Outlook: The most important events in the tech and creative industries in 2016

Category: Events

©Max Threlfall

©Max Threlfall

©Max Threlfall

Berlin Fashion Week, 18-22 January

The national and international fashion scenes come together during the Berlin Fashion Week where both established designers and emerging design talents present their current autumn and winter collections for 2016/2017. Purchasers, industry visitors and journalists from Germany and abroad are invited to attend the event during which 200,000 industry visitors are expected.

<link http://www.fashion-week-berlin.com/>www.fashion-week-berlin.com</link>

future:publish!, 18-29 January


future!publish is a congress where new publishing and marketing ideas for the publishing and creative industries are exchanged. future!publish delivers inspiration and creates new publishing and sales ideas. The focus of the congress is on e-publishing and innovative marketing and sales strategies.

<link http://www.futurepublish.berlin/>www.futurepublish.berlin</link>

Berlin Tech Meetup, 21 January


The Berlin Tech Meetup is a regular event for the tech scene to discuss trends and ideas. During the meet, typically five to six start-ups are given the opportunity to present their current products. Afterwards, the presented concepts will be discussed, usually over some drinks. The next meetup will take place on 21 January.

<link http://www.meetup.com/de-DE/b-tech/>



Digital Media Conference, 11 February


The number one conference for decision-makers in the media and e-business industries to discuss digital change and possible consequences. Included in the schedule are speeches and panel discussions as well as networking events.

<link http://www.digitalmediaconference.de/>www.digitalmediaconference.de</link>

Berlinale, 11-21 February


The Berlin International Film Festival, better known as the Berlinale, has established itself as one of the major events for the international film circuit. Films from various sections are shown at Berlin cinemas during the festival with the 'competition' section being the most important one. Headed by Meryl Streep this year, the jury awards prizes, known as the Golden and Silver Bears, to successful films.

<link https://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html>www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html</link>

Startup Revolution Days, 25-26 February


The Startup Revolution Days are a network platform for innovators from corporations, start-ups and investors from Germany, Israel and Poland. Topics range from e-health to social innovation and e-commerce.

<link http://www.startuprevolutiondays.com/>www.startuprevolutiondays.com</link>

Valley in Berlin, 10 March


The event 'Valley in Berlin' offers a platform for start-ups supported by the You Is Now accelerator. Valley in Berlin has established itself as a popular event for Berlin-based start-ups and investors.

<link http://www.valleyinberlin.com/ _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">www.valleyinberlin.com</link>

Startup Camp Berlin, 8-9 April


This year's Startup Camp will take place at Humboldt University. The event brings together founders, entrepreneurs, investors and students interested in early stage start-ups offering conferences, pitches, exhibitions and expert talks.

<link http://www.startupcamp.berlin/>www.startupcamp.berlin</link>

Berlin Media Convention, 2-3 May


Media Convention Berlin is one of the largest and most important media industry gatherings in Europe, and the main media conference in Germany’s capital region. The event brings together experts from the TV and film worlds, academics, and policy makers as well as representatives of the digital generation to discuss current media and internet policy issues, media market trends, and the latest media culture developments.

<link http://www.mediaconventionberlin.com/>www.mediaconventionberlin.com</link>

re:publica, 2-4 May


re:publica is one of the world's most important conferences about various topics related to the digital society. Since its foundation it has grown into a wide-ranging “society conference” with 7,000 visitors  and 850 international speakers attending the event in 2015.

<link https://re-publica.de/en _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">www.re-publica.de/en</link>

webinale, 29 May - 2 June


webinale is a conference for digital professionals, trendsetters

and entrepreneurs in the world wide web. The event acts an interface for the transfer of knowledge, inspiration and experiences across all industries.

<link http://www.webinale.de/ _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">www.webinale.de</link>

Heureka, 7 June


Heureka is a start-up conference organised by tech blog 'Gründerszene'. At the event, founders meet each other as well as investors and media representatives in order to discuss current trends. Alongside presentations, Heureka offers workshops and pitch competitions.

