Both summer and the Accenture Innovation Awards (AIA) journey are well underway. The AIA jury is immensely busy with making its selection of Top 25 finalists per theme, while most event organizers are quietly waiting for the working population to return from their summer vacation. In practice, this would entail a very empty Innovation Agenda for the month of August. Hence, instead of the conventional agenda, we take this opportunity to highlight some of our favorite events from the previous months (in no particular order).
The Next Web Conference 2018
This year’s The Next Web Conference fell somewhere in between a high-tech tech conference and a trendy summer festival. It drew a lively international crowd and the all-ground programming was impressive, but perhaps the program was just too full to attend everything you wanted to. A prime example was during the opening ceremony, when moderator Pep Rosenfeld (Boom Chicago) was loudly interrupted by dozens of visitors trying to discretely leave the hall for the next workshop. The conference was also the first opportunity for the AIA18 jury to come together and discuss what characteristics they are looking for in this year’s winning innovations. Curious about the event? Click here to visit our live coverage of the event.
Venture Café Thursday Gathering(s)
With about 250 innovators gathering at the weekly event, this is by far the smallest event on the list. Yet, with its incredibly active, open and international community, it is arguably one of the most valuable networking events in the Netherlands. Every month, the organizers decide on a new theme related to innovation and give the opportunity for market leaders like Accenture to take the stand. Whether you are looking for new additions to your professional network, insight into key contemporary issues in innovation or expansion of your personal skillset, this is the place to be. Follow the link to see the program for the upcoming months and get inspired!
StartupDelta has become a household name in the world of innovation, and the annual conference with over 2,000 visitors is not an exception. This year, the conference revolved around creating new connections and strengthening the position of the Dutch ecosystem as ‘single hub’. With some noteworthy hosts, including Startup Envoy Constantijn van Oranje and the deputy for Economy and Innovation in the Province of Gelderland, Michiel Scheffers, the event offered some unique and exciting insights into the current benefits and opportunities of government-startup collaboration. For more information about the StartupDelta ecosystem and impressions from the summit, you can visit their website.
Money 20/20 Europe
Europe’s largest fintech event moved to the Amsterdam RAI this year, effectively providing the stage for thousands of technology innovators to find investment, ideas and each other. The fintech giant quite accurately described itself as “the place where technology meets money, money meets people, people meet ideas and ideas become reality”. The best part is that it’s not all marketing. It was clear that Money 20/20, together with its strategic partner Holland Fintech, created the right atmosphere for a logical kind of family to form. Combine this atmosphere with a diverse selection of keynotes and track sessions and you have a great event spelled out for you. Follow the link for an elaborate review and the most important take-aways of the event.
F&A Next 2018
Similar in character to Money 20/20, the third edition of F&A Next in Wageningen was the perfect opportunity for investors, corporates and innovating startups in the food and agricultural sector to get together. What made this event extra special was the highly interactive programming, including live debates and Q&As with industry specialists. Renowned experts from a global leader in AgriFood, Wageningen University & Research, gave a glimpse into their groundbreaking research on robotics and protein transition. They also critically answered audience questions regarding tech innovation and the future of the industry. Overwhelmingly so, the conference painted a bright path for the industry, placing the Dutch ecosystem right at its center.