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TNW Conference 2017: Here are the first 15 speakers!

TNW Conference 2017: Here are the first 15 speakers!
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Brian is a Junior Marketer on The Next Web’s Events team. He writes articles and social media posts for our conferences, plus other text-rel Brian is a Junior Marketer on The Next Web’s Events team. He writes articles and social media posts for our conferences, plus other text-related bits and bobs.

In May 2017, 15,000 entrepreneurs, developers, marketing managers, CEOs and policymakers will gather in Amsterdam for TNW Conference, Europe’s leading tech festival.

Besides meeting potential clients or partners and connecting with other people interested in the future of technology, marketing, and innovation, our attendees – of which the first 1,000 can be found on our attendees page –  come to be the first to hear first-class speakers deliver inspiring talks about the newest industry trends and developments; indispensable knowledge to take away and apply to one’s own business.

Even though TNW Conference is several months away, we’ve already secured some amazing names that we’d like to share with you today, including the CMO behind the phenomenally successful Pokémon GO, Github’s Co-Founder and CEO, the creative brains behind Refinery29, Nike’s brand new CTO, and many more – a colorful mix of tech pioneers you won’t want to miss.

Check out our first 15 confirmations below, and don’t forget sign up for our final 2-for-1 ticker sale, which takes place this Thursday at 11am CET. The last 2-for-1 sale was sold out within 30 minutes, and only 500 packages are available this Thursday, so sign up now.


Mike Quigley

Mike is the CMO of Niantic, Inc., the mobile app developer known for the mobile games Pokémon GO and Ingress.

Dave McClure

Dave is an angel investor and entrepreneur who founded and runs the business accelerator 500 Startups.

Skip Potter

Skip is a tech executive who was most recently managing VP of engineering at Capital One and is now CTO at Nike.

Piera Gelardi

Piera is a Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of the fashion, style, and beauty website Refinery29.

Steve Huffman

Steve is a web developer, and both the original Co-Founder and current CEO of the social networking website Reddit.

Hilary Mason

Hilary is the founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company, and the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel.


Hardwell is one of the world’s top DJs and Producers, making use of innovative new technologies such as the Blockchain to boost his career. 

Lucie Greene

Lucie Greene is the Worldwide Director of the Innovation Group at J. Walter Thompson, responsible for driving consumer insights and trends-focused initiatives globally.

Scott Belsky

Scott is an American entrepreneur, author and early-stage investor best known for founding Behance and  99u.

Emily Weiss

Emily is the founder and CEO of Into The Gloss and Glossier, who are setting out to rethink, reclaim, and redefine beauty.

Chris Wanstrath

Chris is the Co-Founder and CEO of GitHub, the web-based Git repository hosting service.

Mikko Hyppönen

Mikko is a computer security expert, columnist, and Chief Research Officer at F-Secure.

Amber Case

Amber is a Cyborg anthropologist, user experience designer, public speaker, and author of Calm Technology.


Nalden is a blogger, entrepreneur, and Co-Founder and CEO of WeTransfer.

Chris Kelsey

Chris is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cazza Construction Technologies, the company developing the world’s next generation high-tech 3D printed homes and buildings.

Sign up for our final 2-for-1 ticket sale here.

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