New year, new chances to meet up, expand your horizon and learn some new skills. Visiting a tech event is a great way to advance your career, boost your startup or meet interesting new people. There are a bunch of them planned in the Amsterdam region, here are the ones we don’t want you to miss.
Meeting up these days may be a little bit more complicated than it used to be, with the current lockdown and the uncertain path COVID leaves us with. Many events listed have taken precautions and offer their programme online, so you can attend remotely. For in-person meetings, make sure to check beforehand what precautions the organisation has taken to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Accelerator Squared: Customer Discovery Challenge
When: January 13th – two weeks
What’s your customer’s problem? That question is essential for any early stage startup to answer. Without knowing the pains of your target audience, it’s hard to offer them something worthwhile. The Customer Discovery Challenge is a two-week sprint to help founders create products and services that people love. This means you’re diving into customer interviews and improve your business proposition. All while connecting with peers and learning the tools of the trade by seasoned customer discovery leads. The sprint is starting soon, but you can still sign up here.
Amsterdam Law Hub: Law Clinics
When: January 27th (Monthly)
Beginning with a new startup or project is exciting, but there’s also a lot of things to think about. To make sure all your legal criteria are in order upon starting up, Amsterdam Law Hub has partnered up with Pro Bono Connect and over a dozen Zuidas offices to provide free, monthly law clinics. This one is focused specifically on the criteria of establishment for startups and NGOs. The clinic will guide you through the legal basics of setting up shop and its financial challenges. You can also subscribe to a slot for more in-depth advice from one of the legal counsels. Registration for the upcoming clinic is open, but don’t wait too long!
IGNITE | 2022 Techleap.nl Summit
When: February 10th
The Dutch tech ecosystem is booming and it is time to celebrate. At the same time it is also good to recognise there are still many opportunities and untapped potential in the ecosystem. Techleap.nl aims to cover both at their IGNITE summit. The programme includes both a general overview of the current state of the tech ecosystem in the country, as well as deep dives on several related topics by renowned speakers. The event will also offer ample opportunity to expand your network and meet interesting people. The event is free and online so anyone, anywhere can sign up to join.
JSWorld Conference 2022 – VueJS Amsterdam
When: February 9th – 11th
Where: Theater Amsterdam or online
The second and third days of the conference are all about Vue.js as it turns into the largest Vue conference in the world. Tickets for the separate events are available, but to get the full experience you can grab a combo ticket for the three days. Can’t make it to Amsterdam? You can watch all the talks online. Find out how, on the sites of JSWorld Conference and VueJS Amsterdam.
ADS Tech020 – career fair for data science & AI
When: March 3rd
Where: The Student Hotel, Amsterdam
Are you wrapping up your Bachelors, Masters or PhD in the field of data science, AI, business analytics software engineering or econometrics? Then it is time to look forward and see what you want to be when you grow up. The career fair organised by Amsterdam Data Science offers the perfect opportunity. They’ll bring you in touch with a wide variety of organisations, ranging from innovative startups to established companies in the field of consultancy, banking, retail and much more. Registration is open, find more info here.
Amsterdam Capital House 2022
When: March 23rd – 25th
Capital is what makes a business grow. Mind you, we’re not talking about euro’s, per se. It also involves having the right people, human capital, and a good network, social capital. Those three things are the focus of Amsterdam Capital House. The three day founder-focused programme covers everything startups need to know. From access to funding, network building, team growth, sustainable business, and more, while at the same time fostering meaningful relations with peers and experts. Amsterdam Capital House 2022 opens its doors in March, stay up-to-date here.
Making sense of Web3.0
When: every 3rd Wednesday of the month
We’re all knee-deep in Web3.0. Dabbling with NFTs and the metaverse. But if you’ve got the feeling it sometimes doesn’t make too much sense yet, this is the meeting to join. An online meetup to share knowledge, ideas and to connect people. It’s hosted by Zoe Scaman who is helping brands to understand the new web3.0 economy, and Rutger van Zuidam, builder of an open source web3.0 metaverse stack for collaboration. Anyone is welcome, whether you’re all-in or just want to dip your toes.
Looking to get your hands dirty? Every first Wednesday of the month, there is a related DIY hands-on at the Makerspace in the Public Library of Amsterdam. Next meetup is January 19th, sign up here.
LeWagon free coding courses
When: all month
LeWagon is world-famous for offering intensive, full-time bootcamps that will kickstart your career in tech. If you can’t devote weeks of your life to fully submerge yourself into learning a new trade, they also offer smaller courses, tech talks and demo days. Subjects range from ‘machine learning for beginners’ to ‘creating your own landing page’ or ‘using data for marketers’. All the courses and talks are completely free and can be attended online. A great opportunity for anyone interested in tech and looking for a way to broaden their knowledge. See what’s on offer right here.
Leapfunder Angel Clinic & other sessions
When: all month
Leapfunder is bringing angel investors and startup founders together. As part of that they organise a whole range of sessions, clinics and workshops. Both investors looking for startups and startups looking for investors can take advantage of sessions that are taking place almost every week. Events include the Angel Clinic; divided into three sessions, it covers everything from investing 101 to the legal matters involved. Founders can sign up for the ‘Investor Readiness Session’ or the Pitch Deck Clinic, to get them closer to raising funding. There are also several round table sessions planned to connect with peers, see what is scheduled and sign up here.
Techionista / We Rise upskilling track
Techionista and We Rise both aim to get more women in tech. Now they’ve partnered up to offer an upskilling track which allows women to take their first steps into a world of data and AI. The two-day track offers inspiration, information and hands-on practice with data visualisation software Power BI. The course can be done from home, yet the classes are small so there’s proper guidance and attention for everyone attending. It’s free for women from Amsterdam and surrounding areas, all it requires is a membership of We Rise. A date for the next track is yet to be confirmed, but registration is already open. More info here.
Sovereign Nature Initiative Winter 2022 Hackathon
When : February 4th – 6th (registration closed)
Public event in May 2022
Where: De Ceuvel, Amsterdam
Restoring the balance between human behaviour and nature. That is the aim of the hackathon organised by the Sovereign Nature Initiative. Innovators can work on solutions regarding urban agriculture, data collection of for instance air quality or explore land trust models for a better partnership with nature. The best solutions not only get a cash and crypto prize to make their invention a reality. They can also showcase their idea at the post-industrial sustainable workplace De Ceuvel in Amsterdam. The hackathon itself is full, but you can still check out the results at their public event in May.