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Internet Week Europe Opens Today in London



The festivals second year celebrating Europes thriving internet industry cements its position as the top annual gathering for digital

Internet Week Europe Opens Today in London
Starting today, nearly 150 crowd-sourced events, including panels, exhibitions, meet-ups, conferences and parties across the whole of London, will showcase the thriving European digital business, culture and creativity during Internet Week Europe 2011, from 7-11 November. 
The festival, now in its second year, has become a draw for people looking to exchange ideas, explore and experience where the internet might be taking us next.
Tickets to events taking place across London are available on an individual basis by the organisation hosting the event. Official passes providing full access to the H.Q. at The Hospital Club from November 7-10 are £40 (£30 with a Tweet) +VAT are now on sale at
A complete calendar reveals an impressive and diverse line-up of speakers, industry-leaders and innovative companies presenting events across the wide spectrum of digital topics. It reflects both London’s position as one of the core creative capitals of the world, and the festival’s emergence as the top annual gathering for tech and internet leaders of Europe.
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Efe Cakarel, founder of MUBI, Wired’s David Rowan, Sherry Coutu, The Goddess Guide’s Gisele Scanlon, Miss Cakehead, Malcolm Poynton of SapientNitro, founder Richard Moross, Tom Hulme of IDEO, and Buddy Media’s Luca Benini, are just a few of the thought leaders and innovators participating on inspiring and challenging panels and conferences such as Risky Business, Yahoo! Provoke Summit, IAB’s Big Tablet Event, LinkedIn Profiles, Bootstrapping your startup, and ISPA Conference 2011.
The diverse and rich roster of city-wide events also includes TED European Salon, the 10 speakers, 10 metaphors, 10 minutes event Metaphwoar, Digital Archaeology exhibiting the ten websites that changed the world, BERG presenting the near-future of software, culture and networks in Tomorrow’s World.

The festival will also be hosting a number of firsts: Miss Cakehead will open a Steve Jobs Inspired Cake Shop with all cakes being ‘geek’ or ‘mac’ inspired with contributions from a range of bakers including Angry Bird cupcakes; Kissing, an interactive art installation in Hoxton Square will explore an emotionally charged and intimate moment in an interactive context created by Tango & Hawaii; and the Finger Battle Tournament is the first-ever competition to determine who is the fastest finger tapper in Europe.
The festival kicks off with the special Official Opening Cocktails at the Internet Week Europe h.Q. at The Hospital Club, and culminates with The Lovie Awards party as the grand finalé at St Luke’s Hawksmoor Church in Shoreditch. 
In addition, BIMA, LinkedIn, Dentsu, eConsultancy, SapientNitro, Don't Panic, Vitamin T, IAB, Yahoo!, TechHub, General Assembly, Playgen, BERG, BBC, Framestore, Financial Times, Par Equity, Latitude, Playgen and Google are among the many organisations presenting events. The calendar events include speakers from Hyper Island, Young Creative Council, Culture Hack, Wikipedia, Saatchi and Saatchi, Spotify, LastFM, Mother, TED, The Guardian, Sky, The Telepgraph, and Google.
Serving as a hub for festival-goers, The Official Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theatre will include Skype’s fifth chair, a permanent setup on stage allowing speakers to Skype into panels from across the world. The Theatre space is also home to art installations from Jason Bruges Studios, Framestore, Moritz Waldemeyer, Daniel Hirschmann, the Yahoo! Post-It art installation, Sapient Nitro’s interactive ice-cream machine, a projected Tweet Wall by Smesh and Vitamin T’s lounge. 
Innovative LinkedIn INbands will be given out at the registration desk, allowing festival-goers to add contacts they meet during the festival to their LinkedIn professional network by flashing the unique QR code on the INband with their smartphone.  The delegate with the most ‘flashes’ during Internet Week Europe will win their very own Ipad2.
Events are still being added to the official events calendar, which continues to be open to the entire European internet community for participation and attendance.
The calendar of events with full details can be seen on The Internet Week Europe site at
Nicolas Roope, co-chairman of Internet Week Europe comments: "Year two and Internet Week Europe already feels like a grown up. Someone you can learn from, who has depth and varied interests and most importantly someone you want to hang out with. Things are in full swing so make sure you make time to be part of it".
There will be many ways to take part and benefit from Internet Week Europe, as well as interact with other festival-goers, even from a distance. Events from the Internet Week Europe h.Q. will be live-streamed by USTREAM and, available at and a mobile site at has been developed by WebCrumbz. The festival also has a dedicated GroupMe page at enabling group messaging and conversations online and via your mobile phone. 

A whole host of Foursquare badges are there to be unlocked by checking in at the various Internet Week Europe events scattered across town, and free access to selected wireless hotspots across the entire UK is offered by Skype so that anybody can get online for free using Skype Access.

