The SD ends once the participants made a full rotation and came to the point of the beginning - to their first conversation partner. At Wikimania 2012 we have had 4 persons who sat at 2 long tables, each one facing another empty seat.

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Speed Dating on Free Knowledge was first applied by Wikimedia Deutschland at the Wikimania 2012 in Washington DC and it proved to be a successful conference format.

The format enables a fast-paced information exchange about a series of topics and has a high fun factor.

The concept of Speed Dating on Free Knowledge is loosely based on the popular concept of speed dating that aims to match people romantically by giving a chance to talk to a number of persons for a short period of time while circulating from one to another. To put it short: 4 persons talk to 4 conversation partners for 4 minutes about 4 different topics while rotating from one to another.

And now let’s elaborate a bit more: You need a couple of persons (minimum 4) who are “experts” in their topics from the field of free knowledge.

Our events offer a fresh alternative to speed dating and matchmaking.

We don't find anything romantic about whistles, name-tags or over-the-top party trimmings typically found at singles events so we have done away with them.Creating an atmosphere that is at once casual and comfortable. For those that prefer the same simplified experience in matchmaking we offer our 'Date Nights' free of contracts or commitments.As this format is more meant to be an exchange of opinions than a monologue, they don’t have to be truly experts but more of impulse- setters for a certain topic.The “experts” sit on a long table, each one of them facing a chair that will be filled by a random conversation partner.Then you find a couple of people who would like to take part in the SD (while recruiting them don’t forget to mention that finding the love of your life is NOT the purpose of this game).They take their sit randomly in front of the “experts”. a whistle, clink on a glass, an alarm tone) or just when the moderating person says “Start” these newly formed couples start to talk to each other on the topics. At the end of each interval, the moderator makes the sound to signal the participants to move to the next “expert”.