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Volunteer FAQ

Who can volunteer at TOA?
If you’re over 18 and have a good level of English you’ll be just fine. Some roles do require German skills however, so check before you apply for a role. Other than that all we really want from a volunteer is someone who can perform their task, maintain a professional and friendly demeanour throughout the festival, and turn up on time.

Can TOA cover my costs?
Unfortunately not. We can’t reimburse any flight or accommodation costs you accrue volunteering for us at Tech Open Air. However, we’ve got your ticket & meals covered.

Do I need to purchase a ticket?
No. You will be free to enjoy everything else that TOA16 offers based on completion of your assigned shifts. However, if you fail to complete, arrive late or leave early for any of your volunteer shifts, you will no longer be entitled to attend the rest of TOA16.

Will I receive training before my first shift?
We will provide volunteers with a briefing to run through the TOA16 Volunteer Program, the volunteer roles and answer any questions. Date and location are to be confirmed.

How many shifts do I have to complete?
Volunteers will complete 2-3 shifts throughout the event. Shift lengths vary depending on volunteer role, but are typically between three and four hours long. While TOA16 takes place on July 13, 14, 15 there are also volunteer shifts available before and after the festival (details need to be discussed with the volunteer team). Morning shifts begin at 8am, while afternoon shifts begin at 1pm. Please note that these times may vary.

When do applications close?
Volunteer positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that registering does not guarantee your volunteer position.

Can Tech Open Air sponsor my visa application?
We can’t get directly involved with your respective embassy, but we can supply a document confirming your involvement with TOA that would support your application.

Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here?
Please email us at dori@toaberlin.com with any other questions.

Tech Open Air 2016

Interdisciplinary Technology Festival Berlin, 13 - 14 - 15 July

About TOA

Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival. At TOA our mission is to connect, grow and inspire the human spirit through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival takes place over three days with 150+ speakers and 175+ satellite events, enabling attendees to connect and learn with industry experts in Europe’s startup capital, Berlin. Attendees will experience inspirational storytelling, interactive forums, art installations and live music at a beautiful riverside location and across town.
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3 Day Festival

Tech Open Air (TOA) is a groundbreaking 3 day festival which includes a conference and 175+ satellite events.


13 - 14 July / Funkhaus Berlin


Set across two days on the riverside of the iconic Funkhaus Berlin, TOA conference is the place to connect with top-tier entrepreneurs, artists and scientists. Attend talks from thought-leaders, attend interactive panels and take in live music and art.
“It’s been fascinating to observe how tech has infused itself into this vibrant place that’s Berlin. How well it plugs in to that!”
Erik Wahlforss / Co-Founder & CTO / Soundcloud

Satellite Events

13 - 14 - 15 July / All Across Town

Satellite Events

This year more than 175 satellite events transform Berlin’s creative community into an interactive hub for tech. Visit some of Berlin’s most unique social and startup spaces and network at memorable meet-ups, workshops and parties city-wide.

Some of our Satellites

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Our Supporters

Our Supporters

Be part of something truly unique. It is not just about Brand and PR exposure here. Partnering with TOA means truly connecting with technologists and creative leaders of tomorrow.

Some of our supporters

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Startup Alley

Startup Alley

A technology festival where startups connect, grow, inspire and get inspired. TOA gives you the chance to create meaningful connections with creatives, investors and all other stakeholders of the Berlin tech ecosystem and beyond to accelerate your ideas becoming your reality.

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“Europe's coolest tech conference.”

TOA16 Overview

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