Highlights of the week include:
Special Events
TED European Salon. An invitation-only TED event featuring scientists, artists, designers, technologists on the theme of Travels in Space, Time & Imagination.
BERG presents Tomorrow's World. An evening of 10min talks by thinkers and innovators James Bridle, Fiona Romeo, Karsten Schmidt, Alice Taylor, Matt Webb and Warren Ellis on the near-future of software, culture, networks and things curated by BERG. The Gopher Hole, November 09, 07:00 PM — 11:00 PM
Metaphwoar! The sequel to last year's most POPULAR metaphor-themed event, with 10 speakers presenting 10 metaphors in 10 minutes all focused on “Changing perspectives is (still) sexy”, presented by Poke. Concrete, November 09, 07:00 PM — 11:00 PM.
The Boy with Tape on his Face. The speechless stand-up act – Boy with Tape on his Face – will combine absurdity with genius, with a Twitter Wall projection integral to the show, presented by BBC Three. The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, November 09, 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM
Digital Archaeology – Ten Websites That Changed The World. Curated by Jim Boulton, The Ten Websites That Changed The World, including the first ever website by Tim Berners-Lee, will be exhibited in context and on original hardware by Story Worldwide. 91-94 Saffron Hill, November 08, 12:00 PM — 07:00 PM
Cakehead Loves Evil geek bake sale. Miss Cakehead sets up shop at the Internet Week Europe h.Q. to sell ‘geek cakes’ while raising money for charity Pancreatic Cancer Action set up by Steve Jobs. The Hospital Club.
Tango & Hawaii's 'Kissing' is an emotionally charged and intimate interactive installation created by Tango & Hawaii in Unit9’s windows in Hoxton Square.
Finger Battle Tournament. The first-ever competition to determine who is the fastest finger tapper in Europe, with an iPad2 for the winner, is presented by the iPhone game’s creator Rafaël Rozendaal. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theater @ The Hospital Club, November 10, 16.00 PM – 17.00 PM
Industry Conferences and Panels:
David Rowan Keynote. Wired UK’s editor David Rowan will be giving an opening keynote setting the tone for the week to come. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theatre @ The Hospital Club November 08, 10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
Risky Business. Led by Helen Burrows, the trail-blazer behind the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries network, the event featuring Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, looks at the UK’s ‘Cinderella Sector’: the creative industries. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theater @ The Hospital Club, November 07, 11:00 AM — 12:20 PM
Yahoo! Provoke Summit. Andrew Cracknell, Krane Jeffery, Paul Kemp, Richard Morris and Anrick Bregman are among the innovators and provocateurs from the fields of technology, entertainment and media coming together in a unique forum to provoke debate and discussion. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theater @ The Hospital Club, November 08, 03:30 PM — 05:30 PM
LinkedIn Profiles. With a make-up artist and professional photographer on site, the two-part seminar will look at the new rules at play in the social ecosystem and provide top tips on how you can cultivate your own personal brand, helping you bag the perfect business opportunity, the perfect client, or even the perfect job. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. @ The Hospital Club, November 08, 09:00 AM — 11:00 AM
The Big Tablet Event. Hosted by the IAB, ten experts from ITV, AKQA, The Guardian, The Weather Channel, Tigerspike, Unanimis, Celtra, Sky, Telegraph and Somo come together to share insights on how to produce an app, monetise your existing digital offering, and what’s new. IAB, November 10, 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM
ISPA Conference 2011. ISPA’s all-day conference will hear senior government and industry luminaries debate the latest on Communications Data, making the UK No.1 for broadband in Europe, Internet safety and cyber-security, and the DEA Next Steps and ISP liability. K&L Gates LLP, November 09, 09:00 AM — 06:00 PM
Culture Clubbing. Led by Malcolm Poynton of Sapient Nitro, “Culture Clubbing with the Brand: Where Business meets Pleasure, Art meets Commerce”, will examine how brands can stand the test of the social revolution by creating cultural capital, which happens when brands truly “play” with the consumer. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theatre @ The Hospital Club, November 07, 12:30 PM — 01:20 PM
Bootstrapping Your Startup. Successful entrepreneurs and startup experts Denis Duka, Tom Hulme, and Andrei Vestimeaneu share their insights and experiences on how to create a company from thin air and make money. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theatre @ The Hospital Club, November 07, 02:30 PM — 03:20 PM
Yahoo! Academy: Working the Digital Canvas. Exploring how brand experiences come to life online, complement offline media activity and create value above and beyond response metrics. A range of diverse creative canvases – verticals to video, mobile to tablet – to can put your brand in the spotlight will be showcased. Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, 1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, November 08, 12:45 PM — 01:30 PM
Why You Should Love SEO. Will Critchlow, Founder and Chief Strategist of Distilled, and General Assembly, will share SEO best practices you can use right now to grow your business. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Classroom @ The Hospital Club, November 07, 12:00 PM — 01:30 PM
Agile Fundamentals for Leaders workshop. A workshop to learn the principles of Agile, and come away with a solid grasp of the values, principles, and practices, as well as the next generation of software development practices and methodologies. The Skills Matter exchange, 116-120 Goswell Road, November 09, 09:00 AM — 01:00 PM
