GDI Conference: Matchmaker Speakers Announced

Join me at the GDI Dating Conference and European Dating Awards in Amsterdam Thursday May 12th 2016.

gdi conference

Key Information

When: Thursday 12th May, 2016

Where: Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Time: 10am – 4pm


What to expect?

After the success of our London conference in 2015, GDI is hosting its next European conference in Amsterdam this May.

The conference is part of a joint one day event with the European Dating Awards, which will run in the evening after the conference.

With new speakers, a broader European focus and industry delegates attending from all over the world, it promises to be the must-attend dating industry event of the year.

The conference will run between 10am and 4pm, with the Dating Awards starting at 6pm with a champagne reception, followed by a three course dinner, the awards ceremony, then a DJ and dancing – the event ending at 1am.

Who is speaking?

The fantastic lineup of speakers includes the CEOs of Zoosk, The Inner Circle, Venntro, Paktor & M14/Bristlr, as well as top executives from European dating companies Happn, Dating Factory & Once.

GDI will also be hosting a matchmaking stream (wahoo) that will run alongside the main online dating-focused track throughout the day, hosted by Caroline Brealey from London matchmaking company Mutual Attraction.

Check out the agenda for the conference below:

GDI Amsterdam Online Dating Stream

GDI Amsterdam Matchmaking Stream


The venue, which is a former clandestine church built in the seventeenth century, was refurbished and renamed as the Rode Hoed in 1990 by Huub Oosterhuis as a centre for religion, philosophy, music and poetry.

The Rode Hoed sits in the heart of Amsterdam on the beautiful Keizersgracht canal, a few minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal rail station.

Take a look at some photos of the venue below:


Dineropstelling copyright Barbara Kieboom



Tickets for the event include:

  • Access to the GDI Conference and The Dating Awards.
  • Refreshments throughout the day, including coffee & snacks and a buffet lunch.
  • Champagne reception before the awards, a three course meal, half a bottle of wine and a goodie bag.
You can now buy tickets for the event, which are priced at €400, or £310 plus VAT, and are available HERE.


For accommodation, we recommend the following hotels in Amsterdam:

The Dating Awards

After two very successful years in the UK, The Dating Awards are expanding to the European mainland for the very first time.

This year the awards, founded by dating blogger Charly Lester, will have 13 different award categories, including Online Dating Brand of the Year, Dating App of the Year, Dating Expert of the Year, Best New Dating App and Best Niche Dating Site among others.

The awards will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts including myself who i the Head Judge (no I don’t get a crown – I asked, boo), and the finalists were announced on Twitter on Monday April 25th.

european dating awards


More to be announced soon, for more information contact us here.

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