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The 2019 Edition (updated): Dispatches’ list of the best startup and tech events across Europe

Dispatches is all about bringing highly skilled internationals together to collaborate on the way to changing the world for the better. (Oh, and it would be nice if we all make a couple of euros.) Which is why we go to as many tech and startup events as possible when we’re not going to EDM concerts and zipping around Europe writing travel posts. (We know … a 24/7 job, but somebody’s gotta do it.)

Europe’s tech ecosystem is growing, and by extension, so are the number of startup and tech events. The center of the digital universe used to be London, which still produces far more innovative new companies than any other city with the possible exception of Tel Aviv. But with Brexit, there are emerging contenders for Europe’s tech crown now from Lisbon to Lviv.

At first, Europe imitated Silicon Valley and its tech meetups and hackathons. Now, we’re going our own way, pushing hard into deep tech such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

As stated back in 2017, the question we always hear – as events multiply and corporations catch startup fever – is, “Are these things worth the time and money?” The answer is, “Sometimes. That’s your call.” If only the innovation they produced matched the ability of event organizers to come up with new ways to get you to fork over 500 euros!

It’s easy to make fun of some of the more pompous and pointless events. But we’ve been to multiple events since 2016 including the CERN Hackathon in Eindhoven and PortXL in Rotterdam and they were amazing, with levels of sophistication missing in a lot of innovation centers, even in the U.S. One of our friends just got back from Slush in Finland and rated it well worth the time and money … and she got a meeting with Google execs.

What we’re no longer including are the invitation-only and celebrity-oriented events, which come dangerously close to just being religious services for people worshiping at the Temple of Tech. For 2019, we’re including more events which can help you build your skills and industry connections. And as always, thanks to those sending us their events … and we’ll try to do a better job of keeping this list updated.

Feel free to send us your events at: terry@dispatcheseurope. And thanks to all of you who have sent/suggested events.

Mobile World Conference, 25 thru 28 February in Barcelona

Mobile is still where the action is, and MWC Barcelona (the new name) is one of the Big Three tech/startup events along Viva Technology, Web Summit and CES in Vegas. This show mixes first looks at cutting-edge tech from more than 2,400 companies with programs built around industry visionaries dispensing digital wisdom.

And, it will be just you and 110,000 other change-makers. Cozy.

There are eight themes for the 2019 conference including:

• Connectivity

• Industry 4.0

• Immersive content

• Digital trust

This is a coming together of people from huge companies, but there are also programs tailored for startups and women in tech.

Announced speakers this early are mostly from big companies that are heavily invested in mobile including Vimeo and Vodafone.

You can register here.

There’s also a section on the website for hotels … and with 110,000 people pouring into Barcelona, that might be your biggest challenge.

KPN Startup Evening, 6 March in Rotterdam

KPN, a telecom/ICT giant based in Rotterdam, is one of the most aggressive companies in the Netherlands, along with AkzoNobel, when it comes to investing in startups. We’ve attended some of their events including a hackathon, so we know management is serious about this.

This event will feature some of the startups KPN already is working with as well as speed date session for Startups with venture fund managers, corporates and KPN execs.

The KPN model is to find promising startups, incubate them, then scale them up on the way to turning them into stand-alone companies.

For 2017, the eight people on the KPN New Business Liaison Team:

• closed 81 deals with startups in 33 different industry segments including IoT and digital health

• visited 10 startup events each month

• have more than 1,150 startups in their database

KPN New Business teams total 420 people.

There’s also a separate KPN Ventures team under its CFO with 70 million euros in capital to deploy. Investments range from 500,000 euros to 1.5 million euros for a minority stake on the way to an exit, not acquisition. Investment areas include IoT, OTT and mobile, digital healthcare, cybersecurity, cloud and data & analytics.

This March Startup Evening event is free and you can sign up here on EventBrite.

Silicon Vikings – Finland Competition, 6 March in Tampere

When they’re not busy sweeping their forests, the tiny population of Finland likes to flex their global might in Formula 1 and technology. If you have a great idea, you can join in on 6 March. The Finland competition is part of SiliconVikings series across the Nordics and Baltics.

