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Why subscribe?

From virtual spaces to audio-only events, from concerts within game worlds to a sign language for video calls, every aspect of the event industry is changing in this pandemic year – but the basic needs underlying our desire to get together are unchanged. So what is the future of events?

This newsletter combines my observations on the new world of online and hybrid events with an overview of relevant developments in the event space.

If you are working in the event industry, are interested in digital developments, or are just curious about how we will meet online, this is the newsletter for you!

How often will you mail me?

Irregularly! Each newsletter will contain an observation aimed at generating your feedback – in the end, I want to pull together a publication on the future of events. So all feedback, suggestions, and tips are welcome!

The weekly newsletter will soon be combined with a series of video/audio interviews with professionals in the event space.

Who is Monique van Dusseldorp?

I am an Amsterdam-based curator of events and seminars on media, technology, and innovation. Over the last 25 years, I have dedicated myself to finding the best stories, the most interesting entrepreneurs, inventors, and artists and putting them on stage. It is my role to find interesting people, projects, and ideas, and provide them with the audience and the platform they deserve.

In 2020 I worked on a series of online events: the Next Generation Internet Policy Summit (EU-funded event for policy-makers and activists), the Partos Innovation Festival (for 100 Dutch development NGOs and their international networks), and Emerce Eday (for Dutch digital professionals). Other 2020 clients include Philips, Dutch Media Week, MediaPerspectives, Tweakers, Port of Rotterdam, and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands.

For more than 15 years I have been the curator and moderator of the Cross Media Cafe (Hilversum), a regular meetup of media professionals sharing innovative case studies, and for over 10 years I have been part of the program team of the Next Conference (Hamburg).

Previously I was a.o. part of the team of the first Wired Conference in London, the PICNIC festival in Amsterdam, and for 10 years I was program director of TEDxAmsterdam.

In 2020, I compiled a publication called ‘‘The Great Redesign’’ together with Martin Recke and Ina Feistritzer. I am a co-host of the What’s Next Show, and an editor-at-large for David Mattin’s fantastic New World Same Humans newsletter.

I also work as a moderator of (online) events, bringing energy and a real interest in the topics on hand to the stage or the screen.

My projects for 2021 include co-hosting the What’s Next Show, curating and hosting the Cross Media Cafe series of events and the RIVM Datahub Healthy Urban Living series, as well as selecting speakers for Tweakers Meetup AI and the Tweakers Developers Summit, Philips, Dept, Port of Rotterdam, Emerce Eday, Dutch Digital Day and more.

Van Dusseldorp’s Future of Events newsletter is a personal project.

The Public Spaces initiative and the Dutch Audiovisual Institute support the research.

Drop me a line if you want to work with me!

Monique van Dusseldorp


Do you have ideas to share on the future of events? Let me know!


Monique van Dusseldorp
Amsterdam based event curator with 30 years of experience creating events that explore technology and innovation.