The Next Web Europe Conference 2016 is scaling up from a two-day conference into a week-long, festival-style event. The conference, covering topics such as the future of technology, marketing, innovation, and imagination, will be held in Amsterdam from 24 – 28 May, 2016.

Amsterdam’s growing startup and technology scene

The rising international prominence of Amsterdam’s startup and technology scene makes the rapid expansion of The Next Web an obvious choice. The festival will highlight the growing potential of Amsterdam and the Netherlands as one of Europe’s top breeding grounds for startups and technology talent.

About 20,000 of the world's top technology leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs have been invited. Tickets will also be available to the general public. The event will include more than 10 stages, 500 exhibitor pavilions, and a music festival, as well as multiple ‘fringe’ events and masterclasses.

The Next Web will also join forces with both StartupDelta and Startup Amsterdam to organise a variety of startup and tech-related events during the same week. These will take place in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands.

The Dutch startup footprint is growing fast

As Neelie Kroes, former EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and currently Startup Envoy to StartupDelta, told The Next Web, “The Dutch startup footprint is growing fast, and we’re taking huge steps to become Europe’s front-runner in startup ecosystems.”

Likewise, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder & CEO of The Next Web, said: “The success behind next year’s event will be scaling the personal, intimate approach that we’re known for, so that every industry can experience it and engage with one another, strike partnerships across sectors, and in turn increase their rates of innovation.”