Sharing and learning in Amsterdam

Meetups and hackathons can provide invaluable opportunities to meet people in your local community who share your interests, learn something new and network, network, network. Amsterdam really does have a huge variety of events to choose from, but here’s our top five meetups and hackathons you really shouldn’t miss this autumn.

Holland FinTech Meetup, 14 September

Holland Fintech meetup Amsterdam

The Holland FinTech Meetup brings together a broad group of influential names from the Dutch and international Fintech ecosystem. Here you can get an update on the latest tech developments, inspiring startups and innovative projects and insights from industry experts. And of course – or perhaps more importantly – you’ll have plenty of time to drink and meet other attendees during the networking session. If you’re looking for exposure, new customers, investors, team members or cool startups, you’ll definitely find them here.

We, the Creators, 20 September

We the creators Amsterdam

In celebration of WeWork's Creator Awards, the coworking space provider is hosting a series of events highlighting entrepreneurs and artists from the worlds of food, fashion, music and more, sharing their challenges, successes and talking about the road ahead. The half-day We, the Creators event features a panel discussion followed by a Q&A with luminaries from various business sectors. Who's on the panel, you ask? Damien Poelhekke, managing director of MADE.COM and Will Morley, co-founder & CTO of Conservation Guide. Get ready for a motivating morning of conversation, inspiration and networking.

Holochain Hackathon – Amsterdam, 21 September

If you’re interested in building decentralised applications, the Holochain Hackathon in Amsterdam is the perfect place to expand your repertoire or even get started in the scene. Holochain is a post-blockchain protocol for storing data in a completely peer-2-peer network and co-founder Arthur Brock and more members of the Holochain team will be on hand for this three-day workshop – day one is open to the public and free but tickets are required for the rest of the weekend. Bring along your distributed app ideas and let the experts guide you through the Holochain framework.

Global Goals Jam Amsterdam 2018, 21-23 September

Global Goals Jam Amsterdam

Do you have a passion for solving social challenges to improve lives? If yes, then this one’s for you. The third edition of Amsterdam’s Global Goals Jam sees local innovators and creatives joining teams around the world to design actionable interventions towards achieving fixed goals. This three-day hackathon consists of short design sprints in which creative multidisciplinary teams will work together on local challenges, using a tailored design method toolkit provided by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences’ Digital Society School. All teams will create interventions aimed at short-term targets in support of the programme’s long-term sustainable development goals. The best ideas will be featured at a design conference in New York.

Booking Cares Lab Amsterdam, 9-11 October

Vondelpark Amsterdam

An initiative of Booking.com in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Marketing, the Booking Cares Lab Amsterdam is a three-day regional innovation challenge where startups, non-profit changemakers and local institutions come together to explore the unique opportunities related to urban and responsible tourism in Amsterdam. Interested teams of innovators can apply (representing a startup, a non-profit organisation or a research institution) to tackle the themes of ‘Tourism Dispersal’, ‘Inclusive Growth’ and ‘Behavioural Awareness’. The programme will culminate in the teams pitching their plans to an expert jury in order to win grants of between €10,000 and €25,000.

Code to Change Digital Skills Conference, 12 October

The Code to Change Digital Skills event marks its third anniversary in Amsterdam this autumn. All about learning new skills and growing your professional network, this meetup brings together industry experts who’ll share their stories and experiences with those starting or developing their careers in the tech sector. You’ll walk away feeling inspired and up to speed with the digital transformation taking place in today’s world.

Holland FinTech & Rehive: Blockchain & Fintech Hackathon, 27 & 28 October

All developers, entrepreneurs and designers are invited to unleash and build new solutions related to fintech and blockchain (using the Rehive Platform) in just 24 hours. The Holland FinTech & Rehive hackathon is an all-night affair and if you dare to keep hacking, you could walk away with €3,000 in prize money. But primarily you get to innovate with other passionate developers and creatives, and make new connections within a curated community of passionate developers around the world.

Let’s talk React: Girl Code at adidas, 31 October

Girl Code Amsterdam

Established in 2015, Girl Code hosts regular talks and workshops across the Netherlands to inspire women to get into coding and raise awareness of the gender gap in technology. Let’s talk React: Girl Code at adidas centres around React, a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. Whether you use React every day or want to learn more about it, this meetup aims to answer all your burning questions, such as why choose React to build your apps, why choose it above other frameworks, and how and what are others developing with it? Molly Boyle, software engineer at adidas, discusses why adidas is redoing their ecommerce site using React, and her findings while doing so.