Join Us For Geeks on a Plane: Europe Edition 2009


Even though the economy is down there are still new technologies to explore, people to meet and ideas to exchange. To facilitate this Dave McClure and I are hosting the first Geeks on a Plane: Europe. We are inviting Silicon Valley & US entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and bloggers (you!) on a 14-day tour of Europe’s top technology cities, events, and people featuring stops in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Paris, plus a kickoff event in Washington, DC.


GOAP Europe is following in the footsteps of Dave McClure’s successful Geeks on a Plane Asia from this past Spring. The anchor events are Seed Camp in London (a week long entrepreneurship mentoring event), PICNIC, a great technology conference in Amsterdam, and we end with FOWA London, an excellent web development and design conference. In Berlin, Prague, and Paris we plan on hosting Ignites (a series of five-minute geek talks) and Startonomics (an event for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs).

We are hoping to have 20+ attendees for the whole trip. So far it’s a combination of technologists, VCs, bloggers, and entrepreneurs — all of them geeks.


At each city we’ll have events where tour attendees can meet and mingle with local technologists. The goals of the event are to meet startups, geeks, VCs in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Paris. To learn about trends in European web, mobile, gaming platforms. To gain insight into local markets, demographics, business models. And to meet cool people, new ventures, plus have fun on planes, trains, buses. The event is starting out in DC where we will I’ll be joining in London.

The costs vary by the number of cities and events you attend. These are the estimates:

Full Trip (4-6 cities): $1250 all events + travel/hotel = ~$3000-5000

Partial Trip (2-3 cities): $750 events pass + travel/hotel = ~$2000-4000

Single City (DC or other): $500 events pass + travel/hotel = ~$1000-2000

Let us know if you wish to attend. If you are attending FOWA or PICNIC you should definitely consider extending your trip and joining us in some of the other cities. Just fill out the invite request and tell us more about yourself. If you are interested in sponsoring the event use the same form.

  • This looks excellent, Brady! If Geeks on a Plane Asia is an indicator of the immense value (and fun) that the GoaP tour brings, then people who want to make valuable connections while getting the low-down on the European startup environment should definitely sign up!

  • Just fyi to readers: Seedcamp is Sept 21-25 (

    Minor typo 3rd para from bottom

    The event is starting out in DC where we will I’ll be joining in London

  • This looks incredibly awesome. I can’t make this one, but will block my calendar for the next one. It takes significant investment of energy and brainwaves to pull things like this off. Hats off to Brady and Dave.

  • This looks like an interesting trip!

    FOWA is a great conference, with informative talks and a good track-style layout, so I’m sure you’ll have fun here in the UK.

    Maybe you could include a few lesser-known, more hands-on events in future? If you want to see where the axe meets the grindstone here in Europe, maybe checking out public-sector, educational, and other technology events would add an interesting perspective?

    It does sound like a great experience, though… if you like flying ;)

  • François

    Sounds good but I would suggest to replace it with
    GoaT (Geek on a Train). It would be better for the climate.

  • Nice, and in regard to Berlin: there’s the Atom & Bits Camp running on the same weekend where you’re planning to visit – maybe you would like to join in on this camp?

    Have a look at for details or send me a message if you’d like to get in touch with the organizers…

  • let me know how i can help with all that stuff. its always great to see you guys.