FAQ

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General

What is the Fifteen Seconds Festival?

The Fifteen Seconds Festival is Europe’s leading conference to network, learn and get inspired and unites a global community gathering 3000 leaders, creatives and innovators in Graz, Austria.

For whom is the festival designed and who attends?

The festival targets all future-oriented people with critical thinking that seek inspiration, knowledge and are eager to make new contacts. It gathers leaders, creatives and innovators from various disciplines and industries and is designed for everyone who feels addressed.

What to expect at the festival?

The festival is an immersive 48 hour experience designed for inspiration, knowledge-transfer and networking, all at the intersection of business, innovation and creativity for 3000 leaders, creatives and innovators from various disciplines. A business conference, done differently, with five interdisciplinary stages for 100 speakers from globally recognized brands and a 130,000 square foot expo area featuring more than 100 innovative partner companies.

What topics are covered at the festival?

Our range of topics is designed to be diversified and interdisciplinary. Here are all topics that are covered by speakers from global brands: Marketing, Sales, Advertising, Leadership, Talent, Culture, Media, Publishing, Journalism, Digital, Disruption, Technology.

When does the Fifteen Seconds Festival take place?

The Festival 2017 takes place on Thursday, June 8 from 9am until 8pm and Friday, June 9 from 9am until 7:30pm. The Spotify After-Show Party starts on Friday at 10pm.

Are the talks in English or German?

90% of the keynotes are going to be held in English, on the other formats the share is about 50% German, 50% English.

Is there food and drinks available?

Yes, breakfast, coffee, snacks and drinks come complementary with every ticket. Opening at noon, our Food Market offers a broad variety of dishes, which are not included in the ticket price. The payment works cashless only, with either credit or debit cards. Cash is neither needed nor accepted.

How can I become a sponsor and/or exhibit at the festival?

Please send your request to partnerships@fifteenseconds.co, we’re happy to look into it.

Is there a livestream available?

No, our festival is designed to be an immersive two-day experience to learn and network for all participants. We believe, that in times where digital takes over, it’s even more important to rely on face-to-face relationships. The videos of the talks will be published on our YouTube channel after the festival.

Can I apply for speaking or suggest a speaker?

Yes, please send your proposal including your topic to hello@fifteenseconds.co, we’re happy to look into it.

Tickets & Registration

Where can I get my ticket, how do I register for the festival?

On our ticket page, please follow this link: http://fifteenseconds.co/en/festival/tickets/

What’s included in my ticket?

You can find all benefits of the Festival Pass and the Festival Pass Plus on our ticket page: http://fifteenseconds.co/en/festival/tickets/

How does the registration work?

Registration starts on Thursday at 9:00am. Please be there on time, allowing us to welcome and smoothly register more than 3000 guests. The registration is based on a single-lane-system in order to make access even faster and easier. Please make sure to have your ticket open on your smartphone as well as a valid ID (passport, driving license, id card).

Caution: You’ll receive a wristband and your personal badge at the registration, both is strictly required to access the festival. Your festival wristband also functions as your entryband for the Spotify After-Show Party on Friday – there’s no entry without a wristband without exceptions. Should you, for whatever reasons, have detached or lost your wristband, you have to register again. This isn’t a problem, but can take some time.

How do I receive my ticket?

Starting one week prior to the event, you can find your ticket in the link we sent right after purchase. Additionally, we send the direct ticket link via email to all attendees multiple times in the festival week. For the registration, please make sure to have your ticket open on your smartphone as well as a valid ID (passport, driving license, id card).

Can you deduct the VAT on my invoice within the EU?

No, because to comply with EU and Austrian law, we are obliged to charge VAT in the country where the event takes place.

Can I cancel my ticket and get a refund?

No, a ticket purchase is always binding which means we cannot refund orders. However, all tickets are transferable to another person until shortly before the event. In case you cannot make it, you can easily hand over your ticket by changing the details in the link you received after purchase.

Are there day passes or can I share my ticket with someone else in between days?

No. All tickets are personalised and after registered once, cannot be passed on. The access the festival, you will need both your badge and wristband.

Can I pass my ticket to another person?

Yes, tickets in the categories Festival Pass and Festival Pass Plus are transferable until very shortly before the event. After your purchase, you receive a link which allows you to edit personal attendee information (e.g. name, position, company). To edit tickets, all you need is this link. Editing is possible until May 31, 2017. For changes after this date, we have an option at the event for the person that takes your place.

Arrival

Where does the Fifteen Seconds Festival take place?

The Fifteen Seconds Festival takes place at Stadthalle Graz, Messeplatz 1, 8010 Graz. Find it on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/FS-Festival-Location

How do I get there by plane?

