Expat Essentials: Your Dispatches list of Europe’s upcoming tech, startup events

There is a lot going on this year across Europe.

We long ago lost track of how many tech/startup events there are during the first half of 2016. And we figure if we’re having trouble keeping up, you could use a reminder as well.

This is our first list, but not our last … we’ll follow up with a more exhaustive list later. But some world class gathering are coming up soon, such as the World Mobile Congress next month in Barcelona.

These global summits and conferences are NOT inexpensive. You can expect to shell out at least 1,000 euros for passes, food and hotels for the least expensive, and something on the order of 10,000 euros for the VIP treatment at WMC. But access to top global technology executives or future clients and investors doesn’t come cheap at the top conferences. So go into this conference/summit season with your eyes open, techpats!

Here’s our curated list of the high-profile events, many of which are invitation only. If you don’t go this year, you can start lobbying for tickets for the 2017 events!

eCommerce_Summit-berlin-white• 2ND WORLD e-COMMERCE SUMMIT, Berlin, 15 February through 16 February, 2016

Friedrichshain / Kreuzberg
Stralauer Allee, 3 ,
10245, Berlin – Germany

This year, we are gathering the whole eCommerce ecosystem to showcase some of the best work done in the eCommerce World. From the highest technological companies, passing by the smartest e-tailers, we will analyze and understand how to prepare the world for the efuture Retail and the new digital eCommerce marketing in the industry at #WES16 in Berlin .

You can see the full list of speakers here.

–  Rachel Bale; Vice President, Global Merchant Digital Development @ MasterCard

– James Hardy Former Head of the EMEA region | CEO and Co-Founder @ | Avenue51

– Jonas Skovkonge; Digital Production Manager @ LEGO

– Ben Phillis; Business Development Director @

– Giulio Montemagno Senior Vice President of International @ RetailMeNot

– Adrian Hands; Leading eCommerce Sales in EMEA @ TripAdvisor

– Patrick Antivackis; Vice President TechnologyRazorfish

– More information about the speakers here:

Limited tickets – Because we are choosing the best of the best thinkers, we just want to have the best attendees we decide to have an exclusive accessing tickets of 200.

You can register here. Passes start at 750 euros and go to 5,000 euros.


• MOBILE SUNDAY, Barcelona, 21 February 2016

Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm
Carrer del Rosselló, 515

A networking event before the Mobile World Congress and 4YFN conference in Barcelona in collaboration with

What to expect: A glimpse at the future of mobile and a look at current trends and opportunities from some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, startups, investors and corporations. Mobile Sunday is where the stories that matter are told before the Mobile World Congress madness kicks off.

Tickets 31.62 euros to 72.45 euros


• MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, 22 February through 25 February 2016

Fira Gran Via
Av. Joan Carles I,
64 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Fira Gran Via. However, selected events, including 4YFN, will take place at Fira Montjuïc, a venue 4 km down the road.

Fira Montjuïc
Avda. Reina Maria Cristina,
s/n 08004

Mobile World Congress, or MWC, is an annual gathering for the mobile industry and related industries, organized by the GSMA, and held in Barcelona, Spain, the Mobile World Capital.

We work all year long to plan the world-class exhibition, award-winning conference program, and outstanding networking opportunities that comprise Congress each year. Then we add 94,000+ attendees and lots of coffee in order to create an unparalleled experience. Our attendees tell us repeatedly that they can do more business in four days than they can do in a month’s worth of meetings or in a year’s worth of travel, because everyone who is part of the industry is in Barcelona for MWC.

In short: if you’re in mobile, or an industry that supports mobile, or are looking to make contacts in the mobile industry, you simply have to attend MWC in 2016.

Mobile World Congress 2015 was a record-breaking year – and our best-ever event, featuring:

  • More than 94,000 attendees
  • 2,199 Exhibitors
  • Thousands of C-Level leaders
  • More than 140 inspiring speaker sessions
  • More than 3,800 international press and industry analysts
  • 20 Years of Global Mobile Awards
  • 10 Years in Barcelona

You can register here.

