Going to conferences and events in the tech world is basically like going to a music festival. You check the speaker lineup the same way you check any summer fest lineup, consider best options in terms of location and money, and look for any unconventional afterparty and networking opportunities. And while a music festival will definitely stay in your memory for some time, a good technology event might not only give you some food for thought but also turn your business around. Whether your an entrepreneur, a startup, an engineer, or you simply like to stay ahead of the latest trends – we’ve got you covered. Here’s a short guide of the best tech events across Europe you’d better not miss.
The Next Web
Date: 9-10 May 2019
Venue: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Ticket price: €149-999The Next Web is a series of tech events based in Amsterdam. In 2018 more than 15,000 attendees got together to discuss new trends in the industry. TNW is about connecting and opening minds to new ideas and possibilities. This is the place where technological transformation reaches the point of breakthrough. The lineup in 2019 includes representatives from Slack, Google, BuzzFeed, Reddit, Intercom, etc.
Date: 21-23 May 2019
Venue: Madrid (Spain)
Ticket price: €60-1500Digital Enterprise Show is a global expo that annually attracts over 300 top tech companies and more than 20, 000 visitors. With DES Madrid becomes the center of global digital business changes, helping industries to change the future.
London Tech Week
Date: 10-14 June 2019c
Venue: London (UK)
Ticket price: TBALondon Tech Week organizers call the event the festival of technology, which gathers innovators and tech enthusiasts, who are shaping our future. Science, startups, creativeness, and business – these are the things that the event is trying to combine. In total, London Tech Week hosts more than 300 sub-events during the conference. Among already announced speakers representatives from Twitter, Asos, British Airways, Sony Pictures Network, etc.
Date: 12-13 June 2019
Venue: Paris (France)
Ticket price: $399-599SaaStr Europa is the largest community of SaaS executives, founders, and entrepreneurs on the continent. Taking place in the very heart of Paris, SaaStr Europa offers two days on intensive days full of learning and networking. On the lineup this year - best SaaS experts from Typeform, Samsung NEXT, Twilio, etc.
Date: 2-4 July 2019
Venue: Berlin (Germany)
Ticket price: €99-999Tech Open Air (TOA) aims to help people futureproof their business and lives. Incredible stories from entrepreneurs, latest tech developments combined with art, science, music and, of course, a very special Berlin atmosphere. 20, 000+ most curious and forward-thinking attendees, 1200+ CEOs, 200+ speakers at the unique location in the east of Berlin – it does sound like a place to be this July.
Date: 29-30 August 2019
Venue: Turku (Finland)
Ticket price: €145-395If you consider yourself a radical innovator, SHIFT business festival in Turku, Finland is the place to be. SHIFT unites over 3000 visitors annually: with its diverse conference program and versatile attendee profile, it is definitely the place for meaningful conversations and first-class networking.
Date: 27-29 September 2019
Venue: Lviv (Ukraine)
Ticket price: $150-450IT Arena is a tech event with a global outlook and scale, which takes place in Lviv, Ukraine on the last weekend of September. Productive networking, business matchmaking, and festival spirit are IT Arena trademarks. During the last four years, the speakers from Tesla, Twitter, Microsoft, Uber, Google, Spotify, Grammarly, etc. took the stage at IT Arena. IT Arena expands the limits, uniting global tech in Ukraine!
Date: 4-7 November 2019
Venue: Lisbon (Portugal)
Ticket price: 2 for 1 for €850Web Summit has been consistently called “the best tech conference on the planet”. Previous speakers include Stephen Hawking, Al Gore, Elon Musk, Sofia the Robot, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tim Draper, etc. The bare scale of Web Summit is huge: over 60, 000 attendees and dozens of satellite events. During Web Summit, Portugal’s capital becomes a place with the biggest concentration of tech influencers, startups, and entrepreneurs - united by the mutual love for technology.
Date: 21-22 November 2019
Venue: Helsinki (Finland)
Ticket price: €295-745Slush is undoubtedly Europe’s top startup event. Having grown from a small assembly to a tech conference visited by 25,000 attendees, 2,500 startups, 1,600 investors, and 700 journalists, Slush manages to be as intimate as a global event can be.