Waterkant Festival Summer

3 Jun
MFG 5, and online
Waterkant festival is transforming into a whole summer event. To keep things simple we call it the Waterkant Festival Summer. We can't host a thousand people together on-site this year, so we're filling the season with lots of smaller events to connect you with a bright new world of people, ideas and opportunities.
We're again opening the doors to our exhibition featuring great new exhibits, and of course delicious locally roasted coffee from the Waterkant Cafe on the Kiel waterside.

Six Core Days

Each of the core days is an immerse deep dive into a contemporary theme for society – with a Waterkant startup angle of course. Only 30-50 tickets will be available per day, so make sure you sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when they go on sale.

Extended Humans
3rd June 2021

Over a few short years the devices we use to interact with the virtual realm will become increasing powerful and discreet. It's super interesting; but this is just the interface. On the other side of the device is a huge virtual realm: there are worlds, relationships, experience and economies as varied as on the material side. Join us for a day in the metaverse.

New Work
4th June 2021

The pandemic turned remote working from a benefit to a necessity, and accelerated the adoption of virtual interactions like nothing before it. Embracing new ways to organise and do our work can be hugely beneficial, but so is direct human contact. What does the new, new work feel like? The classic Waterkant theme, more relevant than ever.

Good Old Days
5th June 2021

With a phrase that evokes both comforting and reactionary images, we look at how an ageing society is driving social and technological innovations. How should work change to leverage the potential of an older society? What was good about the past that helps design desirable futures? The discussion impacts every one of us.

Future of Education
10th June 2021

The need for new ways of educating – and learning – was never as urgent as in the past year. We're asking younger voices to talk about their learning needs and innovators on the leading edge of science and technology, to share their vision about how to share, acquire and retain meaningful knowledge in tomorrow's world.

Futures Cities
11th June 2021

Dense populations, cheap sensors, and the digital nodes in all our pockets are making it possible to monitor the operation of a city like never before, and provide magical new services its citizens. We're getting more accessible and more accessible cities and extending this less urbanised area. What's next, and how can you be a part of shaping your cities future?

Forward to Nature
12th June 2021

A growing global understanding of the finite and fragile nature of Earth's bounty has finally started to change our use of materials, methods and logistics. But our new relationship puts human technological innovation into the pathway of natural selection. We look at both sides; celebrating sustainable business, while exploring the intersecting area of design and engineering at a biological level. The anthropocene; it's complicated.

Final dates might change. Sign up to be the first to hear!

Waterkant x Filmby Aarhus // Summer Screenings

Saturday night at the movies? We've partnered up with the amazing Filmby Ideas Lab in Aarhus to bring a crop of young film-makers and game developers to the Waterkant this year. The evenings will take the form of creative and media business workshops mixing our Danish visitors with you, the film and game dev communities of Schleswig-Holstein.

Filmby Aarhus Game Screenings, talks and workshops
5th June 2021
Filmby Aarhus Film Screenings, talks and workshops
12th June 2021

Startup Series

We're pulling together a series to with and for the different startup communities in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond. We starting with three scouting sessions for the Startup SH Camp 2021. You can sign up for this right now.

Waterkant x WEstartupSH  // WEmentor

A female entrepreneurship and female founders 12-month mentoring program in collaboration with WEstartupSH.

Signals from the Future

Our monthly online format that looks at the people, ideas, technologies of today that enable us to envisage our possible, probable, and presferably desirable futures.

Waterkant Exhibition 2021

Building on the success of our 2020 exhibition, we'll be open throughout the summer (Fri - Sun). Our team of designers and guest curators are creating exhibits on themes ranging from foods of the future and maker culture, to social art and open education. Whether you are looking to get an overview of something brand new, or dive deeper into a topic you are already familiar with, the exhibition will have something for you.

Waterkant Cafe

Hugely popular with our exhibition visitors and those just taking a stroll around the MFG5. The cafe will open again this year on Friday to Sunday alongside the exhibition.


We're keeping a close eye on the pandemic numbers, and making contingency plans to switch the in-real-life events to virtual formats if situation demands it. On site we will again implement precautions for visitor numbers, social distancing and hygiene measures to make the events and exhibition as safe as possible.


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