As you grow to host thousands of events on your system, it becomes important to make it easy to make sense of it all. Topics and tags are our way of putting similar things into buckets so that browsing becomes easier.


Topics are the top-level, broad categorizations (eg, Engineering, Sales, Operations). They are meant to enable users to filter out what they do not care about.

For example, if a user is in Engineering, they likely don’t care that much about all the workshops that Sales may be putting out. As a user, at the Topics level, I would select my department.

Think of topics as business units, departments, or similar large sets of people with different concerns. You may have an overarching topic such as Company-Wide, as well as those for things like All-Hands, HR Onboarding, and similar.

As an organizer, you may want to make sure that every event has one top-level topic assigned to it so that they’re discoverable.


Tags are the second-level, more narrow denotations, meant to provide more specific categorizations of content (eg: Javascript, Python, Git, Google Cloud). They are useful for signaling what exactly your users can expect.

As an organizer, we suggest adding as many Tags as are appropriate to your content, to aid your users in discovery.

Adding Topics and Tags to content

As an organizer, you may attach any Topics and Tags to your content. 

When creating or editing Event Types, Events, Tracks, and Programs, look for the Topics and Tags fields. You can select from those already on your system, or create new ones if your admin has not restricted the available set (see below). If your admin has restricted the options, you will only be able to choose from the set they have defined.

Restricting Topics and Tags

As an admin, you may wish to restrict the topics and tags that your organizers are allowed to apply to content. By restricting the options to a narrow range, you can avoid confusing your users with too many choices.

If you do not choose any restrictions, your organizers may create any additional topics and tags on the fly as they create content. Be careful if you choose to allow this, as there is to potential to have a glut of offerings that may not be all that different. (i.e, having “Devops”, “DevOps”, and “Developer Operations” all on the same system).

To restrict the Topics and Tags allowed on your system:

  1. As an admin, go to Menu > Settings > UI Customization > Topics & Tags
  2. At the “Topics” field, select the list of Topics you wish to allow.
  3. At the “Allowed Tags” field, select the list of Tags you wish to allow.
  4. Click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.