Industry categories include:

  • Digital Health
  • FinTech
  • VR/AI
  • Mobile & Security
  • Gaming

Silicon Vikings connects startups to the Valley, where the real capital is, and Silicon Valley to Northern Europe, where the real talent is.

You can fill out the application here, which is going to take awhile because they want all the info about your idea, whether you have revenue and details about your team. And as we tell the startups we work with, spelling counts.

The deadline is 5 February! But, if you make it to the Silicon Vikiings Startup World Cup Nordics in The Valley later this year, you could earn a $1 million A round.

You can see all the Silicon Vikings competitions here.

OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, 7 March 2019 in Jerusalem

Israel – particularly Tel Aviv – is breathing down Europe’s neck. When we talk with European investors and executives, they’re increasingly dazzled by the tech and talent coming of Israel even more than from China. So it makes sense the biggest equity crowdfunding event in the world is here.

So you might want to put OurCrowd Global Investors Summit on your calendar because entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, global corporations and investors from all over the world will gather to define the startup landscape for the year to come, to quote from the website.

This is both a showcase for Israel and an international event.

Here are the numbers from the latest news release:

More than 10,000 people are expected to register from over 80 countries, including 300 startups, 200 VC representatives and 250 Multinational Corporations such as GE, Honda, DuPont, and Samsung, along with entrepreneurs, investors, government officials and members of the press from around the world.

But it’s the diversity of speakers that’s fascinating. Previous OurCrowd events have included everyone from the COO of Honda R&D to a Hartford, Conn. police sergeant who’s an expert on real-time surveillance, CT cameras and command centers for smart cities.

2019 sessions include:

  • From the main stage, first-person accounts of startup tech changing the world: assisting law enforcement in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, drone search and rescue after the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, helping rehabilitate spinal cord injuries, saving lives from medical errors, and much more
  • “The Innovation Revolution: Case studies from the Ecosystem,” demonstrating how connecting the players can supercharge the growth of startups
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  • “Demo Theater: No Pitches, Just Wow” – Nonstop demos in a theater environment (popcorn included), demonstrated by the innovators themselves
  • “Killer Robots and Mutant Children: How to Keep Next-Gen Tech from Destroying Us”
  • The OurCrowd Hackathon: Crowdcreating a Startup, where we will crowdsource ideas to commercialize raw technologies

This is a lot different from other tech/startup events in that this is a summit put on by an equity crowdfunding group, OurCrowd, which also operates its own investment arm with almost 25,000 accredited investors from more than 112 countries. OurCrowd has raised over $750 million and invested in 150 portfolio companies and funds, according to its website.

This is a big deal, and of course, you have to apply to come, which you can do on the website.

Hello Tomorrow Paris, 14 & 15 March

With Trump, Brexit and the missteps of social media giants such as Facebook, it’s difficult to believe sometimes the world is getting better, but it is. The goal of Hello Tomorrow Paris, which bills itself as a global deeptech summit, is to bring together the brightest entrepreneurs and change-makers to “build our future.”

This is mostly a future-trends event, with speakers from universities, NASA and organizations such as the Longevity Fund, which seeks ways to make humans live long and prosper. But there are also events for startups including a Toolbox Stage where you can learn skills such as corporate board building, what to look for in a shareholder agreement and how to identify A Players.

And don’t forget the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge:

The Challenge gives scientists and deeptech entrepreneurs around the globe a platform for their research and projects, providing equity-free prize money as well as other funding opportunities, global visibility and connections with key players in the deeptech innovation network.

Tickets start at 90 euros for startups and you can get yours here.

Microsoft Ignite: The Tour, 20 & 21 March in Amsterdam, and 24 & 25 April in Stockholm

We promised you more skills-focused events. Well, here’s a big one. Microsoft Ignite started as huge conferences in the U.S. Now, Microsoft engineers are taking the show on the road, touring the world from China to Israel with these tech nerd gatherings.

