Eight Unmissable Highlights of the 2023 TNW Convention: Day 1

drum roll please! The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: the TNW Conference 2023 is taking place this week, June 15th and 16th – and you are all invited.

This year we will not only explore what’s next in technology, but also reclaim the future and explore together how technology can help us build a more sustainable, just and inclusive world.

At TNW Conference, technology is at the heart of what we do.

As usual, we bring together the entire technology ecosystem: from startups and investors to industry leaders and C-level executives policy makers.

Over the two days, attendees can enjoy inspiring talks, pitches, networking events, learning opportunities and of course the festival atmosphere our conference is known for.

TNW Conference 2023 Celebrate technology.

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With over 200 speakers, 6,000 companies, 1,500 startups and 240 investment firms, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed – but we’re here for you. To make it easier for you to find your way around the crowded programme, we have put together eight highlights from the first day of the event. Be curious what you should not miss on the second day.

1. The Opening Ceremony (and Opening Party)

Start your TNW experience early and bright with the opening ceremony at 10:00am. Expect a surprise live performance that will turn heads and be inspired by the insightful words of our CEO and co-founder. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, will also make a special appearance.

If you’re already in Amsterdam on June 14th, join our opening party on Reguliersdwarsstraat – one of the most famous streets in Amsterdam, just behind our head office in the city center. The fun starts at 17:00, have a drink and enjoy the vibes.

2. Unmissable speakers

We have put together a sensational program of keynote speeches, fireside chats and panel discussions. It’s difficult to pick just a few of the tech luminaries who will take the stage, but here are four of our favorites:

Nick Foster, designer, futurist and former head of design at Google X

A design pioneer with an impressive background at Google, Sony, Nokia and Dyson, Foster will explore how the intersection of technology, imagination and design will shape the future of human experience.

Barbara Belvisi, Founder and CEO of Interstellar Lab

Barbara Belvisi is an entrepreneur passionate about space, hardware, biology and AI. Belvisi, now a multiple award winner, founded the Interstellar Lab in 2018 with the mission to preserve life on earth and spread it in space. To this end, the company has developed AI-powered, environment-driven modules.

TNW Conference 2023Our speakers will cover the hottest technology trends, from AI and deep tech to sustainability.

dr Thomas Furness III, Founder and Chairman of Virtual World Reality

Hailed as the “grandfather” of virtual reality and augmented reality, the pioneering inventor, professor and entrepreneur will share his impressive 55-year journey exploring the humanitarian potential of augmented reality (XR).

David Heinemeier Hansson, co-founder and CTO of Basecamp

Heinemeier Hansson is not only the co-founder of Basecamp, but also the visionary creator of Ruby on Rails and the mind behind HEY. At the TNW conference, he will share his insights on building successful SaaS startups and offer advice on how to thrive in the competitive technology landscape while making a lasting impact on the world of software.

3. A game of padel or a yoga session

Benefit from our numerous side events! Whether you’re looking to have fun with your peers or take your networking to the next level, a game of padel on our EY padel court is for you. And if you feel like relaxing a bit, join a 20-minute yoga session under the disco ball! Make sure you register early.

4. The Assembly

It sounds serious and it is. In cooperation with our overlords of the Financial Times, the assembly will convene policy makers, government leaders, companies and founders to find common ground that balances regulation and innovation. As this is an invite-only event, make sure you meet the criteria and join us.

5. The Startup Pitch Hour

Get ready for a fiery pitch battle! Across the two days of the event, 12 impact-driven startups from the Amsterdam tech scene will compete for a dazzling array of prizes including a pod at the TNW Conference 2024, a booth at IFA Next and an editorial from our popular editorial team.

6. A walk through the business floor

Our exhibition space is the perfect place for inspiration, contacts and business deals. The 77 exhibitors cover the full spectrum of the technology ecosystem, including global brands, startups, investors, accelerators and government agencies.

TNW Conference 2023Connect, network and be inspired.

7. Top-notch networking events

The entire conference is a networking opportunity, but if you’re looking for something special, attend the Corporate Innovators Meetup, the IFA Social or the Startup Genome Leadership Ecosystem Forum – depending on your business needs. And here’s another tip: The Discoball Garden is the perfect place to socialize.

8. The Karaoke Cruise

The first day of the TNW conference ends with great fun! Board the karaoke cruise from Taets to Amsterdam Central Station at 18:45 and get ready to sail and sing! If you are a VIP or speaker, you can also enjoy happy hour drinks from 5pm to 6:30pm at the VIP Village.

Bonus Tip: The floor plan is your best friend

With so many things to see and do, don’t forget to use our floor plan map to help simplify your experience and keep track of your activities:

TNW Conference 2023 Be sure to check out our floor plan.

Are you ready for a journey into the heart of technology? Then see you soon in Amsterdam!

If you want to catch the event (and say hello to our editorial team!), we have something special for our loyal readers. Use promotional code READ-TNW-25 and get 25% off your TNW Conference Business Pass. See you in Amsterdam!

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