The Next Web, 24 & 25 May in Amsterdam

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    Terry Boyd

    This is one of Europe’s mega conferences, drawing 15,000 people for 2017. A big deal even in Amsterdam … this year, even more so.

    For 2018, a jury selected by Chivas Venture – funded by the Scotch brand (part of the giant Paris-based Pernod Richard) – will award a total of $800,000 to social startup. Another $200,000 will go to runners-up. You can see the details of the Chivas requirements here for next year. And social startups, of course, are the startups that solve problems such as access to clean water or micro-loans through private, self-funding initiatives. (TOMS Shoes would be a good example.)

    Okay, about the rest of TNW – what’s left to say? A giant conference addressing the topics of the moment. No surprise, this year, AI, Machine Learning, and blockchain are among the 18 tracks.

    You can see them all here.

    The speakers are typically Tier 2, so you won’t see The Big Names.

    This year is no exception, but still a solid lineup.

    • Cassie Kozyrkov, Google’s chief data scientist

    • Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo

    • Chase Jarvis, CEO of CreativeLive

    • Mike Curtis, Airbnb’s VP of engineering

    • A bunch of people from Reddit

    Notably missing this year are Dutch entrepreneurs just as and Adyen are breaking out globally. Guess they’re busy.

    Tickets start at 199 euros, and you can get them here.

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