The idea is to introduce new coding and development techniques while building Microsoft’s business. Hey, whatever it takes. You do get to go one-on-one with Microsoft engineers, who’ll answer your “toughest technical questions and provide product feedback,” according to the Microsoft Ignite website. There will also be peer-to-peer sessions where attendees get to share their chops.

The tour is free to attend and while we’re Applephiles, Microsoft ain’t going nowhere, especially in the cloud bidness, booming under CEO Satya Nadella.

You can sign up here for Amsterdam and here for Stockholm.

Be sure to check out the exact location and schedule of events … and it looks like Satya is picking up the tab for breakfast.

dotGo, 25 March in Paris

We spend a lot of time trying to stay on top of digital trends to make good on our promise to find more skills-oriented events. Nothing is more complicated than keeping up with programing languages. Yes, companies need developers who can program in ancient languages such as Cobal, a legacy language for mainframes. But there are new languages every day, such as GO, that make the most of multi-core processors. GO was created by Google in 2009 to address the issue of concurrency – processes executing simultaneously. A Java thread, for example, consumes megabytes of memory. Goroutines only consume about 2 kilobytes. Okay, we’re way out of our depths, now.

You can read more about GO here. OR you can GO to dot.Go in Paris and learn about it while wearing one of the those funny little berets and sipping Kir Royales.

The speaker line up isn’t public yet, so we’ll update this.

Tickets are 199 euro and you can get yours here for what figures to be a huge geek fest for people who speak in Algebraic expressions. Don’t take a date.

Tech Tour Growth Summit, 28 & 29 March in Geneva and Lausanne

Tech Tour started 20 years ago as a place where innovators and VCs could meet in “a trustworthy and transparent environment” on the way to boosting the best emerging technology.

Now, it’s VCs and corporates looking to fund promising startups, all in the glossy capital of laissez-faire capitalism, Switzerland.

Tech Tour is more than just another events organizer … it’s a sort of an innovation guild. More than 2,000 high-tech companies apply and 750 investors take part in 25 events each year. So. this 6th Tech Tour Growth Summit is different from most listed here because you have to join the community if you want a shot at investing. The result of this approach is that Tech Tour claims 60 percent of Europe’s Unicorns are alumns!

So, how can you play?

Well, if your startup gets selected, you get in free (no surprise since you’re the rabbit in this hunt for talent.) If you’re a member or a Tech Tour alumn, it’s 450 Swiss francs to attend. Otherwise, it’s 1,400 Swiss francs and you can get your tickets here.

The Growth Summit theme this year is “Redefining Ambition,” and there are multiple events including CEO-only workshops, roundtables and seminars discussing healthcare, mobility, blockchain, business productivity, resource efficiency and  IoT.

Marquee speakers are:

• Hermann Hauser, co-founder and partner in Amadeus Capitai, will speak at the Growth Summit Awards dinner.
• Jean-Marc Chery, CEO of STMicroelectronics will give this year’s view on the tech trends for 2019 and beyond.

This is just one of a dozen Tech Tour events or meetings this year. You can see the full list here.

hub.berlin, Big Data AI Summit, 10 & 11 April in Berlin

This will be year seven for hub.berlin (all lower case), a trends event in Berlin, where – with the exception of Zalando/Rocket Internet – not that many trends start. That would be Stockholm, London, Tallinn and Amsterdam. But it’s an exciting city full of smart people. Bitkom, the 2,500-member digital-industry association that puts on hub.berlin (all lower case) is trying to up Germany’s digital game, advocating for a fully integrated digital single market as well as establishing Germany as “a key driver of digital change in Europe and globally.”

Hub.berlin (all lower case) has keynotes, lectures/ discussions, interactive workshops and masterclasses, live tech demonstrations, “and an unforgettable club night.” Because it’s Berlin! There’s no 2019 speakers list yet, but past speakers include Scott Chacon from GitHub, Shane Wall, global head of HP Labs, Nora-Vanessa Wolhert from Station F and top executives from German and global powerhouses. This event runs concurrently with Bitkom’s Big Data AI industry summit. (Not to be confused with World AI Summit in Amsterdam later in the year.)

