Event Experiences

Networking & Evening Events

Women in Networking Lunch
Monday, September 23 | 12:00 – 13:00*
Location: Grand Café Paon Royal
Registration Cost: Complimentary – Pre-registration Required
*time subject to change based on final event schedule

We’d like to invite all attendees that identify as a woman or non-binary to join us at the Women in Networking Lunch. This is a chance to connect and network with each other onsite in a small group setting, while sharing and learning about other attendees, and working to increase the diversity of the networking community.

All attendees must identify as a woman or non-binary and will need to be registered for Open Networking Summit Europe to attend.

Partner Reception – Invitation Only
Monday, September 23| 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Chocolate Nation, The Belgian Chocolate Experience (Koningin Astridplein 7)

Speakers, media and select sponsors will gather for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and networking at the Open Networking Summit Europe Partner Reception. Located at Chocolate Nation, The Belgian Chocolate Experience, just a short walk from Flanders Meeting & Convention Center, invited guests will have the opportunity to network with fellow attendees and immerse themselves in the Belgian chocolate process.

Onsite Attendee Reception & Tech Showcase
Tuesday, September 24 | 17:30 – 19:00
Location: Tech Showcase, Atrium (Ground Floor)

Join your fellow attendees after sessions conclude for drinks, canapes, networking and the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest sponsor products and technologies!


5K Fun Run
Tuesday, September 24 | Meet at 6:45; Run from 7:00 – 8:00
Location: Run will start and end at Flanders Meeting & Convention Center
Registration Cost: Complimentary – RSVP Required

Don’t forget to pack your running gear because the Open Networking Summit Europe Fun Run is on! Participants will be required to provide their own running attire and water.

Visit the Antwerp ZOO!
Did you know that Flanders Meeting & Convention Center is the only convention center in the world with a zoo on site? As an added bonus to attendees, during lunch hours, you are welcome to visit the Antwerp ZOO complimentary with your badge!

“Unofficial” After-Hours Hangout Spot
Location: Bier Central (De Keyserlei 25, 2018 Antwerp)
Business Hours: Daily from 12:00 to 01:00

Join fellow attendees after the conference concludes for the day at our “Unofficial” After-Hours Hangout Spot! Bier Central is just a short 5 minute-walk from Flanders Meeting & Convention Center and is where attendees can hang out, and continue networking once sessions have ended. Food and drinks might not be free, but the conversation will be priceless!







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