For the 3rd virtual edition of the International Forum, WUSC has partnered with Braindate to offer our global audience an "unconference" platform allowing us to continue our important discussions outside of the more formal Forum context.

What is a braindate session?

Virtual braindate sessions are knowledge-sharing conversations that you book with others to have one-on-one, in small groups (via video chat), or larger panel-like discussions on the Braindate platform. They’re the best way to brainstorm, solve challenges, share expertise or experiences, while connecting with new (brilliant!) people —all virtually.

We have some sessions scheduled already, and more will get added soon. All Forum participants are invited, from now on, to familiarize themselves with the platform, to register for one of the proposed sessions, or to create their own session(s) to discuss challenges, opportunities or solutions related to the theme of this year's Forum, Due Diligence: Global Development in times of Accelerated Change.

Time slots available to host an unconference session:

February 1-2, 2023
9:00am - 11:00am & 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Here’s what to do

  1. Log into Braindate! Click on the link to access the unconference platform, and log in using the email address you provided when registering for the International Forum.
  2. Complete your profile. Click on the link in the upper right corner of your screen. This is also where you will be able to change your language settings, should you prefer to have the French interface of the platform.
  3. Explore the Topic Market to discover what sessions and discussion topics are being offered by other Forum participants.
  4. Sign up for sessions with other Forum participants to discuss, brainstorm and exchange on selected topics!
  5. Create sessions on topics you would like to discuss with other Forum participants This is your opportunity to share your knowledge, experiences, and expertise, and learn from others!
  6. Participate in the session(s) you signed up for. Sessions will be hosted directly on the platform, all you have to do is join when the session starts!

Need some help?

You would like advice on how to create a compelling braindate topic? You are having trouble finding topics that are relevant to you? You have questions about how to use the Braindate platform?

Virtual Learning Concierges (real humans - no bots here!) are available to support you in making the most out of your experience. Don’t hesitate to connect with one of them directly on the platform wusc.braindate.com . Simply log onto the platform and click on the "Concierge, please!" button.

How to host a meaningful session?

Braindate sessions are not presentations, they are conversations that stem from a shared interest.

Whether it’s a one-on-one or group braindate, keep the following 5 tips in mind to lead a meaningful braindate for everyone involved:

  1. Make sure everyone introduces themselves and contributes to the discussion.
  2. Ask the participant(s) what interested them about the topic.
  3. Be transparent and honest about your own experience related to the topic: You don’t need to be an expert to lead a braindate.
  4. Don’t forget that everyone has something interesting they can add to the conversation: Adopt a beginner’s mindset.
  5. Don’t forget to share contact information. Many great relationships started with a simple conversation.