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Tech and media events you should be attending [Discounts]

Tech and media events you should be attending [Discounts]
Wytze De Haan
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Wytze De Haan

Founder, The Hatchet

Wytze writes weekly career advice for employees of fast-growing startups and scale-ups on topics like how to negotiate a better salary, conv Wytze writes weekly career advice for employees of fast-growing startups and scale-ups on topics like how to negotiate a better salary, convincing clients to work with you, or how to be a great manager for your team. Prior to founding the Hatchet, he spent 9 years working as Director of Events for TNW.

For many, deciding which tech events to attend depends on a variety of factors. The kind of crowd you can expect, the opportunities for exposure and the overall cost of attending are only a few of the questions you’ll need to ask yourself before deciding which event to grace your presence with.

To help out, we’ve updated our list with lots of upcoming tech and media events and for most events we’ve arranged a special discount. Our goal is to create a compact but complete overview of events to help provide a compact but complete overview of what’s happening in the tech scene.

We’re also always happy to meet with TNW readers at events we’re attending. Want to know where to meet TNW editors? Follow TNW on Plancast.

(*) denotes events we’ll be attending.

Mag+ Magnify Your World Contest, 1 March – 15 June, 2012
Digital creatives looking for a leg up should have a go on Mag+. Submit your dream iPad publication in their contest – the prizes at stake include iPads and cash sums ranging from £600 to £3,000, as well as exposure to industry luminaries and the chance of being featured in an international Mag+ campaign. You’d be joining the Mag+ community of iPad titles including British Journal of Photography, The Next Web, Victoria & Albert Museum, American Photo, Sound + Vision and Alternative Press.

All the details about how to submit are here!

42 Conference and Start-ups Exhibition, 28-29 May 2012, Moscow
100+ VCs and start-ups from Europe and Russia with focus on ICT and Life Science will meet in Moscow on 28-29 of May, 2012 at 42 – conference and start-up exhibition. Since Russian is nowadays one of the hottest trend and the fastest growing market in the world, it’s time to explore it and participate in the start-up exhibition. English is an official language of the event. Among confirmed VCs and speakers are Fadi Bishara, Max Niederhofer, David Waroquier, Alexander Galitsky, Brandis Hendrik, Oskar Hartman and others. Join us!

TNW Readers get a 33% discount using the promo code: thenextweb here.

Fluent – The Business of JavaScript, 29-31 May 2012, San Francisco
O’Reilly Fluent 2012 Conference happens May 29-31, 2012, in San Francisco, CA. Our inaugural event will cater to all levels of JavaScript mastery, and explore JavaScript, HTML5, and Web technologies with the best minds in the JavaScript world. Tracks include: Ancillary Technologies, JavaScript in the Browser, Gaming, Mobile, Pure Languages, Node.js, and Stack Track. Take away practical skills you can apply immediately though three days of inspiring keynotes, intensely practical workshops, and information rich sessions.

TNW Readers can save 20% with the code NEXTWEB here.

Thinking Digital Conference, 29-31 May 2012, Newcastle Gateshead
Thinking Digital is a 3 day event drawing together exceptional talent from the worlds of technology, media, science, industry and the arts. We attract speakers from around the world to come to Gateshead to share their wisdom and experiences encouraging us all to pursue our passions and dreams. This year we welcome Alan Moore, Aimee di Marco, Tom Scott, Aza Raskin and Kevin Slavin to name but a few. 29-31 May 2012, delegates take part in workshops and a plethora of social activities. Follow us @ThinkingDigital

Startup Live Split, 1-3 June 2012, Split, Croatia
Startup Live Split is a conference oriented towards startups. There will be 300 participants, speakers from all over Europe (CEOs, VC’s and media icons), and a startup challenge for the best 16 startups with 10 judges/mentors, one of which is Patrick de Laive from TNW! This is the first conference of this kind in Croatia, and it is being head in Split which is known for its sunny beaches in the summer.

Hack The Midwest, 2-3 June 2012, Kansas City Missouri
Hack The Midwest is a 24 hour challenge where developers AND designers come together to build web or mobile applications for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. The inaugural hackathon, happening in Kansas City on June 2nd and 3rd, will bring together like minded geeks with hopes of creating the next big idea. With API partners including Dwolla, Mashery, and Sendgrid …. and judges like Naithan Jones of AgLocal, this epic event is not to be missed!

