Amsterdam: a tech scene like no other

You’ve heard all about Amsterdam’s tech ecosystem and their smart tech solutions and innovations. And tech talent is in demand. So many global tech giants have a presence in Amsterdam. But it’s not just about the massive corporates, a host of top scale-ups have also made their start in Amsterdam. Adyen, Picnic, – ring any bells?

Thanks to the city’s top-notch startup and tech ecosystem, impressive new startups are constantly popping up in the city. It’s no wonder that more than 80 Dutch startups and scale-ups have made it onto Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA list. Simply put: thanks to its successful cocktail of great businesses, people, culture and infrastructure, Amsterdam is a great fit for any tech professional.  

Leading tech developments and faster broadband

Amsterdam’s digital infrastructure – boasting some of the fastest broadband speeds on the planet – arms engineers, developers and coders with the tools they need to get the job done. The city is already home to one of the world’s largest data transport hubs (AMS-IX). runs the AMS1 data centre, an industry leader in green initiatives that aims to reduce power consumption and use as much renewable energy as possible, and Equinix is behind the state-of-the-art AM4 data centre at the Amsterdam Science Park.

The Science Park is a hotbed for technological development. The University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science and the Netherlands eScience Center are collaborating at the park to define what’s next for data analytics, life sciences, data visualisation, image recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence. And the park’s Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) is set to change the world as we know it, thanks to some truly ground-breaking nanotechnology research.

Countless other disruptive tech companies are based in Amsterdam Science Park and its Startup Village, with new breakthroughs happening every day.

Tech events galore

One of the best parts about Amsterdam’s tech scene is how open and collaborative it is. Networking is a breeze in Amsterdam and its surrounding areas, and the region’s close-knit community means you’re never too far away from another tech expert to bounce ideas off of. The city’s list of high-quality tech conferences, events, hackathons and tech academies is insane, and that list is growing longer all the time. One of the highlights of the city’s conference calendar is the TNW Conference, which gathers 15,000 tech experts to discuss future web trends and meet the world’s leading innovators in technology and design.

Accessibility and the best work-life balance

Of course, there’s much more to the Dutch capital than its awesome tech scene. Amsterdam is one of the most liveable cities in the world. According to the most recent OECD Better Life Index, Dutch residents enjoy the world’s best work-life balance. On top of those incredible tech events we mentioned, the cultural agenda in the city is remarkable. From the best festivals and nights out to inspiring exhibitions and concerts, there’s no shortage of things to do in your spare time.

Getting around Amsterdam couldn’t be easier. Everything in the city is never more than a short bike or tram ride away, and let’s not forget about the nearby cities of Haarlem and Zaandam. If you can manage to tear yourself away from Amsterdam and the surrounding area, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol provides services to 327 destinations by more than 100 different airlines. 

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