Civil Engineer Leverages PowerPoint as Alternative to Online Dating

Excel. Kind of straightforward, right? PowerPoint, too.

Well, if you’re civil engineer Rahul Saggaryou start creating PowerPoint presentations with a whole new meaning.

According to The New York Post, after making a presentation at work, he read a list of his failures in order to inspire others. Well, it ended up being a hit with colleagues that resulted in flirting with one of his female co-workers. That got him thinking…

Turning a work situation into a flirtatious one, he explains to the newspaper, “I figured if there was a venue where I could just present my failures and meet girls, that would be great.”

So, the enterprising New Yorker created a free monthly series, Presentation Dating, to invite his friend circles to convene in his Brooklyn condo basement for self-deprecating humor with the same concept. Expanding from the popular work-infused theme, one guest performed subway poetry while another made a salad. After all, he was looking for a date to accompany him to a dinner party later that same evening.

It wasn’t all about snagging a date as a main priority though. An employee for a major online retailer leveraged the event to vent about his job by reading angry customer complaints. At the very end he quipped, “I’m single, thanks.” And then he chatted with a woman during intermission.

In New York at least it seems the dating scene has evolved into turning work situations and creative conference room meetings and self-deprecating gatherings to find love…or maybe to just lament bad luck.

Publish date: December 16, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT