Ladies and gentlemen, it’s almost time: TNW-Valencia is next week!
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or visited another tech site, you traitors), we’re taking our cherished festival to the streets. After 16 glorious years in Amsterdam, we’re bringing the show to Spain’s Mediterranean coast – and You are all invited.
We’re not just for sun, sea and sand – far from it. Valencia has the fastest growing innovation ecosystem in Spain and the highest number of start-ups per capita in the country. On March 30th and 31st, we will present the best technology in the region to over 2,000 guests.
Over the two days, attendees will enjoy inspiring talks, networking events, learning opportunities and the same festival vibe as our Amsterdam flagship. The entire editorial team is also on site and is waiting for your company, your ideas and, of course, for misuse.
Valencia is one of the most exciting technology hubs in the world.
In total, we host over 100 speakers, 75 investors, 90 exhibitors and 3,000 meetings. Admittedly, this created a major problem: you just can’t catch them all. To help you find your way packed agendahere are eight highlights at TNW València.
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1. The official opening ceremony and party
While the main program starts on March 30th, the fun starts a day earlier at our opening party.
Our guest list includes a number of political heavyweights. These include Diana Morant, Spain’s Science and Innovation Minister; Sandra Gomez, Deputy Mayor of Valencia; Arcadi España Garcia, Minister of Finance of the Generalitat of Valencia; and Borja Sanjuan, Vice President for Economic Development of the City of Valencia.
Join them (and us) at Zeus València from 19:00 for drinks, bites and networking. To register for the party, click here.
2. A game of padel
The opening party is one of 10 side events, which offers a healthy mix of learning, networking and celebration. You can even become a member on March 31st padel tournament at the Tennis Center Valencia. I’ll wait at the court, so you better bring your f-game.
3. Unmissable speakers
We’ve curated a dazzling selection of keynotes, fireside chats, panel discussions, and workshops. With more tech luminaries than one PayPal meetup, it’s hard to categorize the speakers – but here are five of my favorites:
Heini Zachariassen, founder and CEO of Vivino
built Zachariasen the most downloaded wine app in the world and the largest online marketplace for wine. His company has made wine more accessible – and I speak from experience. I use Vivino an alarming amount of times now, but at least it gives me quality plonk at bargain prices.
Our speakers will shed light on sustainability, AI, deep tech and much more.
Katica Roy, Founder and CEO of Pipeline Equity
An award-winning economist and former Global 500 executive, Roy founded Pipeline Equity in 2017. At València, she will talk about how to close the innovation gap.
Miguel Ángel Leal, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at LaLiga
As digital boss at LaLiga, Ángel brings innovations into play A legendary football league. His role combines the best of technology and sport, which sounds like a dream job to me – apart from my position at TNW, of course.
Jen Carter, Global Head of Technology at Google.org
Carter leads pro bono initiatives at Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the Big G. Having spent six years at the organization and a decade on Google’s trust and safety team, Carter has a unique understanding of how to use technology uses for good.
Alex Roca, ambassador at FC Barcelona
It’s not just technology leaders taking the stage. One of our most intriguing speakers is alex rock, who recently became the first person with a 76% physical disability to complete a marathon. At TNW Valencia he will make his first public speech since accomplishing the feat.
4. The FT performance hours
Our beloved overlords of the Financial Times are bringing their best minds to Valencia. At a series of sessions called FT Power Hours, they will discuss the technology’s hottest business trends with industry leaders.
5. The Startup Pitch Battle
It’s not all fun and games. While we don’t condone violence at TNW, we love a pitch battle – and it’s sure to be fiery. Some of the most exciting startups in the world present their ideas to our top-class jury.
Startup stakes will be high.
The challengers compete for the attention of top investors, a collection of awards and – most importantly – a profile of your favorite editors. By the way, I mean us.
And if you want to improve your skills, join the startup pitching workshop on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
6. A ride on the TNW Ferris Wheel
It wouldn’t be a TNW festival without our beloved Ferris wheel. The carriages not only offer fun rides and breathtaking views, but are also the perfect place for private meetings – also because the person you are talking to cannot walk.
7. A walk through the business floor
Our exhibition space has produced a vibrant mix of ideas and products.
The 92 organizations in the business hall include big brands like Mercadona, Hubspot and Helloprint; Valencian technology companies such as Sesame HR, Social Nest and Delivers.AI; and government agencies such as Spain Up Nation, Valencia Activa, Generalitat, Invest in Valencia.
There’s a lot to see, but our floor plan can smooth your way through the premises.
The arena is dotted with stages, exhibitors and lounges
I could go on for so long, but my schedule is already bursting at the seams. Hopefully these seven tips are enough to help you enjoy the festivities.
If not, feel free to give me feedback at the bar. I’ll take an Aigua de Valencia, por favor.