Startups can apply for free hub.berlin (all lower case) tickets, but everyone else pays … a lot! Tickets start at 790 euros, but you can transfer your pass to ONE colleague during the event. So, that’s sort of like a half-off deal.

You can get your tickets here.

Beyond Tech, 11 April in Eindhoven

(Full disclosure: Dispatches Europe is a HighTechXL partner.)

Beyond Tech is shaping up to be THE premier high-tech conference in the Netherlands as HighTechXL opens registration to regional, national and global startups, investors, corporate partners and community leaders in love with high tech.

11 April will be a full day of expert sessions and startup events including:

• Startups matching up with investors and corporate partners for 15 minutes of face-time. The event management platform uses an algorithm to rank matches among the databases, then adds them to your conference agenda.

• 25 Expert Sessions (workshops) featuring high-profile presenters with topics like innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship. Hear the story of Dutch startup Psylaris and their time at Y-Combinator in The Valley. Or how imec leverages technology to strengthen the socio-economic backbone of a city. And, like, 22 others.

• a pitch competition where 10 high-potential startups will compete for prizes from Impact Track Ambassadors ASML, Philips, NTS Group, imec, TomTom, BOM, ABN AMRO, EY, DSM, Here, Accenture and IBM.

Eindhoven isn’t just another tech hub, and this isn’t just another tech conference. First, Beyond Tech is free, which is affordable for all startups, and second, it’s all about HTXL pulling together the brave, the bold and the unconventional. The fun, excitement and networking opportunities are bonuses.

You can sign up here as a startup, investor/corporate partner, attendee (if you don’t want to do matchmaking) and student ambassador. And you can see the full list of events here.

The conference is scheduled for 9:30 to 16:00. Check the website for details about the location of individual events. And by the way, Eindhoven has a very efficient fly-in, fly-out airport near High Tech Campus Eindhoven, the venue, with discount flights from every major city in Europe. So even if you’re in, say, Copenhagen, this is doable. And you’ll want to see this ecosystem for yourself.

Odyssey Hackathon, Groningen, Netherlands, 11 thru 15 April

The Dutch aren’t waiting around for everyone else to catch them. The Dutch government, along with Dutch energy companies Enexis and Nuon, as well as Groningen University and other sponsors, has organized what they’re billing as “the world’s largest AI and blockchain hackathon.” There will be 20 tracks, 100 teams and 200k in funding on the table.

The idea is pretty conventional: Sponsoring partners will create challenges, then become the launching customer for the winning startups by working with them in-house, or incubating/accelerating them externally.

Tracks including:

• Fossil-free future

• Digital citizenship (look out Estonia!)

• International

• Inclusive banking

• Future of cargo insurance

• Infrastructure for digital nations

You can see all the tracks here.

This is not just a hackathon. There are preparatory events beforehand, and incubation programs afterward. So be sure to check out the website, which is absolutely loaded with information including travel tips. Also, you have to have at least five people for your team, but the good news is, Odyssey actually has a registry, so you can pick up people if you’re short.

You can register here.

Industry, 15 thru 17 April in Dublin

Dublin is the Tech Center of the World right now and Brexit will only strengthen its position. This conference is basically for software development managers, and as we know, software is eating the world. During three days, about 400 software geeks from more than 30 countries will hear from “renowned product leaders and share the latest methods, tools, and frameworks that they use to build, launch and scale world-class software products,” according to the website.

Speakers include:

• Arielle Kilroy – Senior Product Manager of Open Innovation at Mozilla

• Brian Norgard –Former CPO at Tinder

• Paul Adams, VP of products at Intercom

Topics are mostly process-oriented including:

• Big product decisions: Gut feeling or test?

• The organizational challenge of enterprise roadmapping

• How to optimize your product and business using analytics

And there are lots of workshop.

