Conference icebreakers are fun activities used, literally, to break the ice at the beginning of conferences and events. The activities are usually quick paced, lively and designed to maximise interaction between delegates. They are also used to energise groups.
Tangles is one example of an effective conference icebreaker. The group is divided into small teams of half a dozen or so people. These people are all linked together by way of a pair of rope handcuffs. The objective is to untangle your team without taking your hand out of the loops. The result ranges from acrobatics to the proverbial tangle, but always a lot of laughter.
The image on the right shows The Rollercoaster Challenge. In this exercise teams use tubes of recycled newspaper to build a rollercoaster, which always becomes an incredible Heath Robinson sort of invention.