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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.

Welcome to TOA. I’ll be your guide

Introducing the official TOA16 festival app!

The app is like your very own pocket PA made from code and good intentions. You can create your own custom conference and satellites schedule, get notified when your session is approaching with the My Schedule function, and our handy little app will also be invaluable as you navigate the conference programme, Funkhaus, and Berlin when you explore the 175+ Satellite events. During the event, we can keep you guys updated with any and all eventualities sent straight to your smartphone. Word of mouth is so overrated.

Well, what else can I do with this fabulous app?!
  • Follow festival schedule in real‐time
  • Create a personal schedule of conference sessions and satellite events – app alerts in time
  • Sync your Eventbrite registered Satellite events to app
  • Find satellites to attend from 175+ events.
  • Browse speaker profiles
  • Discover startups attending the festival
  • Navigate our venue from maps
  • Use Route me there when you’re heading to satellite events across the city
  • Socialize – follow our social media feeds from one app
  • Get helpful up‐to‐the‐minute notifications directly into your smartphone

Before the event few automatic updates to features of the app and some new sections and functionalities will be added yet.

Tech Open Air Berlin app is built on a mobile platform of tech startup Festivality. The team’s purpose is to bring festivals and events to mobile. Festivality helps event industry to adopt novel and smarter mobile technologies, enable mCommerce & mPayments and actionable analytics via event apps.

Networking With Grip App

Get the most out of your TOA16 experience by using the new networking tool Grip to meet the right people at the event. Get handshakes with fellow members of the community and start talking to arrange a meeting right away.

It’s easy! ​Download Grip, join The Tech Open Air 2016 Community and start swiping to meet awesome people!