After over ten years of Open Source Festival, we lead on the idea of interdisciplinary creativity and proudly present you our first bonus level in 2018: the Open Source Festival Congress on the day prior to the festival, which not only sets itself apart from other congresses because of its location.

With exciting keynote speeches, inspiring panels and in-depth workshops, we are making use of the festival grounds and create an extraordinary projection area for new ideas in the open air. Of course, it’s also about music, but also about design, philosophy, politics, digitization, architecture, biology and much more – as long as it is creative, pulsating and inspiring!

What makes the Open Source Festival Congress so special for you?

The festival

Open and diverse, dynamic and energetic, experimental and substantial. 13 years of work – over hill and dale. But the courage to be different pays off.

With the Open Source Festival we do a lot different – and much right. We offer pop musical and other formats of expression a forum that is rare to find. Along the way we are sharpening our own profile and put together a unique festival program year after year. But we also like to try new things – this year we are putting all our inspirations and experiences in a blender and present the Open Source Festival Congress – open-air and right on the festival grounds.

Creativity, Innovation & Business

Without creativity no innovation no economy. A clear relationship, a simple equation. How do we keep the spring bubbling? With a steady change of perspective.

Creativity. A big word with a lot of power. And therefore the expectations on the creative thinker are quite high. But how is one actually creative – in all the different areas and sectors? We look closely, interdisciplinary, outside the box, from all directions and in different constellations.

Formats & proximity

Shove over! Say something! The approachable speaker, not just frontal PA. Learning from each other and thinking together. It’s fun, we promise!

On the show stage just a moment ago, now in the beer garden and together in the artist’s wardrobe in a bit. Each format gets its appropriate space. Every visitor gets the right place for seating or standing. Each speaker has his podium in front of, next to or in the audience. You don’t meet here only once, but at least two, if not three times a day. Just like at a real festival, where encounters inspire and friendships come about.


Said and done. What we talk about is what we practice every day. Our playground is creativity. We are good at that and we like to share it.

Art, performance, film, gaming, design, architecture, graphics, fashion, photography and of course music. They all enrich our festival, our working world and our everyday life. And we know how much openness and effort it takes to gain new perspectives. But every second of this effort is worth it. Because standstill is not an option! And boring.

Festival location

100% true: We are in the countryside. And of course we have perfect sunshine. If not, then we have a roof. And transparent rain covers.

Fresh air stimulates the blood circulation and thus the activity of the brain. Sunshine illuminates the mind and thus the sociability. So why not an open-air congress? We invite you: on July 13, 2018. On the site of the Open Source Festival. In the middle of nature, pure idyll, but still close to the city. With green grass, grand stand, mosquitoes, butterflies and flowers. And delicious brain food that tastes even tastier outdoors than indoors.

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July 13, 2018
9 am – 10 pm

Open Minds. Crossing Ideas. New Reflections.