Speed dating has been around for a while, allowing singles to meet, mix and match in quicktime.
Users of Speedrenting’s service begin by showing up at one of the firm’s hour-long events and signing up. For the low price of $12 NZD (which includes a free glass of vino or beer to get everyone in the mood) participants then scan the room for people with opposing “Matchcards” (one group of people are obviously looking for a place to live, the others have rooms on offer).
Individuals then meet and chat briefly, and then within the next 24 hours participants send a text message to Speedrenting indicating the individuals, if any, they’d like to meet again.
And, for some lucky people, they can then take the next steps to become room-mates!
The New Zealand operation plans to expand, whilst similar companies such as Flatmate Meetup in Chicago and Easyroommate’s FlatNightFever in London offer a similar opportunity.