An invitation from the organizers

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Calling all digital doers, tech leaders, thinkers and movement builders. We are gathering in September to get our dear internet back on track

It is the pressing question of our time: How should technology impact our humanity?

Without a doubt, the marvels of tech are breathtaking: Connecting humans around the world,  improving the quality of life for millions, stretching the limits of our human capabilities.

The world of tech began like playtime, naive, fearless, and with no limits or regrets. That is why so many of us found it interesting to work with, and why it has changed so dramatically for all of us.

The tech innovations that grew up in garages and basements are now among the most powerful companies in the world. And they have become the most trusted tools to guide our lives. Our children’s reality is fundamentally changed by what we have created.

The ‘tech-tonic plates’ are moving quickly these years, rewiring our understanding of how we as societies must adjust, shape and lead in a world, where tech is all powerful. This means time for new thinking and new leadership in tech. And it most certainly means a time where all decisions matter. Tech matters. We matter.

The mission of Techfestival is to return to the human era of technology. And begin the societal era of the internet. With this festival, we create the space to strike a new balance between the individual and the collective. A place to reinvent our democratic and societal systems on the internet. A place to explore the impact our decisions will have on society years from now.

Techfestival is ready to serve – are you with us?
With this mission at hand, we now call on all the doers, tech leaders, thinkers and movement builders from startups, tech industries, academia, media, public government, cities, arts and beyond. The pioneering work we have in front of us require a collaborative effort. It is paramount that we all crawl out of our silos and start exploring interdisciplinarity together. Technology is too important to be left solely to technologists. Just as society is too important to be left only to politicians.

No hype! An invitation towards real talk and tech leadership
Come to Copenhagen and be part of a truly participatory festival, where we explore technological progress.

This year, we’ll drive 200+ workshop, conversations and deep-dive sessions exploring new pathways in: Democracy, Open data, Applied AI, Cybersecurity, Transparency, Decentralisation, IoT, Sustainability, HomeTech, Food, Kids, Health, Voice, LoveTech, Death, Mobility, Co-working, Design, Marketing, UX, New Media, VR, Gaming, Podcasts, Music, Streaming, Digital Manufacturing, DIY, Maker, Investments, Bootstrapping, Sharing Economy, Crowdfunding,  and much, much more.

And our think tank ‘150’ will convene once again, continuing the thought-leadership it has been driving forth with Copenhagen Letter and Copenhagen Catalog, and guide us in a new direction in tech.

Forget your standard pitch and leave your roll-ups behind. You are here to learn, explore and prototype new models. This is an unbranded, no hype environment dedicated to the hard questions, new bold projects, tangible use cases, real tech inventions and ‘vague but interesting ideas’.

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen, September 5-7.

Thomas Madsen Mygdal and Marie Louise Gørvild  
Techfestival Organizers

April 4, 2019

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