Starting March 1, 2023

San Diego, CA



“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—not sales pitches—so that you can have more authentic conversations with people who share common interests. It gives you direct access to the collective genius of your fellow participants! 

Share your knowledge and book one-on-one or group conversations called “Braindates” with other participants on the Braindate platform, then meet in person at the 2023 Spring Conference in the Braindate Lounge 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 2023 NIC Spring Conference will open on Monday, January 23. 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 Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 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 time and location. 

Log In

  • Login into the Braindate platform starting January 23, 2023, 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 1, 9:00 AM -5:00 PM


March 2, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM



Braindate Lounge, South Tower, Level 3, Marina Ballroom Foyer

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 a quick and straightforward 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 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 connect with you. Plus, you get to learn from them, too!  Here are some examples of potential topics to get you started: 

  • Discuss partnership concepts and opportunities   
  • Share innovative ideas that help solve common industry challenges    
  • Explore ideas that incorporate value-based care into senior housing   
  • Share business model strategies that help rebuild occupancy   
  • Discuss current trends affecting the skilled nursing industry 
  • Discuss concepts for a middle-market senior housing product offering   
  • Explore active adult trends and learn how current transactions are being priced   
  • Uncover financing options for service-driven operations   
  • Address potential solutions that can alleviate staffing shortages, help recruitment efforts, and address employee retaining strategies   
  • Discuss ways to get started with DEI initiatives and how to measure results 

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