Silicon Allee’s Guide to the Best Events this September

By Claire Adamson |

It seems like activity in Berlin has hardly dipped during the traditionally quiet midsummer, but this September is still set to be a step up in terms of events. There is plenty happening next month, from conferences to hackathons and pitch battles to workshops. There is certainly enough to keep every sector of the tech world happy even as the falling leaves signify the onset of autumn.

With that in mind, here is a taster of what’s to come next month with Silicon Allee’s guide to September’s best events.

The International Media Convention is happening in Berlin on September 3-4 as part of Medienwoche@IFA, and will be two days of talks and discussions about issues surrounding the media and the Internet industry. Speakers include Marcel Duee of, Ciaran O’Leary of Earlybird, film director Tom Twyker and Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB stick. Special events will include a meeting and discussion between founders and entrepreneurs from both Germany and Israel, and a day dedicated to 3D innovation. Tickets are available for startups at a reduced price.

The ImmobilienScout24 You Is Now Startup Weekend will run on September 21-23 and will give individuals a chance to team up and develop a business model and a prototype over 54 hours. The theme is ‘Rethinking Real Estate Market Places’, and the winner will receive a three-month residency at the You Is Now Incubator, as well as access to an exceptional pool of mentors. The incubator has previously helped along startups like Deskwanted, who have just celebrated 1000 listed desks.

The EyeEm Photo Hack Day will invite participants to ‘hack the future of photography’ at Platoon Kunsthalle, an art space made of shipping containers in Schonhauser Allee. Starting at midday on Saturday September 22, participants will have 24 hours to team up, hack, drink a whole load of Club Mate and create something super awesome. Presentations will take place on the Sunday afternoon and there will be great prizes for the winners. The event will be open to developers and designers, and both individuals and teams will be welcomed.

Ali Parr, a senior engineer at Facebook will be at the Photo Hack Day to help teams out with the open graph, and the best ideas will be live-streamed to Photokina, a huge photography fair in Cologne.

The Social Media Week, taking place September 24-28, is a worldwide event connecting social media enthusiasts across the world. Happening in three location ‘hubs’ throughout Berlin, the week will be made up of 75 different free events covering social media topics including politics, art and design, gaming and job recruitment.

Of course, before all of this, August still has a sting in the tail in the form of next week’s Campus Party, a technology festival with 10,000 attendees from all over Europe happening at Tempelhof Airport, and TOABerlin, a grassroots style tech conference aiming to promote the ideas of collaboration and creativity.

To wrap up the week, Silicon Allee will be throwing a huge summer party on August 24 at Prince Charles in Moritzplatz – come and unwind with us!

And Leancamp is happening on August 27 at Ahoy! Berlin, and is an interactive day of workshops looking at lean startup and design thinking. Participants will be invited to find an approach to learning that works for them and will have access to people who have done it before. This will be a great event for startups and entrepreneurs who just need that little push further to get their ideas out there.

There’s also TEDx Berlin to look forward to on August 31 which aims to share and discuss issues and innovation across the fields of technology, entertainment and design. The speakers will cover everything from social media to artificial intelligence, and this will be a great event to connect with creative and innovative people outside the tech scene.

No doubt this is just the tip of the iceberg – make sure you keep fully up to date by tuning in to the Big Berlin Breakdown on Silicon Allee every Monday.