This article was published on October 2, 2012

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.

To help you keep track of interesting technology events around the globe we update a list of upcoming tech conferences, meetups & get-togethers every two weeks. Some of the bigger events you might already be familiar with, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for some of the smaller and unfamiliar gems.

For most of these events we’ve arranged a special discount.

If you think your event should be included feel free to submit it for review.

* denotes events organised by The Next Web.

*Kings of Code Festival, 1 – 4 December 2012, Amsterdam
From the 1st until the 4th of December 2012 at the Kings of Code Festival, 450 developers from around the world will gather in the centre of Amsterdam. See leading international speakers discuss the latest trends, developments and best practices in web and mobile development technologies. Are you a hacker? Join us for the Hack Battle in the weekend prior to the conference to hack on cool API’s and SDK’s.

Grab the last early bird tickets before they sell out!

*The Next Web Europe Conference, 25-26 April 2013, Amsterdam
Expect the 8th edition of The Next Web Conference to be packed with amazing speakers, high quality content, networking events, parties and dealmaking opportunities. On April 25th & 26th we’re expecting 2000 attendees in Amsterdam to join us in raising the bar for every technology conference in the world. The attendees are a blend of decision makers from the European & American tech scene, developers, start-ups, innovators, along with venture capitalists, industry journalist, bloggers, and senior level executives.

Grab the limited early bird tickets by registering today!

Apps World 2012, 2-3 October 2012, London
Now in its 3rd year, Apps World has grown to be one of the leading global multi-platform events in the mobile industry, and this year’s Earl’s Court 2 event (2-3 October) is set to be the biggest yet. Apps World are delighted to be launching the Appster Awards, a welcome addition to the event. Developers can attend workshops for free, register below.

TNW readers can save 15% using code “TNW15” here.

O’Reilly Velocity Europe, 2-4 October 2012, London
The only things expanding faster than new techniques and technologies to build a faster, stronger web are the expectations of web and mobile users. Pages and services must be fast, reliable, secure, and unbreakable. The O’Reilly Velocity Conference is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals. It’s become the essential training event for web professionals tasked with building faster, scalable web sites. Learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.

TNW readers can save 20% by using code “TNW” here.

Techpitch 4.5, 3 October 2012, London
The next techpitch 4.5 will be held on 3 October 2012 at Pinsent Mason’s auditorium in London. The event will start with a keynote presentation by Paul Murphy, founder editor of Financial Times Alphaville. Thereafter 8 startups will then pitch their businesses to the judging panel chaired by Danvers Baillieu, COO of Privax. The judging panel will include the previous techpitch 4.5 winner MarketInvoice, in addition to representatives from Nokia, Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, and Pinsent Masons/Bootlaw. Deadline to apply to pitch is 7 September 2012.

TNW Readers can get a 20% discount by using promo code “TNW20” here.

EyeforTravel’s Online Marketing, Mobile & Social Media in Travel Summit, 3-4 October 2012, Amsterdam
Europe’s premier event for social media, mobile and online marketing professionals from across the travel industry is back for another successful year, brought to you by EyeforTravel. Attendees will hear insightful presentations from Disney, KLM, Wyndham, IHG, Best Western, TUI, HomeAway, Contiki Holidays, Google, Lufthansa, and many more. Key topics include driving meaningful social media engagement, improving web content and user experience, getting to grips with mobile and much more.

TNW Readers can save €150 using code “TNW150” here.

FOCUS100 Pitch BootCamp & Symposium, 5-6 October 2012, New York
The FOCUS100 symposium connects thought leaders, tech startups founded or co-founded by black women, brand managers, and innovators. The event is comprised of a half-day pre-event pitch bootcamp for startups with black women as founders/co-founders, followed by a day long symposium, featuring a PITCH session with top Angel and Venture Capitalists.

TNW Readers can save 25% by using code “TNW2012” here.

MUSIC techpitch 4.5, 11 October 2012, London
The next MUSIC techpitch 4.5 event in partnership with City Showcase: London 2012 will take place on 11 October at the Gibson Guitar Studio in London. The evening will feature a keynote presentation by Ashley Elsdon, founder of PalmSounds, who will provide a market overview and insight into what the mobile music application market looks like, where the gaps and the opportunities are. Following the keynote, eight music-tech startups will present their business ideas and revenue models during a three-minute pitch followed by Q&A by a panel of judges.

