Volunteer FAQ - Tech Open Air

Volunteer FAQ

What is TOA?

TOA or Tech Open Air is a multiple day, Tech, Music and Culture conference and festival that is based in Berlin, Germany.

When does TOA17 take place?

Tuesday, July 11th through Friday, July 14th, 2017

What is the main venue?

Funkhaus Berlin, located at Nalepastraße 18, 12459 Berlin

Does the event take place there all 4 days?

Nope, just on second and third day (July 12th and 13th). There are Satellite events that take place during the evenings on the 11th, 12th and 13th and all day on the 14th.

What are Satellite events? And where do they take place?

Satellite events are workshops, talks, and various other formats in which the Berlin tech community is able to curate their own programming during the week of TOA. The events occur all over the city of Berlin and can be attended by TOA pass holders. Additionally, the programming can also be streamed, increasing the accessibility to the knowledge being shared- a big win!

How do I apply to volunteer?

Go right HERE

What does being a volunteer entail?

As a volunteer, you will be a representative of TOA to the speakers, sponsors, influencers and general ticket holders that are in attendance. There are a variety of ways you can contribute, from production assistance to helping with registration. Just let us know what your preferences are, and we can work with you to find the best way for you to contribute.

How often do I need to volunteer to receive a pass for the festival?

To receive a pass for the festival, you must volunteer for at least 12 hours. However you’re more than welcome to do more, and many of our volunteers choose to do this!

What can I do when I’m not volunteering?

When you’re not volunteering, you’re free to explore all of the talks, workshops and networking events that TOA has to offer. We of course ask that you’re respectful of all attendees, especially when you’re wearing your volunteer t-shirt.

Do you provide any food for volunteers?

Yes, you will have access to the team catering room – one meal during your shift.

Can I just show up on the day of and be ready?

Short answer, No. While we’re not looking for you to have excessive amounts of work beforehand, there will be some short briefing materials prior to the festival that you will be asked to look over. We’re also going to have some meet ups prior to give our volunteers an opportunity to mingle and network beforehand.

My friends want to volunteer. Can we do the same shifts so we’re all together?

We understand how much more fun you can have when you’re able to have the experience with friends, that being said, there is no guarantee that you can do all your shifts at the same post and the same time as your friends. What we suggest is indicating the time and locations you are looking to work, and if they align – we’ll do our very best to make it happen. Since we have a lot of responsibilities that need to be fulfilled, our first priority is adequately staffing the areas that need help. But also, TOA is a great way to meet new people too!

I am looking to get more involved with TOA overall and would like more responsibility. Is there anything else I can do?

Yes! We are actually looking for volunteers to step up as a team leads. If you’re interested in helping, please indicate that to us on the Volunteer application. If you have additional questions, you can send us more information at (volunteer@toa.berlin), but the application really should give you the room to give us what we need.

Are volunteers provided any sort of discounts? Any help with accommodations?

Unfortunately no, you are responsible to provide your own accommodations. While we don’t provide any discounts, we do our best to ensure you have amenities as a volunteer (like a pass to the festival, food, access to the closing party, etc) that more than make up for it.

Is there a dress code at TOA?

You don’t need to dress up, wear something casual that you feel comfortable in and of course your TOA17 T-shirt! Comfortable shoes are always a plus. And it’s Berlin – so we might have some bipolar weather (even in the Summer). It’s best to be prepared for it all!

How do I get to the main venue?

There are a few ways to get to Funkhaus Berlin. You can find directions on how to get there, click HERE for directions. However, the most popular choices are:

  • Public transport (we recommend taking Tram 21)
  • Car
  • Bike

I’m coming by bike. Can I bring it inside the festival area?

Unfortunately not, but you can lock it to the fence outside.

Okay, everything sounds good. What’s next?

Head to the application page and submit your request to be a volunteer! We will send you information about volunteering from that point, including information you’ll need to be prepared for your shifts, meetups, and opportunities to get more involved with TOA before and after the festival.

Any unanswered questions? Reach out!

Mayuri is your point of contact for all questions about volunteering. Feel free to email her at volunteer@toa.berlin.