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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.


Location: Funkhaus Berlin

Designed by Bauhaus architect, Franz Ehrlich, Funkhaus Berlin boasts a history rich in the city’s creative culture. From 1956 to 1990, the building was the premises of the East German broadcasting services in Berlin, housing musicians, producers, artists and more. Here's some of what you'll get:

Rich and spacious interiors, surrounded by snug and intimate lawns. You’ll think we have gone crazy when you’ll see how big it is.

Wide staircases made of wood, stone and carpet, an environment entirely designed to capture the different sounds made by footsteps.

Floors and walls made from old growth Russian timber – some of the rarest materials in the world.

An incredible Spree-side spot. Yes, we’ll be taking the boat.

Experience Berlin's Thriving Ecosystem

In 2015, Berlin surpassed London as the VC capital of Europe, with 2.145 billion euros pouring into the cities thriving ecosystem. Moving forward, the number of investment has continued to rise.

Berlin’s hype as the “creative city in which anything is possible” is attracting talent, the relocation of global tech companies, and has built a thriving tech community that supports each other.

Tech Open Air was born (and has grown) within Berlin’s vibrant and dynamic landscape, inspired by technologies transformative power that disrupts entire industries and touches on every angle of life.

"Startups are as ubiquitous as beer and graffiti."
The Guardian
"Berlin definitely has the most vibrant of the startup scenes that I have seen."
Mark Zuckerberg
"Berlin is a place where the fringes of the arts are explored."
NY Times
"London is gonna be pissed, but we prefer Berlin for startups."