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What is a braindate?

You are attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference to meet great people and learn new things that can help you address the current challenges facing higher education IT. One of the best ways to do so is to connect with the right professional peers and corporate partners and have meaningful conversations about topics that are relevant to you.

How do you spark those meaningful conversations? It all starts with a braindate. Braindates are one-on-one or small group knowledge-sharing conversations that you book with other conference participants using the Braindate platform. They're the best way to meet with, learn from, and have useful discussions with new people during the conference in Chicago.

Braindate Dates

  • Monday, October 9 | 1:00PM–4:30PM CT
  • Tuesday, October 10 | 7:30AM–5:00PM CT
  • Wednesday, October 11 | 7:30AM–5:00PM CT
  • Thursday, October 12 | 8:00AM–12:00PM CT

Here's how it works:

  1. Log into Braindate to create your profile. Remember to use the email you used to register for the conference. 
  2. Explore the Topic Market: participants (and you, too!) post braindate topics here related to discussions they’d like to have with others during the event. You can invite anyone to meet based on a topic!
  3. Create topics: post braindate topics about discussions you’d like to have. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge, experiences, and expertise!
  4. Book your braindates: send invitations to meet others to discuss their topics, and accept the invitations you receive. Once confirmed, your braindates will take place in the Braindate Lounge at the conference.

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Five reasons to Braindate at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

  1. Connect with others based on shared interests and topics
  2. Engage in relevant conversations about issues that are on your mind
  3. Use braindates to get specific about what you want and need to learn
  4. Gather diverse perspectives from your peers in the form of group braindates
  5. Use the opportunity to troubleshoot a problem or challenge you're facing at your institution with other participants