2014 | 05 | 06

And they're off! The Berlin Web Week Gets Underway

This year's Berlin Web Week was officially opened by Berlin's Senator for Economics Cornelia Yzer at a press conference. Berlin Partner Managing Director Melanie Bähr, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Managing Director Elmar Giglinger and droidcon co-founder and CEO Boris Jebsen showcased the highlights of the 7th Web Week and focused on the event's importance for Berlin's digital industry. For one full week, the German capital will shine as an international hot spot for all things related to the internet, the digital economy, startups and digital media. More than 15,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend the events this year

The Berlin Web Week is the largest digital-industry festival in Europe and boasts a comprehensive program consisting of more than 20 events, including international conferences, barcamps, tradeshows, pitches, hackathons, a matchmaking dinner, parties and meet-ups. Among the highlights this year are the re:publica digital conference, the NEXT Berlin trend conference, the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin and the droidcon Berlin developers' conference.

The Berlin Web Week is a joint initiative of the Berlin State Senate for Economics, Technology and Research and Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH.

At today's press conference, Elmar Giglinger, Managing Director of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg introduced the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin, which is taking place this year for the first time as part of the Berlin Web Week. "With the Media CONVENTION, we've created a new platform for the national and international media industry. As part of the event, national and international stakeholders drawn from the fields of online, social media, R&D and the digital community will gather to network and exchange information and ideas about current trends and challenges in the online world," said Giglinger.

The European digital industry's most important players, users and personalities will meet at the Berlin Web Week. The goal of each individual event is to strengthen Europe's digital scene even further, but also to make it more visible, to shape its growth and encourage its ongoing development. At the same time, the Berlin Web Week functions as a comprehensive networking platform for the German capital's internet community: under a common umbrella, the community is eager to position Berlin as an important location for new Web trends and digital technologies.