As plans for this year’s conference draw to completion, ADE announce their first ever hackathon.

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest club-based festival and conference for electronic music, will take place this year from the 19th to 23rd of October. The ADE Festival will feature 300 events and over 2000 DJ’s from the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres, across 5 days in 100 different clubs and venues, making Amsterdam one of the busiest and most inspiring clubbing cities in the world.

The ADE festival program nears completion and with the latest addition of Carl Craig (US), DJ Harvey (GB), Gui Boratto (BR), Hudson Mohawke (GB), Jazzy Jeff (US), John Talabot (ES), Netsky (BE) and Sasha (GB) and more, the 2016 festival lineup of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), an initiative of Buma, is almost complete. For a complete overview visit the artist’s page on the official website.

ADE’s multiple conference streams connect the worldwide music industry, offering the ultimate annual business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music. Divided into nine themed programs, ADE’s comprehensive conference covers every aspect of the modern music industry, featuring dedicated programming for business professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers.

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The programs also feature in-depth expertise and insight into the harder and urban music genres, the connection between dance & brands, the relationship between music and technology, and sustainable, ecologically responsible practices for the global dance music industry. DJ and record label owner Gilles Peterson (FR), hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow (US), electronic artist and technology adventurer Richie Hawtin (CA) are amongst some of the latest additions to ADE’s conference line-up. They join previously announced speakers including Bruce Eskowitz (COO Red Light Management, US), Hudson Mohawke (Warp Records, TNGHT, GB), Molly Neuman (Head of Music Kickstarter, US), Raphael Aflalo (CEO and co-founder of My Love Affair, FR ) and Steve Bartels (CEO Def Jam, US). ADE’s multiple conference streams will play host to an expected 450 speakers.

To stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the dance and festival scene, ADE 2016 will see DGTL, Young Creators and ADE joining forces to organize the first ever ADE Hackathon. As the electronic music scene is using data & technology more and more, the three parties acknowledge that it is of importance to discover further opportunities in this domain. At the ADE Hackathon, smart developers, designers and entrepreneurs are asked to think about the challenges that are faced by the dance and festival scene, but also to think about the opportunities that data and technology provide. A group of 100 selected bright minds will be invited to develop smart concepts, new apps and inspiration within a challenging timespan of 24 hours. Example topics include: Enhanced Festival Experience, Safety & Security, Dance & Travel and Festival Logistics. More program information will be announced soon.

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In the past twenty years, ADE has grown into a globally renowned platform for the international dance and electronic music scene. The festival is the perfect place to spot the latest musical trends and emerging talents, as well as hearing the most recent work of both electronic music pioneers and current superstar acts. In addition to the extensive line-up of the ADE Festival, the ADE Playground offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program including exhibitions, in-store promotions, pop-up stores and film screenings all over the city center.

The business aspect of the event (ADE Conference) is recognized as the most important of its kind, presenting a broad range of conferences and networking opportunities that focus on music and technology, VJs & visuals, sustainability, dance & brands, harder dance styles, new talent and the education of students. The Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 19th to 23rd of October, 2016.