“A Braindate is a knowledge sharing conversation that participants can have one-on-one or in a group, on a topic of their choice.”
Getting to know people at events can be difficult: time is limited, and traditional networking can feel overwhelming at times. Braindate gives you an efficient 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!
Braindate helps you tap into the experiences and expertise of your fellow participants at the 2022 NIC Spring Conference. It’s an easy way to connect and learn from each other through conversations about things you care about—this is not where you want to conduct sales pitches. Share your knowledge and book one-on-one or group conversations called Braindates with other participants on the Braindate platform, then meet in person for (awesome) 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, in the Braindate Lounge, onsite at the event.
What is a group Braindate?
A group Braindate is a 45-minute collaborative conversation 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 at the Braindate Lounge, onsite at the 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.
How does Braindate work?
The Braindate platform for the 2022 NIC Spring Conference will open on March 1. 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 Braindate groups directly.
Just before your Braindate is set to begin, make your way to check in at the Braindate Lounge onsite at the Omni Dallas, where you will be directed to your pod. If you add your phone number in your profile Preferences, we’ll send you an SMS reminder before your Braindate, confirming the location.
- Login into the Braindate platform with the same email address used to register for the Spring Conference
- Create a password
- Complete your profile
- Join a one-on-one or group topics in the Topic Market
March 23, 10:00 AM -5:30 PM
March 24, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
March 25, 8:00 AM -11:00 AM
Braindate Lounge, Owner’s Box, Omni Hotel Lobby Level
Why should I Braindate?
- The best way to learn is 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 event participants 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.
Do I have to be an expert to post a Braindate topic?
No! Everyone has valuable knowledge and experiences to share – and we guarantee that someone will be excited to learn from you. Don’t hold back! Here are some examples of topics to get you started:
- Discuss concepts that would benefit from partnerships
- Share new innovations that help solve common industry challenges
- Explore ideas that incorporate Value-Based Care into senior housing
- Share shifts in business models that help build back occupancy
- Discuss concepts for a Middle Market product offering
- Explore active adult trends and opportunities
- Uncover financing options for service-driven operations
- Address potential solutions that can alleviate the staffing shortage