Brace yourselves for Berlin’s bumper tech week!

Campus Party Berlin
Campus Party Berlin

Brace yourselves for the biggest tech week in Berlin! This week sees Campus Party Europe and Tech Open Air Berlin taking over the city and bringing a bundle of satellite events with them. To save you the hassle, we’ve got the rundown of the key speakers at Campus Party and a few more events from TOA, to add to Venture Village’s article on TOA satellite events.  TOA is on this Thursday and Friday, with the main talks and workshops at Kater Holzig on the first day and a raft of satellite events across Berlin on Friday.


21-25 August: Campus Party Berlin

Hold onto your hats, ladies and gents, because Campus Party Berlin is in town next week and has booked out the O2 stadium and the arena at Templehof Airport for four jam-packed days. Ten thousand participants will be filling O2 to see an impressive list of speakers and get involved with workshops on all things tech, internet and startups, 24 hours a day. Bring your sleeping bag because tickets include access to tents (you’ll never have to leave).

If you get bored with the Robo games, there’ll also be daily speeches from an impressive lis of key speakers, who’ll all appear on the main stage at O2.

Brazil – Paulo Coelho on how the new media interferes in the creative process

CPEuropeWhen: Wednesday 22, 12-1pm

Paulo Coelho is the internationally best-selling author of the The Alchemist and has used his huge literary success to amass highly influential social media platforms (he’s got the second highest number of followers/fans in the world). Jeff Jarvis called him the “Googliest author” due to his openness to sharing his novels online.

Israel – Yossi Vardi

CPEuropeWhen: Thursday 23, 12-13pm

One of the pioneers of the Israeli tech scene and a serial entrepreneur, Yossi Vardi has founded and been involved with over 70 tech companies over the past 41 years. His specialities lie in areas as diverse as software, energy, Internet, mobile, electro-optics and clean water. Vardi is the co-holder of a patent on mobile instant messaging and the founder of Mobile VoIP service. Companies and organisations as diverse as AOL,, Allied-signal, Siemens-Albis, The World Bank and the United Nations Development Program count Vardi as a valuable advisor.

Canada – Don Tapscott with Macrowikinomics: New solutions for a connected planet


When: Friday 24, 12-1pm

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology, advising business and government leaders around the world. His literary achievements include co-authoring Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet and bestselling management book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, amongst others. Tapscott is arguably the world leading thinker on the impact of the digital revolution on business and society. In 2011, Mr. Tapscott earned the 9th spot on the Definitive List of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World.

United Kingdom – Sir Tim Berners-Lee

CPEuropeWhen: Saturday 25, 12-1pm

Sir Tim Berners-Lee claim to fame is not trivial: as the inventor of the World Wide Web his work arguably includes the innovation of our lifetime. He is now the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation, launched to further the web’s potential to benefit humanity. Knigthood is another achievement Berners-Lee can add to his long list, along with his election as the foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

And a few more TOA satellite events to add to the list…

Friday 24 August – Finding the perfect startup idea

No desire to follow in the Samwer’s copycat footsteps and go by the motto ‘if it ain’t broke, there ain’t any point trying to think of something better’? Swear your startup idea is going to be the next big thing? Before you jump right in and start, stop by the Berlin Startup Academy TOA event to get a cool head. They’ll tell you the ideas to avoid, how to not get lost in following your passions and how to pitch like a pro. And for those who don’t have a bank of startup ideas stored, don’t stress, BSA will be giving away three startup ideas that they promise are ‘excellent.’ Check out this video about the event and to sign up go here.

WHERE Saint Elmo’s, 22 Gormannstraße 22 (Near Rosenthaler Platz) WHEN 3-6PM HOW MUCH Part of TOA (info about tickets here)


Friday 24 August – Game Industry Trends 2012 Berlin Outpost

The organisers of the GIT2012 conference and the team of RallyPad have thrown together this networking event at RallyPad in Mitte. The event is showcasing all things gaming and gamification so if you’re interested in learning a bit more about the industry head to the speech from Roman Weishäupl, founder of Twyx, and to the creative session on applying gamification to different products.

WHERE: RallyPad, 12 Markgrafenstraße (near Koch Str U-bahn) WHEN: 7-11pm HOW MUCH: Free

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