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Tech Open Air (TOA), an interdisciplinary technology festival that creates a vibrant backdrop for lively tech conversation, is the first of its kind across Europe—finding roots in Berlin’s pivotal “Silicon Valley.” 120 “unconference” speakers and 140 satellite events span July 15, 16, and 17, all over the city. The speakers (ranging from entrepreneurs to musicians to artists to scientists) appear on outdoors stages to discuss how technology transforms their professional realm in creative and tactile ways, thus generating an interactive and inspirational environment for the 4,000 plus attendees.

The likes of Soundcloud, Axel Springer, and TechCrunch host these 140 completely free and public Satellite events. According to Tech Open Air founder Nikolas Woischnik, this year combines diverse technological platforms in incredible ways: “We’ll have Max Planck robotics researchers who rescue victims of natural disasters and an online yoga platform founder sharing the same stage.” Just another Berlin day, no?

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Further, Tech Open Air offers Shazam founder Chris Barton, Dirk Alhborn, the man bringing Elon Musk’s futuristic transportation Hyperloop to life, and countless others, including two of Forbes tech-minded 30 under 30.

Here are a few of the completely FREE Satellite events throughout the city you can’t miss:

Rise and Shine: Pilates on Rooftop of allyapp

On Friday, July 17 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tech Open Air offers rooftop Pilates, smoothies, relaxing music, and one of the best Berlin rooftop views around. Come in comfortable clothes, shower after on-sight, and start your day in the best way. Book your tickets here.

Hangover Breakfast in the Axel Springer Penthouse and Entrepreneurs Club

Berlin, 16. Juli 2014. Das Tech Open Air (TOA), Europa´s erstes interdisziplinäres Festival in seine dritte Runde: An zwei Tagen wird die deutsche Hauptstadt wieder in einen internationalen Treffpunkt für die Kreativ- und Technologiewirtschaft verwandelt. Mit dabei sind mehr als 2.500 Besucher aus aller Welt, bis zu 175 internationale Speaker, Partner und Acts aus den Bereichen Technologie, Musik, Kunst und Wissenschaft sowie über 75 “Satelliten-Events”. In der alten Teppichfabrik “Protzen&Sohn”, einem der letzten Industriedenkmäler im Herzen Berlins, trifft sich heute die Kreativszene zur “Unconference”. Bei Talks, Debatten und Workshops stehen Wissensaustausch, gegenseitige Inspiration und Networking im Mittelpunkt. Am Donnerstag werden wieder zahlreiche Unternehmen und Institutionen in der ganzen Stadt verteilt eigene so genannte “Satelliten-Events” veranstalten. 2014 wird das Tech Open Air gemeinsam mit Partner MINI präsentiert.

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On Friday, July 17, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, soar to the Axel Springer “Unternehmerclub” rooftop for a Bloody-Mary-filled brunch (and Rollmops and Currywurst and Brzn and so much more) fit for the gods. Book tickets here.

Startup Speed Dating

On Friday, July 17, from 11 AM to 2 PM, bring your best startup idea—keeping it succinct and pretty—to five experts who will counsel you, answer all your questions, before sending you down the river to the next seat. You’ll speak with AC Coppens for Marketing, Oliver Grigoleit for Finance, Wolfgang Brehm for Law, Ernst Feiler for Technical Innovation, and Steffen Sommerlad for Funding.

Best of all? If your idea is the best, you’ll receive essential coaching from MIZ Babelsberg and an opportunity to present your idea at an Investors’ Dinner. Book tickets to this lively event here.

Tour by the SoundCloud HQ

On Thursday, July 16 from 6:20 to 7:50 PM, dive into the dense cultural world of Berlin’s SoundCloud Head Quarters. Book tickets here.

Startup Quiz Night and Beer in the Middle with SAP

On Thursday, July 16, from 6:30 to 11 PM, pop into Quiz Night to guzzle cold brews and prove your tech knowledge—answering such questions as “Where was Skype founded?” and “Which band filed the lawsuit against Napster?” Book tickets here.

Intellectual Fight Club

On Friday, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, join the “Chessboxing” madness, where athletes combine their cultivated bodies and minds for 11 alternating rounds of chess and boxing.

Fighters win by checkmate, by judge’s decision, by knockout, or when their opponent passes beyond the 3-minute round time limit.

Yes. This is real. Book tickets here.

Slush and Jobspotting: TOA Thursday Afterparty

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 On Thursday, July 16 from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, Slush and Jobspotting host this incredible party, featuring electro artists, Jobspotting founder’s Hip Hop-heavy DJ set, and regular Berghain spinners Christopher Breuer and James Martin. Whilst there, you’ll cozy up with recruiting companies and, more than that, party with some of Berlin’s best. Book tickets here.

For a list of other incredible Satellite events throughout the city, head here.

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Allison Krupp is an American writer with a passion for day drinking, earnest 4 a.m. conversations, and personal reinvention. Find her getting into minor bicycle accidents all over Berlin, on a continual search for interesting people, new music, good coffee, and Weird Things. [email protected]

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