Aarhus City Lab

IWDK

Denmark’s leading digital festival

IWDK (Internet Week Denmark) is Denmark’s leading digital festival. In 2019 the six days festival hosted 140 events in 10 different cities originated from Aarhus with 344 talented and inspiring speakers sharing their ideas and knowledge.

Every year, together with our partners and event organizers, we come together for a five days digital festival where almost 11,000 people participate. During the festival we discuss our digital future and put our mark on the digital age. When IWDK started in 2014, the idea was to organize a festival ‘celebrating the internet’. The development of digital technologies and digitalization of the society has only increased since then, and IWDK has evolved and grown with this development. Today we are focusing on where technology takes us all; whether we are CEOs, digital professionals, social media experts, software developers, teachers, parents, kids, seniors, or students – we are all part of the digital revolution and that is what brings us together during IWDK.

The events

The majority of our 140 events are aimed at professionals; people working with new technologies in business, marketing, communication and education in both the private and public sector. IWDK is a festival that consists of many activities including conferences, seminars, panel debates, hackathons, workshops, art installations, exhibitions, product launches and parties. Together they create a platform for connecting businesses with students, creative and social leaders with entrepreneurs, opinion-makers with citizens.

During the weekend, we focus on important everyday digital issues and involve parents, kids, students, and seniors. IWDK is a forum where we can experience and discuss the challenges digital technologies present to our society.

Participants

Almost 11,000 people participate during the festival’s six days. As seen in the demographics, we host a very diverse crowd: there is a great mix of professionals, students, and citizens spread broadly across ages, professions, and industries. We believe gender diversity is extremely important for the future of the IT business and digital industries. That is also why it is encouraging that the gender mix at IWDK 2019 was almost balanced with 51 % women and 49 % men. At IWDK 2019 13 % of the participants were foreigners. The international perspective is important because the digital development is a global phenomenon, where scalability and talent know no boundaries. The broad representation of industries from both the public and private sectors creates a great platform for innovation and new strategic business partnerships to be born through IWDK.