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Dates in the winter of 2019

Calendar of events: Experiencing technology

06 December 2018

Marvel at some automobile treasures, discover start-ups, collect some valuable data, test e-bikes or play together – technophiles are guaranteed to get their money’s worth between January and March 2019. Read on on this events calendar for the dates you shouldn’t miss.

Dresden: e-bike-days

11 - 13 January 2019, Dresden exhibition centre
For more information about the “e-bike-days” trade fair, please click here.

Get to the office without breaking sweat and crest the highest hill without getting out of breath: E-bikes and Pedelecs are growing in popularity. The number of households with an e-bike has almost doubled in the last three years. Over three million bicycles with electric drive are already coasting along on German roads and cycle paths. Anyone toying with the idea of switching to an electric bicycle can test-drive one at the e-bike-days in Dresden. Current models ranging from the classic low entry bike through to the load-bearing Pedelec can be tested on an indoor obstacle course. Visitors get answers to their questions about electric bikes, such as: “What’s the difference between an e-bike and a Pedelec? How are the batteries charged? What’s the range like?” are among the questions which the trade show website promises to provide answers to.

Düsseldorf: Digital Demo Day

7 February 2019, Areal Böhler
For more information about the “Digital Demo Day”, click here.

Rubbing shoulders with the digital future: For the third time, the digihub Düsseldorf/Rheinland invites you to to its “Digital Demo Day”. As the organiser’s site has it, over 125 start-ups in the fields of robotics, virtual reality/augmented reality, the Internet of Things, Blockchain and cyber-security will be showcasing their digital solutions and the latest technologies “to touch and try out”. Presentations and expert panels on two stages will focus on the topics of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. In speed-dating rounds, tech start-ups will have five minutes to inspire companies and investors with their ideas.

Leipzig: DreamHack

15 - 17 February 2019, Leipzig exhibition centre
For more information about “DreamHack”, click here.

Playing together: The German gaming community will be making its way to DreamHack Leipzig for the third time next February. Unlike Cologne’s Gamescom, the German offshoot of the Swedish Games Festival will not primarily be featuring brand new games to play: Instead, e-sport professionals will be lining up against one another in tournaments; cosplayers will showcase their lovingly detailed costumes in competitions, and, during Germany's largest LAN party, 1,500 gamers will be turning the night into day. And here’s a first: The exhibition area of the DreamExpo is now going to be opening its doors to young gamers. Where access has to date been restricted to the over-16s, gamers of twelve and over will now be able to take part.

Munich: Make Munich

2 - 3 March 2019, Zenith – Die Kulturhalle
For more information about “Make Munich”, click here

Make, build, experiment: Make Munich has been southern Germany's biggest maker and DIY festival since 2013. On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, more than 100 exhibitors, numerous lectures and hands-on workshops will once again be presenting new trends and innovations in the fields of 3D printing, do-it-yourself, hacking and virtual reality. As always, the focus of this hands-on festival of the future will be on making, building, inventing and experimenting. “Participation is a key priority at Make Munich. From small scientists with no previous knowledge to mature and technically experienced nerds, everyone will find something here to try out and take home with them.” Such at any rate is the promise of the organiser’s website.

Stuttgart: Retro Classics

7 - 10 March 2019, Stuttgart exhibition centre
For more information about “Retro Classics Stuttgart”, click here.

A full dose of nostalgia: Lovers and collectors of four-wheeled treasures traditionally open the classic car season at the Retro Classics Stuttgart. Over an area of 140,000 square metres, manufacturers, classic car clubs and private collectors will be showing off their automobile treasures and rarities from every era: From historical tractors to classic limos, sporty Ferraris to old Formula 1 fireballs. This is going to be a particularly enticing event for fans of American classics: US legends on wheels from various decades will be showcased under the banner of “Chrome and Horsepower”. Motorbike lovers will be able marvel at rare motorcycle sidecars and the mighty machines from the cult Indian brand.

München: Data Festival

20 - 21 March 2019, Muffatwerk
For more information about “Data Festival”, click here.

Data, data, data: It’s a well-known fact that data are the oil of the digital age. If they are to be used profitably, data must be collected, analysed and evaluated. Under the banner of “Explore your passion for #data”, this year’s Data Festival is all about data science, machine learning, neural networks, Blockchain, data visualisation and data ethics. Experts from idealo, adidas, Scout24, Porsche and Deutsche Bahn will be on hand to talk about the importance of data analysis in forecasting passenger trends in long-distance transport or road conditions for automated driving. In the Fuck-Up session, the reasons why projects have failed will be dissected in detail, along with what can be learned from failure.