• 11TH ANNUAL TNW CONFERENCE, Amsterdam, 26 May through 27 May

Frederiksplein 42

Amsterdam, Netherlands

In May 2016, the city of Amsterdam plays host to the 11th annual TNW Conference, a gathering of immense scale that brings together 20,000 of the world’s top technology leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. Business development, thought-leading content and endless networking opportunities are tied together by more than 10 tracks, 350 exhibitor pavilions and 145 fringe events about the future of technology, innovation, marketing, communication and imagination.

Here’s the list of speakers, which include Pieter Van Der Does of Ayden and Robert Gentz of Zalandro


SPARK ME, Budva, Montenegro, 28 May through 29 May,

Hotel Mediteran

85310 Budva
Crna Gora ,Montenegro is one of the biggest tech/business conferences in Southeast Europe. The conference has been organized annually since 2013, in Budva, Montenegro by Domain.Me, a private company which is in charge of Montenegro’s national internet domain. stage has hosted speakers from companies such as Edelman Digital, Microsoft, Microsoft Ventures, WordPress, UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, Skype, TechCrunch, DropBox,, Prezi,, 500 Startup, hub:raum, Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund, LAUNCHub, StartLabs, Bal Labs and Bellabeat. continues its tradition of bringing together successful startups from all over the Europe in its annual Startup Competition. Our competition is focused on innovation, the power of ideas, the startup’s potential to grow and team diversity. Participating in the competition enables startup founders to have access to advisers, mentors, workshops, and a network of investors, industry experts and serial entrepreneurs.

The prize is the opportunity to exhibit in the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2016 Startup Alley.

In order to participate in the Startup competition you need to apply by May 4, 2016, 23:59:59 UTC.

This is important. You can go free if your a blogger and agree to file a certain number of posts.

• As an Official Blogger, you are entitled to:
A free ticket for both days of (including access to all conference sessions and workshops).
4-night accommodation in the 4-star hotel Mediteran, where the event will take place.
Cruise of the Bay of Kotor reserved for speakers, partners and organizers, on May 30, 2016
Recognition on the conference web site and social media outlets as an Official Blogger.

• As an Official Blogger, you are expected to:
Publish two blog posts before May 15, 2016.
Publish one blog post during
Publish one blog post after


More than 1,000 of Europe’s key movers and shakers in tech startups — hand picked and closely curated — will be attending the daytime conference as well as enjoying a fantastic night at the evening awards. We have now opened up sponsorship opportunities.

Please contact Petra Johansson ([email protected], Phone: +44 (0) 20 3239 9325) for details.

In 2016, The Europas will be accompanied by a parallel track called PathFounders, the exclusive event for startup Founders, in particular those at an early stage. PathFounders will bring together Founders and Investors in a series of exclusive networking experiences, on the days either side of The Europas.

You can apply for these invitation-only events by filling out this form. Once you are invited to attend, all tickets must be paid-for by invitees. The entire event is hand-curated to create the right mix of awesome founders, investors, media and eco-system players.

TechCrunch is the official Media Partner and attendees of The Europas will automatically receive steep discounts on Disrupt Europe tickets among other perks.

Previous speakers:

Niklas Zennström, Founder of Skype
Peter Arvai, Co-founder of Prezi
Renaud, Visage, Co-founder, Eventbrite
Florian Meissner, Founder of EyeEm
Kathryn Parsons, Founder, Decoded
Nick Halstead, Founder of DataSift
Ben Holmes, Index Ventures
Brent Hoberman, Founders Forum
Eileen Burbidge, Passion Capital
Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp
Jemima Kiss, The Guardian
Mark Scott, The New York Times
Martin Bryant, Editor in Chief, The Next Web
Olivia Solon, Wired
Robin Wauters,
Tim Bradshaw, The Financial Times.

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