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Melbourne Speed Dating

Thursday, February 10, 2005

A common problem in today's busy world is just how and where to meet people you might have something in common with.

Fast Impressions has been operating for two years and is the southern hemisphere's largest speed dating service. They run more than 50 events a month in 15 cities across Australia and New Zealand and offer a safe and easy opportunity to meet new people.

The owners felt that most singles events were not really encouraging and casual meetings in bars and pubs were something most people wanted to avoid.

Their match rate is 90 percent and as part of the registration process, they ask each participant to complete a profile on themselves. From that they can ascertain two important aspects — extraversion and anxiety. Extraversion tells just how outgoing or shy (or in between) the participant is. Anxiety shows whether the person is laid back or if they have lots of nervous energy (or in between). Within two weeks of registering participants are invited to a party attended by 19 others.

They then use a neural net algorithm, cutting edge software which mimics the learning processes of the brain to determine the optimal combination of personality types for each event. The system uses this, along with age, age group preference and sex in order to place people at a party where their chance of getting at least one match is highest.

Then 10 men and 10 women meet in private areas of centrally located venues and couples sit at separate tables for 10 eight-minute dates. This gives them the chance to decide if they would like to talk further to someone, before moving on to another person.

During the evening participants indicate any people they would like to see again in the Fast Impressions folder. The party hosts follow up on matches and details are exchanged only if both parties are interested.


Most capital cities in Australia and New Zealand.


Fast Impressions run from most capital cities in Australia and New Zealand and a session costs $79 per person. Sparking wine, canapés and a $50 hairdressing voucher is included. They run year-round.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Fast Impressions
Ph: (02) 9365 4032
Fax: (02) 9365 4916

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