Founded and hosted in Amsterdam, The Next Web Conference
is one of the leading events for online businesses and forward thinkers looking to discover the latest innovations in the online world. More than 3,500 inquisitive minds gather in Amsterdam annually to discuss future web trends, learn about best business practices and meet the world's leading innovators in technology and design.
This year’s anniversary edition kicked off with a speech from former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes, who took up a new role as Special Startup Envoy of the Netherlands earlier this year. Kroes is also regarded one of the world’s top antitrust regulators. Together with another speaker at the event, Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels, she received a lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her impact on the technology landscape over the last decade. The award was presented by The Next Web co-founder and CEO, Boris Veldhuijzen
van Zanten, and Kajsa Ollongren, the deputy mayor of Amsterdam.
Meeting the hottest startups
Since its inception in Amsterdam in 2006, The Next Web Conference has grown into an internationally recognised brand. The annual conference now also has an international edition in the USA. The line-up of speakers in Amsterdam this year was impressive as usual, featuring more than 60 international speakers. The participants could also get to know the hottest startups of the moment, such as Fairfone and Takeaway.com.