When I was in Australia in 2001 I would from time to time (ie., frequently) find myself in the local public house. At one of these there was this novel phenomenon called "speed-dating" taking place upstairs. The idea is each prospective partner would interview others for short three-minute periods, and then at the bell move on to the next, taking note for later those who seemed the most interesting. It seemed so intriguing and I was eager to try it, but having been recently married decided it would be inappropriate. So I've never had the experience. But the technique applied to a conference event sounds more than fascinating, and Hans de Zwart has done the concept justice with this wrap-up of his speed-conference experience. It makes me wonder what an online version would look like - it would have to be better than match.com, right?