The TOA Berlin satellite events on offer this year embody the conference’s founding principal. That is, that tech now touches every aspect of the way we work, live, and relate.
In case you’re not familiar with Tech Open Air Berlin (or TOA, for short), it’s Europe’s leading technology festival. Founded in 2012 by a group of Berlin startup folks, the festival has grown from strength to strength. Due to the appeal to the community, TOA even became the world’s first crowdfunded festival.
Alongside the main conference, TOA Berlin satellite events offer a way for the community to shape the festival. The satellite events allow the community to take over the festival and transform Berlin’s creative community,
Without further ado, let’s look at a few of them in a bit more detail:
Want to launch a business in four hours? You probably can’t, but this event will certainly give you a head start. The event takes place from 2pm-6pm on the first day of TOA Berlin. The event will help those whose ambition it is to build their dream IoT company.
Next Big Thing are the hosts. They’re a Berlin-based team of venture developers, investors, and engineers. The format of the event gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their IoT business. The judging panel is made up of IoT experts working as mentors, founders, and in the C-suite.
Date: July 2nd, 2019.
Tickets: To apply to pitch, go here. To buy an audience ticket, go here instead.
Experimental documentaries and tech festivals go hand in hand! Well, at least at TOA. Transmodernity: In Times of Transition is a documentary concerning ten changemakers across Europe. Their disciplines range from art to education, to activism and beyond.
The vision of the documentary (in-keeping with TOA Berlin’s aims) is to highlight how interconnected our industries and passions are in the pursuit of positive societal change. The key themes this screening will touch on are sustainability and solidarity.
After the screening — which will have both German and English subtitles, don’t worry — attendees will be treated to a Q&A with the directors: Luisa Dahringer and Halea Isabelle Kala.
Date: July 3rd, 2019.
Tickets: Available here.
I told you there was a little bit of everything. Before I looked into this event, if you asked me to draw you a venn diagram of where gin, music and neurotech intersect, I would have drawn three separate circles and flipped the table.
Thankfully, the fine folks behind this TOA Berlin satellite event enlightened me. By combining the skills of masters of each of the elements you see in their headline, this event’s organisers are creating a truly immersive experience to appeal to every sense.
The event will begin with a discussion of neurotechnology applications facilitated by the CEO of Muarts. Then, attendees will be treated to a night of neuro-tech powered gin tasting. And visual art. AND a musical experience curated by DJs Kokeshi and Limbs. Don’t miss this one if you’re looking for an educational opportunity that also lets you kick back.
Date: July 4th, 2019.
Tickets: Limited tickets are still available here.
Anyone who works with or owns a small business has probably had an experience or two in a co-working space. Unicorn Workspaces, the team behind this TOA Berlin satellite event, are working to make that experience a little bit special.
The team say that most people who use these facilities long for a place that enables them to both get shit done, and get inspired. With 12 locations, and a business strategy to make them sustainable and affordable, Unicorn Workspaces are certainly making gains there.
Instead of just sharing their insights though, they’ll be bringing together speakers and experts in digital and start-up ecosystems. They’ll share how co-working spaces are shaping their businesses and industries.
Date: July 4th, 2019.
Tickets: Are on sale here.
How to Get Tickets to the TOA Satellite Events
There’s a little caveat when it comes to the tickets for these TOA Berlin satellite events: a ticket doesn’t guarantee entry. Because of the popularity and demand at TOA, people who hold additional tickets get preferential admission.
To increase your chances of attending the mixed and many events we’ve showcased here, you can get any of the festival passes on offer, starting at €329 (frankly a steal for a three-day festival) and rising to €1,750 for those who’d like to rub shoulders with the founders and makers of TOA.
There’s also the option to get a €19 priority access ticket to satellite events, TOAxNight, and Haus of Tech.
All that’s left to do is to encourage you to take a look at the TOA site if you’re hungry for more info, or to have a look back on last year’s festival in their recap video below: