Event Tech of the Week – e-180

What is e-180?

E-180, Inc. is a clever way of connecting attendees through ‘Brain Dates’- a much more personalised take on 1.2.1 meetings. It develops matchmaking web and mobile tools and experiences connecting like-minded people interested in sharing knowledge, one-on-one, in person.

It’s open for free to communities around the world, but E-180 | Labs specialises in turning events into peer-learning hubs. Their approach is hands-on: e-180 uses matchmaking technology with engagement best practices and an onsite team of professional matchmakers. During my online walk-through, Alina described it as simply ‘arriving at an event and everyone has a speechbubble above their heads with info that makes you want to connect’. This means nothing is left to chance and ensures that your attendees meet and share knowledge with the right people.

What does it do?

Its more than just a conference app and helps organisers connect their participants so that they truly learn from each other. The app combines matchmaking and peer-learning expertise to offer a truly human experience and maximises the value that they get from your event. It’s all about meaningful connections based on collaboration, sharing and openness rather than only job title and company name.

Who’s behind it?

E-180 was founded in 2011 by Christine Renaud, a Harvard Graduate School of Education alumna turned social tech entrepreneur and Alexandre Spaeth, a computer engineering PhD candidate and graduate from Supelec whose thesis subject is E-180’s matchmaking algorithm.

How did it get here?

The social enterprise aims to turn cities into hubs where people can learn from each other for free. It stems from the hard-held belief that all humans possess the power to develop their full potential autonomously, with a little help from their community. ‘Education is a relationship, not an institution, and that one hour of shared time may change another person’s life.

What does it look like?

See for yourself! They’re also working on a spontaneous Brain Dating mobile app that will be released later this year. The app will give you the power to see what knowledge and experience the people around you have, then book a Brain Date on-the-spot with the people you’d like to learn from.

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Why we like it…

At Gallus we see a lot of value in 1.2.1 meetings. What we like about e-180 is that it takes into account knowledge that could change the way a planner thinks or plans. Meeting someone who has worked in another country for example could inspire a planner to change the types of seats they offer attendees. This social enterprise translates well for events. We thought it could be an interesting way to run conference breakout sessions. Combining the conference themes and topics with the individuals in attendance. Let us know what you think.

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