This article was published on January 11, 2012

Upcoming Tech And Media Events You Should Be Attending [Discounts]

Upcoming Tech And Media Events You Should Be Attending [Discounts]
Sophie Op den Kamp
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Sophie (SophieODK) is Operations Director at TQ in Amsterdam (TNW's Tech Residency for exceptional startups). Finds good karma in geek-to-pe Sophie (SophieODK) is Operations Director at TQ in Amsterdam (TNW's Tech Residency for exceptional startups). Finds good karma in geek-to-person advocacy. Her motto: "Don't take yourself too seriously, it gives you freaky frown lines."

Don’t worry – although the Mayans seemed to believe that 2012’s going to be a short one, we promise you we have enough events for you to fill your agenda. You can start by adding this year’s evolved and improved TNW2012 Conference in Amsterdam.

Of course there’s much more on the horizon, too. We’ve updated the list with lots of upcoming tech and media events for you and for each event we’ve arranged a special discount.

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.

(*)9th Founder Showcase, with’s Investor Awards, January 19, Mountain View
Logo Founder Show CaseThe Founder Showcase gathers technology CEOs, investors, and seed-stage companies for one action-packed night to network and help launch a promising startup to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will be our most exclusive event yet with only 175 tickets available to the general public. For the first time the event will feature’s Entrepreneur Investor Awards, where we will celebrate the best startup investors of 2011, and discuss the prospects of 2012 with Mark Suster, Mike Maples, Jr., and Dave McClure. Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition.

TNW readers receive a 15% discount using the code ‘TNW’ here.

Beyond Enterprise 2.0, January 24-25, Amsterdam
Join your peers and learn how some of the biggest brands are energising their organisations for productivity, performance and change. Beyond Enterprise 2.0 is a senior executive event focussing on Internal Communications 2.0, Collaboration, Knowledge Management, Learning Development, Organisational Transformation and More! 8+hours of face-to-face networking opportunities – get to know more people, find new clients and build your network. Learn something new, be inspired by our speakers and gain valuable insights you can take back to the office.

TNW readers receive €100 off the current ticket rate here.

Node Summit, January 24-25, San Francisco
Node Summit LogoNode Summit 2012 is the only conference to focus on how Node.js is transforming the future of computing and is the first-ever conference devoted entirely to the business implications of the server-side JavaScript environment. At Node Summit you will hear from companies like Microsoft, eBay, Walmart, Emerson, Intel and VMware on how they are taking advantage of node.js. You will also see 36 exciting startups compete in the first ever NodeJam startup competition.

TNW readers can benefit from a 20% discount by using discount code ‘MPTNW20’ here.

(*)Midem, January 28-31, Cannes, France
Midem is the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands and talent come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people and music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections. 6,850 participants from 77 countries attended in 2011, and 3,120 companies (incl. 155 startups). 110 conferences and events were held. In 2012, over a hundred “midem festival” concerts will be organised all over Cannes.

If you’re a startup you can qualify for a special rate (€495 vs €795) here.

Innovative e-Marketing 2012, February 1-2, Barcelona, Spain
Innovative e-Marketing 2012. Reinforce your online presence and boost your brand and marketing activities through social media communities and effective email campaigns, to reach your target audience, guarantee customer satisfaction, and achieve maximum ROI for an increased bottom line. Attend Innovative e-Marketing 2012 to learn all this and more. Network with leading experts from FT500 companies responsible for some of the most inspiring online marketing campaigns, and discover how to take your online strategy to the next level. Event hashtag = #cgemk

TNW readers can benefit from a discount of 10% off the delegate price by using the discount code EMK-02 here.

Marketing Innovation Awards, February 2nd, London
The Marketing Innovation Awards, now in its second year, is set to return on 2nd February 2012. The Marketing Innovation Awards create a spotlight to recognise and reward those innovative technologies, brands and agencies shaping this dynamic space. New for 2012, seven new award categories have been added, which reflects the growth of innovation within the marketing sector and highlights the new depths marketers are adopting to achieve success. Submit your entry today!