TNW Readers can save 20% using code ‘TNW20’ here.

Barcelona Affiliate Conference, 11 October 2012, Barcelona
The Barcelona Affiliate Conference is back in the sunny coastal city, giving affiliates and affiliates programs the perfect environment to make new contacts and do business. Last year we had over 1600 attendees join us for four days of learning, conference, exposition and networking. So put the dates in your diary and attend on the 11th-14th of October 2012 for one of the most comprehensive and well-respected affiliate events of the year.

TNW readers can save 10% by e-mail, quoting ‘TNW & BAC’ here.

Asia Digital Analytics Summit 2012, 12 October 2012, Hong Kong
Asia Digital Analytics Summit is the only annual digital analytics meeting for over 200 digital analytics professionals. Join us to keep up with the latest digital analytics trends, best practices, new technologies and practical tips that will help understand your business as well as your customer! Book now and you can save 20%!

TNW Readers can save 20% using code “tnw2012” here.

E-nnovation, 15-16 October 2012, Poznań, Poland
E-nnovation is all about the latest trends, innovative solutions and strategic aspects of e-commerce. Two days of conference are always an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas which, hopefully, will motivate and inspire attendees to start new ventures together. E-nnovation is organized by the Allegro Group, a unique business that is both the pioneer and leader in the e-commerce industry within Europe.

Meet up with TNW’s Head of Social Media, Amalia, who is speaking.

Social Edge Summit, 16 October 2012, San Francisco
The Social Edge Summit is a bi-annual conference held on the West Coast discussing the state of digital innovation around the evolution of increasingly sophisticated social technologies. The summit uncovers new ways to discover, share and highlight the latest digital trends and ideas. The Social Edge Summit brings together well-recognized industry professionals and makes them accessible to conference participants.

TNW readers can save 20% discount using code ‘TNW20’ here.

Structure:Europe by GigaOM, 16-17 October 2012, Amsterdam
GigaOM’s Structure:Europe conference will be coming to Amsterdam on 16-17 October. From big data to the minefield of regulations, Structure:Europe will explore the biggest opportunities and hottest companies in cloud computing today. This conference is unlike any other event, bringing together leading thinkers, innovators and pioneers in cloud computing from the best companies and startups in Europe and the U.S, along with GigaOM editors, GigaOM Pro research analysts and top-tier press.

TNW readers can save 40% using code ‘TNW’ here.

StartTWS, 17 October 2012, Tel-Aviv, Israel
StartTWS 2012 is the first International Startup conference held in Israel, organized by TheCoIls and, the largest startup & tech blog in Israel . StartTWS is a one-day single track conference with keynotes by industry leaders and the Startup Arena where 10 startups from Israel, Europe and the US will get a chance to launch their new venture on the main stage. This great content along with the awesome networking opportunities make StartTWS THE place to be in if you are doing anything related to startups.

Registration for startups is free and open here.

Glimpse: the Social Discovery Conference, 18 October 2012, New York
Glimpse: the social discovery conference, is the first conference focused on the future of social discovery. Launched in San Francisco in June, Glimpse promises to bring local NYC experts together to uncover what social discovery is today, where it is headed and why it matters. The goal: to fuel innovation in the space and assist the community in uncovering and building new social technologies.

TNW Readers can request an invitation here.

IDCEE 2012, 18-19 October 2012, Kiev, Ukraine
The IDCEE 2012 conference gathers internet-entrepreneurs, top-level executives of technology companies, leading VC investors and business-angels from the CEE region and beyond, who meet to learn about the latest trends and future development of Internet technologies, listen to insightful keynotes and panel discussions by the global luminaries of Internet entrepreneurship and venture capital, exchange ideas, do networking and establish business contacts. TNW co-founder Patrick will also be speaking at this conference, if you want to meet up with him just drop a tweet!

TNW Readers can save 25% using code “TNW+IDCEE2012” here.