When flying directly to Graz, the city airport Graz Thalerhof (GRZ) is a mere 10km/6mile drive away from the Stadthalle Graz. There are a lot of direct flights connecting Graz with Vienna, Frankfurt/Main, Munich and Zurich, among others. Your alternative: Airport Vienna, Wien-Schwechat (VIE) with many more international connections and a two-hour drive away from the Stadthalle Graz by car. You can find our travel deals from our official carrier Austrian Airlines for all attendees here: http://fifteenseconds.co/en/festival/travel/

How to get there by car?

When arriving from Vienna or Klagenfurt, take the highway A2 and the highway exit Graz-Ost, after approximately 1.5 km or 1 mile you will arrive at the location. When coming from Salzburg or Linz take the highway A9 and the highway exit Graz-Nord, you will reach your destination after approximately 7.4 kilometers or 4.6miles.

Will there be parking lots available?

Every ticket includes a parking lot and there will be enough available. The parking lot P1 Fröhlichgasse is located right next to the Stadthalle (Fröhlichgasse 39-45, http://bit.ly/FS-Festival-Parking), no more than 2 minutes walking. You are welcome to leave your car here for free from Tuesday until Saturday of the festival week. The parking lot is also accessible during the night, in case you need to get something from your car.

How to get there by bus?

We recommend FlixBus as an affordable and fast option. Depending on your point of departure, there are multiple stops in Graz. The closest stop is Girardigasse, which is a 3min walk to Jakominiplatz, the central public transport hub in the city center. From there, you simply take the tram line 4 to Liebenau and exit at the Stadthalle.

If you exit the FlixBus at the central railway station, take the tram line 1, 3, 6 or 7 to Hauptplatz and change to Line 4 to Liebenau, exit at Stadthalle.

How to get there by train?

The best way to come to Graz with public transportation is with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). Destination: Graz Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). When arriving in Graz, take the tram line 1, 3, 6 or 7 to Hauptplatz and switch to line 4 until you reach the stop Stadthalle. Please get out here.

At the Festival

Do you have an app?

Yes, FS Now is your digital festival companion, featuring the schedule, the venue map, a news feed and the attendee information. You can access it by opening fsnow.co in your browser.

To network, there is FS Match. Set up your profile in just a few seconds, find like-minded attendees and make new contacts. Using the messaging feature, you can get in touch directly. The app is available on the iOS App Store and the Android Google Play Store, you can find the links here: fsmatch.co.

How do I get around in Graz?

The tram station right in front of the Stadthalle in the Conrad-von-Hötzendorf-Straße offers fast transportation with the line 4 to Andritz into inner city. For taxis, we recommend 878: +43316878

How can I pay at the festival?

Thanks to our payment provider SIX, you don’t need any cash. That means, payment at the Food Market, the Design Market and the Spotify After-Show Party works cashless only, with either credit or debit cards. Cash is neither needed nor accepted. Other than that, everything is included in your festival pass.

Where do the workshops take place?

The workshops are exclusively for our attendees with a Festival Pass Plus, you can find them eastwards of the meeting rooms here: http://fifteenseconds.co/en/festival/venue/

I would like to participate in the Speed Dating, where can I sign up?

This format takes place at the Maze Race by Teamazing as well as the escalators. Should you have trouble finding it, please go to the Info Point where we will be happy to assist you. You’ll find it on our map with an “i” here: http://fifteenseconds.co/festival/venue/

I would like to participate at the Connect Sessions, where can I sign up?

You can find this format in the map marked with “N2”: http://fifteenseconds.co/festival/venue/

I would like to participate at the Experimental Brainstorming , where can I sign up?

You can find this format in the map marked with “N1”: http://fifteenseconds.co/festival/venue/

I would like to participate at the Picnic for Two, where can I sign up?

You can sign up on both festival days starting at 11am at the Info Point. You’ll find it on our map with an “i” here: http://fifteenseconds.co/festival/venue/

Where and when does the After-Show Party take place?

The official Spotify After-Show Party starts on Friday at 10pm and takes place in the area of the Keynote Stage in the Stadthalle. The admission is free for all attendees and all you need at the entrance is your wristband, which you already received at the festival registration. The entry differs from the registration and you can see it here:

Where does the Speakers’ Dinner take place?

The Speakers’ Dinner is exclusively for attendees with a Festival Pass Plus, as well as for speakers and selected partners. It starts on Thursday at 8pm and takes place at the Designhalle Graz, Lazarettgürtel 62, 8020 Graz. We recommend a taxi to get there and back: +43316878.

I would like to participate at the Dinner with a Stranger, where can I sign up?

You can sign up on both festival days starting at 11am at the Info Point. You’ll find it on our map with an “i” here: http://fifteenseconds.co/festival/venue/

I did not tick off the checkbox to attend the after-show party, can I still attend?

Yes, the checkbox is not binding, it rather helps us estimating and optimzing the planning.

Can I bring a +1 to the After-Show Party?

No, the access is restricted to participants with a festival wristband and requires a ticket (Festival Pass, Festival Pass Plus, Press Pass, Startup Pass, Student Pass, Crew Pass).