Where: Grange St. Paul’s Hotel
Time: 10am – late
GDI Founder Simon Corbett said:“We’ve got a terrific speaker lineup for 2018, packed absolutely full of household industry names.
“We’ll be welcoming Badoo for the first time, Microsoft for the second, a number of regional and niche leaders such as Single Muslim and Jdate, and many many more.”
“It’s a joy and a privilege to have so many top brands in attendance at GDI London 2018. This year’s event will be invaluable for dating executives and professionals wanting to discuss the future of our industry.
Meet the speakers and find the agenda below:
Badoo, one of the largest privately owned companies in the sector, has made a series of bold moves in 2018. It is both transitioning towards video streaming and removing swipe-based matching, and has recently acquired Huggle and its all-female team. Celebrity collaborations and Forbes interviews have seen the platform build its core brand during a fascinating 2018.
Microsoft, now valued at over $750 billion, returns for another GDI conference. The firm has expanded its offerings in gaming, business tech, cloud computing and several other areas this year, and LinkedIn continues to serve as a valuable platform for connection amongst professionals and executives worldwide.
Single Muslim has over 2 million members, and more than 1 in 6 British Muslims have used the site in the past. The marriage-focused platform has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months, recognised in the 2018 GDI Power Book, and the brand continues to expand successfully following the introduction of a dedicated mobile app.
Google’s parent Alphabet has crossed an $850 billion valuation this year, with the tech giant advancing rapidly in Artificial Intelligence and making a host of changes to its Play Store. Ticket holders can look forward to valuable insight from one of the world’s most advanced companies at GDI London 2018.
Rob is the Founder and CEO of Squad Social, a start-up building a social platform for the LGBTQ+ market. Previously he was the Managing Director at Gaydar, where he led the development and release of their new digital magazine, Means Happy, and the migration of their operations to Spain.
The app that values quality over quantity, Once sends its 4 million users a new match everyday. A current market leader in mainland Europe, they recently launched in the USA and hired the former Head of Growth at Tinder as their CMO. The Once ambition is to become a worldwide leader and help everybody meet their soulmates.
The go-to site for Jewish dating, Jdate has so many active singles it’s always easy for a match to be found. Now owned by Spark Networks, they have been successfully expanding their services throughout Europe amid an increase in user demand. Jdate pride themselves on meaningful matches, and were praised for their recent advertising campaign featuring a 90-year-old great-Grandmother.
Online Dating Association
Launched in 2013 by a group of industry players, the Online Dating Association (ODA) helps to ensure that the sector has a strong voice when dealing with UK government representatives and regulators, the media, financial service providers, social networks and others. Returning CEO George Kidd spoke to GDI on 2nd July about the organisation’s mission and role in 2018.
Jack’d is one of the most diverse gay apps in the App store, with over 1.2 million guys in approximately 180 countries. The free dating app offers users a more in-depth insight into potential matches, so they can see if swiping right is worth their time. Jack’d has gained plaudits for its security features after they added location blurring and removed the screenshot feature.
Yoti is a leading digital identity app, based in the UK. They securely store all of your personal and legal data in your phone, a place where only you can access it. Yoti can be used alongside dating apps so users never need to worry about speaking to a fake profile again. GDI spoke to CEO and Founder Robin Tombs after their “Little Casanova” Facebook campaign went viral last year.
White Label Dating umbrella Venntro will be appearing at this year’s GDI London Conference. Following the move to a brand new Windsor office, the company has enjoyed an exciting year partnering with celebrities and offering its highest ever revenue share.
The Meet Group
Philadelphia-based firm The Meet Group has seen its stock more than double since the beginning of April. The rise is attributable to the continued roll-out of video streaming on platforms like LOVOO and MeetMe, both of which have seen users up their engagement and rate their experiences more favourably since the technology was implemented.
Spark Networks SE is a leading global dating company with a portfolio of niche and premium brands designed for singles seeking serious relationships. These brands include EliteSingles, Christian Mingle and Attractive World. The Berlin-based firm has seen great success since its listing on the NYSE early this year.
Ashley Madison is an online dating service and social network aimed at people who are married or in relationships. The Canadian brand has enjoyed a banner 2018, acquiring over 150,000 new users per month in the US alone and ramping up their branding in creative and controversial ways.
Christian Connection is a multi award-winning dating site that has been dedicated to matching single Christians for almost two decades. The free dating platform continues to grow all the time and saw a 50% increase in members towards the end of 2018.
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Find highlights from GDI London 2017 below: