As the summer break approaches, the conference calendar will come to a near halt in July and August. But that is not to say that you can’t network at all if you choose to spend your summer hard at work in Berlin. To guide you through your search for summer networking opportunities, we compiled a list of conferences and events in which you may be interested.
One of the leading high-tech conferences this summer, Tech Open Air (TOA) will bring together over 20,000 attendees to Berlin who will be gathering to listen to over 150 speakers between June 19 and 22. The open-air event covers a variety of topics related to high tech, such as UX design, space startups, foodtech, medtech, and women in technology. TOA is not free of charge, however; ticket prices start at €99 for students and go up to €999 for a full conference package.
Targeted mostly at those looking to lead the way in the age of relentless digital transformation, this conference brings together executives, researchers, and public figures to cover topics related to digital recruiting, digital leadership, and organizational management. The one-day event taking place on June 21 will feature recognizable thinkers like science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar, who will talk about how lay audiences can make sense of the fast-changing technology landscape. That said, ticket prices are commensurate with the reputation of the speakers, going up to €599+VAT for the day.
Taking place between June 25 and 27, this conference is primarily addressed at Android developers and experts. They are invited to attend 80+ talks at Droidcon, which will be divided into six tracks covering topics as varied as data parsing sessions, talks on the rise of the machines, and women in tech. The event is expected to attract over 1,200 participants and is priced more reasonably compared to the previous two conferences; ticket prices start at €99 for students and go up to €349.
Also taking place at the end of June—June 23 to be exact—this event differs from the above-mentioned conferences in that it will be a contest for developers to gather and hack, hack, hack. Its goal is to develop novel ways to build and foster communities using Facebook developer products. In exchange, participants can receive up to $230,000 in prize money and will have the opportunity to meet with technical mentors, community leaders, and other like-minded individuals. This event is free of charge.
The month of July will be somewhat slow as far as conferences are concerned. Therefore, we recommend that you take advantage of this time to work on applications for two accelerator programs based in Berlin. One of them is, of course, the AtomLeap High-Tech Accelerator. Seeing how June is the last month for Chargery, a sustainable mobility startup, in our program, we are seeking to recruit a motivated and passionate team to join our accelerator between July and December. If you are a startup working toward novel uses of high tech—for example in AV/VR, clean technologies, blockchain, IoT, or AI—and need help commercializing your product, do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of our homepage.
The second accelerator program we recommend you check out is Climate-KIC, a leading European accelerator for startups that work to address climate change. Applications for the DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) countries open on June 18 and close on July 29.
The conference program will resume with a number of options at the end of August. Among them, we recommend you take a look at the Female Future Force Day, a one-day event taking place on August 25. This conference-festival will cover topics as diverse as how to found your own startup, how to brand your product, what the future of work looks like, fashion, creative journaling, band alancing children and entrepreneurship. If you hurry up, you may even be able to get one of the 250 discounted tickets, which are priced at €79 (full-price tickets cost €295).