How to dance battle your way into The Next Web
Listening to inspiring speakers from SnapChat and Amazon, competing in cool hackaton battles and partying with likeminded people from the tech world for two days straight. Sounds awesome, right? Some lucky birds can even call it work! I am talking about our good friend Kien Nguyen. Kien is the 29-year old co-founder of FONK and solution designer at ABN Amro. This guy was lucky enough to visit The Next Web conference in Amsterdam where he could experience all the joys mentioned earlier. Since he’s not the worst person in the world (and we’ve basically instructed him to) he’s sharing his coolest experiences of The Next Web with all you #careerlions!
What is the The Next Web conference and for €595 a ticket, what do you get?
KN: “It’s a tech festival where techies from all places of the world gather. One can attend keynotes from interesting speakers. Former speakers are Tim Ferriss, Ryan Leslie, Gary Vaynerchuk, Kevin Rose, Caey Neistat and that guy you guys like so much that liked your Instagram post (Kien is referring to Ryan Holiday here, we’re huge fans and were over the moon when he liked our posts on Instagram. The fangirling was real). There are a lot of interesting speakers on a very wide selection of subjects that are related to the tech world. This year, my personal favourite was Nir Eyal, the author of How to build habit-forming products. In addition to the keynotes I was also participating in the Sensor Hackathon. However, the true added value of the event is that one gets the opportunity to meet and build relationships with the coolest people in the tech industry.”
What was it like competing in the hackaton battle?
KN: “The hackathon of the TNW is especially interesting because you'll might get into a team with employees from other startups and big companies. The energy is great, because everyone who participates is there to have fun and share their passion for tech. The hackathon should get more attention if you ask me. This year, my team was developing a web application that has game elements, which can be played using a fidget spinner and fidget cube. I know it's silly, but who cares it's funny ;).”
Now, what we’ve been dying to ask you: How were the parties?
KN: “A funny thing happened here last year. My brother Gia was dancing and having fun. At one point, he was battling with this guy and everyone gathered around them. Little did he know he was having a dance battle against TNW’s CEO, no wonder that grabbed everyone’s attention. This year, he seemed to be battling with Bynder employees, resulting in us getting invited to their after party. And what a party that was. Beach theme, models, and sunscreen. It can best be described as one of those big Silicon Valley parties of a start-up that makes big money. I just hope that in contrast with what happens in the Silicon Valley series, they won’t have burned all their money in the next year. Nonetheless, it was epic. I went to a party that was thrown by Bynder. They went all out with their beach theme, including models that would put on sunscreen on all the party people.”
And now you know! We hope you enjoyed reading on some insiders’ experiences of The Next Web conference, we sure did! Now we’re curious about you, were you there at TNW or do you plan on going May 2018? Let us know in the comments below.