Braindate at BakingTECH 2022

Back by popular demand!

Following the success of our first virtual braindate hosted in September 2020, we are excited to bring you a hybrid Braindate in 2022.

What is Braindate?

Braindate is a topic-driven peer-learning and knowledge-sharing experience. It is an opportunity to make meaningful connections and have interesting conversations with people who share the same interests as you.

The Braindate ‘marketplace’ is a platform that will help you find and start discussions with others. Participate in one-on-one or small group conversations to personalize your BakingTECH experience.

Virtual braindates will be hosted on the E180 virtual platform and can be hosted or attended by all registered delegates (virtual and in-person).

One-on-One vs. group braindate

Braindate is a structured networking experience, where people with shared interests connect in-person and virtually to make meaningful connections and discuss topics of interest.

A braindate can be either a one-on-one 30 minute conversation or a 45 minute group discussion for five people (one host and four other people) in total.

Individuals may also use a braindate to find individuals to workout with, go on a walk, have a cocktail or a dinner date and much more!!

1:1 braindate

A 30 minute deep dive into a topic with one other person on a shared topic of interest.

If you are the host, you post a topic and then you arrange a time to meet with each person who contacts you for a topic at a mutually convenient time. You can hold as many 1:1 conversations as you like on the same topic.

Group braindate

Enjoy a 45 minute discussion with up to five people to gain perspectives on a shared topic of interest.

If you are the host, you get to pick a date and time for your Braindate, and others join by picking one of the four available spots. First come, first served!

How does it work?

How do attendees connect?

Once you log on to the Braindate platform, you will be able to see all attendees signed up to Braindate and book them for 1:1 or group conversations, on subjects you’d like to discuss.

At the time of your Braindate, log on to the Braindate platform, find your Braindate and click ‘Join Braindate’.

Detailed login information, logistics and Braindate platform will be made available closer to BakingTECH 2022.

Conversation/meet-up styles

Once you’ve decided what topic you want to post on the braindate marketplace, and whether you want to host a 1:1 or group braindate, you’ll need to decide the format of your braindate. This will be visible to other participants browsing the marketplace.

Help me solve

Meet to discuss a challenge or quest that someone is facing. This type of braindate works well for people looking for fresh perspectives or feedback.


A collaborative session where people meet to generate ideas about a real project, opportunity or problem to solve. Pick this type of braindate if you’re looking to get your most creative and productive juices flowing.


Storytelling has always been a powerful vehicle for sharing lessons learned from a lived experience while also learning from people’s interpretations. Choose this type of braindate if you like learning and connective with people on a more personal level.

Ask me anythiing

A braindating classic. Pick this type of braindate to share your insights about a topic you’re passionate about. Don’t overthink this one: there’s no need to be an expert, and if you consider yourself one, see what new insights you can draw from the conversation!

Open discussion

Spark a discussion around a share interest, without a specific outcome in mind. This type of braindate lets a topic unfold on its own, depending on what each person is bringing to the conversation.

Friendly debate

A conversation format designed to help you explore ideas you might not agree with. This braindate is great for opening your mind or challenging your own perspective about a topic you care about.


Use braindate to find individuals to workout with, go on a walk, have a cocktail or a dinner date.

Why go braindating?

Top reasons to join the BakingTECH 2022 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