Now in its third year, Internet Week Europe announces the 2012 preliminary calendar of events, a week-long celebration of Europe’s best and brightest in digital.
Europe’s flourishing digital community is readying itself to gather in London and connect in person at the third annual Internet Week Europe. This burgeoning, entirely crowd-sourced festival is taking place at various venues across the city on the 12th-16th November, spanning from the broad East London ‘Tech City’ Silicon Roundabout and Shoreditch, through to the headquarters of powerhouses including YouTube, Google and cultural institutions such as The V&A.
Internet Week Europe draws leaders from across the continent’s thriving digital landscape, with tech-trailblazers and trendsetters organising events in the capital to engage with industry peers and punters alike, representing the full spectrum of the industry like no other festival can.
Offering incomparable networking and learning opportunities both for folk in or out of the digital industries, the festival proposes a truly varied calendar. Topics will vary from culture and creativity, through politics and social media to networking, privacy, games, mobile and entrepreneurialism.
Nick Farnhill, co-chairman of Internet Week Europe said: “It’s been another extremely exciting year for European digital culture and business, so it can only be another exciting year at IWE, which in just three years has placed itself right at the heart of this incredible scene. All week, events will be springing up across London celebrating online brilliance in all its many forms, from charitable innovation to start up business.”
Organisations holding events during the festival currently include:
VitaminT, Internet Explorer from Microsoft, MediaMonks, Uber, Bizzabo, citizenM, Wayra, Conferize, General Assembly, BBC , Google / YouTube, IAB, Razorfish, VICE, Made by Many, Silicon Drinkabout, SoundCloud, The European Commission, V&A, Metaphwoar!, Mother, Protein, Seven, Digital Shoreditch, Hyper Island, Unit 9, Seedcamp, mcgarrybowen, SheSays, Information Is Beautiful, chirp.io, AKQA, The Collaborative Arts Network, The Hospital Club, Ignite, Largetail, Dezeen, Dare, Sidekick Studios, Don’t Panic, Believe.in, Crane.tv, The School for Startups, Splash, The Church of London, Flamingo, Creativeworks London, Sweet Retweets, #KittenCamp and Dropr.
More information for organisations that wish to host official events during the festival is available at www.internetweekeurope.com. RSVP method varies from event to event via the organisation hosting the event.
Highlights of the preliminary calendar include:
The Lovie Awards Judges Cocktails sponsored by Wayra
Wayra will co-host the first-ever Lovie Judges Cocktail event for The Lovie Award Judges, IADAS Members and Lovie Award Winners.
The Lovie Awards
The Lovie Awards honours the best of the best of European web with an exciting evening reception and celebration of the Lovie Award Winners and Special Achievement Winners.
The Official Lovie Awards After-Party Presented by MediaMonks
There’s so much to celebrate about the best of the European web that it takes two parties, and this one is going to be big!
Vitamin T Portfolio Review
Explore the common pitfalls of putting together a portfolio and make sure you don’t fall into one.
GA European Buffet
General Assembly will host its inaugural ‘European Buffet’, a six-day program which will see guest teachers from across Europe entertain students of all ages, five of which will be picked from a pan-continental sweepstakes to spend the week in London. Classes covering a truly though-provoking curriculum will be intersected with fireside chats, happy hours and will end with a closing party at Hoxton Hotel.
Meet The YouTube Creators
A chance to explore the fabled halls of the Google HQ and its newly launched YouTube Creator Space. Come along and thank those who introduced the world to the comedy value of cats, atonal singing and the dancing abilities of Grandmas in person.
BBC Worldwide Labs panel session
A lively discussion on the increasingly integral role that social media plays in 2012, from start-ups to big brands, the panel will seek to reveal just how huge a game-changer this digital arena can be.
Spogo Five-A-Side Football Tournament
In honour of the best digital brands and agencies, and turning digital to physical, spogo are hosting a five-a-side football tournament at the Power League flagship Wembley venue, in partnership with Trace TV.
How Europe can help your digital start-up
The European Commission Representation in the UK is holding an event to provide practical advice and guidance to digital businesses looking to expand into the European Union and beyond.
Journey through the connected world (or a diverting trip on the ELL)
Hop on board for an intriguing journey on the London Overground line, which will see a series of diverse speakers reveal titbits of digital culture, stop by stop, organised by Made By Many.
A chance to look back over 25 glorious years of the most-loved GIF in an exhibition that promises a slice of digital history served with a heavy dollop of nostalgia, organised bymcgarrybowen.
The Chat Chain
Last Exit and Flint are collaborating again this year to bring you The Chat Chain, a day of linked conversations, where each interviewee becomes the interviewer for the next chat. The whole day will be webcast live, and the audience will be encouraged to join the conversation by posting questions and comments.
The Hoxton Square Shield Attack
Intergalactic arcade fun projected in Hoxton. Bring a smartphone and blast attacking aliens out of the sky! Organised by Unit9.
Protein Forum: Is the internet changing our brain?
With much of human knowledge now at our fingertips, three expert speakers discuss the effects of spending hours on the web day. Is Google making as stupid?
Web Design: Beginning to Blog / Web Design: Setting Up Shop
The Victoria and Albert Museum host two, two-day courses, come away from one with a new online store for your small business, and the other with a space for you to share and collect your personal interests online.
What's it like to be an app?
Struggling to find a publisher for your revolutionary new smartphone game 'frustrated fowl'? Even the industry's top names suffer from a lack of ideas. Here's how to come up with truly lovable, original concepts.
For the second year in a row, Vitamin T, a new division of Aquent, are supporting the festival as Official Sponsor and Internet Week Europe is delighted to welcome new sponsors Internet Explorer from Microsoft, MediaMonks, Uber and Bizzabo.
citizenM is on board as Accommodation Partner and providing preferred rates for Internet Week Europe attendees.
Internet Week Europe has also partnered with Conferize, letting you attend the festival virtually.