Issue 28

How to Web Conference 2014

Irina Scarlat
CMO How to Web & TechHub Bucharest


Bucharest, October 8th 2014 – How to Web, the most important event about innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in South Eastern Europe, will take place on November 20 - 21 in Bucharest, Romania. The conference reaches its 5th international edition this year and it showcases an enhanced format, with a main track that will explore future tech trends and entrepreneurship and secondary tracks dedicated to game development, product management and angel investment. Very Early Bird tickets are available until Wednesday, October 22nd, on the conference website howtoweb.co

The 5th international edition of  howtoweb.co How to Web marks a new beginning for the conference: the event brings about a more mature format and discusses in depth several specific subjects. The http://2014.howtoweb.co/trends-entrepreneurship/ main stage of the event will host thrilling talks about future trends that will impact businesses and industries worldwide, tech entrepreneurship, getting an investment or building tech products with disruptive potential.

Technology leaders focusing on innovation in a broad range of disciplines and worldwide known professionals will take the stage to share their expertise and best practices learned over the years. Among the guest speakers that have confirmed their attendance to How to Web Conference 2014 there are: Manuel Heilmann (Co-Founder & CEO Coinzone, startup that enables businesses and individuals to easily conduct transactions with digital currencies such as bitcoin), Ze Pinto Ferreira (Co-Founder & CEO FNV Labs, the producers of Mellow, the first sous-vide machine for cooking controlled through smartphone whose crowdfunding campaign was oversubscribed 300%), Florian Meissner (CEO & Co-Founder EyeEm, Germany, the world’s premier mobile community and marketplace for photography aficionados having more than 10 million users from over 100 countries), Paul Papadimitrou (Innovation Strategist, UK, reputed analyst and coveted speaker that has delivered keynotes at events all around the world such as LeWeb – Paris, London; SXW – US; or Social and Digital Marketing Conference – New York, Singapore, London), Michael Ni (Senior VP Marketing & Products Avangate, US, Romanian company that was acquired last year by the leading VC Francisco Partners) or Dennis Cox (Chief Product Officer IXIA, US, entrepreneur whose company was bought by IXIA in 2012 for 160 million USD in cash).

The novelty of How to Web Conference 2014 consists in the three specialized tracks on product management, game development and angel investment that will be organized as part of the event. These are addressed to specific categories of audience that will get the chance to acquire essential competences matching their interests and field of activity, as well as the opportunity to network with renowned professionals in the industry.

The  PRODUCT TRACK is developed in collaboration with Mozaic Works and will teach the audience how to manage tech products, get user input and prioritize development stages while coordinating a flawless execution. Ragnar Saas (Co-Founder PipeDrive) or Mark Tolmacs (Product Manager Ustream) are among the specialists that will deliver instrumental talks on best practices and success stories, thus setting new quality benchmarks for delivering a great user experience from the first click to the last.

Game developers will also have the opportunity to learn from the experience of some of the most important gaming companies in the world by attending GAME DEVELOPMENT TRACK organized together with Romanian Game Developers Association (RGDA) with the support of King and Mobility Games. Renown professionals such as Vlad Micu (Head of Studio, Critical Force Entertainment) or Mathieu Muller (Field Engineer, Unity Technologies) will share the secrets to their games’ global success through practical examples and hands-on case studies, thus helping the participants feel the pulse of the regional gaming industry, meet the people behind the games, and understand the mechanics underlying global hits. 

Organized in collaboration with Angelbootcamp with the support of Trento Rise, the ANGEL INVESTMENT TRACK is an event exclusively dedicated to angel investors that brings into discussion best practices for investing in early-stage startups and derivative opportunities. Jonathan Bixby (Executive Director GrowLab, having raised the biggest business angel financing round in Canadian history), Rune Theill (Co-Founder & Program Director Rockstart Accelerator), Simon Jenner (investor & Co-Founder Oxygen Accelerator), Adrian Gheară (angel investor that has funded 123ContactForm), Mălin Ştefănescu (angel investor supporting Green Horse Games), Lyuben Belov (angel investor and Managing Director LauncHub), as well as other top-notch angel investors and accelerators from all around the world will discuss about how to get the best deals, hands on investing, the due diligence process, raising angel money or working alongside accelerators.

How to Web Conference 2014 is an event organized with the support of Telekom Romania, IXIA, Bitdefender, Grapefruit, Avangate, Softlayer, CyberGhost, Hub:raum, Domain.me, the Canadian Embassy in Romania and Reea and will take place on November 20 and 21 at Crystal Palace Ballrooms, Bucharest, Romania. Very early bird tickets starting at 49 EUR are available online until Wednesday, October 22nd, on the conference website howtoweb.co

Early stage tech startups in Central and Eastern Europe that are building innovative products with disruptive potential are invited to apply for the third edition of Startup Spotlight, competition and orientation program for the best 32 teams in the region that will take place in between November 19th and 22nd. The finalists that will be accepted into the program will compete for the 20.000 USD cash prizes offered by IXIA, main partner of Startup Spotlight, and will attend mentoring sessions and dedicated workshops. Startup Spotlight applications are open until October 20 and they are made online on the program website.

The visibility of the event is ensured by the main media partners Netocratic, Inventures.eu, Newtrend.bg, IT Dogadjaji, Digjitale, The Pole Society, Adevărul Tech, Play Tech, Hotnews.ro, Forbes România, Wall Street, Capital, Yoda, Times New Roman and the media partners Cariere, Business Review, Business Woman, Business Cover, Business 24, Incont.ro, Manager Express, Today Software Magazine, Gadget Trends, Comunicaţii Mobile, PC World, Agora, Games Arena, Ctrl-D, Startups.ro, România Liberă, Academia Caţavencu, Evenimentul Zilei, Zelist, Comunicatedepresa.ro, Ziare.com and Ejobs.




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