These industry things are cheap, but new skills and approaches can be a good thing.  That and the boss is paying.

Tickets start at 695 euros and you can get yours here.

TNW Conference 2019, 9 & 10 May in Amsterdam

This is one of the marquee events in a city everyone loves to visit. TNW 2019 is projected to bring about 20,000 people and thousand of execs from hundreds of companies to Amsterdam to hear speakers talk about The Next Wave in tech. (See how we worked that in?)

There are so many of these things now that like EDM festivals, there are not enough Big Names to go around. NOT the case for TNW.

For 2019, there are a LOT of speakers we’d pay to hear including:

• Corinne Vigreux, co-founder of TomTom

• Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com

• Stacie Carr from Zalando

• Cassie Kozyrkov from Google

• Jeroen Tass from Philips

• Guillaume Princen from Stripe

• Angel Diaz, VP of Developer Technology and Open Source at  IBM

Yes, there’s a definite skew toward Dutch companies and founders, but why shouldn’t there be? Very quietly, the Dutch own everything from Fintech (Adyen) to Formula 1 (Max Verstappen) to OTT television (“Bosch” and the best actors in “Peaky Blinders” and “Outlander”).  Better to be part of it than left behind.

Tickets start at a hefty 499 euros, and you can get yours here.

Webit.Festival Europe, 13 thru 15 May in Sofia

Billed as “a gathering of open-minded people who want to change the world,” Webit is part industry show, part tech event and part European Union policy summit. It’s probably the largest EU-blessed tech event (Mariya Gabriel, EU commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society holds forth) and certainly the largest in Eastern Europe. Webit and most of the EU events are the opposite of the private-sector U.S. approach – government officials trying to lay out a centrally planned vision for where Europe should be going.

So far, no worlds have been changed, but you never know, right?

This is an event heavy with general secretaries and plenary chairs and even the prime minister of that digital disrupter Turkey.  But the corporates aren’t stupid … there are also top executives from U.S.companies such as Salesforce and Cisco. Because you never know, right?

You can get early bird tickets here starting at 100 euros.

i-COM Data Startup Challenge, 13 thru 16 May in Malaga, Spain

Cristina just sent us this heads-up about the 7th edition of the i-COM Data Startup Challenge. The event will showcase “top startups from around the world who leverage value from Marketing Data & Measurement as the central selling point of their product or services.” Translated, that means using data collection and analytics to figure out who your customer is, how to reach them and what he/she wants.

Startups eligible for the challenge must:

• have a product is live and in the market, with at least one client.
• be less than 4-years-old
• have annual revenue of less than $2.5 million (or 2.2 million euros translated from ‘murican money.)

Winners get a shot at hooking up with new clients as well as getting advice/direction from industry experts from sponsor companies such as BNP Paribas, Dell and AXA.

Entry categories are:

  • General: Any startup that leverages value from data as a central selling point of its product or service.
  • AI
  • Attribution, or measuring the incremental value of marketing channels, strategies and tactics against business outcomes. “Attribution should directly drive optimisation of marketing to improve business outcomes,” according to the website.
  • Content Marketing,: A strategic and tactical marketing approach focused on creating and distributing information to the buyer that is “valuable, relevant and helpful” for a target audience using a combination of owned media (e.g. blogs, microsites, social media conversations, print and digital publications, etc.), paid media and earned media.
  •  Mobile involving data from mobile devices. (The data does not need to be exclusively mobile and can be cross-channel in nature.)
  • Programmatic that includes media planning & audience targeting innovation. Examples include: the marketing cloud, the RTB protocol, addressable audiences, marketing automation and measurement.
  •  Social Media beyond that which falls within a broad definition of social media and paid advertising in social platforms. “This includes topics of social-driven commerce, user comments or conversations, user-generated content, forums and message boards, crowdsourcing/crowdfunding, social publishing, and social media listening.
  •  Video measuring how viewers are watching video content across devices.