TNW readers will receive a 15% discount to attend both the awards & MI EXPO event using code TNW15 here.

Marketing Innovation EXPO (MI EXPO), February 2nd, London
MI EXPO, a unique innovation showcase set to return in 2012 providing senior marketers’ key insights into the essential technology driven marketing trends for 2012. MI EXPO will help you recognise which technology driven trends you should be adopting and which are just a marketing fad and better left ignored. MI EXPO will showcase the innovative marketers, technology providers, and tools that will explode in 2012. The conference will bring a spotlight on marketing innovation “must haves” to achieve success.

TNW readers get 15% discount using code TNW15 here.

Semantic Tech & Business Conference, February 6-7, Berlin
The Semantic Tech & Business Conference (SemTechBiz) brings together today’s industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities jointly impacting both corporate business leaders and technologists. Packed with case studies and real-world perspectives, SemTechBiz offers two comprehensive days of fresh insight and immersive learning from global experts in technology, financial services, insurance, healthcare, publishing, government, automotive and enterprise data.

TNW readers get 15% off of Full Event Passes with discount code “TNW15” here

Blackberry DevCon Europe, February 7-8, Amsterdam
Interested in learning how to take your web content beyond the browser? On February 7-8, 2012, the BlackBerry Developer Conference will be coming to Amsterdam. This event will be the place where our developer community in Europe will come together to learn how to work with the latest innovations and breakthroughs for the BlackBerry® platform. We will have a full track exploring the latest and greatest happening in the mobile web and attendees will also receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook.

TNW readers get 50% off the early bird rate of €250 with discount code: DSTEP4 here (until January 18th)

O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, February 13-15, New York
“O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) is where practitioners and executives from publishing and the tech arena come together to navigate publishing’s ongoing transformation. Join them at TOC 2012 as they explore new ideas and share what they’ve learned from their successes and failures, with deeply practical guidance that will help you and your business change/forward/fast with confidence. TOC sells out every year because it focuses on significant new and emerging tools and techniques, and provides deeply practical guidance for publishing in the 21st century.

TNW readers get 15% off registration with discount code: toc12tnw here.

(*)Social Media Week London 2012, February 13-17, London
Led by Chinwag, Social Media Week is in London from 13th – 17th February 2012. This years theme will focus on ‘Empowering Change through Collaboration’. Social Media Week’s mission is to explore how local & regional societies, cultures & economies are becoming more integrated & empowered through a global network of communication. Last year’s SMW included over 110 events – 12 designed by Chinwag & 95 delivered by our 54 event partners including Dell, Dutch Embassy, British Library, BBC, Channel 4, LikeMinds, Viadeo, We Are Social, techMAP, Ogilvy & more.

Women 2.0 PITCH Conference, February 14, Mountain View
Woman Pitch 2.0 LogoWomen 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition is a full-day conference showcasing product innovation leaders who built Flickr, Facebook, Zipcar, TaskRabbit, LARK and more. Both men and women working in tech (from early-stage startup to corporate) are invited to learn best practices and growth strategies, and hear stories of disruptive product development. Watch the Women 2.0 Startup Competition finalists pitch live to a panel of investors for feedback and prizes. Network with 800+ members of the digerati at Women 2.0’s biggest event of the year!

TNW Readers get a 10% discount using ‘TNW’ as a discount code here.

Re-Working Conference, February 24 – 2012, New York City
Work is changing. Now expertise is available on demand and effective organization no longer requires formal organizations. And customers don’t just consume anymore, they innovate and advocate, too. The Re:Working Conference will explore perspectives on the new world of work from leading organizations and startups like LEGO, Cemex, Publicis Groupe, Freelancers Union, workmarket and LocalMotors as well as researchers from MIT, NYU and Wharton.

