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24 August 2022, 12:00 - 12:45 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

(In person), In front of CR-1, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand

The side event on "SPEED DAT(A)ING – Getting to know you" was organized by ESCAP Statistics Division during the Committee on Statistics, Eighth Session.

The event was held on 24 August 2022, from 12:00 to 12:45 hours (Bangkok time), in person, in front of CR-1, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand.


Speed dat(a)ing is designed to be a time efficient and effective networking event where participants gather together to exchange information and generate professional contacts. Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time in order to allow attendees to get to know many more and a wider variety of other attendees and with less effort than they individually could, especially given the length of time which has passed since the last face to face meeting. During an interaction, participants are encouraged to ask a work question and a non-work question to get to know each other both professionally and personally.

Participants will be requested to bring and share business cards and to jot down any interesting details they find on those cards Participants will be standing around a large room, placed in groups according to their sub-regions, and the session will start with a brief introduction explaining how it will work (2-3 mins). While for all rounds participants will be encouraged to pair up with someone they have never met before, for the first round, they will also be asked to find someone who is not from their subregion. They will then have 5 minutes to ask each other at least one work and one non-work question and to rotate between as needed. Sample questions will be put onto the screen for participants to look at but they can ask anything. A bell will ring at the end of 5 minutes and participants will be encouraged to go and find a new partner (preferably someone they do not know). There will be a total of 11 rotations.

At the end of the session, there will be a few minutes for participants to share any reflections.

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for more information, please contact

Statistics Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]
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