It costs startups 49 euros for each entry, and you can fill out the first form here.

Latitude59, Tallinn, 16 & 17 May

Ah, springtime in the Baltics, so it must be time for Latitude59. Tallinn talent in particular has been the source for so much groundbreaking consumer tech from Skype to Transferwise.

Latitude59 – named for Tallinn’s northern location – likes to advertise itself as a gathering of “only the people who matter” in the world’s first digital society. So no mobs of 30,000 people descending on this small country … only a couple of thousand.  What Latitude59 has a history of is attracting big names.

While organizers haven’t announced the 2019 lineup, past speakers have included Transferwise CEO Kristo Käärmann, Jobbatical founder Karoli Hendricks and lots and lots of people from The Valley.

Topics have included:

• the future of cybersecurity

• governments in the digital age

• the future of sustainable foods

So this is more of a Big Brain event and less of a Big Star event with pitch events, matchmaking and parties.

Tickets start at 69 euros (not 500 euros) and you can get yours here.

Viva Technology, 16 thru 18 May in Paris

This is a tough one … two events in Paris at almost the same time. The deeptech-focused Hello Tomorrow versus all things to all startups Viva Technology? Which might be a decision Dispatches has to make … we’ll see.

Okay, we know all about Hello Tomorrow above. Let’s look at Viva Tech, which is one of the majors, with 100,000 attendees, thousands of VCs and the biggest names in tech as past speakers including Zuck, Satya Nadella from Microsoft and Ginni Rometty from IBM.

The VT pitch is that you’ll meet the people who can fund your startup, or maybe the talent you lack. But the truth is, unless you have the next Apple or Salesforce, you might get lost in the crowd.

That said, the opportunities are real, with:

• Office Hours, which gives you face time with VCs

• Scaleup Lounge, with one-on-one coaching

• Mentor Lounge, with guidance from people who’ve been where you want to go

•  Startup Battlefield Europe, a pitch competition with a chance to win 25,000 euros and an all-expenses-paid trip to Disrupt in San Francisco.

This is definitely the Big Time for those who are ready and have the cash to pay for transportation well as a place to stay in Paris.

You can get Early Bird tickets here.

PODIM Conference 2019, 21 & 22 May in Maribor, Slovenia

We just put Slovenia on our new list of the best countries – best educated and least corrupt – for expats in Emerging Europe. So it’s no surprise to us, at least, that the tech world – speakers from Amazon, MIT and financiers from San Fran/The Valley – is starting to gravitate here.

PODIM (we never could figure out what that stands for) is designed for startups from Alps-Adriatic and Western Balkan regions that haven’t yet their series A round and aren’t older than 5 years, according to the website.

When you look at the PODIM Conference speaker lineup, there are a LOT of people coming from outside Slovenia, particularly the U.S. and Switzerland, to this regional innovation conference.

Tickets start at 95 euros for startups, and you can get yours here.

PODIM Conference is sponsored by the Slovene Enterprise Fund and Slovenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, and organized by Start:Up Slovenia.

A caveat: We were reluctant to recommend this event because it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, two hours by train from Ljublijana and an hour from Graz, Austria.

Sektor 3.0 Festival, 22 & 23 May in Warsaw

Innovating for social impact? Leveraging your startup or NGO with technology? Or perhaps you’re a startup that can help a non-profit with your invention?

Then you need to be at the 9th edition of Sektor 3.0 Festival, scheduled for May 22 & 23, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. The free two-day event features seminars and lectures, as well as practical workshops hosted by partner companies and institutions throughout Warsaw.

Sektor 3.0 Festival claims the title of the largest innovation and technology conference in the Central and Eastern European region focusing on innovators, startups, non-profits and activists who seek to make positive social change. About 1,000 people come annually from around the world to the nine-year-old festival, with speakers from 15 countries in 2018.

Speakers include experts from Google, MIT, Intel, NASA, CNN, Microsoft, Seoul National University,  European Parliament, The EU Ministry of Digital Affairs and other institutions.

