Friday August 31st, 2018
13.00 - 22.00
Dancing balloon unicorns, sun, drinks, but above all: inspiring and energetic talks that blew our minds. After the last two editions of Dept Festival, the bar is definitely set high. This year, we return to Thuishaven Amsterdam and we are planning to do it bigger, better, and bolder than before. The greatest hat-trick ever? Let’s go for it!
Do you want to dive into the latest trends in creativity, data, and technology at the third edition of Dept Festival? Then open up your calendar and mark August 31st 2018 as a day to never forget. After all, there is no better way to finish summer than with 2,000 fellow creatives, right? We’d love to see you there!
What would Dept Festival be without our favorite host of the day: Dennis Weening? Dennis is a famous Dutch radio-DJ, VJ, and presenter. And trust us, you won't be bored.
Renowned for album covers, posters and his recent book of life lessons, designer Stefan Sagmeister invariably has a slightly different way of looking at things. Today, he is one of the most imaginative and original creative thinkers around and earned practically every important international design award. During Dept Festival he will take us on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy — and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design.
Topher White is the founder of our favorite NGO: Rainforest Connection. He’s fashioned a simple device made of discarded cell phones and solar panels that detect and send alerts when it picks up the sound of chainsaws in protected rainforests, allowing for real-time intervention. Rainforest Connection has helped stop illegal logging and poaching operations in Sumatra. Now the system is being expanded to three more rainforest reserves in Indonesia, the Amazon, and Africa. Topher tells all about the almost-always present sound of chainsaws, and the simple, scalable way to stop this brutal deforestation and make the world a better place with the use of technology.
Mr. Bingo, artist, illustrator and public speaker, is famous for being rude. You might also know him from a hilarious Kickstarter video promoting his recent book Hate Mail, or maybe you’ve seen his bus stop poster advertising for a wife. He has worked with The Washington Post, The Mighty Boosh and The New Yorker and describes himself as having a "slightly smaller than average" head and "girl's arms". His lesson? If you think you’ve made it: retire, kill yourself and give up. A story on how to challenge life constantly trying to better yourself and make new things.
"And what do you do?" The most boring common question we ask each other. The best answer is a single job title. One thing. But not everyone can honestly name that one thing. They cannot narrow themselves down. And why should they? Why should we?
CLUPTOWN is all about good vibes, pretty people and lots of '90s R&B and hiphop. CLUPTOWN Soundsystem (Jos Kel, Sunny Sjoerd and Achmed Akkabi) provides you with only good times, with dancing till you drop and that impossible-to-stop feeling. Don't miss out...
The Ayoub Sisters
The multi-instrumentalist sisters Sarah and Laura, also known as The Ayoub Sisters, cross the boundaries between classical and contemporary music. Their first two singles went straight to the top of the iTunes classical chart. The duo are one of the only acts in the world that play two instruments through one loop station. They can swap instruments during the pieces they play.
Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey is a true frontiersman, daring to push out against what seems like one of the most natural and unstoppable forces of nature - aging. He’s not just another voice though. He's the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He identifies aging as a disease, one that can be cured with the right medicine. His work calls for serious scientific exploration of what causes tissue to age and to then find solutions to those components - what he calls the roadmap to defeat biological aging. Share his story to learn how to live forever.
DJ Lao Lao
DJ Lao Lao has always been great in atmosphere. She spins a selection of those records that you really like but can never remember the title of. From the positive tunes of the good old days to modern well-known hits, Lao Lao keeps the party pumping and mixes nothing but good vibrations.
Jason English Kerr
Jason English Kerr is a designer, creative thinker, and maker who strives to work at the intersection of clever ideas, refined design, and creative technology. He is as happy playing in the glowing light of a computer screen as he is in the glowing lights of laser projectors. For the previous four years, he worked at Autofuss and Bot & Dolly combining design, animation, filmmaking and robotic technology. Currently, he is exploring the world of Virtual Reality as an Art Director and Motion Designer with Google Daydream VR. Be prepared for some of the most beautiful things you've ever seen in VR...
Of course Dept is a community of people, 610 of them. But as your accountant will tell you, the numbers are important also. And sometimes numbers are stories themselves. Stories that make you wonder. What does 5273 say? How many chickens are needed to produce 45.000 eggs? And what do we have 124 of? You can count them today.
Dimi is our second host of the day! He has a natural passion and energy that is not only heard, but truly felt. As Dept's Managing Director and with over 15 years of experience in our industry, he's the one to talk to when it comes to all things digital. Moving business forward is what he likes the best, because when the sun comes up, you better be running…
Every morning, Justin Verkijk awakens The Hague with his roar in his show Den Haag FM. On the weekends you’ll find him in the nightlife, often weaponed with a microphone or behind turntables. If that wasn't enough, he's also the regular ringmaster at festivals like Lowlands, Pitch, Lentekabinet and Dekmantel Festival.
No, Facebook did NOT just shut down an Artificial Intelligence program for inventing a private language. But machines are painting abstract pieces of art, by themselves. Learn about how this works, see the results and find out for yourselves: Is their work any good? And are machines expressing themselves or are humans using machines to express themselves?
Pat was a competitive surfer in his teens and twenty's. Pat travelled the world in search of the best waves. The many travels have inspired his music. His music is produced by Jaap Wiewel (Killing Skills) and Robin Veldman. They create a backdrop of vibey samples, electronic beats and acoustic instruments to compliment Pat's raw voice. On stage Pat is backed by live electronics, drums, guitar and keys.
Imagine a circus full of monkeys. They are adorable, funny, playful and almost impossible to ignore. And you don't want to, because... they are monkeys for crying out loud! But sometimes you have to. For their sake. And yours.
You probably love the tech origin stories, with charming young nerdy guys in t-shirts and flip-flops creating brilliant stuff from scratch in their parent’s garage, flipping the establishment off, changing the world - and becoming billionaires. I have some sad news for you: those stories are not true. The real story is better! It only hurts a little. Or a lot.
Born and raised in São Paolo, Brazil. Deejay Irie currently lives in Groningen, The Netherlands. Gifted with a pair of hands that operate best at the speed of sound and a broad interest in styles and genres, Irie (his real name) is one of The Netherlands most forthgoing, top notch turntablists, renowned for his skills. We’re very happy that he is going to show his skills at the Dept Festival!