FAQs

In our FAQs you will find all important information about Future Tech Fest. Feel free to contact us if your question is not answered here.

All you need to know

General

What is Future Tech Fest?

Future Tech Fest is the largest B2B startup expo & conference in Germany. With the event, we continue the successful event format that offers tech startups a platform to present their digital technologies to try out and feel. After seven successful years as Digital Demo Day, we are celebrating the innovations of tomorrow with a new brand in 2024 by bringing together startups, SMEs, companies, investors and universities to seek the digital transformation of the future.

When will Future Tech Fest 2024 (FTF24) take place?

Future Tech Fest will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2024.

How long will the FTF24 take place?

Future Tech Fest is a one-day event. It opens its doors from 8:30am to 10:30pm.

Where will Future Tech Fest take place?

FTF24 will take place at AREAL BÖHLER (Hansaallee 321, 40549 Düsseldorf, Germany). You can find all the arrival information below.

Who is the organizer of FTF24?

Future Tech Fest is organized by the Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/ Rheinland (also called "digihub Düsseldorf"). The digihub Düsseldorf is one of the five DWNRW Hubs in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Will the event be held in English or in German?

The event and its program will be held mostly in English as we anticipate a large number of international participants and exhibitors. Still, most of the attendees and staff will be proficient in German.

Are children allowed to attend by themselves?

Children who have not yet reached age 16 are only allowed to enter the fairgrounds if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions apply only if explicitly stated on postings at the ticket office.

Can I bring animals into the exhibition grounds?

Dogs and other pets are unfortunately not allowed on the exhibition grounds. Further house rules of AREAL BÖHLER can be found here.

Can I help out as a volunteer at FTF?

Yes, we are always looking for helpers for the Future Tech Fest. If you are interested in joining us as a freelancer on August 22, 2024, please register using this form.

Do you have questions about volunteering? Then get in touch with us by email.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the event is wheelchair accessible.

Visitor Information

Arrival

How do I get to the AREAL BÖHLER?

We want to be kind to the planet and reduce our impact wherever possible. We encourage all attendees to consider greener ways to travel to FTF by public transport such as train, bus or cycle or walking routes. There is a Metro station in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to AREAL BÖHLER: “D-LÖRICK” (starting from the main station, you can use the U74 or U76). 

There is also a parking lot on the premises, which can be used for a fee. Please note that there are limited spaces.

You can find directions here.

Program

Where can I find the program, exhibitors and speakers of FTF?

You can find our program here.  

You will find a complete list of exhibitors from around April 2024 here.  

You will find all speakers here.  

Please note that there may be some changes until the final event. It's worth checking back often to see if there are any program updates!

Tickets

Where can I get tickets for Future Tech Fest?

You can order FTF tickets at our online ticketshop here.

Which ticket categories are available?

There are three major ticket categories:

1. for students and pupils,
2. for founders, startups and enthusiasts (interested parties) and
3. for corporates and investors.

More info about the ticket categories can be found in the ticket store.

Do you offer free entrance for children?

Yes, children up to 6 years can enter FTF without a ticket. Please note that children who have not yet reached the age of 16 may only enter the exhibition grounds if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Our school class would like to order group tickets for FTF. Are group tickets available?

School classes including teachers can purchase group tickets. Please contact Nora Passarge if you are interested. In addition, there is a low-priced ticket category for school students. More information about ticket prices can be found here.

Do you offer free entrance for wheelchair users escorts?

Yes, we do. Please contact Nora Passarge for this.

Is a ticket for public transportation included in the ticket?

No, unfortunately a ticket for public transportation is not included in the admission ticket.

Are the tickets for Future Tech Fest transferable?

It is possible to transfer your ticket up to 7 days before the event. To do so, please tell us the person to whom you want to transfer your ticket by sending an email to events@digihub.de. Cancellation of tickets is not possible.  

Will my participation fee be refunded in case of corona illness / quarantine?

Unfortunately, in case of a corona illness or a necessary quarantine, the refund of your participation fee is not possible.

What happens if the event is cancelled? Is it possible to postpone my participation until next year?

If the FTF should be cancelled, we would offer you the following:

1. Refund of your ticket
2. If you are interested in attending the FTF next year, you can also keep your ticket and use it in 2025.

Do I need a letter of invitation to attend Future Tech Fest?

You do not need a letter of invitation for FTF as it is a trade fair.

If you are from outside the EU, we recommend that you use this information to apply for the visa at the German Embassy in your home country.

"Letter of invitation from the trade fair organizer: In a mail order dated July 2013, the Federal Foreign Office informed the visa offices of German embassies and consulates worldwide that, as a rule, an invitation letter from the trade fair organizer is no longer required to apply for a trade fair visa."

or in German: „Einladungsschreiben des Messeveranstalters: das Auswärtige Amt hat mit einem Mailerlass vom Juli 2013 die Visastellen der deutschen Botschaften und Konsulate weltweit darüber informiert, dass für die Beantragung eines Messevisums im Regelfall kein Einladungsschreiben des Messeveranstalters mehr erforderlich ist.“

Location & Safety regulations

Can I get something to eat and drink at the FTF?

Yes, of course! There will be plenty of snack bars and food stands where you can buy food and drinks.

Is an on-site event currently allowed?

Currently yes. We are conducting the Future Tech Fest in accordance with the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in effect at the time of the event.

