ADE, DGTL and Young Creators present the first global hackathon for the dance scene.

To stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the dance and festival scene, ADE 2016 will see DGTL, Young Creators and ADE joining forces to organize the first ever ADE Hackathon. As the electronic music scene is using data & technology more and more, the three parties acknowledge that it is of importance to discover further opportunities in this domain.

At the ADE Hackathon, smart developers, designers and entrepreneurs are asked to think about the challenges that are faced by the dance and festival scene, but also to think about the opportunities that data and technology provide. A group of 100 selected bright minds will be invited to develop smart concepts, new apps and inspiration within a challenging timespan of 24 hours. Example topics include: Enhanced Festival Experience, Safety & Security, Dance & Travel and Festival Logistics. More program information will be announced soon.

The ADE Hackathon will start around 13.00/14.00 on Friday October 21 and will end with the pitches & prizes 24 hours later. The event will be closed at DGTL KOMPAKT at the NDSM.

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In the past twenty years ADE has grown into a globally renowned platform for the international dance and electronic music scene. The festival is the perfect place to spot the latest musical trends and emerging talents, as well as hearing the most recent work of both electronic music pioneers and current superstar acts. In addition to the extensive line-up of the ADE Festival, the ADE Playground offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program including exhibitions, in-store promotions, pop-up stores and film screenings all over the city center. The business aspect of the event (ADE Conference) is recognized as the most important of its kind, presenting a broad range of conferences and networking opportunities that focus on music and technology, VJs & visuals, sustainability, dance & brands, harder dance styles, new talent and the education of students.

Young Creators
Young Creators is a community of young creatives, entrepreneurs, designer, developers…you name it. It is a group of people helping each other in their quest towards their own startup, a cool job or with just being the best in what they do.

The Young Creators Foundation connects the community to resources needed on this quest. This not only means organizing events where young creators can meet each other, but also connecting them to mentors, assignments, work experience, network and so on. Young Creators has the goal to help this group as best as possible, while schools and universities don’t cover the topics young creators need to follow their dream and realize their ideas.

DGTL Festival is one of the leading Dance Festival in Amsterdam, organizing big events during Amsterdam Dance Event, Easter, as well as abroad in Barcelona. DGTL wants to interact more consciously on scarce resources and besides that would like to reduce the output of carbon dioxide, energy use, waste and transport use. These are all different topics that need attention to create a better sustainable festival in order to even be able to organize events like these for the next years.

We are aiming to produce a festival as sustainable as possible but we also keep in mind that the way we work towards this goal needs to fit into the DNA of DGTL. Innovation is an important factor to the festival. We want to surprise visitors with our progressive projects and create awareness to them but then, of course, in a cool way.

The Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 19th to 23rd of October, 2016.
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The Amsterdam Dance Event is organised by the Stichting Amsterdam Dance Event, an initiative of Buma. ADE Official Partner: KPN

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