About

The name Jelato is a play on two words: the English term to Jell –  to relate well to another; and the Japanese term for art – アート/āto.
Jelato is a free ice breaking app based on the ‘art of jelling’.
Socializing isn’t what it used to be. Small talk, opening lines, awkward waves… we aren’t the new kid at the playground anymore. Social media and smartphones have led to a redefinition of the social landscape.
But how are we supposed to connect with people on a personal level in this anonymous yet interconnected, technologically-fueled moment?
The art of jelling promotes an ease towards engaging with people. Look beyond the surface and discover connections with those in your area based on common ground. Find a fellow fan to see music shows with, bump elbows at a student mixer, or a foodie to share plates with at the latest restaurant. Use Jelato to start a connection with the amazing people around you – to provide the beginning of good conversations, or lasting friendships.
Jelato is the brainchild of two self-proclaimed introverts, Graham Dawson of Canada and Yui Tashima of Japan.  The two met in Vancouver, a notoriously difficult place to meet new people. At first they had little expectation of a lasting relationship developing, but over time they realized how much they shared similar passions and interests establishing a strong connection.  Their experience became the foundation of the ‘art of jelling’ with the hope to help people make significant connections with others and to make socializing less stressful and more fun and inclusive.

Our values:

  • Encouraging a healthier balance of screen time and real time – in person contact is proven to be incredibly important to our health and longevity.
  • Promoting more constructive and respectful dialogue
  • Helping bridge gaps between us in non-demeaning ways – rejecting people based on superficial reasons leads to an overall unwelcoming atmosphere and just means we miss out on the amazing diversity of people out there.
  • Increasing more safe spaces for people to feel they can be themselves without facing prejudice.
  • Striving to make technology more compatible with wellness – tech is powerful, we should use that power to make us feel energized and happy.
  • Listening and growing on a non-stop basis – so if you have anything you want to talk with us about send us a message anytime.