Amsterdam – a prime festival location 

Amsterdam can look forward to another new technology event: the Nerderlands festival will take place from 15-21 August 2016. The event combines fun and technology for engineers, developers and designers from around the world.

Nerderlands is organised by Amsterdam’s leading tech communities, together with local startups and international companies. This inaugural edition is a co-production of Appsterdam and StartupAmsterdam, a public-private action programme that aims at accelerating Amsterdam’s status as startup city.

Nerderlands aims to create a relaxed environment for people to mingle and meet. It is an open-source concept, meaning that all Amsterdam-based tech communities are invited to add their event to the schedule.

Workshops, meetups and BBQ

The festival combines the small scale of an intimate gathering with the scope offered by the many events that together form the larger festival, said Mike Lee of Appsterdam. Events of all sizes take place at venues throughout the city and are designed to let tech professionals meet, exchange ideas and have fun. Nerderlands offers a very wide range of gatherings such as meetups, workshops and masterclasses. Groups that are participating include the Amsterdam Maker Festival and many others; events include a look behind Uber’s software architecture and a lecture about flying robots by Eddie Codel, the founder of the Flying Robot International Film Festival. There will also be a workshop on data-driven storytelling, where 25 techies and 25 journalists will team up for a data visualisation challenge. And with the summer still in full swing, the festival will offer many barbecues. The Big Android BBQ, for example, is a multi-day conference for Android developers, held at the Casa 400 hotel and conference centre in Amsterdam.