TNW Readers can get a 30% discount using the code “THENEXTWEB” here.

Hungarian Innovation TechShow (HITS), 6 June 2012, Budapest, Hungary
The Hungarian Innovation TechShow (HITS) has been Hungary’s top-tier exhibition of ICT innovation since 2009, each year showcasing the country’s latest and most promising digital products and services to an audience of professionals, investors, representatives of the media, and the general public. The majority of the exhibitors are startups, some are more established companies. HITS’s exhibitors are selected through a competitive open call, and each exhibitor gets a chance to pitch the exhibited product/service.

TNW Readers can get a 20% discount from the ticket price of 55 EUR here.

BeachBoost2012, 6-7 June 2012, Kalajoki Finland
BeachBoost 2012 is a new, fun two days international growth entrepreneurship and networking event organized by Ambrosia Finland Oy Ltd.The event will feature existing companies, founders and start-ups seeking team members, professionals, partners and angel investors. Students from universities with ideas and skills looking for startups to join will also be present as well as professionals from major companies seeking for new opportunities and challenges. The official theme of the first beach boost event is Ambrosia Finland’s slogan; “Learn. Grow. Fly.”

Startup Asia Jakarta, 7-8 June 2012, Jakarta Indonesia
Startup Asia Jakarta showcases newly launched and product-ready tech startups. It showcases only startups which are born in Asia. Of course, Startup Asia Jakarta will have, as the name suggests, many startups originating in Indonesia, along with early-stage startup investors and entrepreneurs who want to show off their products. Tech enthusiasts are welcome to join us too. All entrepreneurs who are attending Startup Asia Jakarta will be included in a list which will be sent to our list of investors.

TNW readers get a 35% discount when using discount code “TheNextWebReaders” here.

Augmented Reality Summit, 13 June 2012, Delfina, London
The AR Summit, a one day conference & expo is set to return in 2012 providing a unique insight into the developments, opportunities and benefits AR provides. This platform is designed to bring together the industry advocates, leading technology providers and companies/brands looking to discover, explore, share and debate the future of AR.

Info360 – Optimizing Your Information Lifecycle, June 12-14 2012, Javits Center, NYC
Info360 continues to stand at the frontline of change, delivering practical and actionable solutions in a hyper-evolving technology world. From today’s increasingly social, mobile and Cloud-based environment to the innovations of tomorrow, only info360 features the cutting-edge exhibitors and conference experts who can arm attendees to optimize their information lifecycles. The convergence of technologies, information management and sharing, internal and external communication, remote employee collaboration, and online content strategy are among the latest trends to be explored at this year’s event.

TNW Readers get a discount by using promo code “339H” here.

Startup 2.0 in Nonick, 15-16 June 2012, Bilbao, Spain
Startup 2.0 is a European non-profit startup contest. Held for the first time in 2007, this competition aims to promote and reward European technologies startups (either created or willing to do so in the future). Startup 2.0 2012 focuses on Gaming to give fledging game developers the opportunity to participate in this Contest. The 5 best projects will present their game at the 4th edition of Nonick, the International Conference on Internet Trends, held in Bilbao on June 15th – 16th 2012.

TNW Readers can get a discount by using discount code “TNW2012” here.

SWITCH Conference, 15-16 June 2012, Lisbon, Portugal
SWITCH is the leading event for entrepreneurs and technologists in Portugal and one of the “top 10 tech events not to miss in Europe”, according to WIRED UK. 400 participants from Europe and beyond gather for two days in sunny Lisbon to make connections, learn and share ideas. With a great focus on content, SWITCH gathers speakers representing respected and well known companies as well as rising stars unknown to some. All of this filled with networking moments in one of Europe’s most exciting cities.

TNW Readers get a 30% discount using the code “TNW-READER” here.

UbiQ, 18-19 June 2012, Paris
UbiQ Paris is the first international Digital Entertainment Showcase (conference and exhibition) that spotlights the best of digital entertainment content creation, business cases and winning strategies for TV, music, games, apps and branded content. It will be held in the heart of Paris, at the prestigious Palais Brongniart, on June 18-19th 2012.
Randi Zuckerberg, former Marketing Director of Facebook, is a confirmed keynote speaker. Ubisoft, FremantleMedia, BitTorrent, Ogilvy, Zodiak Active, Horyzon Media amongst many others have confirmed their presence at UbiQ Paris.

