Billed as “the largest festival of the digital scene in Europe”, Berlin Web Week brings together several thousands of international guests to the German capital each year.
The week-long festival featured a host of events, meet-ups, trade shows and hackathons focusing on the topics of Internet, digital industries, technology and media.
The visitor count was expected to be about 15,000 this year – and it definitely felt like it with lanyard-wearing attendees appearing in all corners of Berlin.
Also in town? Actor and singer David Hasselhoff who delivered a speech on (digital) freedom and remains inextricably linked to the fall of the Berlin wall in the mind of the public.
Here’s a taste of the festivities of Berlin Web Week 2014:
The calmness permeating STATION Berlin at the pre-registration for Re:publica, held one day before the conference was to begin.
An interactive installation at Re:publica complemented this year’s motto: Into the Wild, which questioned whether we need to turn to more unpredictable, unexpected and irrational solutions in the realm of business, politics and tech as the Internet develops.
Nicaraguan-born social and human rights activist, and former actress, Bianca Jagger spoke with fervour about new technologies and forms of protest associated with the current state of human rights.
If anyone knows how to bring in throngs of people, it’s David Hasselhoff. The actor and singer, who was scheduled to deliver a keynote on digital freedom alongside F-Secure executive Mikko Hyppönen, treated the audience to an impromptu performance of “Looking for Freedom”.
Between workshops at Media Convention Berlin, a two-day media-focused event that took place in the same venue as Re:publica.
Attendees lounged on the deck area at Heureka, a one-day startup conference held at Alte Münze.
Vertical Media web developer Chih-Han Ku working the workshop area at Heureka, which featured sessions on going global, keeping your community happy and preparing for technical due diligence, among others.
Metrigo founder Philipp Westermeyer and Gründerszene editor Niklas Wirminghaus took the stage to discuss ‘How to find the right idea’.