Barcelona is a city that never sleeps – and even as we head into autumn, there’s still plenty going on in the world of business and events.
People flock here from all over the world to make connections, discover new ideas and pitch their products. This means, for business students, there are many opportunities to network, learn about the industries you are interested in and network with like-minded people.
While you’re probably familiar with big international events like the Mobile World Congress, there are plenty of other top conferences and networking nights to get involved with.
We’ve put together 7 top events for you to attend, each with a different focus.
1. TedX Barcelona
5th October 2018
CosmoCaixa Barcelona, Barcelona.
Focus: education and inspiration
You have probably heard of TED – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It’s a non-profit organisation, founded in 1984, that has a mission to share ideas with people all over the world. It does this by hosting talks (of 18 minutes or less) by experts in many different subjects and then shares them on it’s online platform – Ted.com.
TEDx is the popup, self-organised version and it takes place in cities all over the world – including in Barcelona. The event combines video talks and live speakers to start conversations, curiosity and connections.
It’s an amazing chance to hear next-level thinking and meet with people to discuss these ideas further. You never know what a talk might spark for you.
2. Barcelona Tech Job Fair
Wednesday 10th October 2018
Ilunion Hotel, C/ Ramón Turró 196-198
Focus: Networking and job creation
Exhibitors and job seekers alike love the Barcelona Tech Job Fair. It’s the perfect place to find a technology-related job in the city (and beyond).
Aimed primarily at local students and recent graduates, there are positions in many fields, including in development, design, marketing, sales, finance, business intelligence and more.
It’s an ideal place to meet potential employers, ask the questions you’ve always wanted to, and skip the part where you send off your CV and wait weeks for a response.
Wednesday 17th October 2018
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Ciutadella Campus
Focus: Entrepreneurial community building
MeltinLab’s aim is to connect local entrepreneurs and drive innovation in the Barcelona startup community. From entrepreneurs to students, startup teams and investors, this full-day event promises to build partnerships and launch new ideas. Expect panel talks, networking and startup pitch competitions.
4. Smart Mobility World Congress (SMWC)
From Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 November 2018
Where: Fira Barcelona Montjuic
Smart Mobility Congress
Focus: Innovation in mobility and smart cities
This huge event is preparing to host more than 20,000 visitors, 700 exhibitors, and more than 400 speakers in mid-November.
SMWC cuts across industries. It attracts a multitude of experts who come together to help push forward industry dialogue and take on the challenges of modern urban mobility in cities and societies all around the world. Ultimately, the aim is to help reduce the time to market for mobility products and services.
Head to the SMWC to be at the cutting-edge of tech and talk directly to the innovators who are making things happen fast.
5. Startup Grind Conference 2018
Wednesday November 14
Focus: International startup community building
Startup Grind is an international organisation and a global community for entrepreneurs. The events feature talks, panel discussions and networking and Startup Grind Barcelona offers attendees the chance to meet a whole range of players in the international startup ecosystem – from influential investors, entrepreneurs, and developers to international journalists.
This is only the second Startup Grind event in Barcelona conference, but it’s already picking up a lot of steam – with over 700 attendees at the first edition. It’s certainly one of the top events to head to before the year is out.
From Friday October 19th to 21st 2018
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Focus: Bringing ideas to life
This event is perfect for anyone who considers themselves to be a hacker. This is the fifth event of its kind and organisers expect upwards of 700 hackers to attend. As with all hackathons, the aim with be to conceptualise and build a project with a team and create a prototype over the course of a very intense 36-hour weekend. The slogan says it all: “Dream it, Hack it, Ship it”.
Expect apps, games, robots, platforms and more. There’ll be chances to meet, network and even bond with your team.
7. International Conference on Education Technology Management
From Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st December 2018
Universitat de Barcelona
Focus: Innovation in education technology
For those interested in the education technology, the International Conference on Education Technology Management in Barcelona is a must. The event has a mission to become the top international forum for Education Technology Management. It centres on researchers, practitioners and industry specialists leads conversations on the current state of the edtech industry and what the future holds for education.
Have you attended any major events this year? What did you think? Or are you planning on attending an event we haven’t mentioned? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!