An event for tech-students and fresh graduates

If you are a fresh graduate or a near-graduate from a tech-related field (such as computer science, artificial intelligence or mathematics) with a passion for statistics or data analytics, then you could be eligible to apply to Next Gen. If selected, you get the unique opportunity to meet senior software engineers and designers, connect with fellow tech students, expand your network and take the first step towards your career in the tech sector, all for €35.

A special programme that includes visits to tech giants and access to eWeek

eWeek is one of the largest and most popular festivals for online business, media, marketing and technology. Last year, eWeek hosted 25.000 visitors, over 45 events, 80 companies and 480 prominent speakers. Next Gen will run alongside eWeek 2017, and is a tailormade programme that will allow 200 ambitious international tech students access to an event that usually caters to established companies and the tech elite. For €35, Next Gen and the City of Amsterdam will make it possible for students and talent from around Europe to attend an event that would otherwise cost them €900.

Next Gen is a full programme, and includes a city tour and talk sessions. Invitees will have the opportunity to visit tech companies that are headquartered in Amsterdam, including the likes of, Mollie Payment and IBM Watson. The company CTO’s and lead engineers will share insights and discuss their latest and most challenging projects. Speakers for Next Gen will include Galit Ariel (creative and strategic thinker), Steve Gooder (head of digital technology at Virgin Trains), Nils Wollny (head of digital business strategy & customer experience at Audi) and representatives from top tech companies like Google.

Criteria and application process

Applications will be assessed on individual merit, but ideal applicants will be university students in their last two years of study, or fresh graduates no more than 12 months into their career. Areas of study can include everything from computer science, AI and machine learning, to digital design and mathematics. The application form can be found on Please note that the invitation does not include travel or accommodations, which you will have to arrange for yourself.