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09:00 – 9:45

Walk-in & Registration

9:45 – 10:05


AMSxTech founders: Padraig McKee & Justin Halsall (MC)

Topic 1: Amsterdam as a Tech Hub

A place as a crossroad of technology, business and finance; Amsterdam is a great place to go and stay. International connections, a major airport, and multi-lingual people. Expect trends and drifts affecting our local communities, the city as a liveable place, and its relation with the rest of the world. Don’t expect the rationale of XXX, expect what it means for the speakers.

10:15 – 10:35

City Investment for Tech

Kajsa Ollongren

10:40 – 11:00

Amsterdam or New York

Steven van Wel

11:05 – 11:25

Building Bridges Between USA and NL

Martijn Roordink

11:30 – 11:50

Coffee Break

Topic 2: Building Healthy Companies

You can build a business in so many ways; you can take that investor money, or you can go fund it yourself. Considering the options can be tough in the moment, in hindsight it’s always easier, and that’s what building businesses is about. Speakers in this topic talk about how they did it on a meta level. Expect stories on board room meetings, on the tough decisions at the most zero-hour times, and how every decision forms situations.

11:55 – 12:15

VC Money or Bootstrapping?

Ninh Bui

12:20 – 12:40

From Selling Time to Selling Products

Spencer Beckford

12:45 – 13:05

How to Fail Gracefully And Then Survive

Stefan Fountain

13:10 – 14:00

Lunch Break


What happens here, stays here. No tweets, no recording allowed.

14:05 – 14:25

Off the record with one of 020 tech scene’s founding fathers

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

Topic 3: Social Impact of Technology

There’s no healthy future without social impact. There’s more than money that businesses can focus on, cash is not a goal it’s a means. These speakers talk optimistically about a brighter future; this way our children, businesses, and governments everywhere can learn and thrive from a positive mark on the world. Expect entrepreneurs that see more value in social good, that fix the world and make money.

14:30 – 14:50

Harnessing Solar Energy

Roebyem Anders

14:55 – 15:15

Software Engineering for Kids


15:20 – 15:40

Sustainable Mobile Phones from AMS

Tessa Wernink

15:45 – 16:05

Tea Break

Topic 4: Futurism

What the future holds is of great value and mystery; what will happen and how fast, or if it happens at all. Every invention is validated by time, and the beauty lies in discussing that. Our 3 speakers in this topic explore developments which are either the future or are their ahead of their time in a great way. No flying cars, expect bio-hacking, new interfaces and everything being connected (and able to be hacked).

16:10 – 16:30

IOT or How to Prevent an ‘Internet of Shit’

Jan Jongboom

16:35 – 16:55

Personal Data Trading

Mitzi Laszlo

17:00 – 17:15

The Analog Future Experiment

Victor van Doorn

Closing act

Leave all together, or not?

17:15 - 17:30



17:35 – 17:45

Round up

Party time

If you've been to our BBQs you know we like to party.

18:00 - 21:00

Official afterparty (food available)

Spaces, Vijzelstraat 68

21:00 - Late

Un-official after-afterparty

Ask Paddy