A new speed dating app is hosting an online event this Saturday, so daters can see if they click with other singletons heading to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival at the end of the month.
Filteroff is an American dating app that focuses on virtual speed dating and organizes events related to different in-person festivals, in the hope that people can find that special someone with a common interest.
The app was founded in the US just before the pandemic, but is expanding to different cities around the world and is now coming to Cork.
Those who attend the Cork Jazz Singles event on Saturday will be matched with others based on individual preferences and have the chance to meet up to ten different people anywhere via a video speed date.
At the end of the event, you can decide if there is someone you really like and would like to meet in person the following weekend during the jazz festivities.
Filteroff founder Zach Schleien said their video speed dating concept really took off during the pandemic when people became more comfortable with the idea of video dating.
The app also offers the ability to arrange video dates without being tied to a particular festival or event in your area, but Scheien said video speed dating events like the Cork Jazz Festival later this months are a great way to meet like-minded people.
“You can video chat, so you get a vibe, you see if you liked them, and then you can always meet in person. It’s almost like the first date before the first date,” said he declared.
“People have really embraced videos, especially since the pandemic, to at least give them some control,” he added.
Mr Scheien said Filteroff has already resulted in several marriages and has already been very successful in Ireland. The app is hosting another event in Wexford this week, to coincide with the Wexford Festival Opera.
Those looking for love this jazz weekend, who might be interested in testing the waters with Saturday night video speed dates, can download the free Filteroff app on iOS and Android.
Once you’ve created your profile, you can respond to events near you, such as the Cork Jazz dating event which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit getfilteroff.com.