space.

The get started page, with three cards. The first is Set up a workspace, the second is organize an event, and the third is explore social experiences. You have three choices when you visit https://app.gather.town/get-started: Workspace, event, or social experience.

Create

When you visit https://app.gather.town/create, you can create a Space by picking one of our templates, copying one of your existing Spaces, or creating a blank Space. The Space type is determined by your answer to the question "What are you building this space for?" If you answer Remote Office, you will create a Remote Work Space. Any other answer will create an Event Space.

The template picker, with botanical garden selected. In the panel on the right, above the Create space button, you see What are you building this space for.From https://app.gather.town/create, the answer to "What are you building this space for" determines your Space type.

Changing Your Space Type

Unfortunately, there is no quick way to change your Space type. If you want the same Space you have to change types, you'll need to create a copy of the Space and change the answer on "What are you building this Space for." To do that:

  1. Go to https://app.gather.town/create
  2. Select Copy from existing space
  3. Choose the Space you want to copy.
  4. Answer "What are you building this space for?" and choose the answer that aligns with your desired Space type:
    • Remote Work Space: Choose Remote Office.
    • Event Space: Choose Event, Social Experience, Education, or Other.

Warning: You must an Admin or Builder to make a copy of a Space. 

Head to https://app.gather.town/create and choose Copy from existing space. Then select the answer that aligns to your desired Space type for "What are you building this Space for?"

Differences Between Spaces

At Gather, we are constantly developing and testing new features to enhance your experience! We rely on A/B testing and partial roll-out of features to understand what works best for our users. These features are often not fully documented here in our help center based on their tendency to change. However, we want to provide a list and quick description of some of the features you may or may not see in your Space. Keep in mind that Remote Work and Event Spaces have unique features designed to meet the needs of each use case. The following is a list of features that appear in each use case.

Note: Many features are related to the type of Space you've made (events or remote work). Turning on Beta Features in your Space Settings does not guarantee access to these features. 

Current Features in Development

FeatureDescriptionSpace Type
ConfettiA keyboard shortcut to shoot out confetti when you press "f" on your keyboard.All
Go kart stationObject in the Object Picker that provides three go karts for your office. You must be a Builder or Admin in a Remote Work Space to add, and you must refresh your Space after adding the Station to use the karts.Remote Work
Cookie huntA cookie on a plate that daily spawns somewhere in the office Space. The first person to get to the cookie wins a special blue cookie hat to wear. Remote Work (Partial)
AchievementsUnlock extra wearables for achievements/badges in your Space, like talking to others, walking around, and more.Remote Work
Rec RoomA doorway portal that leads to an experience template, like Tetris, Go-Karts, or Speed Gathering. The Rec Room is default in new remote work templates and can be added from the Object Picker in Remote Work Spaces. Read more about the Rec Room.Remote Work
HeatmapA mini map that shows where other groups of users are in the Space.Events
Dynamic Map builderCreate a custom Event Space based on the expected number of attendees and the Rooms you choose to add to your Space.Events
Talk RoomsRooms in Event Spaces that are equipped with additional host features, such as moderated Q&A, the ability to lock the Room and auto-mute everyone, and a "Speaker" roleEvents
SessionsCreate a schedule for your event. You can choose the Room for the session and assign speakers. The schedule displays in your Space calendar and on the landing page. Events
PetsAdd a pet to your Space that follows you when you press "x" to pet it.All
Photo ModeGrab a screenshot with or without videos to save a memory in your Gather Space. Events