As far as start ups go, Berlin has had a triumphant year in 2014. The New York Times wrote; “Berlin tech startups raised a combined $1.1 billion this year, a 140 percent increase compared with 2013”. Now we can see the highly anticipated results at Berlin Tech Open Air 2015. The event is hosting well over 130 speakers two of which are from companies that had the largest IPOs in Europe for 2014; Zalando and Rocket Internet.

 

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Ready for summer? Before you close your laptop and hit the beach, check out what’s been trending in the world of events so far. We took a look at the world’s most social tech events 2015, first half of the year. The events we’ve selected are determined by the amount of engagement in content sharing and social networking. Without further ado, here they are:

 

10. Tech Crunch Disrupt NY

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TechCrunch Disrupt was a three-day, single-track conference and startup competition to immerse the audience in the debate about what’s changing in technology, what’s caused it and what we need to do about it to survive and thrive in real time.

 

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Events are not going out of fashion. Meeting face-to-face, learning and creating together is more important than ever. But events are changing. Meetups, companies and event organizers are changing how events are made and exist online. And we see attendees wanting to play a more active role.

Conferize gives event organizers a really user-friendly tool that makes creating a custom event website simple. In just a few steps, it is possible to have an event website that boosts ticket sales, engages attendees, promotes events and creates more social networking opportunities.

See how simple it is to make an event website with Conferize:

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FRESH15 is going to be a game changing event for meeting planners, meeting designers, meeting producers and meeting owners. The all encompassing goal for FRESH is to figure out how to engage participants, improve speakers, get more impact and generate more results.

 

By introducing and demonstrating the latest tools and knowledge in meeting design, the aforementioned professionals will have a chance to learn about new ways to promote events, boost ticket sales, engage attendees and create more social networking opportunities.

 

FRESH gives event professionals five reasons to attend:

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Creating an engaging event website is one of the most important tools for attracting attendees to your event. Most people who view your website will decide whether they like the site or not within seconds. This means that event planners have one shot to sell and successfully promote their event. Here are six tips for making a socially engaging website.

 

1. Show who you are, not just what you are.

More often than not event websites end up showing what they are rather than who they are. But how do you get people to care? Event organizers can improve by giving opinions on issues addressed to the given industry, posting relevant media and sharing compelling stories.

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In this digital age, event marketing has certainly become a more complex procedure. Here are six tips to help event planners get on track and get the ball rolling:

1. Engaging websites

It is easy to overload a website with dense promotional text. This can be easily avoided by creating a good looking website with content that is easy to scan. The main thought process should not be how to promote and sell event tickets, rather to create meaning and appeal to the audience. Event marketers should ask themselves: Why is this event important and how will it influence the given industry?

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Technoport

On the 18th and 19th of March, Technoport welcomed a variety of challengers, creators and capital providers to Trondheim, Norway. Their aim? To maximize innovation and to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in the Norwegian startup community.

Here are a few key learnings to be inspired by:

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  1. As the host of the second-ever live crowdfunding experiment in the Nordic region, Technoport provided Scandinavian startups with the opportunity to gain maximum exposure, speaking directly to businesses and people who may fund them. Overall, the Technoport crowd invested €67,000 (USD 72,000) into four Norwegian startups
  2. Featuring talks like ‘Blood, SWOT & Tears’, and ‘The Kick Inside’, from renowned entrepreneurs and public speakers, such as Nolan Bushnelland Leo Johnson, Technoport provided a program packed full of the latest innovations in startup culture.
  3. Entrepreneurs were provided with the opportunity to pitch before each of the judges, as part of Technoport’s pitch competition. The top 8 then presented on the main stage at Technoport, with the winners receiving awards up to NOK 100,000 (USD 12,000).

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We’re very excited to present a major new addition to the Conferize Organizer product suite: Truly social event websites!

It means that everything you’ve come to expect from Conferize–a dynamic event community with social networking and content sharing–now can operate under your very own website domain, e.g. ‘www.myevent.com. It can effectively save you the time, headaches, and costs of building your own website, while offering your attendees, followers, speakers, sponsors a much more engaging event experience.

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At Conferize we’ve always believed in keeping our platform as open as possible. Today we’re announcing a new registration API to underpin just how serious we are about our open position and the endeavor of reducing fragmentation in the global events industry.

Why is this important?
We estimate that roughly 5,000 registration services exist today, powering the world’s  2+ million annual professional events. It’s a jungle with virtually no overview possible. With the new API it’s much easier for event organizers and registration providers to list their events on Conferize, the leading open platform for professional events worldwide. It also makes it easier for attendees to benefit from Conferize’s social networking and content sharing features.

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2014 is almost over. What a year it’s been! We saw a dramatic increase in the number of tech events added to Conferize. From local meetups to huge conferences and global exhibitions, they’re all here. Now comes the time to recap and select the best of the best! Our jury of distinguished experts have selected 50 events from all over the world that we believe are the best of 2014! (Last updated: December 18th, 2014)

“With the Top 50 Tech list we want to reward event organizers who are proactive about community building and digital strategy. We believe big is not always better. In fact, we want to reward the most social and innovative events on their efforts to share, engage and involve with their communities online – regardless of their size.”  Martin Ferro-Thomsen, CEO & Founder of Conferize.

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