The first 10 readers to take advantage of the TNW03 discount code receive €50 off (valid until March 31st).

ICT Spring Europe, 19-20 June, Luxembourg
ICT Spring is all about innovation: cloud computing, digital distribution, mobility, social networks and media, disruptive technologies, with a special highlight on trust in security. Join us for ICT innovation and inspired bold logics!

TNW Readers get a 100% discount on tickets for the trade show using code: TNW212.

DCM EAST 2012, 19-21 June 2012, New York
The premise behind DCM East is simple: to help media & entertainment experts improve processes, build audiences, create relationships, in short, anything which enables you to monetize your digital content. DCM is designed to bring you closer to the projects that are making waves at the forefront of content monetization.

Discount for TNW readers is 10% please quote DCMETNW here.

On The Edge, 21 June 2012, London
This pioneering one-day marketing conference will take place at the Congress Centre, London. On The Edge is brought to you with a guarantee that you will gain insight from world-renowned innovators on the future of marketing, passing on knowledge and secrets that will inspire, ignite and initiate. With a fantastic line-up from brands including News International, Red Bull, Barclays and Wunderman, and a special leadership piece from the European Athletics Association’s President, Frank Dick OBE, it’s not hard to see why top-level marketers are banging on the entrance door.

TNW Readers receive £100 off when using this discount code here on a full price conference pass. Discount code: TNW100

Digital Shoreditch, 21 June 2012, East London
Taking place from May 21st – June 1st, 2012, the inaugural Digital Shoreditch Festival celebrates the world-class expertise within East London’s vibrant digital community. This festival promises to showcase the most talented companies and brightest individuals within the digital and creative technologies sectors. Housed inside the impressive Hackney House, right in the heart of Tech City, Digital Shoreditch will provide the ultimate platform to connect companies, innovators, investors and anyone with an interest in digital.

TNW Readers get a 10% discount on non refundable tickets when using discount code DStnw2012 here.

TEDxAthensSalon, 21 June 2012, Athens, Greece
TEDxAthens is a world-class conference about Innovation, Creativity and Ideas based in Athens. In June TEDxAthens will hold a salon type of event (TEDxAthensSalon) to show the best that the Greek startup and technology community has to offer. It is believed that while in crisis, Greece can play a significant role in the development of a solid startup ecosystem in the Balkan region.

Conversion Conference Chicago, 25-26 June 2012, Chicago
Join international experts, leading authors, and your colleagues at the Conversion Conference in two days of interactive learning focused exclusively on increasing website conversion rates. In two exciting days, you’ll get a 360-degree view of the conversion optimization discipline through real-world case studies and conversion experiences from 20+ brand-side marketers, one-on-one advice from the world’s top conversion, usability, and testing agencies and consultants and mind-blowing techniques for optimizing conversions for both B2B and B2C websites, presented over 20 breakout sessions and 2 keynote presentations.

TNW Readers can enter code CH12339 to save $100 off on any conference pass here.

The Social Media B2C Marketing Summit, 25-26 June 2012, London
The Social Media B2C Marketing Summit (June 25-26). London: Learn how to deliver engaging and interactive marketing tactics to entice your consumers to engage with your brand. Unilever, Heineken, KLM, O2, Honda and many more will share exclusive case studies, their everyday experiences and best practice, so you can improve your social media marketing efforts.

As a reader of The Next Web quote TNW12 and save 20% when you register here.

O’Reilly Velocity, 25-27 June 2012, Santa Clara Convention Center
We’re looking forward to celebrating Velocity’s 5th Year with you June 25-27, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. To master a daunting array of web performance, operations, and mobile performance issues, Velocity offers the best opportunity to learn the newest info on what you need to know to build a faster and stronger web with four in-depth tracks covering the key aspects of web performance, operations, mobile performance, and Velocity culture. You’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned immediately and you’ll be well prepared for what lies ahead.

TNW Readers can register now and save 20% with discount code “NEXTWEB” here.

Crowdsourcing Conference, 2-3 July 2012, Sao Paulo Brasil
The future of ideas, innovation and creativity. The environmental changes of the new economy, the mobility of the work environment, connectivity and social media are making crowdsourcing a 21st century phenomenon. The crowdsourcing concept is already finding its first concrete cases in the Brazilian market that apply the of collective and voluntary production model to solve problems via the Internet, creating content and solutions. This second edition of the Conference Crowdsourcing will bring experts who will talk about how collaboration and crowdsourcing are the future of advertising, business and society.

