Meet the city’s App Makers and open data community. Share your ideas and dreams, get expert advice and be part of this exciting new economy. The good news is: you can drop by for free! You don't need a PICNIC ticket.

Three-ring circus of education, commerce, and app-making fun

Appsterdam returns to PICNIC – with a closer look at the now bigger and better App Makers ecosystem in orbit around the historic Dutch capital. Together with our partners in business and education, Appsterdam will create a three-ring circus of education, commerce, and app-making fun. And a circus it will be.

For free - no PICNIC ticket needed

We invite guests and PICNIC attendees to meet the city's App Makers and enjoy our talks, App Lab, workshops, pitch contest and lounge space. And how about meeting our partners, a biking or walking tour through the city or a drink afterwards? The App Ecosystem Tent has it all. And, we repeat, no PICNIC ticket needed!


We built Appsterdam, the world capital of apps, to establish a centre of gravity for our industry, to provide a place where all App Makers can gather, and to create a framework for people to give back and support the community. Our goal is to build a structured ecosystem in which App Makers can flourish. In Amsterdam and beyond.


PICNIC is a leading European platform for innovation and creativity. It functions as an incubator and accelerator for game changing ideas, concepts, products and services. Through their activities, they address the mega trends of our time and explore how to creatively apply technology in order to meet business, social and environmental challenges. This year's theme: DIY - the movement.

App Ecosystem Tent

Monday, Sep. 17th 2012 at 9am to Tuesday, Sep. 18th 2012 at 7pm

EYE Film Institute, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

What is going down?

Check out the timetable

Monday 17 September only: COSM Data-Pirates Party Boat - 21:00

One hundred people set sail from the App Ecosystem Tent for 3 hours of dancing and drinking and a few other special surprises. Be sure of a spot

Appsterdam Talks

Appsterdam's business and education partners and the best of the Appsterdam Speaker Bureau provide you with short talks on their latest and greatest.

Appsterdam Pitch Contest

Entrepreneurs deliver their 60-second business pitches to our panel of judges, as well as the audience. Please RSVP if you want to pitch. Otherwise, just drop by!

Appsterdam Guru Sessions

Guru Sessions are Appsterdam's informal hands-on workshops designed to share a technology or technique. Choose from sessions by Big Nerd Ranch Europe, COSM, Waag Society and Innoviz/CIRCA. Please RSVP

App Lab (ongoing)

The App Lab brings together some of the sharpest minds in business, technology and education. Get feedback on your business from experienced entrepreneurs, pose your tech questions to Appsterdam's most ingenious coders, or check out the community's latest app creations.

Student-Business Speed Networking

Students and recent graduates get paired with businesses to create connections, and potentially an internship or job opportunity. Please RSVP: Monday or Tuesday.

Appsterdam Meeten en Drinken

We'll host a Meeten and Drinken event, replicating one of Appsterdam's core community gatherings. Consider yourself invited!

Experience The Urban Ecosystem city tours

Come take one of Appsterdam’s experiential walking or biking tours, powered by MacBike and 7Scenes MuseumApp. Bike tours leave at 10:00 and 14:40. Walking tours leave at 11:00. Meet us outside of the tent.

Lounge Space

Recharge yourself and your devices in this tranquil oasis with drinks.