Full schedule of events

Though we're still in the midst of the summer, Amsterdam is already gearing up for a slew of exciting business events in the autumn – many of them specifically aimed at startups.

From 14 - 19 September, for example, Amsterdam will again welcome the IBC, the world’s leading media and entertainment technology show. An exciting new addition to IBC this year is the Startup Forum, which will connect startups and scale-ups with investors and media companies that are looking for innovative, high-quality solutions.

Later that month, from 25 - 29 September, Amsterdam will be hosting the second edition of Amsterdam Capital Week, featuring more than 25 events and 500 investors. Its highlight, on 27 September, is the CapitalFest 2017, during which a “league of extraordinary entrepreneurs” will descend on Amsterdam. Last year's inaugural edition featured tech luminaries such as Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt, and Travis Kalanick, so the 2017 edition will be one to watch.

Late September will also see the solar energy industry convening in Amsterdam for a number of events. The EU PVSEC has long been the world's largest international conference for photovoltaic research, technologies and applications, and it will take place again this year at RAI Amsterdam, from 25 - 29 September. Embedded within the main EU PVSEC conference is a special event known as the Solar Industry Forum, to be held on 26 - 27 September. This two-day forum is aimed at key stakeholders in the photovoltaic industry, and offers a mix of presentations and roundtable discussions with leading European and global speakers.

New conferences in October and November

A newcomer to the Amsterdam conference world is the International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval. After previous editions in Hungary, the UK, Italy, Denmark and the United States, the ICTIR chose Amsterdam’s Hotel Casa 400 for its 2017 edition, which will take place from 1 - 4 October. The conference presents the latest research on information retrieval, with a special emphasis on deep learning.

And from 3 - 6 October, the city will again play host to Amsterdam E-Week, an international festival for online business, media, marketing and technology. This year’s edition will host over 40 events, focusing on sectors such as travel, branding, retail, bitcoin, e-commerce and 3D printing. At around the same time (3 - 5 October), more than 10,000 delegates will gather at RAI Amsterdam for the European Utility Week, a massive meeting of executives, regulators, policymakers and other professionals from the leading European utilities and grid operators.

The following week, from 10 - 14 October, another newcomer to Amsterdam will be Placemaking Week, which is all about the planning, design and management of public spaces. This year, the international gathering will consist of four days of events and workshops throughout the city, including tours to nearby cities. 

That same week will see the World Summit AI taking place in Amsterdam’s spectacular Gashouder building, from 11 - 12 October. About 2,000 attendees from the world of artificial intelligence will gather for two days of knowledge-sharing and networking, while at the same time sparking new partnerships, investment projects and tech collaborations. The event will feature more than 120 speakers from companies such as Facebook, IBM, Amazon, Alibaba, Google and Apple – as well as the world’s leading AI research institutes.

At the end of that month, a brand-new conference will launch at the RAI Amsterdam. Amsterdam Security (from 31 October - 2 November) focuses on the companies, organisations and public entities engaged in security solutions. Specific security issues to be addressed will include airports, retail, supply chains and public safety.

November will also see the second edition of the Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference, which will bring the world's leading produce and flower communities to the very heart of the agrifood industry: Amsterdam. The event, which will be held from 15 - 17 November at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, will give attendees the opportunity to explore the world’s premier import-export hub and to network with key industry stakeholders.