Hinge Founder to Speak at Financial Times NextGen Event

Hinge founder and CEO Justin McLeod has been announced as one of the headline speakers for the Financial Times’ NextGen Live conference.

The annual event is taking place virtually on 22nd October. It brings together some of the brightest young minds from the world of technology and business development, for a day of knowledge-sharing, learning and mindfulness.

The Financial Times usually hosts the event in London, but has been forced to move it online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

McLeod will be taking part in a session at 4:50pm GMT titled “Dating during Coronavirus”, which is moderated by Madison Darbyshire, a journalist for the Financial Times.

The talk will explore how lockdown restrictions have changed singles’ approach to dating, and whether or not video dates and extended matching radiuses are a positive move forward for the industry.

Early Bird registrations for FT NextGen Live currently cost £12.50 for subscribers and £16.67 for non-subscribers.

Hinge officially launched its new research division at the beginning of May, which is dedicated to using machine learning, surveys and experiments to improve its algorithm so users have a greater chance of deleting the app.

The announcement came at the same time as it released its in-app video calling feature in select US markets so people could stay connected and continue dating.

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