Dating Singles Start Off New Year with Hi-Tech Interactive Mixer

Share Article & Sofitel San Francisco Bay team up to host hi-tech singles mixer in a Northern California upscale venue. and bay bar of Sofitel San Francisco Bay hotel are teaming up to host a series of upscale, interactive singles mixers in the San Francisco Bay Area. To kick off the New Year, the first jointly held event of 2006 will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2006 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the second singles event in the series will be held Saturday, February 11, 2006. Both events will be held at Sofitel San Francisco Bay hotel, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA.

OneKeyAway events allow guests to interact freely with others in a pressure-free environment with an opportunity to quickly discover similarities - or dissimilarities - in one another's personalities.

Part psychology, part technology, mixer events incorporate a hi-tech device, which measures one's personality compatibility with another person's. The device serves as both an icebreaker as well as an amazingly effective matchmaking tool. Unlike online dating services, OneKeyAway participants get to meet face-to-face and unlike the various speed dating service events, there is no obligation to speak to a certain person or one can choose to do so without time limits on conversation or other boundaries.

“We are excited to work with a chic venue such as bay bar at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay hotel.” says Edwin Duterte founder of OneKeyAway Mixers. “The bay bar has created a great atmosphere for the savvy, young professional who wants to meet other singles in a relaxed, yet luxurious, environment. We feel that the location perfectly caters to the Bay Area busy, singles lifestyle because it is conveniently nestled between both San Francisco and San Jose. The setting has an upscale, open ambiance with many “cabana-spots” to have private conversations. rated the venue above 9 out of 10 and describes the bar as ‘The best of France in Northern California... From the sky-lit lobby to the garden-view pool deck, the decor here aims for Parisian chic.’ The rating was a significant decision factor as to why we chose to have singles mixers at bay bar at the Sofitel.”

The MatchlinC gadgets were developed in the late 1990's and are the first of their kind. The MatchlinC has a microcomputer chip that uses a proprietary algorithm, whose design was corroborated by a group of university professors. The algorithm compares two guests' responses to a personality/lifestyle questionnaire and then gives them a rating of their compatibility.

The questionnaire assesses information that a person might not normally reveal to someone - at least not right away. The information is known only to the person holding the device, unless they choose to reveal it. This creates a pressure-free way to walk away from someone if the devices show they're not compatible or an opportunity to discuss what the rating might mean if they're interested in each other.

Michael Mar, OneKeyAway’s Northern California host, said, “We have had two test mixers at the bay bar with both being major successes. After each mixer, we received emails from guests saying they had a great time and took advantage of the opportunity to exchange contact information with other interesting singles. It was very common to have guests say that the gadgets were great ‘ice-breakers’ and it was very easy to approach someone they normally would not have approached. In addition to singles finding potential love interests, we saw our guests interact with other guests that developed into cordial friendships as well.”

About OneKeyAway

Organized in August 2003 and launched in January 2004, OneKeyAway Mixers set up a cool and hip atmosphere for professionals who want to meet other professional or different people with complementary personalities to their own in an interactive, unpressured, and face-to-face environment. OneKeyAway Mixers hosts mixer events in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Washington DC.

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