If it is not possible to hold the event on site, we unfortunately have to cancel the event. We will then inform you directly via our social media channels, our newsletter and/or by e-mail (if you have already purchased a ticket).

Is there a mask requirement throughout the day?

Not at the moment. We will report on existing COVID guidelines prior to the event. We will also provide on-site information on the regulations in place. There will be no mask requirement. If you feel uncomfortable or have symptoms, we advise you to stay home.

What data do we collect from our participants?

Please see our privacy notice.

How will the event take place?

First of all, we ask every participant and exhibitor to register via our ticket tool. We can only let people through on site who have completed an online registration and can show their ticket printed or digitally.

On the day of the event, the following steps are required for the registration process and admission:

1. Please bring your ticket printed or digital.
2. Check-in / registration: show your barcode/QR code and then receive your day ticket.
3. After successful registration, you can move freely in the halls and between the halls in the fresh air.
4. If you wish to leave the exhibition grounds in the meantime, please use the official exits from the halls.

Exhibitor Information

I have received mails trying to sell me lists of participants for FTF. Do you send attendee list emails?

Beware of emails in which third parties are advertising with participant lists from FTF. This is clearly a fraud attempt and we as Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/Rheinland are in no way connected to such an email. Neither we at digihub nor anyone associated with the FTF will ever solicit you to purchase attendee lists for a fee or use any other services.

Please also note that digihub's IT systems have not been compromised and the email addresses included in such distributions do not originate from us. If you receive a fraudulent email with an example of the attendee list available for purchase, do not interact with the sender and follow your organization's procedure for reporting SPAM.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, large events like FTF can be a target for fraudulent messages. If you continue to receive suspicious emails or calls, please contact us immediately.

I am interested in exhibiting as a startup at FTF. Who can I contact?

If you are interested in exhibiting at the FTF as an exhibitor, please fill out our Exhibitor Registration Form on the homepage. If you have any questions, please contact events@digihub.de.

How many exhibitor badges do we obtain?

Exhibitor badges for exhibitors and their employees valid for the duration of the show will be issued as follows:

Startup Booth
For 5m² booth - 3 passes

Corporate Booth
For 15m² booth - 10 passes
Extended booth with more passes available on request.

If additional exhibitor badges are required they can be ordered in the ticket shop.

When can I set up my booth as an exhibitor?

Exhibitor booths can be set up the day before the event or the morning of the event day. Exhibitors will be notified in good time of the exact times for set-up.

Do we need exhibitor badges for our booth staff?

Stand personnel must have exhibitor badges. The badge is valid for the entire duration of the event, starting with the stand construction on the day of the event. Furthermore, the holder can access the exhibition site already two hours before the official opening of the show. This is not the case with day-tickets for public or visitors. Additional badges can be ordered in the ticket shop.

Who is the organizer of FTF?

Future Tech Fest (FTF) is organized by the Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/ Rheinland (also called "digihub Düsseldorf"). The digihub Düsseldorf is one of the five DWNRW Hubs in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Will the event be held in English or in German?

The event and its program will be held mostly in English as we anticipate a large number of international participants and exhibitors. Still, most of the attendees and staff will be proficient in German.

Are children allowed to attend FTF by themselves?

Children who have not yet reached age 16 are only allowed to enter the fairgrounds if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions apply only if explicitly stated on postings at the ticket office.

Can I bring animals into the exhibition grounds?

Dogs and other pets are unfortunately not allowed on the exhibition grounds. Further house rules of AREAL BÖHLER can be found here.

Is the FTF wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Future Tech Fest is wheelchair accessible.

When can I set up my booth as an exhibitor?

Exhibitor booths can be set up the day before the event or the morning of the event day. Exhibitors will be notified in good time of the exact times for set-up.

Do we need exhibitor badges for our booth staff?

Booth personnel must have exhibitor badges. The badge is valid for the entire duration of the FTF, starting with the stand construction on the day of the event. Furthermore, the holder can access the exhibition site already two hours before the official opening of the show. This is not the case with day-tickets for public or visitors. Additional badges can be ordered in the ticket shop.

Who is the organizer of FTF?

Future Tech Fest is organized by the Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/ Rheinland (also called "digihub Düsseldorf"). The digihub Düsseldorf is one of the five DWNRW Hubs in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Will the event be held in English or in German?

The event and its program will be held mostly in English as we anticipate a large number of international participants and exhibitors. Still, most of the attendees and staff will be proficient in German.

Are children allowed to attend FTF by themselves?

Children who have not yet reached age 16 are only allowed to enter the fairgrounds if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions apply only if explicitly stated on postings at the ticket office.

Can I bring animals into the exhibition grounds?

Dogs and other pets are unfortunately not allowed on the exhibition grounds. Further house rules of AREAL BÖHLER can be found here.

Is FTF wheelchair accessible?

Yes, FTF is wheelchair accessible.

Press Information

I am a journalist and would like to be accredited for the FTF. How does this work?

Please use this form to get accredited. We will contact you as soon as possible by e-mail with further information about the event and admission.

Will there be an official press conference and where can I get the schedule?

There will be a press conference approximately 1-2 weeks before FTF. If you are interested in attending the press conference, please select this option in our press accreditation form: here. We will then be happy to send you an invitation for the press conference.

More Questions?

All important questions about the FTF are answered in our FAQs. Do you have any further questions? We are happy to help you.

Nicole Karuvallil

International Startups

Christopher Meyer

Event Manager

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