👈👉 re:compass #52: Pushing Boundaries

Navigator for events during 17–23 May 2021

Aiste Lehmann
May 14 · 5 min read

In last edition I wrote about increasing optimism in the European eventscape to return in-person conferences which, frankly, makes some people quite happy about. There are signals — some events announce sales of tickets for physical participation, some speakers share their first in-person bookings since the start of pandemic, some startups are taking risks and buying flight tickets for autumn season. Signals are still weak, but they are there.

Thus it has been quite interesting to read an article with overview of scientific research efforts in Europe that are trying to figure out what is safe and what is not in current conditions. And let’s say so: I am genuinely happy with this approach. There is less discussion about freedoms and ideologies and more of experiments to figure out how coronavirus is spreading in event environment.

Did you know that Pareto principle also applies here? Apparently, around 10–20% of infected individuals seem to be accountable for 80% new infections? Or that the risk of infection is 1 in 100,000 per hour, according to Fieldlab study?

Of course, most of the test events involve rapid testing prior and majority of them request wearing masks during. But the being said, it seems that organizers can start thinking about pushing boundaries for the events while society at large is moving closer to herd immunity status.


When: 17–19 May 2021
Access: €95 — €435
Format: hybrid conference
Place: Maribor, Slovenia

Based in Maribor, Slovenia, PODIM has evolved into the most influential startup & tech event in the CEE region, where innovation meets business opportunities and capital, as well as knowledge and experience. It is a key regional platform for enabling learning and networking in the most valuable and time-efficient way. This year you can enjoy this conference online while it is being organized in semi-hybrid way. As usually, conference boost an exquisite selection of international speakers and startups from CEE region.

💖 Eurovision

When: 18, 20 & 22 May 2021
Access: free
Format: hybrid music festival
Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Yes, I know. It’s not a tech event, and has nothing to do with entrepreneurship. But. I will be definitely watching it, and let’s be honest — we all need some break from serious stuff. Join me in😉

🚡 Challenges and opportunities in logistics and fulfilment

When: 18 May 2021, 10:00 BST
Access: free
Format: online session

Join FT Live to discover how major firms in the logistics, automotive, renewable energy, electronic and high-technology sectors are making their location decisions as we enter a new era for trade. Find out how firms located in Tanger Med have shown resilience and grown during the Covid-19 crisis. Learn from business leaders and trade experts how robust logistics and fulfilment location strategies are supporting post-Covid growth in key sectors.

🥯 Sesamers On Tour: Focus on Australia

When: 18 May 2021, 14:00 CET
Access: free
Format: online session

A detour from the European continent — Sesamers are bringing virtual tour to Australia in collaboration with Pause Fest to explore startup ecosystem there. Join this diverse session with speakers from various industries and locations (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) to dive into the Australian tech ecosystem and to pick up useful intel about each city’s community infrastructure, support orgs and hubs.

⚛️ Exploring Quantum Computing Use Cases

When: 18 May 2021, 16:00 BST
Access: free
Format: online session

This webinar focuses on the real-world applications of quantum computing and the lessons learnt from those who’ve taken QC through to a viable workflow. Join the event to hear from innovative thought leaders and practitioners of quantum computing on defining the right use cases within your industry.

🍃 Cluj Innovation Days 2021

When: 19–21 May 2021
Access: free
Format: online conference

This event puts a focus on the European Green Deal while addressing smart cities, urban mobility and digital transformation of SMEs on the old continent. This edition of Cluj Innovation Days puts the SMEs perspective on the agenda of decision makers, with the intent to shed more light on their concerns, but also on the existing and upcoming opportunities. The event will be looking at some very practical issues about how technology can contribute to the Green Deal program with determination to move forward and promote green transformation as a priority for public, private and personal agendas. Registration is bit complicated and goes through several steps of confirmation, but it is well worth it for everyone concerned with environmental protection.

⏱️ re:publica

When: 20–22 May 2021
Access: €25 — €250
Format: online festival

re:publica is one of the most prominent internet and digital society conferences in Europe where people came together to discuss current issues of digital society at the three-day festival. re:publica participants represent a cross-section of (digital) society, which include professionals from economics, politics, business, hacker culture, NGOs, media, and marketing, as well as bloggers, activists, artists, and social media experts. re:publica 2021 is held under slogan “In The Mean Time” and relies on human creativity and optimism, as well as the keen eye for the essential. Plus, Media Convention and TINCON for digital youth culture are run in parallel to the main sessions.

⏭️ What’s NEXT with Dara Dotz

When: 20 May 2021, 17:00 CEST
Access: free
Format: online session

We can no longer imagine life without technology. But what happens when it fails and natural disaster strikes? Innovative humanitarian and designer Dara Dotz has proven she can solve complex problems with creativity. Learn more in our WHAT’S NEXT show on May 20th, 2021 at 5 pm (CEST).

💃 The Making of a Unicorn | Conversation with Kristi Ross Co-founder & Co-CEO of tastytrade

When: 20 May 2021, 18:00 CDT
Access: free
Format: online session

You probably heard names like Robinhood mentioned a lot this year. But what paved the way for trading apps like Robinhood was a company founded out of Chicago in 2011 — tastytrade, co-founded by Kristi Ross. For a full decade, tastytrade has built and developed an ecosystem for the self-directed trader. And whether you’re into Wall Street or not, you might want to know what Kristi and team did to reach unicorn status, exiting for $1 billion earlier this year. In this fireside chat, Kristi is sharing her 10-year journey, including the strategies, the highs & lows, and what it’s like to be one of the few women founders to achieve a $1 billion exit.

🏃 Running Remote

When: 21 May 2021, 08:00 BST
Access: $0 — $179
Format: online conference

Whether you run a remote-first company or a remote team within a hybrid or traditional company, Running Remote is for you. You will get equipped with the tools to succeed in building remote teams. Get inspired, sharpen your skills and energize your creativity with insights from experts leading the remote work revolution.

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