App Conference, 18-19 October 2012, California
Mark your calendars for the second annual App Conference October 18-19, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. Once again we will address key components of app development, marketing and revenue. With an emphasis on cross-platform development and revenue strategies, the show provides key insight for both developers and business professionals. The show will host two conference tracks providing attendees the critical elements with their app strategies: App Business Strategies and App Product Strategies.

TNW Readers can save 20% using code “NextVIP” here.

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 save $100 using code “MEDIASPONSOR” here.

CrowdConf 2012, 23 October 2012, San Francisco
CrowdConf 2012, hosted by CrowdFlower, is the first and leading conference on crowdsourcing and the future of distributed work. Join an international audience of more than 500 execs, scholars, investors, entrepreneurs, and data heads at the 3rd annual crowdsourcing conference. CrowdConf will feature presentations, panel discussions and smaller breakout discussions in three tracks, as well as a lively expo hall full of exhibitors and sponsors. Keep current on the latest trends, research and real-world applications in crowdsourcing.

TNW Readers can save 25% directly here.

Russian Innovation Week Conference, 25-26 October 2012, Mountain View, California
Join leading startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and successful business leaders from the U.S. and Russia at the inaugural Russian Innovation Week Conference on Oct. 25 – 26, 2012 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Meet Russian innovators and startups in search of their perfect investment partner, explore up-and-coming developments in the fields of clean-tech, bio-tech, pharmaceuticals, the life sciences, nanotechnology and IT, and mingle with your new business contacts at evening networking receptions and keynote dinners.

Register using code ‘RIWTNB12’ here for 1/10 conference invitations.

Hacker Halted USA 2012, 25-31 October 2012, Miami
The flagship information security conference series of EC-Council, with its objective being to raise awareness towards increased education and ethics in Information Security. Since 2004, Hacker Halted has been organized in world-class cities such as Miami, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taipei, Guangzhou, Cairo, etc. Hacker | Halted by EC-Council will be the iteration of the globally successful series of academies and conferences, created solely with the emphasis to equip security professionals with the latest tools and know-how to ensure the integrity of our security system from malicious attacks.

TV Hackfest London, 26-27 October 2012, London
Hacking for Good? Hacking for Innovation? Yes, it’s not hacking the Pentagon or MI6… To the contrary – creatives, developers, coders, and entrepreneurs get together, get creative and get to build cool stuff for TV during TV Hackfest London. In partnership with London Transmedia Fest 2012 event on the 26th & 27th October, organised by the BBC Writers Room, Ogilvy Labs, Portal Entertainment, DMIC project, the EDRF, Greenwich Digital Peninsula, Oxford University Said Business School, Young Rewired State, and Agora Media, it will be held at London’s Ravensbourne College in London.

This event is free to attend!

Pioneers Festival, 29-31 October 2012, Vienna, Austria
On the 30th-31st of October, the Hofburg Imperial palace will open its doors to 2500 visitors and host two tracks: The startup academy with the best mentors in the world and the main stage for the big discussions and inspiration with speakers like Adam Cheyer (the father of Siri), WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg and influential Venture Capitalist and Backup Cosmonaut Esther Dyson. At the Startup Challenge (last year the 7 best teams got investments between. 500K and 2,2M from YC, VCs and Business Angels), 50 hand-picked ones get to spend a day prior to the conference days solely with investors; check out the 50 start-ups selected out of more then 850 applications. The final eight get to pitch to the big audience and the winner takes home 25K as the prize.

Grab the last tickets for the Pioneers Festival here.

Decoded Fashion London, 1 November 2012, London
Decoded Fashion London presents curated discussions and new content that bridges fashion and technology to accelerate innovation at the intersection of fashion and retail. We blend disparate industries—startups, designers, developers, media professionals, and investors—with the goal of fostering valuable partnerships. We are here as your intelligence source for technologies that revolutionize fashion and retail. Our TNW editors will be here, make sure you meet them!

TNW Readers can save $20 using code ‘TNWDecoded12’ here.

Social Mobile Payments: Americas, 6-8 November 2012, Miami
The convergence of social media, mobile connectivity and payments technology is changing the way we interact, live and shop. Meet and interact with thought leaders, experts and innovators in the social, mobile and payments ecosystems. Participate, share your findings with your peers, meet like-minded individuals and explore your passions. Shoppers check-in and check-out with their mobile devices, telling their network, family and friends about their finds and fails. Social Mobile Payments: Americas will explore the forces that are changing the way today’s consumers interact, live and shop in Generation-M!

