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Announcing BubbleConf 2013 date and venue!

By Ninh Bui on May 16th, 2013

BubbleConf: One day of ideas and action with the most vocal minds from tech, design, UX and business.

On october 12th 2012, we had the pleasure of co-organizing BubbleConf with our friends from Nedap and Teixido: the very first conference in Amsterdam aimed at designers, developers and entrepreneurs that was actually affordable for (bootstrapped) startups to attend[1]. We were blown away by the positive reception for our very first conference: 400 people put their trust in us in delivering an unforgettable day full of ideas and inspiration to apply to their own worklife. After reviewing the post conference survey, we were super excited to see so many people demanding a 2013 edition.

So without further ado, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be doing a 2013 edition on September 27th 2013 so be sure to save the date! It will be held in Amsterdam once more, but we’ll be switching venues this time around to keep things exciting and fresh. The Tuschinski Theater had already set the bar quite high as we had been able to infer from our post conference survey so it took a while for us to find a venue that was at least as awesome. With the Beurs van Berlage, we think we have found just that:

© Beurs van Berlage Yakult Zaal

© Beurs van Berlage “Glazen Zaal”

The Beurs van Berlage will allow us to implement a few ideas we were unable to implement in our first edition due to time and space constraints. We look forward to sharing these ideas with you over the next couple of months leading up to BubbleConf! Many of these ideas align with what you’ve requested during last year’s survey, e.g. more opportunities to (better) meet up with one another and possibly showing each other their projects. Without saying too much just yet, please keep an eye out on our blog, twitter and newsletter to stay up to date about these developments.

© Beurs van Berlage terrace

© Beurs van Berlage cafe

Like last year, BubbleConf 2013 will be organized by Phusion and Nedap, and the design will be taken care of by Teixido. As for speakers, we’re once again working on securing some of the best in the business. We can already tell you that designers will be in for a huge treat. One might even say that this bubbleconf should be named bubbbleconf (typo intended ;-)).

We started BubbleConf early this year by setting up a teaser site where people are able to purchase early believer tickets: these tickets are offered at a huge discount to people who were adventurous enough to buy them upfront without any beforehand knowledge of the date and location. We were super excited to see the first few tickets already sold this way, and want to thank these folks in particular for putting their blind-trust in us.

Now that the venue and date are known, the early believer discount is no longer applicable. The early bird discount however is still applicable so be sure to get your tickets asap to enjoy this discount.

Oh and one more thing: even though this is not yet set in stone, we’re working with Martijn Stegeman from the University of Amsterdam to see if we can make this into a two day event! More specifically, we’re working with him to see if we can kick off BubbleConf with an unconference on September 26th 2013. Details regarding tickets to this unconference will be made available in the near future.

The App University will bring together BubbleConf attendees as well as students who want to learn and teach more about programming, design or entrepreneurship. It will be targeted towards novices, intermediates and experts: we’re working hard on making it as accessible as possible to a broad range of people. So if you want to learn, or teach, keep an eye out for this one.

Well, that wraps it up for this week’s update. Be sure to keep an eye out for our blog, twitter and newsletter to stay in the loop!

[1] This is only possible due to the fact that we are personally sponsoring this conference for now. Like last year, all tickets are sold below cost price. Who knew that there are actually valid reasons as to why tickets are usually as expensive as they are?! Anyway, we’ll hope to get enough sponsors one day to cover the costs but at this time, we’re just super excited to have you over and contributing to the startup cause!

P.S. Interested in sponsoring this event? Please feel encouraged to contact us at! We’d love to talk!