Tips and sources for Berlin tech events
12.07.2019

Where the Berlin tech scene meets

Tips & sources for events

Talking to strangers is a piece of cake for you? You’re so inspiring, literally everyone loves your ideas? And you have a habit of showing up in just the right places at just the right time? Great, looks like you have got it all! For most people however, finding a like-minded community and building a professional network is not always easy – especially if one is new to a city!

In Berlin, you can build worthwhile business relationships, even if you’re not a born networker. For starters, we have put together these 7 networking-tips. And if you’re wondering where you can encounter that legendary Berlin tech scene everyone is talking about, reason why berlin is also here to help.

Luckily, the German capital has attracted a variety of event formats to connect their local nerds, business people, entrepreneurs and really anyone looking to expand their horizon and meet other creative minds. New tech conferences, hip festivals, expert meetups and casual networking events are popping up every year. You just have to make some room in your calendar, show up and make the most of it.

To speed up the search, we have created this overview of some big annual tech events and compiled some helpful sources for you, to find out about the smaller, more specialized formats.

Spring

Greentech Festival

Happening for the first time in 2019, the Greentech Festival had over 10.000 visitors. Besides awards and conferences, there is also a big music line-up and a Formula E race happening

Greentech Festival
Greentech Festival © Stefan Kraul

Rise of AI

Two days, 800 attendees, 100 AI companies and 60 speakers – for five years  the Rise of AI conference has been a part of Berlin and discusses the impact of Artificial Intelligence on society, politics and economy.

Summer

Droidcon

Taking place since 2009, Droidcon is the industry’s leading platform for Android development, attracting over 1200 developers. Over 100 technical Android talks, workshops and codelabs are taking place at this annual event.

Graph QL Conf

Learn about GraphQL best practices from speakers all around the world and become part of the GraphQL community.

TOA

The Tech Open Air (TOA) is a three-day-festival created by folks of the Berlin startup scene. The approach is to work collaboratively and bring people together from all kinds of disciplines. The mission is to help people to future-proof their businesses.

Tech Open Air Festival Berlin
© TOA Berlin

NOAH Conference

The Axel Springer Noah Conference is a digital conference for the premier league of top management teams, investors of corporates and fonds, selected journalists and influencers. According to this the ticket prices are high but are seen as an entrance to the best ecosystem to do business.

HEUREKA - The startup & tech conference

The early stage startup conference by Gruenderszene wants to connect stakeholders of the digital economy. Industry experts share their knowledge und give relevant insights and you get the opportunity to pitch your startup idea to selected Venture Capitalists. 

The Gruenderszene event Spätschicht, which is best summarized by their slogan “small talk, big business.” Every edition takes place at another location in Berlin and other German cities. It's an exclusive events for invited guests so you get a chance to connect with selected founders, entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. They each are identifiable by differently colored lanyards, so you know directly whom to approach. 

HEUREKA
© Chris Marxen Headshots Berlin

Autumn

Berlin Urban Tech Summit

The conference is initiated by Ramona Pop, the Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, together with Investitionsbank Berlin ad focuses on sustainable ideas concerning logistics, manufacturing and location potentials in urban areas. All participants have the opportunity to interact directly with the speakers.

Codemotion

The conference for software developers offers a variety of topics such as Blockchain, Big Data, Game Development, Cyber Security or UX. Also big tech companies like Google or IBM come to showcases their products and services.

IFA

Explore emerging trends and check out premieres of new technology products at the leading trade fair for Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances. At the same time the IFA Global Market will take place and is the B2B sourcing platform for all manufacturers, distributors and retailers

Internationale Funk Austellung, IFA Berlin
© Messe Berlin

Winter

React Day

If you want to learn from the best you’re right at React Day Berlin. 800 JavaScript and Open Source engineers working with the React technology are coming to network and develop stellar apps.

More sources for Berlin tech and startup events

  • Eventbrite - search through varous categories like technology events, tech events, science and tech events or startup events.

  • Find the right interest groups and smaller events in Berlin on Meetup.com.

  • BetaHaus has it's own community which you can join for all kinds of events. Look out for the Tekkie sessions.

  • Providing you with the latest startup news - Berlin Valley is up-to-date with many tech events.

  • Search for tech meetups in different categories on It’s in Berlin .

  • The Startup Calendar is easy to search through and find most important event in Berlin.

  • As the name suggest Tech Events offers a broad calendar of all sorts of tech meetups, conferences and workshops.

  • Join digital Movers and Makers at hub.berlin and be part of various events.


Header image: Hivan Arvizu on Unsplash

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