This article was published on April 17, 2012

TNWplus: The social side of The Next Web Conference 2012

TNWplus: The social side of The Next Web Conference 2012
Wytze De Haan
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Wytze De Haan

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If you’re deciding whether or not to attend a conference, you might base your choice on content, speakers or the sheer size of an event. We won’t disagree that these are important criteria but we also believe that some of the best networking is often done whilst holding a beer, sharing a meal or partying after hours.

At The Next Web Conference 2012 we’ve got a fun and inspiring list of side activities happening outside of the conference venue walls. Some of these we helped organise, others are organised by attendees of the conference. Check out this list (in order of date) – we’ll be adding more in the coming week.

Ping Pong Friday (The Next Web edition)

Join in for a pre-conference game of Ping Pong. The best way of networking, brought to you by the guys from The Pong Network on Wednesday April 25 (from 7pm – 9:30pm) at Workspace6. Have a beer and meet some of the people you’re going to spend the next two day’s with.. it’s a blast. Please reserve your place at the table and let the gents from The Pong Network know you’re coming.

Pre-Conference Drinks

Our friends over at Yandex are bringing you this year’s official pre-conference party! On Wednesday April 25, from 9pm – 11:30pm, the lobby of our speakers hotel, Hotel V, will be open to all TNW attendees. You’ll also be able to pick up your conference pass from 6pm onwards in the lobby and skip the line on Thursday.

Pirate Dinner

On Wednesday the 25th, from 6pm – 9pm, the German gents from the European Pirate Summit will be organizing a Pirate Dinner. The location is still a secret and only true Pirates will get the treasure map to the restaurant. Request an invite via [email protected]

TNW Morning Run

Bootcamp instructors Jorg and Courtney will be taking you for a morning run through Amsterdam on Thursday and Friday morning. The run starts at Hotel V from 7.30am – 8.30am. Be prepared for a good workout. Not for cry babies. You better get your groove on! RSVP here.

Henq and Prime Ventures present the NextVIP party

Have drinks and fingerfood with the most successful entrepreneurs, the most influential tweeps, the creme de la creme of the VC world, and most importantly: Amsterdam’s most inspiring people! This party starts Thursday April 26 at 6:30pm in the Wolvenstraat. If you think you should be there, ping Coen & Herman via [email protected].

Thursday TNW Dinner and Party

Join us for drinks and dinner in the Wolvenstraat on Thursday from 7:30pm – 11:30pm. We’ve convinced our city council to block the entire street! For dinner, you have to make a reservation at the Brix or Bar22. Email [email protected]

At the Wolvenbar you can’t make a reservation, it’s on a first-come-first-serve basis. After dinner, we turn the music on and let the Heineken flow.

Pancakes & Pitches

Get yourself a fresh baked Pancake while listening to the Startup Pitch Interviews. (startup? join here). Roeland and Heleen will be serving you fresh pancakes at the Pancake Market Stall right outside the Conference Venue while listening to startup pitches. Be sure to check out the ‘Flipcam’ and pre order your pancakes at

Closing Drinks

After two days of mayhem we’ll be closing the conference in style. Join us from 17.40 onwards on the conference venue grounds for the official TNW2012 closing party powered by Microsoft, with beats from Pioneer. Lets drink together and share the highlights of the past few days. Thanks for coming!

Secret Afterparty

All we can tell you now is that somewhere after the closing drinks there will be an afterparty. Somewhere. Want to be there? Download the TNW iPad Magazine. Let’s see if Paris shows up ;-).


Are you organising a TNW2012 related side event during the conference? Contact me to add your event to the official TNW2012 Side Events page.

Follow all of our coverage of The Next Web Conference 2012 here.

Picture credits: Julia de Boer, Courtney Boyd Myers

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