Internet Week Denmark: A Virtual Festival

By Nicolai Fast Sørensen

This year, Internet Week Denmark will be a 100 percent virtual festival with four different venues. This gives an opportunity to widen the reach of the festival nationally as well as internationally. This article is featured in the IWDK Preview Magazine. Brought to you in collaboration with Aarhus Panorama. 

Last year, the Corona lockdown put a stop to Internet Week Denmark. But it won’t be like that this year. This year’s festival will be held in a completely virtual format.

In general, we’ve met a great deal of understanding from people about why we have to do the festival virtually. It makes sense that we’re aiming for an online festival this year all things considered. If anyone is going to do it, it should be us. We take advantage of the opportunities that the internet has and we’re testing the boundaries of how to do events this way,” says Randi Vestergaard, Festival Director for Internet Week Denmark.

For this year’s festival, Internet Week Denmark in collaboration with Cadpeople and Campfire has developed a dedicated virtual platform that will set the scene for the festival.

More virtual wins

This year, there will be four venues where participants can take part virtually. The audience will have access to a daily programme based on different activities and themes. Check the event program, it’s updated each day

  • The Trust & Tech Stage: Summits, Social events and official opening both of the festival and of AI Innovation House in Vejle
  • Big Ideas Stage: IWDK Curated content live from the stage in Filmbyen
  • Community Stage: Crowdsourced content from the danish tech community, where everyone can join.
  • Kids Tech and Gaming Stage: A deep dive that can help bridge the gap between parents and kids.

We want to try and get as close as possible to a festival experience. A big advantage about doing it online is that we won’t only extend our reach of the festival across Denmark but also internationally,” says Vestergaard.

She also underlines that the festival’s virtual frame will make it easier to attract big names as speakers because they won’t have to be present physically. For example, this year, the festival will have an online visit from Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Competition at the European Commission. Sign up for the opening here.

The future’s public meeting for digitisation

This year’s Internet Week Denmark will also introduce the new format Digital Round Table which the organisers behind the festival will be further developing over the coming years.

“It will be a kind of digital summit. It is our ambition that in 2022 we will have a big summit where we’ll gather politicians, civil servants and representatives from the business world to discuss Denmark’s digital future,” Vestergaard says.

This initiative will be started this year with the ambition of Internet Week Denmark becoming Denmark’s public meeting for digitisation. The festival is held on the 4th to the 9th of May with a main venue at Aarhus City Hall.

We look forward to unveiling more about the Digital Round Table soon. You can read more in the official event.