TNW Readers get a 25% discount on the admission fee using discount code “TNW2012” here.

WebVisions Barcelona, 4-7 July 2012, Barcelona
Our first international show, WebVisions Barcelona opens with studio tours and networking parties, followed by a day of workshops and two full days of sessions, panels and keynotes, plus music, film screenings, a Hackathon for Social Good, our Business Innovation and Education Lab and other special events. Early Bird rates end on May 14, 2012. Register online here.

TNW readers can register at the Association rates and save €25 off General Admission – enter the “TNWBCN” partner code here.

Startup Weekend Amsterdam, 6-8 July 2012, Amsterdam
Startup Weekends are 54 hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, business people, students and startup enthusiasts come together to share idea, form teams, build products and launch startups!

UnPluggd, 7 July 2012, Bangalore, India
UnPluggd is India’s biggest startup event and is the biggest startup launchpad in India.
The event brings together all the leading investors, angels, incubators and importantly, the entire Indian entrepreneurial community. Event agenda includes talks by inspiring entrepreneur and demos of India’s promising startups. Demo nomination ends June 16th, 2012.

TNW Readers get a 20% discount using discount code “TNW” here.

Crowdopolis, 19 July 2012, Los Angeles
From the producers of the #1 crowdsourcing resource site comes the first conference focused on crowdsourcing for large enterprises – Crowdopolis. A conference aimed at teaching the future of advertising, content marketing & tech. Speakers include top managers from GE, Nokia, Amazon, & Kimberly-Clark. Dozens of crowdsourcing companies as well as Fortune 500 employees will gather to talk crowdsourcing, best practices, & how it will be utilized in the future among enterprises. You don’t want to miss it!

TNW Readers can get a $50 dollar discount by using discount code “thenextweb” here.

TNW Latin America Conference, 22-23 August 2012, São Paulo, Brazil
Get ready for the first international TNW conference. In August we’re bringing The Next Web Conference to São Paulo, Brazil. Brazil is the beating heart of startups and hyper growth of Latin America. TNW brings the world of tech to this fast growing market to support the ecosystem in Brazil and in Latin America as a whole. To share knowledge from worlds leading tech companies, to inspire and to do real business. Are you a Latin American company with ambitions? Or a company dying to enter or grow your business in this market? You should be at TNW Latin America.

Grab the first early bird tickets with 40% discount!

ITX Asia 2012, 12-14 September 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
In riding with the theme of `When Technology Meets Business ‘, ITX Asia 2012 targets a large pool of regional enterprise, government, SMB, service provider from throughout Southeast Asia the Indian sub-continent – making ITX Asia a must participate event for ICT solution providers keen to further strengthen their foothold in this key region!
For more information, please visit their website.

Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit, 18-20 September 2012, Boston
GSMI has secured the best, brightest and most distinct speakers in the mobile industry. MMSS presentations will include case studies, informative presentations and hands-on workshops that cover: Mobile Disruption, Integration, M-Commerce, Apps, Analytics and much more! Attendees will leave the Summit with invaluable information and leading edge tools needed to keep their organization competitive in an always evolving mobile industry. Make sure to secure your seat for MMSS and learn how to harness the most powerful media platform in the world!

TNW Readers get a 10% discount using discount code “NEXT10” here.

JailbreakCon, 29 September, San Francisco
You may not have heard of us, or more accurately, you may have but just not know it. The original event was known as MyGreatFest and as a great man once said, “You never really know where you are going until you know where you have been”. We have yet to witness first hand the awesome goings on at JailbreakCon. However, the plan is to feature the best hackers, developers and themers that the community has to offer. All in one place to educate, inform and share their wisdom and experience.

TNW readers get 10% off tickets with the code ‘TNW10’.

WPDevCon, 22-24 October 2012, San Francisco
The first WPDevCon: Windows Phone Developer Conference is the independent conference for software developers, marketers and entrepreneurs building applications for Windows Phone-powered smartphones. Windows Phone is poised for take off with Microsoft putting the engines on full power in 2012. Projected attendance is 500+ from across the globe. Exhibits admission is free!

TNW Readers can receive a $100 discount off the prevailing rate for the 3-day pass by inserting the code “MEDIASPONSOR” when prompted on the eRegistration page.

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