You've probably heard of speed dating by now. It has so permeated Western popular culture that even those who aren't looking for love know what it is. The concept was introduced to the American dating scene at the turn of the 20th century by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and his wife, Sue, who founded their own service, SpeedDating. The service is based on an old Jewish tradition: This tradition of creating a shidduch, or a match, called for Jewish singles to be kept in the dark about each other until the time for matchmaking came. Today, modern speed dating is still rooted in shidduch, but with formal dating services replacing the role of the Rabbi and his wife as matchmakers.
Speed-Dating in the Time of Tinder
CIRCULAR DESIGN SPEED DATING - KATCH-e
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Speed Dating with the Feed the Future Innovation Labs
While I am not a big fan of hosted speed networking events on their own, I am a strong believer in integrating speed networking concepts with corporate conference activities. No matter how many hands are shaken at conferences, there will always be a little uneasy about approaching strangers. By offering speed networking as part of your conference program, you eliminate this barrier. You also allow your attendees to meet more people in a short period of time and with less effort, than they individually could during coffee breaks. If done right, speed networking will provide one more added value: