With the wide variety and high volume of men/women you meet at a speed dating event, you are sure to find one or two who interest you. Even if you don't, it's an interesting way to spend an evening.
You don't have to worry about awkward silence or boring topics.
Ask the questions that you actually care about, because you only have a 8 minutes to get an impression.
You get a name badge when you arrive and you are assigned a place to sit at a booth or a table. It's a relaxed, informal, safe environment where you'll feel comfortable. And drinks are available for purchase when you arrive, during break and after event.