Tech Open Air, Europe’s 1st interdisciplinary tech festival, in Berlin from July 15-17
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Tech Open Air is Europe’s first interdisciplinary tech festival, and based on my recent visit to Berlin last week, everyone told me that I had to come. Plus, Geektime readers get a 20% discount

On behalf of the Rackspace Startups Program, I am headed to the TOA – Tech Open Air festival in Berlin from July 15 -17.

And I want you to join me.

I want to join forces with other Geektime community members to meet, learn, connect, and collectively share the TOA experience.

We’ll be 4,000 strong

Tech Open Air is Europe’s first interdisciplinary tech festival, and based on my recent visit to Berlin last week, everyone told me that I had to come.

More than 4,000 are expected to convene.

This year’s event has been extended to three full days which will include two days of an Unconference component with art installations, live music, workshops and speaker stages centered at the Alte Teppichfabrik, a converted factory located in Berlin Treptow and one of the city’s last remaining industrial monuments.

The Unconference and Satellite Events will be promoting  knowledge exchange, inspiration and networking through format and forum in their unique open environment. For the second straight year, Patron Partner MINI extends its support of the summer tech festival in Berlin.

This year’s contributors to interactive talks, panels and “knowshops” include a variety of experts including Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter; Berlin-based Zalando CEO and Co-Founder Robert Gentz, Dirk Alhborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and the man bringing Elon Musk’s transport vision to reality, transformative founders such as Urška Sršen, Co-Founder and CCO of Bellabeat and creator of “Leaf,” who has developed one of the world’s first wearable devices to help women track their biorhythm, and even two of “Forbes 30 under 30” who are shaping our digital habits, Rand Hindi (Snips) and Lauren Talbot (PVLL).

TOA15 will also host interactive activities such as the Hardware Pitch in cooperation with MINI to find the “minds and machines that will shape our connected tomorrow” as well as the VC/Startup pitch-nic, a “Back to the Future: Enterprise meets Startup” speed dating session, and much more.

There is even going to be a resident art curator Jan Kage aka Yaneq, who will be mixing beauty and function at the event with pieces that combine tech, sound, sculpture and art.

City-wide tech collective

At the close of the Unconference on the evening of July 16, the festival community takes over with companies and institutions hosting workshops, exhibitions, hackathons, lectures and concerts at over 100 TOA Satellite events organized throughout Berlin in the evening and for the day-long celebration on Friday July 17.

The Tech Open Air Satellites continue to expand to new hosts and locations throughout Berlin, and you can even submit your own event here: event submissions.

I am looking to dig a bit deeper into Berlin’s startup scene and connect with other Geektime readers.

How to register and get 20% off your ticket

We have a 20% discount for the festival for the first 20 Geektime readers who sign up.

Just click here to register.

Let me know if you are coming.

And if you can’t join in, stay tuned for more coverage of TOA as the festival unfolds.

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