The New Web readers will receive 25% discount when they use this code: TNWREWK here

BeMyApp Mob Olympics, 24-26 February, London
Be My App LogoBeMyApp Mob App Olympics is a second 3-day mobile app development hackathon held in London. Registered idea generators are given 1 minute to pitch an app concept to a tech audience. Then engineers and developers select the best ideas and several top app ideas go through to be developed over the weekend. The previous app hackathon was help in November 2011, turned out very innovative and inspiring. This one will be bigger and more prominent. Moveover, it will be held in two cities simultaneously, London and New York.

DEMO Asia, 29 Feb – 2 March, Singapore
Demo Asia LogoDEMO Asia is the latest addition to the DEMO family of conferences and will be the most iconic event in Asia for emerging technologies and trends. It will be a premier platform for the best and brightest companies throughout the continent seeking to launch their products in front of a global audience. It is also an excellent launchpad for companies throughout the world hoping to launch in the Asian marketplace.

TNW readers can get a 5% discount by registering with the code ‘TNW51G’ here.

2Pears/UKTI Pitch Workshop, March 8, London
The 2Pears/UKTI series of pitch workshops are FREE to attend for Technology/Digital/Mobile/ICT Sector UK-based startups & small/medium sized businesses. It also gives you a chance to possibly pitch to an audience of investors, journalists and peers at a forthcoming Techpitch 4.5 event. You can register for the next pitch workshop provided that your company has not previously attended one.

(*)SXSW Interactive 2012, March 9-13, Austin
The 19th annual SXSW Interactive festival will take place March 9-13, 2012 in Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. You will be able to meet our TNW Editors here!

Cloud Computing Imperative 2012, March 12-14, Dubai
Cloud Computing Imperative 2012.
Cloud computing undeniably introduces management challenges to an organization. Rather than problems however, management should see them as opportunities. As such, it is better for organizations to identify and deal with the issues early, so that they can gain maximum benefit from the changing technology panorama. Therefore, management dealing with this paradigm shift in gaining of better skills and understanding is a necessity to create a smoother and positive transition.

Corporate Social Commerce Summit, March 13-14, 2012, Boston
The Corporate Social Commerce Summit is the leading conference for utilizing social media to acquire new customers, cultivate brand loyalty, and boost sales. The conference features 20+ corporate speakers from companies like eBay, Neiman Marcus, Staples,, Kodak and many more. If you’re looking to leverage social media to facilitate purchases, and drive conversations then this is a must-attend event.

TNW readers receive a $150 discount to the summit using the discount code: BOSTON2012

IGNITION West, 21 March, San Francisco
IGNITION West intensively explores the intersection of technology and content. Companies like Facebook, Zynga, Pandora, Google and Twitter are both technology and content companies: powered by computing, they empower users to enjoy, curate and create content. IGNITION West dives deep into this convergence. Through high-level discussions and demos from startups, IGNITION West will bring together who is defining innovation to discuss what’s happening now, what’s coming next, and how it will affect you.

TNW readers can benefit from a 30% discount on standard or early bird tickets by using discount code ‘TNW’ here.

TNW Conference 2012, April 26-27, Amsterdam
We’re taking The Next Web Conference to the next level. Expect to be blown away, expect stuff you’ve never seen on an event before, stuff you’ve never heard, expect the best content, an amazing show, great people, industry leaders from all over the world and networking opportunities at decision making level.
We will outshine ourselves. TNW2012 is the best tech conference you’ll attend in 2012. Our goal is to inspire you, to give you an unforgettable experience and to get you an ROI of at least ten times your investment.

Grab the super early bird tickets before the apocalypse 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 50 readers to take advantage of the TNW12 discount code receive €100 off early-bird registration (valid until February 29, 2012).

Are you hosting an event yourself? Think it would be relevant to our readers? Please contact Sophie to discuss media partnerships with TNW or submit your event here.