Avoid Conference Confusion With Silicon Allee’s Guide

By Toni Ellis |

Can’t tell your Next from your re:publica? Confused between Startup Camp and CAMPKX? ‘Tis the season of tech conferences here in Berlin, and you can check out what’s going on, where and when with Silicon Allee’s top guide.

With CeBIT coming to an end, and plenty of German startups making their way to Austin for SXSW, it’s the perfect time to look ahead to the next few months (events are listed by date).

Droidcon 2012

Europe’s largest Android developer gathering gives participants an opportunity to showcase their apps, network with like-minded people and get tips from the best in the business.

When: March 13-14

Where: Urania

Tickets: €149 for both days


Startup Camp Berlin

In its second year, Startup Camp Berlin is a blend of Barcamp, workshops and conferences, focusing on topics like law, financing and funding, online marketing and software development.

When: March 16-17

Where: Media Design School, Kreuzberg

Tickets: €399


BerlinExpertDays (Bed-Con)

The technically-oriented Java conference will bring together interested parties for information exchange and networking. Topics explored through the conference will include: Java, Java EE, Spring, JavaScript, functional languages, NoSQL, cloud computing and user experience.

When: March 29-30

Where: Computer Science Institute, Dahlem

Tickets: €90 for both days



CAMPZBX is focused on finding and realising the best ideas that have never gone beyond the “actually, we should…” stage because of a lack of time or expertise. The event will use a casting show format and a public vote to choose the best idea and help turn it into reality.

When: March 30-31

Where: Palais in the Kulturbrauerei

Tickets: Earlybird tickets start at €10



With the theme this year being Act!on, the sixth re:publica is THE conference for blogs, social media and the digital society. The event aims to bring together communities and leading thinkers with activists and engaged organizations to share experiences

When: May 2-4

Where: STATION-Berlin

Tickets: Start from €130


Startup Weekend

The third Startup Weekend will gather tech enthusiasts of different backgrounds to share and pitch ideas, form teams and work an entire weekend to finally present a product to a panel of experts – and then maybe launch a startup.

When: May 4-6

Where: Cluboffice

Tickets: Start from €50


NEXT Berlin

A highlight of Berlin Web Week, this year’s NEXT conference is dedicated to the post-digital era, and how the lines between the digital and real worlds are beginning to blur.

When: May 8-9

Where: STATION-Berlin

Tickets: Start from €821.10 for one day


European Venture Market

The Spring edition of this years EVM is a networking conference for 200-300 investors, service providers and early/expansion stage companies. Budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business projects to a crowd of investors, as well as listen to a program of speakers with time put aside for one-to-one meetings

When: May 8-9

Where: Palais am Festungsgraben

Tickets: Start from €180 for presenters, €450 for investors


GP Bullhound Summit 

Pioneers of Europe’s digital landscape gather for this annual event, which this year will be held in Berlin. The top ten nominated companies will be presented an expert judging panel, which will choose the overall winner in the awards.

When: May 10

Where: Nhow Hotel

Tickets: By application 

The Hive

Taking place for the first time, The Hive is a bloggers conference, where design and lifestyle bloggers can come together, share ideas and connect. Topics covered at the conference will include everything from how to grow and fund your site to blogging etiquette and ethics.

When: May 19-20

Where: Betahaus

Tickets: €85


These are just some of the highlights over the next few months – but there is always something happening in Berlin (check out more at Berlin Web Week). Happy conferencing!