Braindate at the ELI Annual Meeting

Braindate Virtual

To make the most of the ELI Annual Meeting, 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 higher education teaching and learning community. But how do you spark those meaningful conversations? It all starts with a braindate.

What is a braindate?

Virtual 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—all virtually.

Using the Braindate platform, you can share your interests in the form of Topics that can lead to interactive virtual discussions, and you can browse the Topics of other attendees and join them.

Getting started:

  1. Log into Braindate to create your profile:
  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 their 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 virtually right on the platform. 

Here's how it works:

  • 1. Create your own topics so that others can invite you on a braindate!
    braindate step 1: create your own topics
  • 2. Explore the topic market and pick something you want to learn, 1:1 or in a group.
    braindate step 2: explore the topic market
  • 3. Join group braindates or propose times to meet for one-on-one braindates.
    braindate step 3: join group braindates or propose 1:1 times
  • 4. Meet your peers on the platform. You can join video up to 5 minutes before it starts.
    braindate step 4: meet your peers on the platform

Top reasons to Braindate at the ELI Annual Meeting:

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