The full program of the 2019 edition will be announced in April 2019. See the Sektor 3.0 website for more information about previous speakers and organizing partners.

Contact frsi@frsi.org.pl if you have questions. (Thanks to Magdalena Jackiewicz for sending us the Sektor 3.0 info.)

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019, 4 & 5 June in Den Haag (The Haag)

The Global Entrepreneurship Summits are a global series sponsored by a non-profit and funded/hosted by various governments. In this case, it’s the United States and The Netherlands bringing everyone together in the lovely Dutch capital of Den Haag. While we’re not generally excited about the public sector bureaucrats getting involved in startups, this looks like an important event.

This is basically a stage to pitch your “investment-ready startup,” according to the website, which has more clichés per column inch than anything we’ve read lately. That said, there’s nifty infographic.

That infographic lays out the five categories of startups GES investors are looking for: Water, connectivity, energy, health and agriculture. This does seem like a legitimate opportunity to (for free!) get your idea in front of serious investors and governmental types with access to subsidies and grants.

You can apply here by 30 January. Selected startups will be notified by 4 March.

SaaStr Europa 2019, Paris, 12 & 13 June

Ahhh, June in Paris, when hearts turn to love, romance and B2B software as a service in the City of Lights.

Come on … who doesn’t love Saas, right?  And we’ve decided to pretty much just list every event in Paris because we like going there.

This is the second year for SaasStr, which started in San Francisco, where they put on one of the largest B2B software conferences. The concept is, Saastr wants to take enterprises from $0 to $100 million as quickly as possible, and this event is designed to bring together founders, C-suite types and VCs looking for the new, new thing.

For 2019, SaasStr Europa is projected to bring 2,500 and have twice as much content, according to the website.

Last year, speakers included:

• Jason Lemkin, a VC, entrepreneur and founder of SaaStr

• Guillaume Princen, Stripe’s Head of France & Southern Europe

• Marc Diouane, president of Zuora

and a whole bunch of Tier 2 VCs.

This year’s, one of the speakers could be you, and you can get details here.

Tickets start at $249 (not euros) and you can get them here.

Later in 2019 after the summer vacation break:

SHIFT, 29 & 30 August in Turku, Finland – Two things jump out at us here. First, who said there are no conferences in August? Second, all anyone wants to talk with us about is artificial intelligence … and this is an AI for industries conference. The 2019 speaker list isn’t public yet, and his is mostly for the theoretical types. Past speakers have mostly been researchers and engineers, with a few entrepreneurs. Startup tickets are 145 euros and you can get yours here.

Intelligent Health AI 2019, 11 & 12 September in Basel – With Philips Healthcare’s R&D a major presence Dispatches’ HQ city of Eindhoven, we see regularly how AI is transforming healthcare. So we’ll be represented well 11 and 12 September in Basel for this one. This year’s Intelligent Health AI once again brings together the global AI and health community in Switzerland to figure out how AI can be used to solve some of the world’s healthcare problems. The premise: AI can revolutionize healthcare in oncology, radiology, surgery, cardiology, genomics and other clinical areas. The event includes clinicians, C-suite executives in pharma, biotech and medtech, policymakers and technologists. Tickets start at 49 euros for docs and other clinicians, and you can get yours here.

World Summit AI, 9 & 10 October in Amsterdam – From London-based InspiredMinds, the same people who put on Intelligent Health AI, World Summit AI will bring the Big Brains together to “tackle head-on the most burning AI issues and set the global AI agenda,” according to a news release. World Summit AI organizers promise “two days of mind-boggling innovation, heated discussions on AI ethics and AI4good,” applied solutions for enterprise, workshops, knowledge-sharing, networking and entertainment.

Tickets are limited and you can get yours here starting at 199 euros for startups.

Digital Freedom Festival, 21 & 22 November in Riga, Latvia – The goal of DFF is to unite the tech world. A surprising number of “names” as Latvia attempts to steal Estonia’s spotlight as the Baltic’s digital innovation capital.

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