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Mark your calendars! Our guide to the best Berlin conferences this summer Written by Charmaine Li on 8. May 2013

Berlin Summer Conference Guide

Berlin Summer Conference Guide

Conference season has arrived! Whether you’re a startup, investor, designer or tech enthusiast, there’s an event lined up for you this summer to broaden your knowledge, expand your network and exchange ideas. Here’s our pick of startup events in Berlin in chronological order…


WHAT: Debuting in Germany for the first time, the event for developers and designers of all languages and technologies promises three days of engaging sessions and workshops.


WHEN: 9 – 11 May
WHERE: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft
WHY: The “cross-language” event hopes to help attendees learn about new approaches and languages.

Git Merge

WHAT: Part of Berlin Web Week 2013, the free Git user conference brings Git users and developers together for three days with the aim of improving the Git world for everyone.

width="200"WHEN: 9 – 11 May
Radisson Blu Berlin
A great way to meet other Git users, strengthen the Git community and discuss its future.

Seedcamp Week Berlin

WHAT: The event, run by micro seed-fund Seedcamp, is aimed at connecting the top seed-stage startups with leading entrepreneurs, investors and developers across Europe.

SeedcampWHEN: 12 – 15 May
The Wye, The Factory, BDMI,
Mentors include Facebook’s Director for the UK and Pan-Euro Christian Hernandez and Soundcloud’s VP of Community David Noël, among others.


WHAT: The interactive conference – for startups and investors – is back for another round of top-notch speakers, workshops and networking under one theme: elements of a startup (transparency – this is Vertical Media, VentureVillage’s parent company’s, conference).

Heureka Conference WHEN: 14 May
Alte Münze Berlin
Speakers include angel investor and Txtr founder Christophe Maire, HitFox CEO Jan Beckers, Etsy Germany Country Manager Caroline Drucker.

BITKOM Crossforum

WHAT: The conference addresses the intersection of tech, politics and business and offers workshops on developments that will influence the internet in the future.
BITKOM CrossforumWHEN: 14 – 15 May
Palais in der Kulturbrauerei and Hauptstadtrepräsentanz der Deutschen Telekom
Participants across industries will discuss how to create a sustainable infrastructure and regulations for a successful digital economy.

Capital on Stage

WHAT: The invitation-only conference sees top investors pitch themselves to an audience of startups. As a founder, gain insights on what VCs and angel investors look for.

Capital on StageWHEN: 16 May
Hengeler Mueller
Great chance for networking as there will be reps from Wellington Partners, Balderton Capital, Point Nine Capital, Earlybird and Index Ventures.

Startupbootcamp Pitch Day

WHAT: Selected startups will get the opportunity to pitch their idea/business to a panel of experienced mentors and receive 25 minutes of constructive feedback.

StartupbootcampWHEN: 23 May
Teams will get personalised feedback and the chance to network and connect with mentors and participating teams.

The Hive

WHAT: The conference brings together bloggers of all sizes to talk shop, share expertise and network. For marketers and PR people, it’s a good way to understand bloggers better.

The HiveWHEN: 25 – 26 May
Speakers will cover topics such as how to find great innovative content, organise an editorial calendar, Google Analytics and more.

European Venture Market

WHAT: The spring edition of the two-day conference – for investors, service providers and startups – will have pitching sessions, keynote speeches and networking.

EVMWHEN: 29 – 30 May
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
The networking-heavy event will include times for one-on-one meetings, coffee and lunch breaks as well as a party.

hy! Pitch and Conference

WHAT: The two-part event includes a competition for startups to showcase their products and a private “unconference” for 150 hand-selected entrepreneurs and designers.

hy!WHEN: 2 – 4 June
Radialsystem V
Startups participating in the competition will compete for prizes like a Silicon Valley tour and €30,000 in cash from hub:raum.

Berlin Buzzwords

WHAT: The conference is for developers and users of open source software projects who are focusing on scalable search, data analysis in the cloud and NoSQL databases.

Berlin BuzzwordsWHEN: 3 – 4 June
There will be more than 30 talks and presentations from international speakers on searching, storing and scaling.


WHAT: The two-day hands-on master class is for first-time angels and budding investors hoping to learn more about best practices from industry experts.

AngelsbootcampWHEN: 7 – 8 June
WHY: The programme offers practical and relevant knowledge on a variety of topics such as deal sourcing, negotiations and due diligence.

Berlin Startup Weekend

WHAT: The global grassroots movement powered by entrepreneurs is presenting its first-ever pilot event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in the food industry.

Startup WeekendWHEN: 7 – 9 June
Club Office
For food industry, consumers and chefs, this event is an opportunity to rethink outdated solutions and possibly launch a startup.

Uber B2B

WHAT: The goal of the informal conference is to connect tech startups, mid-sized and multinational companies, and learn how to succeed in B2B entrepreneurship.

Uberb2bWHEN: 17 June
The Kalkscheune
Speakers include DailyDeal CEO Fabian Heilemann, Txtr CEO Christophe Maire and Quantum Ventures Managing Partner Viktorija Trimbel.

Tech Open Air Berlin

WHAT: Combining elements of an open air and conference, the hyped two-day festival is back to bring together creative minds from tech, music and art.

TOA BerlinWHEN: 1 – 2 August
Kater Holzig
The event provides a laidback atmosphere perfect for movers and shakers from different industries to exchange ideas and inspire one another.

Image credit:
Featured image Tech Open Air Berlin

For related posts, check out:

The Big Berlin Conference Guide – the secret places to make the most of your stay
Anatomy of a Startup Meetup – the 5 major startup stereotypes
Tech Open Air Berlin returns this summer for two days of startups, music and art