<link http://heureka-conference.com/ _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">www.heureka-conference.com</link>

Berlin Web Week, 7-17 June


Berlin Web Week has grown into on of the biggest festivals for the digital industry in Europe with 30 events and more than 20,000 visitors attending the event in 2015. Web Week is a gathering place for entrepreneurs, founders, tech enthusiasts, bloggers, web activists, hackers, developers, inventors, designers, media representatives, marketing agencies, start-ups, medium sized enterprises and global players as well as investors, incubators and sponsors. Along with conferences, the event features pitches, hackathons, matchmaking dinners and meetups.

<link http://berlinwebweek.de/?lang=en _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">



NOAH Berlin, 8-9 June


'Noah Berlin' is an event for executives in the digital industry and investors with this year's focus being on discussions about new disruptive technologies.

<link http://www.noah-conference.com/>www.noah-conference.com</link>

Deutscher Filmpreis, 10 June


The Deutscher Filmpreis, also known as Lola, is the most renowned and most lucrative film award for German films. The jury consists of the members of the German Film Academy. The awards, presented at a gala ceremony in Berlin, constitute the highlight of the cinematic year in Germany.

<link http://www.deutscher-filmpreis.de/>www.deutscher-filmpreis.de</link>

tools, 15-16 June


tools is a conference for web-based solutions related to the intelligent digitisation of business processes. The event features practical tests, information, training, perfect benchmarking and networking opportunities in order to find the right tool to enhance business processes.

<link http://www.tools-berlin.de/en>



Droidcon, 15- 17 June 2016

The 8th edition of Droidcon Berlin takes place from 15-17 June 2016 at Postbahnhof in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The event provides an opportunity for android enthusiasts to learn about and discuss the latest developments in the industry.

<link http://droidcon.com/ - external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">www.droidcon.com</link>

Berlin Fashion Week, 28 June -1 July


Berlin Fashion Week will take place for the second time this year in summer. The trade fairs Premium Exhibition, Panorama Berlin, Show & Order, Bright, Seek, Greenshowroom and Ethial Fashion Show Berlin, as well as Cookies Show present the latest trends for summer 2017. Berliner Mode Salon and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week provide a platform for both established designers and emerging talents to present their collections to national and international audiences.

<link http://www.fashion-week-berlin.com/>www.fashion-week-berlin.com</link>

Tech Open Air, 13-15 July


First taking place in 2012, Tech Open Air, also known as TOA, has established itself as Berlin's annual technology festival. An interdisciplinary conference, it provides a platform for entrepreneurs, artists and scientist to get together. Alongside the official programme of the conference with 120 executives and thought leaders giving speeches, there are 'satellite events' taking place where companies and eco-system organisations hold their own events.

<link http://www.toa.berlin/>www.toa.berlin</link>

IFA, 2-7 September


With over 1,000 exhibitors, the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) is the world's leading trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances. In addition, IFA offers a range of programmes and events aimed at the electronics end consumer.

<link http://www.ifa-berlin.de/en>www.ifa-berlin.de/en/</link>

deGUT, 7-8 October


With 6,000 visitors in 2015, the Deutschen Gründer- und Unternehmenstage (German founder and company days) is Germany's leading trade fair for founders. Workshop topics range from market analysis to developing sustainable business models to building a company as part of a succession arrangement or franchise.

<link http://www.degut.de/>www.degut.de</link>

Entrepreneurship Summit, 8-9 October


A motley collection of creative and successful people will meet at the Entrepreneurship Summit in order to discuss founding concepts. In addition, a range of workshops and competitions will be on offer.

<link http://www.entrepreneurship.de/summit/>www.entrepreneurship.de/summit/</link>

Lange Nacht der Startups (date to be determined)


Last year, 3,000 visitors attended the Berlin start-up night, where 160 start-ups introduced themselves to the public. The event aims to help start-ups gain public awareness and meet up with potential investors. Workshops and discussion panels are also part of the event.

<link http://www.startupnight.de/ _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">www.startupnight.de</link>