TNW Conference 2018

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All #TNW2018 talks are now podcasts for your aural pleasure

TNW is notoriously a treat for the eyes. Our mad Photoshop skillz are world class – but now we want to treat you… orally.<p>We’re obviously referring to podcasts. In case you haven’t heard, we host an annual TNW Conference in Amsterdam. After this year’s roaring success, it dawned on us that some …

Cats on Mars: The future of art at TNW2018

Creativity has propelled technology further, and vice versa. As we develop game-changing tools to build and create, how will society transform with it? At the Creative Commons track at TNW2018, artists discussed just that.<p>We’ve highlighted the key takeaways:<p>Diana Wehmeier, CEO of PLASMA …

The future of sports at TNW2018: Drone racing, Gattaca, and more

Technology has a great impact on how we consume and interact with sports. Something as simple as a video assistant referee has already altered the FIFA World Cup — so what can we expect for the future?<p>At TNW Conference’s Offside track, we discussed the changes occurring with sports and technology. …

The psychology of DJing and the future of music at TNW2018

Some claim that we’re in the ‘golden age’ of music, with more accessibility than ever before. But what happens next? With technology like blockchain creeping into the picture, how do we ensure that we stay golden?<p>At the Music Summit track at TNW Conference, our lineup of musicians shared their take …

Inside Reddit's new website and AI: Design tech trends from TNW2018

The future of design is uncertain, with technology gradually blurring the lines of ownership and creativity. So how do we look ahead? At the Design Thinkers track at TNW Conference, designers from all fields shared their experiences and visions for the future.<p>We’ve highlighted the key …

Tech CEOs share their secrets at TNW2018: China, design thinking, and more

Top CEOs from top companies came to TNW Conference last month, to share their secrets to success. From the Chinese market to design thinking, we’ve highlighted the biggest takeaways from The Boardroom track.<p>Let’s dive right in with a summary:<p>Ray Chan, CEO of 9GAG<p>“The Chinese market is like teenage …

TNW2018 was off the (block)chain: Cats, free money, and more

Apparently, blockchain is kind of a big deal. Who knew? We did, and that’s why we had our cryptocurrency-dedicated Hard Fork track at TNW Conference. Blockchain experts shared their visions of the future, their advice for beginners, and even gave away free money.<p>In case you missed it, here’s a …

Cryptocurrency

How 250 volunteers helped make TNW2018 memorable for 15,000 attendees

Attending a large conference is undoubtedly awesome. When you walk inside for the first time, you marvel at how it all came together. TNW Conference 2018 was no different. It’s grown from a 200 attendee event to one of the largest tech festivals in Europe — it attracted 15,000 visitors each day …

The top trends of ecommerce from TNW2018: AR, China, and more

Ecommerce giants like Alibaba are finding new ways to reinvent the online shopping experience. Where does that leave brick-and-mortar stores — will they adapt or die?<p>At TNW Conference’s Marketplace track, we heard from ecommerce experts to see what lies in <i>store</i>… It looks like we’re going to see a …

eCommerce

The most exciting VR trends from TNW2018: Sexy headsets, The Mesh, and more

Virtual reality and augmented reality are hot topics right now. As we start to see the lines blur between real and virtual worlds, the possibilities become endless. But what will we see next? How big of a role will it play in our lives in the next 50 years?<p>At the Mixed Realities track at TNW …

The biggest AI takeaways from TNW2018

Artificial intelligence is the next frontier, and whether you’re worried about your job or excited about the opportunities, there are questions that need to be answered. At the Machine:Learners track at TNW Conference last month, leading experts did just that, by sharing their thoughts on the …

Artificial Intelligence

Why 'billionaire' needs to be redefined, according to Jason Silva

Tech experts from MIT, Headspace, Stripe, and more, came to TNW Conference to tell us about how we can harness technology to benefit future generations. So, how do we ensure that what lies ahead is bright?<p>This took place at the Future Generations track at TNW2018. Did you miss it? Don’t you worry — …

Masters Degree

Our favorite talks from TNW Conference 2018, listed

TNW Conference 2018 has come and gone and only the glorious memories of brilliant speakers and inspiring talks remain – unless you weren’t there. In that case, we’ve got you too. Those glorious memories and inspiring talks have been immortalized in video and text for perusal at your (b)leisure. …

The Future

How space tech could solve sustainability problems here on Earth

The United Nation’s sustainability development goals can be met with the help of technology developed for outer space. This is what Danielle Wood, founder of Space Enabled at MIT Media Lab, explained at TNW Conference last week. Speaking about her work, she said: “We ask how tech from space …

Space

TNW Conference attendees share the buzzwords they hate to use

Working in any aspect of the tech means you probably come across a buzzwords all the time. ‘Crypto,’ ‘millenials,’ ‘unicorn,’ and other such words are part of regular industry lingo – words we sometime grow to embrace, but often just make us cringe.<p>It’s no surprise that buzzwords get thrown around …

