Your idea reminded me of a recruiting event I attended called hackerX where software developers “speed date” companies that are hiring.
The format is developers are invited (or can request an invite) to a recruiting event and companies have various stands chatting to applicants for a timeboxed few minutes on a timer. This forces both parties to pitch/ask only what is most important before the row of applicants moves up to the next “speed date”.
When the pandemic started, HackerX made their event virtual.
Timeboxed/Speed-date feature: 5 minutes each
Invite-only - applicants from both sides are lightly vetted allowing tailoring of the experience and also connecting companies with the right skillset candidates, or ensuring the right diverse mash-up of companies and no timewasting from either side - I recall that I had to sign up initially on an online form and possibly provide my CV and references.
The context behind this type of meetup:
A lot of innovation has gone into changing the nature of recruitment when it comes to the software industry particularly in silicon-valley-like environments.
Software companies try hard to market themselves and their benefits and learning opportunities to software developers given how challenging it is to recruit software developers as a scarce skill in a vastly growing industry.
On the other hand, companies still have to be selective, often looking for a very specific skillset, aptitude and culture fit in a candidate, so finding the right candidate can be like finding a needle in a haystack.
The model of connecting small business entrepreneurs with the right investors for an “elevator pitch” is very adaptable to the HackerX model of developers meeting companies, as the needs are similar: finding an efficient way of connecting people with very particular needs on both sides and limited time to do it in but the five minutes grants enough time for the company and candidate to vet each other.
Due to the creative and tech-focused nature of many startups, where large numbers of developers and tech companies congregate in sillicon valleys originally popularised by the investment of large tech companies, these places also end up becoming startup hubs in order to capitalize off of the existing tech giants’ investment, the diverse experience of developers, the network of other startups and the digital culture convergence in general.
39% of developers also have the goal of starting their own companies according to this Offerzen survey done in South Africa, which seems to draw further correlation between the out-of-the-box creative thinking in entrepreneurship and that of software development, so this also implies quite a similar profile of individuals who might respond just as well to this efficient and gamified approach.
Looking into how HackerX arrange their events and match prospective developers with company events may lend some great insights into how to do this efficiently, whether in an online meetup, via an app, or even in in-person events, or may at least serve as a rough guide of an existing successful long-running and global event which could be adapted to or advise your specific model.