To make the most of Berlin Science Week, spend some of your time speaking with people who share your interests, ambitions and concerns. Don’t miss this opportunity to tap into the collective knowledge of the audience.

How do you spark those meaningful conversations? It all starts with a braindate.

What is a braindate?

Braindates are one-on-one or small group conversations based on topics posted by you and fellow participants in the Braindate Topic Market. They can be used to brainstorm, solve challenges, share expertise or experiences while meeting new (brilliant!) people.

Here’s what to do:

1. Login here and use the Code SCIENCEWEEK to create your profile and add topics.

2. Join Braindate Topics you find interesting on the Topic Market.

3. Create your own topics so that others can join you for a braindate.

4. Meet up in-person in our Braindate Lounge during the Berlin Science Week Campus (5-6 November) at the stunning Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, or virtually between 5 – 9 November. Our Learning Concierges will be available via chat to assist you or in person in the Lounge!

What is Braindate™?

Braindate helps you tap into the experiences and expertise of your fellow participants. It’s an easy way to connect and learn from each other through conversations about things you care about. Share your knowledge and book one-on-one or group conversations called braindates with other participants on the Braindate platform, then meet for (awesome) video conversations!

What is a one-on-one braindate?

A one-on-one braindate is a 30-minute conversation that you book with another participant at an event.

If you see a 1:1 topic on the Braindate platform that interests you, you can request the author of the topic for a meeting, by proposing times to meet. Once the author accepts a proposed time, you meet with them for your braindate, at that time, on the Braindate platform for a video chat. At live events, the braindate would take place at the Braindate Lounge.

What is a group braindate?

A group braindate is a 45-minute collaborative conversation that have with up to 5 people at an event.

If you see a group braindate topic on the platform that interests you, you can immediately join by reserving a spot. The braindate takes place at the time proposed by the author of the topic. Once it’s time for your braindate, you meet with your group on the Braindate platform for a video chat, or at the Braindate Lounge at a live event. 

The group braindate format is best if you’d like to hear multiple perspectives on a single topic. The author of the topic acts as the moderator, making sure that everyone in the group is able to contribute to the conversation.

Why is Braindate™ different from networking?

Getting to know people at events can be difficult: time is limited, and traditional networking can feel uncomfortable. Braindate gives you a platform to explore and share specific knowledge and experiences, so that you can have more authentic conversations with new people who share common interests. It gives you direct access to the collective genius of your fellow participants!

How does Braindate work?

Post a braindate topic about something that you’re interested in discussing in the Topic Market. Participants who want to dive into your topic with you can then send you an invitation to meet! Explore topics that interest you with the Search, Sort and Filter functions, then send invitations for one-on-one braindates or join group braindates directly.

Just before your braindate is set to begin, a Pop Up Banner will appear on the Braindate platform with a link to your topic, where you can join your virtual braindate. If you add your phone number in your profile Preferences, we’ll send you an SMS reminder before your Braindate, with a direct link to join your call.

Why should I Braindate?

  1. The best way to learn is to take advantage of the collective knowledge of like-minded peers.
  2. Connect with others based on shared interests and experiences in order to help you meet your goals.
  3. Engage in meaningful conversations about issues that are on your mind and in your heart.
  4. Use braindates to get granular about what you want to tackle by engaging with other event participants directly.
  5. It’s an immediate and straight-forward way to gather diverse perspectives from others in the form of group braindates.
  6. Use the opportunity to troubleshoot a problem or challenge you’re facing at home and/or work with other attendees.
  7. You never know, a good conversation can be the start of a long lasting relationship! 
  8. Make it self-directed: pick and choose the meetings you will have by identifying who has the answers to questions you are looking for.
  9. Use your own experience for good: position yourself as a thought-leader and/or reliable source of information.

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