Half festival, half conference: Tech Open Air Berlin announces speaker lineup


The team at Tech Open Air (TOA) Berlin has announced the conference’s speakers as the countdown to the eclectic festival that brings together tech, music and art begins. Held on 1-2 August in infamous Berlin nightclub Kater Holzig, TOA is an excuse to combine networking with partying while catching more than 50 expert speakers.


ResearchGate founder Dr Ijad Madisch, Passion Capital founder Stephan Glänzer, DailyDeal founders Ferry and Fabian Heilemann, Pirate Party Germany CEO Bernd Schlömer, Wooga founder Jens Begemann and GetYourGuide CEO Johannes Reck are just some of the speakers taking the stage at TOA. If you get sick of the tech talk, installations by artists such as Yuli Levtov, a pioneer in the field of Multisensory Performance, and live music performances should be enough to keep you entertained.

Under the heading of “Reset Tomorrow”, the festival focuses on the empowering and alienating effects of technological advancement. Day one is the main conference, hosted at Kater Holzig with an after-party at FluxBau featuring a packed music programme.

Day two sees 50 satellite events taking place across Berlin, organised by Axel Springer, Berlin’s University of Art, Index Ventures and 99Designs, to name a few. These are independently organised – anyone interested in hosting their own event can list it on the platform. The event wraps up with a closing party – open to the public – happening at tech hub Factory.

In a similar vein to SXSW, TOA is an interactive conference featuring panels, workshops and pitch sessions, along with less run-of-the-mill features like free massages, mini-concerts and a confession chair for you to get your sins off your chest.

TOA founder Nikolas Woischnik said: “We are thrilled to have such prestigious partners from diverse industries working with us on the Tech Open Air Festival this year. Despite this only being our second year, we have seen enormous growth and are expecting more than 2,000 visitors in Berlin.”

There are prizes to be won for some lucky conference-goers, including wildcards to accelerators and vouchers for freelance services. Get your tickets here, today’s the last day to buy normal tickets – there will still be some last-minute sales to come but with a considerable price hike.

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