As the sun starts to shine, people head off to the beach but tech and innovation will keep on thriving. We at SEI have put together a list of some of the various events going on throughout the summer so that you can feed your innovation craving while also enjoying your holiday! While our list contains events from August, be sure to check out Italian Tech Speak which is coming out soon: the podcast version of Italian Tech Week. Find out more info by clicking here.
Now onto our Top 5 Summer Tech Events!
Innovation Today Conference (20-21 August) “Innovation happens where business, design, and tech meet.”
This virtual event, which normally happens every year in Lausanne (Switzerland), will take place over two days. The first day will focus on a range of topics such as how brands can truly connect with consumers through a combination of emotion and technology, how tech companies have adapted their strategies against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic and how digital experiences will play a key role in the future. The second day will focus on learning from the experiences of the world-renowned guest speakers who will explain in detail the journey from idea to successful business from the eyes of an entrepreneur. The event boasts an outstanding collection of talent: Surya Vanka (Founder of Authentic Design), Kai Haley (Head of UX Methods and Process, Google) and Alex Osterwalder (Inventor of the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas) to name but a few and participants will have the chance to network several times over the course of the two days. To find out more information, click here.
Shift (26-27 August) “Start a journey of intelligent, sustainable, and profitable regrowth.”
A relatively new conference, this event focuses heavily on the concept of sustainability and is normally based in Turku, Finland. The economic shock created by COVID-19 has forced many companies to rethink their business models. During the online event, SHIFT will challenge business leaders and developers to join the quest for intelligent, sustainable, and profitable regrowth. Participants will be able to dive into themes like new directions of the economy, ecological reconstruction, and the trend of technology becoming embedded in everything. There are several networking opportunities incorporated into the event because they believe that communication is one of the key factors facing a sustainable future. As the importance of ESG grows rapidly, issues such as sustainability will play a significant role in the future of business. For more details about the event, click here.
B2B Rocks (7-11 September) “The leading online conference for B2B & SaaS startups.”
Guaranteed “100% no BS,” the exclusive speakers and 30-minute slots from European founders allow intense keynotes full of hands-on advice. This year’s virtual edition is focused on giving founders the best pieces of advice to make the most of the economic recovery. Talks and virtual networking activities will cadence the event and give rising startups, fast-growing startups, VCs, and journalists the opportunity to connect with each other. Virtually attending the event is also a great opportunity to connect with B2B & SaaS founders. Usually based in Paris, the event is deliberately limited to 800 people, encouraging the best networking opportunities. For more information, just click here.
Techsylvania (22-23 September) “The place where business & tech meet to take it to another level.”
Their conference has been the place where people come to get inspired, find out the next in tech, and learn from some of the brightest minds’ do’s & don’ts. From presenting ground-breaking ideas to debating some of the most pivotal problems that arise when business meets tech, Techsylvania’s conference scene represents the core of the community movement. The event will contain a plethora of outstanding speakers such as Reshma Sohoni (Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Seedcamp), Jonathan Rivers (CTO of Fortune), and Scott Belsky (Chief Product Officer of Adobe) among many other titans in the tech and innovation sectors. The event will feature executive roundtables, a B2B matchmaking opportunity as well as several networking events to ensure that participants can both learn and interact with the keynote speakers. To learn more about the event, just click the link here.
Bits and Pretzels (27-29 September) “Virtual events suck? We unsuck them.”
Bits & Pretzels is a three-day festival that connects more than 5,000 people between founders, investors, startup fans, and all other decision-makers in the startup ecosystem. The festival takes place in a unique setting, inspired by Munich’s Oktoberfest, and is the right combination of professionalism and fun. Started as a founders breakfast with 80 participants, Bits & Pretzels developed into the Burning Man Festival of startup conferences. The spirit of supporting founders continues in 2020 with the Bits & Pretzels Networking Week. A virtual conference from founders for founders, that really understands their needs and values their time. You don’t want to miss it. With amazing speakers over the past few years such as Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and Reid Hoffman, it’s an event that guarantees to deliver the goods to any tech, innovation, or startup enthusiast. For more information click here.