Artificial Intelligence

TNW2018 attendees tell us which technology will be our downfall

We met some truly awesome people last week at TNW Conference. The whole point was to learn about the future of tech, and so we wanted to ask some attendees which technology would be our downfall and our savior. Some of their answers were wonderfully existentialist:<p>Thomas Neau<p>“Tech is tools. I don’t …

This VR project shows us how animals see the world

London-based design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast is using VR to let us reconnect with nature. With headsets, you can see a forest through the eyes of different animals and experience the sensations they feel. Creative Director Ersinhan Ersin took the stage at TNW Conference last week to show us …

Lake District

We asked people to draw 'cyber crime' and we're worried about them

Most people have a rough idea of what cyber crime is. It’d be hard not to, as the clue is in the name: a sort of criminal activity in the, uh, cyber world.<p>Despite this, I’ve always had a feeling that people don’t really <i>know</i> what cyber crime is. And, on reflection, the only way to prove this was to …

Cybercrime

TNW Conference attendees tell us what tech they want to see next

As amazing as all of our existing tech is, some of the best is yet to come. We asked five TNW 2018 attendees to tell us which currently unavailable tech, app, or invention they wish for. Not surprisingly, some of the demands were pretty steep:<p>“Teleportation.” Marie Bue. Startup evangelist, Zalando …

Google Assistant

Attendees share their favorite moments from TNW Conference 2018

As the second and final day of TNW Conference comes to an end, we’re already looking back at the highlights of the festival. Attendees have networked and mingled to their heart’s content, and they’ve also watched some amazing speakers on stage. Before they all head off to the afterparty and become …

How to build a brand with purpose, according to 5 entrepreneurs who just won big money doing so

It’s no longer good enough to be in business for yourself alone — if it ever was in the first place.<p>Corporate social responsibility is more important than it’s ever been, and consumers — especially younger consumers— are much more cognizant of a corporation’s purpose than they’ve ever been. But …

Entrepreneurship

Game design holds the key to making humans care about AI

While speaking at today’s TNW conference, Dr. Mitu Khandaker put forth the idea that one potential avenue in the evolution of AI isn’t in engineering or machine learning, but in game design.<p>Dr. Khandaker, creative partnerships director with Spirit AI and an assistant professor at the NYU Game …

We asked people to draw 'AI,' and it got weird

The Next Web Conference is a wonderful time of year. The technology event finds some of the world’s sharpest minds traveling to Amsterdam to hear from all manner of experts.<p>We took to the streets to ask attendees to try and draw some of the hottest topics in tech. First up? AI.<p>Let’s see if we had …

AI is a threat to humanity, depending on how you define it

AI is a threat to humanity. It’s the great nightmare on the horizon. It’s the spectre that looms, promising to destroy humanity in a puff of thermonuclear smoke. It’s the Terminator. It’s the Borg.<p>But is it? On stage at TNW 2018, philosopher Alix Rubsaam looked at the purported existential threat …

Existentialism

TNW asks: What's your worst career-related fuck up?

As day two of TNW Conference begins to wind down, the editorial team took it upon itself to badger some (un)lucky event attendees. We wanted to talk about the types of things everyone experiences, but few want to relive. Today we asked the TNW faithful about their worst career-related fuck-ups… and …

High School

Fake news could ruin social media, but there's still hope

“Let’s try and have a conversation about fake news and disinformation campaigns without mentioning Donald Trump,” Camille Francois, director of research and analysis at Graphika, told the audience of her talk at TNW Conference today.<p>Although it might be tempting to bring up the Twitter-loving …

Social Media

Here's why Google employees meditate before and after meetings

“There’s so much to do, and so little time,” says Connor Swenson, from the Partnerships team at Google for Entrepreneurs, as he explains how time is finite. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it in the office, except work more productively. As he tells the audience at TNW Conference: “I don’t …

Time Management

Reddit co-founder reveals the sneaky design trick it decided to abandon

How do you redesign a site with 350 million monthly active users, 300 million comments a day, and a user base known to get a little rowdy when things go wrong? This is exactly the sort of challenge Reddit’s CTO and Co-Founder Chris Slowe has been tackling over the past year.<p>In a talk at TNW …

How free higher education can drive global innovation and diversity

Speaking on the second day of TNW’s 2018 conference, Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun lived up to her title of provocateur by proposing a radical idea: higher education should be free for all, and the fact that it isn’t is having a negative impact on culture as a whole by stifling innovation and diversity.<p>When …

Higher Education

Mattress company Emma is fastest-growing startup in Europe

For the fifth year in a row Adyen and TNW teamed up to find the fastest growing companies in Europe’s six hottest startup ecosystems: the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden. The winner, mattress business Emma (Germany), was announced tonight at TNW Conference …