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No summer in the European tech ecosystem would be complete without Tech Open Air, or TOA. This year, the technology festival is held in Berlin on July 2–5, expecting 20.000 attendees from all over the world to gather on the bank of the Spree river for inspiring talks and meaningful networking.

In addition to the conference programming and parties, TOA is again organising the highly-curated Open Circle, an intimate programme of events for speakers, thought leaders, founders, and CxO-level managers of both startups and corporates.

“While Tech Open Air is and always will be an open platform, the demand amongst the TOA guests for a smaller and more exclusive circle has risen over the past years,” said TOA founder Niko Woischnik. For that reason, we initiated the Open Circle in 2016.”

This year will mark the fourth edition of Open Circle, which is chaired by Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner for the second year in a row.

“The technological revolution is in full swing and Berlin has everything it takes to become an important hub in this field,” said Döpfner. “A crucial factor for this is an excellent global network. Here, at Axel Springer, we want to contribute to TOA and aim to build bridges with our international network.”

In a nutshell, Open Circle is an application-only event series that includes 10+ bespoke events like private dinners, parties, and secret performances. The Open Circle tickets, which retail for €1,750 provided your application is approved, also grant access to the TOA Speakers Lounge at the Funkhaus; all TOA19 speakers will be part of Open Circle. Some of the partners of this year’s Open Circle are Universal Music, Daimler EQ, and the Berlin Senate for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

After last year’s spectacular event in the shell of the new Axel Springer headquarters, designed by the famed architect Rem Koolhaas, this year Open Circle will host the Axel Springer Landmark Dinner at the historical Journalisten Club, founded in the second half of the 19th century to provide a common forum for Berlin writers, publicists, and journalists. In turn, the Female Changemakers Dinner will be hosted at a beautiful location directly on the Spree.

To secure your ticket to this year’s Open Circle, fill in the application form today and enjoy the unparalleled experience in Berlin.