PPC & Analytics Masterclass. Periscopix are presenting all you need to know about Search and Analytic's in one go, looking into many of the recent additions to analytics including real time search, multi channel funnels and the future of data analysis. PXHQ, 21 Queen Elizabeth Street, November 10, 02:30 PM — 04:30 PM
"Modern Web Apps" Learn how to Google presents a focused workshop on how to delight and amaze users and build a modern web app with the latest frameworks and techniques, utilising HTML5 for responsive UIs. Google, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, November 11, 03:00 PM — 04:00 PM
Spark to Flame. Ben Harknett of Wildfire Interactive, will present alongside the heads of Social Media from Benefit Cosmetics and Yorkshire Tea, to share a behind-the-scenes look at the strategy and results behind their most innovative and successful social media efforts. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Classroom @ The Hospital Club, November 08, 01:00 PM — 01:45 PM
Making at Dentsu London! Matt Ward (Goldsmiths), Beeker Northam and Chris Heathcote (Dentsu London) will run a hands-on session to explore innovation techniques of thinking-through-making such as drawing and paper-prototyping. Dentsu, 10 Hills Place, November 08, 04:00 PM — 05:30 PM
Classrooms without walls: how teachers hacked our project. Innovative, iterative and resourceful, educators are the perfect complement to service design. This workshop will co-create a live project for Skype in the Classroom, to develop experts in a classroom exchange, presented by Skype and Made by Many. The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Classroom @ The Hospital Club, November 08, 03:00 PM — 03:45 PM
Digital Culture:
Minibar Special on Social Gaming. Mother brings together the MiniBar crowd, social games companies (because they are clearly the next big thing, or are already) and the more creative types, for talks and drinks. Mother, 10 Redchurch Street, November 09, 06:25 PM — 09:30 PM
Mind Candy HQ Networking Event. Mind Candy CEO and founder Michael Acton-Smith offers the opportunity to visit at the open Moshi Monsters studio for a few drinks and a short talk. Unit 4.01, Tea Building, November 08, 06:30 PM — 09:00 PM
Tale Torrent - P2P Storytelling. BBH Labs curate a night of true tales of the internet, from the people who's lives it's impacted. Eight storytellers old and young will share their net-based true tales in an inspiring event that's as much a conference, a confessional, a campfire. BBH, 60 Kingly Street, November 10, 07:00 PM — 09:00 PM
Ignite London 5. Ignite brings together a range of Ignite communities across the world from NYC to Manila, in a series of left field 5 minute talks with slides changing automatically 15 seconds, the challenge being “Enlighten us, but think long and hard how to make it quick.” 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, November 08, 07:00 PM — 11:00 PM
Come find the answers. Grape Digital is inviting the brightest minds of Shoreditch, at their very own pub at the heart of the Silicon Roundabout, to find out who holds the answers to all those questions: the Pub Landlord or the voice of Twitter and Siri. (The Marie Lloyd, November 08, 06:00 PM — 11:00 PM
Awards / Parties:
The Official Internet Week Europe Opening Cocktails. Yahoo! & The Hospital Club are hosting the Official Internet Week Opening Reception. The Hospital Club, November 07, 06.00 PM – 08.00 PM
VIP IWE/Lovie Party. Vitamin T and MUBI are taking over the Soho House Basement for an unashamed VIP celebration of Internet Week Europe and The Lovie Awards. Kick off at 8pm -till late!- with cocktails and canapés, with dancing on tables for later. Soho House Basement, November 09, 08:00 PM — 12:00 PM
The 2011 BIMA Awards. The BIMA Awards, one of the most coveted awards in 31 categories across a full range of verticals, platforms and channels sectors, as well as the addition of a new ‘Agency of the Year’ category, celebrate the best work digital Britain has to offer Fabric Nightclub, November 10, 06:30 PM — 01:00 AM
SheSays Golden Stiletto Awards 2011. The SheSays Golden Stiletto Awards 2011 is the only awards celebrating female creativity with an all-female judging panel made up of distinguished leaders in the industry. (Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, November 08, 07:00 PM — 09:30 PM
Lovie Awards. Internet Week Europe honours the best of the best of European Internet with an exciting evening reception and celebration of the inaugural Lovie Award winners. St Lukes, Hawksmoor Church, November 11, 07:00 PM — 10:00 PM
h.Q. Events with Prizes:
Yahoo! Post-it Art Challenge – win a 15L Nebuchadnezzar of champagne!
Yahoo! are challenging everyone attending Internet Week Europe 2011 to put their digital creativity to the test offline, using Post-it notes as real life pixels. Check out the Post-it art in the Internet Week Europe 2011 Flickr group to see if you or your colleagues can do any better. 
Win an iPad2 if you're the most accomplished social butterfly with LinkedIn INbands. The delegate with the most ‘flashes’ on their LinkedIn INband during Internet Week will win an Ipad2.
Win an iPad2 in the Finger Battle Tournament. The 'simplest game in the universe', come and play, offers an iPad2 for the fastest finger tapper in the first ever Finger Battle Tournament presented by Rafaël Rozendaal. (The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Theater @ The Hospital Club, Nov 10)
How to get a placement in 45 minutes? Looking at how to get the first job at a creative agency, with one lucky student get a job placement at SapientNitro. (The Internet Week Europe h.Q. Classroom @ The Hospital Club, Nov 9)
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