Making meaningful connections in a virtual world.
The ‘AIEC Braindate’ is a topic-driven virtual peer-learning and knowledge-sharing event. It is an opportunity to make meaningful connections and have interesting conversations with people who share the same interests as you.
The two-day event is expected to attract 1500+ professionals in international education and industry experts from across globe.
What is virtual braindate?
Virtual braindating is a structured networking experience, where people with shared interests connect virtually to make meaningful connections and discuss topics of interest.
A brain date can be either a one-on-one 30 minute conversation or a 45 minute group discussion for up to six people.
A 30 minute deep dive into a topic with one other person on
Enjoy a 45 minute discussion with up to 5 people to gain perspectives on a shared topic of interest.
Why go braindating?
Top reasons to join the AIEC Braindate include:
|1. Braindating is more than just networking...|
|2. Braindates are topic-driven, which means ‘you’ set the agenda|
|3. Braindates are peer-learning experiences and knowledge-sharing experiences|
|4. Braindates allow you to present and troubleshoot a particular challenge you are facing|
|5. Braindates help you connect and talk with people who share the same interests as you|
|6. Braindates provide the perfect opportunity to gather diverse perspectives from peers|
|7. Braindates offer the chance to share your knowledge with others and unique professional and personal experiences;|
8. Braindates can be the start of long-lasting relationships
What topics will be covered?
Topics are created by participats and posted on the 'topic marketplace'. Check out AIEC's key interest areas to get an idea of the types of topics that might be covered.
If you are thinking of creating your own topics on the ‘topic marketplace’, think of burning questions, top of mind projects or deep and actionable conversations you want to have with your peers. For example:
- Offer to share knowledge or information
- Request or ask for information/knowledge
How does it work?
Check out this video to find out more about the Braindate journey:
Here are some basic 'dos and dont's' that will help you become a pro at braindating!
|Be polite:||Adopt a beginner’s mindset, make sure everyone introduces themselves and contributes to the discussion.|
|Be respectful:||Braindates are about building—and nourishing—communities through knowledge exchange in an open and inclusive space. Behaviour that makes other participants uncomfortable will not be tolerated.|
|Be upfront:||Be clear about your topic and honest about your own involvement related to the topic. Pitching your topic with sincerity is the easiest way to start a meaningful conversation, be it selling a product, offering a job opportunity or promoting your services.|
|Be realistic:||Don’t book a braindate unless you genuinely interested in the topic.|
|Show up:||Don't leave your braindate hanging! Send a message if something comes up.|
|Don’t be late:||Make sure you are ready to meet your virtual date(s) on time. You can opt in to receive email and/or SMS reminders in you profile settings.|
|Give the meeting your full attention:||Braindates require that you contribute to the conversation. Unlike webinars, you can’t turn off your video or mute yourself, so ensure you book your braindate at time that you are free and are able to commit 100% of your attention.|
|Prepare in advance:||Dates are only 30 to 45 minutes long, so you don’t want to waste the first 5 or 10 minutes fixing a tech issue. Make sure you test your speakers and video in advance, so you’re ready to joining and start the conversation on time.|
|Dress appropriately:||Dressing appropriately will help you stay focused and in ‘work’ mode. Casual or business casual is appropriate, your favourite PJs is not.|
Frequently asked questions
Will I get assistance on event day?
During the event itself (20-21 October), there will be learning concierges who can help find the right conversations for you to join.
If I host a braindate, do I have to prepare a presentation?
You do not have a prepare a formal presentation, but if you have created the topic, you want think of some 'talking points'. A brain date is a conversation, not a presentation or session at a conference.
Also, please note there is no screen sharing. If you want to share a link or a document, please use the chat box which allows you to connect with others before the date and which is enabled as soon as the topic is created and posted on the marketplace.
Please feel free to contact the E-180 learning concierge via the chat feature. They can help you with technical questoins such as how to create your profile, set-up your preferences and even help you word your topic.
For any questions relating to the event itself, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.