About Techsylvania

Techsylvania is the leading technology event in Eastern Europe, built to revitalize the local tech community through high-quality information delivered by worldwide experts in the IT&C industry. Developers, IT executives, leading companies, entrepreneurs gather every year since 2014 for top-notch networking and lots of insights. The place where all these happen is in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj, a town well-known for its technological incline in the past few years.

If you have a mindset for innovation, Techsylvania is where all your questions are answered.

Students Culture Hall
(Casa de Cultura a Studentilor)
Lucian Blaga Square, no. 1-3
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

June 9-10: Connected Devices & Chatbots  Hackathon
June 11-12: Technology & Innovation Conference
June 11-12: Startup Avalanche Competition

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The Conference

What better way to learn and broaden our horizons than from leading professionals in the tech-scene? We want to introduce you to the most compelling innovators and entrepreneurs who have the right knowledge to handle this fast evolving industry. There will be a mix of world renowned companies giving you valuable informations from the backstage of their evolution.  

We have the power to discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future. Together.

Our 2018 Speakers

Anda Gansca USA CEO and Co-Founder of Knotch (Forbes 30 Under 30)
Japjit Tulsi USA VP Engineering at eBay (Leading Engineering for The World's 9th Largest Internet Company)
Sonny Vu Vietnam Founder of Misfit (Acquired by Fossil for $260 million)
Ashley Carroll USA Partner at Social Capital (Runs a $1.2 Billion VC Fund)
Katherine Manderfield USA Director of Content Strategy, T Brand Studio at The New York Times (Largest Circulation Newspaper in US)
Jeremy Apthorp USA Senior Software Engineer at Slack (Building the Fastest-Growing Business App in History)
Ralph Simon United Kingdom Founder & CEO of Mobilium Global (The Inventor of the Ringtone)
Yossi Vardi Israel Angel Investor (Father of the Israeli Tech Ecosystem)
Steffi Czerny Germany Co-Founder & Managing Director at DLD Media (Number 30 of Wired' 100 Digital Influencers)
Rich Archbold Ireland Senior Director of Engineering at Intercom ($1 Billion Unicorn Messaging Startup)
Florin Talpes Romania Founder and CEO of Bitdefender (Top Cybersecurity Player with 500 Million Users)
Xuan Jin United Kingdom Senior Evangelist at Alibaba Cloud International (Largest Cloud Computing Company in China)
Sebastian Dobrincu USA Founder and CEO of Storyheap ($1 million in Revenue and Top Clients: Tumblr, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez)
Kaidi Ruusalepp Estonia Founder & CEO at Funderbeam (Creator of the Global Startup Stock Exchange)
Niv Liran Germany Chief Product Officer at Auto1 Group ($2.8 Billion Unicorn)
Di-Ann Eisnor USA Director of Growth at Waze (Building a 100 Million User Base)
Matthew Michelsen USA Silicon Valley Insider (Working with Leading Brands: Lady Gaga, Nike, Cirque Du Soleil, YouTube)
John Biggs USA Writer at TechCrunch (Author of the Best Book on Blogging)
Omer Tetik Romania CEO at Banca Transilvania (Running a Bank with over 2.2 Milion Clients and 7.000 Employees)
Newton Howard USA Director of the MIT Synthetic Intelligence Lab / Professor at the University of Oxford (Creating the brain implant of the future)

Limited number of tickets

Some of our Previous Speakers

Tim Draper Founder of DFJ & Draper University

Romania has some real contenders in the startup world, and Techsylvania brought the new ones to light

Mark Shuttleworth Isle of Man Founder of Ubuntu & Canonical

Vibrant crowd, great questions, lots of ideas and a lovely setting made Techsylvania a thoroughly enjoyable event.

Johannes Reck Germany CEO at GetYourGuide

The content was great and what we liked the most was that it is a true engineering conference

Joyce Shen USA Senior Director Emerging Technologies at Thomson Reuters

If you want to get a pulse of tech innovation, ecosystem, talents in Eastern Europe, Techsylvania is the gateway.

Martin Wezowski Germany Chief Designer at SAP
Chad Fowler USA Divisional CTO at Microsoft Wunderlist
Frank Meehan UK Co-founder of SmartUp (Former Siri & Spotify Board Member)
Steffi Czerny Germany Co-Founder & Managing Director at DLD Media
Newton Howard USA Director at MIT Synthetic Intelligence Lab

Techsylvania oozed energy and enthusiasm from the brightest minds working in the sector. It was my privilege to attend, present and make many new friendships that will endure.

Marcus Segal USA SVP of Operations at Zynga

Attending the Techsylvania Event was a blast. The entrepreneurial energy and technical talent in Romania is top-notch.

Felix Petersen Germany Managing Director Europe at Samsung NEXT

Techsylvania was a real eye-opener to me. A conference full of enthusiasm, youthful spirit, talent and optimism.

Alexis Bonte Spain Executive in Residence at Atomico

The advantages of the Romanian market are the quality of its people, the technical people, the hunger.

Connected Devices Hackathon

As a celebration of interconnectedness, Techsylvania organizes an intense 24-hour hackathon, which grants access to the coolest devices and highly qualified mentors. Here you can reinvent the way code is written for IoT devices; sync infrared, sonar and time of flight sensors with a mobile app or even develop apps that can help you with your day-to-day life problems. These are some of our winning projects and great examples of how skills can be wired with tech and creativity, in a cool playground.

See the devices

DJI Phantom 4

Amazon Echo

Oculus DK2

Startup Avalanche

We’re love tech, but we care about business just as much and we want to share some business know-how with our regional community. That’s why we have created Startup Avalanche back in 2016, as an opportunity addressed to early stage startups to outshine in front of an international audience.

If you like challenges and have a scalable product, you just have to bring your team and you’re on the way to the grand prize: a hitchhike to Silicon Valley to meet your future investor!

6 reasons to attend Techsylvania 2018

Top Notch Content

ICO’s, blockchain technologies, AI, growing & managing companies are just a few of the topics Techsylvania 2018 will be focusing on. Technical experts and global unicorns are joining the stage.

Satellite Events

10+ satellite events organized all across town enabling attendees to connect, learn and exchange knowledge. We will transform the city into an interactive hub for tech.


Attend 10 fully curated workshops targeted at specific audiences. The main topics are technical, product and business oriented. It’s a chance to learn from industry leaders.

Executive Roundtables

Limited to a specific number of attends, the roundtables provide a setting where participants can discus specific business opportunities, issues or problems with a group of peers.

Q&A Sessions

The Q&A stage gives attendees a unique opportunity to address questions to the speakers. You’ll join a small audience for 30 minute sessions with tech’s top speakers.


With 2.000 attendees expected to the 5th edition Techsylvania is sure to offer a great networking experience. Use Topi, our official mobile networking app to connect with key people.