Apparently, chemistry still plays a role in the process.) In Austin, our hugely popular Nerd Nite has rebranded their monthly mixers as "Speed-Friending" to reduce the amount of pressure put on each of the potential dates.Amy Cavender, long time attendee of Nerd Nite Austin, is the new mistress of love, coordinating the meet-up prior to the monthly show in the venue's side bar, The North Door.

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Started at Nerd Nite New York in 2006, the popular mixers have become a monthly staple at a third of the 30 Nerd Nite sites around the world.

"[Nerd speed dating] really started because people at our shows kept asking me every night if I knew anyone at the show who was single," says Nerd Nite NYC "Boss," Matt Wasowski.

"After happening about four or five times, I realize this could be a real thing.

Speed-dating has gotten a bad rap from the movie industry.

Often portrayed as a far, desperate step below online dating, movies tend to populate their speed dating pools with every shade of neuroses played to comic effect.

But for those who have participated in one of these events, you can attest that you're far more likely to find normal people like yourself, sick of waiting around for "the one" to come along, and willing to get creative in their dating approaches.

It's especially helpful when the speed-dating event is themed as to unite everyone with common talking points with potential dates.

I sent out the interest sheet to about 1,000 people on our listserv; and within an hour, the whole thing was sold out.

We regularly sell out every month within 24 hours." According to Wasowski, who has now seen quite a lot of love connections over the years, the speed-dating formula is really nothing more than a numbers game.