TNW Readers can save $100 using code “DELEGATE” here.

How To Web, 7-8 November 2012, Bucharest, Romania
How to Web is the most important conference on web business and technology in South-Eastern Europe, putting together more than 800 leading innovators, entrepreneurs and professionals for a feast of hands-on talks on global web trends, product & business innovation and new technologies. During How to Web we organize the Startup Spotlight program & competition, showcasing some of the most innovative startups in Central & Eastern Europe, along with world-class accelerators, investors and support programs. Co-founder Patrick will also be speaking at this conference, if you want to meet up with him just drop a tweet!

TNW Readers can save 15% using code ‘TNWGOES2HTW’ here.

Mexico Investors Forum 2012, 12 November 2012, Mexico City
Mexico Investors Forum 2012 is Mexico’s largest investor event. More than three hundred delegates will be attending. Speakers currently include former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Mexico Manuel Sanchez, and Chief Investment Officers from three of the AFOREs. This forum will bring together investors, fund managers, and advisors to discuss both traditional and alternative investments.

TNW Readers can save 20% using code “LM20” here.

Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit, 15 November 2012, London
The Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit London is a full-day conference focused on the emerging smartphone and tablet games space. As the power and revenue of the industry continues to shift from retail to instant downloadable delivery, the rise of smartphones and tablets has ushered in a true renaissance in gaming. The summit will touch on a number of key trends including:, Customer Acquisition and Distribution: Facebook and Beyond, Mobile App Metrics for Success, Colliding Worlds: Real & Virtual Currency Gambling, and Monetizing Apps in a Saturated Social Environment.

TNW Readers can save 15% using code ‘TNW15’ here.

Social Gaming Summit, 15 November 2012, London
The third annual London Social Gaming Summit is a conference focused on the intersection of mobile gaming, immersive worlds, real-life brands and social networking. The Social Gaming Summit unites established industry leaders along with emerging start-ups in free-to-play games, real money and credit based gaming in the social space, virtual goods and payments infrastructure for one full day of illuminating keynotes, lively panels and engaging discussion on the convergence of gaming and the social web.

TNW Readers can save 15% using code ‘TNW15’ here.

Under the Radar: Commerce, 16 November 2012, San Francisco
Under the Radar has been recognized as the most important showcase of innovation in Silicon Valley.
Why Attend? Connect with over 300 executives from leading brands and businesses, learn about the latest technology that’s disrupting the way business is done, meet face to face with innovators and thought leaders and hear where buyers of technology are placing their bets.

TNW Readers can save $200 directly here.

TechMeetups Hackathon, 16-18 November 2012, London
For all developers, designers, ideas people interested in hacking Mobile apps for any platform! Whether you’re already looking to build an app of your own, or looking to explore the mobile app space, there’s no better place than this weekend! Mentors will be on hand to help throughout the weekend, workshops will help you get to grips with new skills, tools & techniques. Join in and make the most of this great opportunity!

TNW Readers can save 25% using code “TNW” here.

Global Mining IT & Communication Summit 2012, 20-21 November 2012, London
Mining companies are increasingly looking to in to technology solutions to manage increasing complexities of day-to-day operations and boost operational efficiency. However mining companies have conservative approach towards investing in development of IT infrastructure and understanding the progressive need of having IT-centric operations. Even though mining companies are investing in Information technology and development, there are key concern areas that need to be addressed. This conference aims to address majority of these issues and facilitate this industry as a whole.

TNW Readers can save 15% by e-mailing the event organizers.

Trends Plus, 4 December 2012, London
There are 1000s of influencing factors that are shaping tomorrow’s consumer trends everyday – some small, some big, some that will never last and some that are here to stay.
Trends Plus will give you a unique opportunity to explore and gain a 360° view on a well-balanced blend of trends and ideas that are actively shaping your future consumers. With heaps of forward thinking and a wealth of visionary ideas, you are bound to leave this event in-the-know and inspired!

TNW Readers can save 10% by quoting “TNW” here.


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