At the end of the event, participants chose three people they wanted to collaborate with.
Luvbyrd, a dating app for outdoorsy types, has organized these speed-dating events since 2015 and hosted a day at New Hampshire’s Crotched Mountain and two days at Colorado’s Loveland this year.I signed up for one at Loveland the weekend before Valentine’s Day.The event was conceived on the fly at last year’s Cosyne meeting by Andrea Giovannucci, a data scientist in the Simons Foundation’s Center for Computational Biology, and Jeff Gauthier, a postdoctoral researcher in David Tank’s lab at Princeton University.They were brainstorming ways to encourage shy scientists to connect, ideally in a structured format where people would give short elevator pitches about their work to many different individuals.When I ended a five-year relationship in the fall of 2016, I had no desire to rush back into the dating scene.
But there I was, six months later, trying to get out of my comfort zone by skiing with complete strangers at a chairlift speed-dating event.
Sitting in Saturday-morning ski traffic on I-70 the day of the event, I was hopeful about getting back into the outdoor dating scene but worried that my dates would leave me in a spray of snow.
I’m a pretty cautious skier, and I figured everyone there would be shredding.
The basic gist: I show up and pin a ribbon indicating my age group (18 to 35) to my jacket, and an event organizer matches me with someone in my age bracket.
Then my date and I head off to ride the lifts together and ski any runs we choose.
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