Since Uwe Allgäuer and Matthias Zeitler arrived in Bansko and opened a coworking space in Dec 2016, Bansko is becoming more and more of a major digital nomad hub. Coworking Bansko is the epicenter of the community here and has over 100 members in the busiest months. A lot of nomads turned into Bansko residents. So it is time to open up our cozy mountain village to a larger audience and organize a festival to celebrate the remote life, make new connections, learn something from each other and have fun.
For one week we will turn Bansko into a celebration of what‘s great about location independence. Inspiring speakers will share their insights and stories, we will enjoy everything the mountains have to offer and create connections among all participants.
Corona has disrupted our plans for 2020 a lot. While we initially aimed for about 500 participants and had a great momentum before the lockdown happened, we will now be way less people - probably about 100. This means the program changes due to the reduced size of the event and also the whole atmosphere will be way more cozy. So this year is more of a prototype for next year's much bigger Bansko Nomad Fest. But I am sure everyone will have a great time enjoying the magic of Bansko with us - regardless how many nomads can join us.
The general program looks like this:
|Morning||Arrive & Checkin||Keynotes & Presentations||Keynotes & Presentations||Keynotes & Presentations||Keynotes & Presentations||Keynotes & Presentations||Keynotes & Presentations||Keynotes & Presentations|
|Pool Day||Closing Session, Group Picture & Goodbye|
|Evening||Welcome Drinks||Dating, Networking & Drinks||Social, Jam & Werewolves||Movie Night||Karaokee||Dance & Cocktails||Closing Party||Depart|
We will have talks, workshops and presentations in the mornings and then use the afternoons for a range of fun activities in the nature around us. You will have a choice of actvities that are already included in your ticket like yoga, hiking, speed-dating etc. Or you can pay for additional premium activities like quad biking, a wine tour or mountain biking. The evenings are meant to network and enjoy tasty food as well as music. There will be also enough "free time" where you can enjoy Bansko with new found friends or just work on your projects.
Our focus is around Start Up, Scale Up, Live Up topics, so everyone will have engaging experiences regardless of where they are in their own journey.
A wide range of topics ensure that everyone has a great time
Plus many unconference sessions and self-organized meetups around topics that you are passionate about
Due to Corona travel restrictions the event in 2020 will be smaller than planned. So ticket prices are frozen at the discounted level and everyone will get a *free* ticket for 2021 in addition to attending this year's smaller event.
We have filled all speaking slots and found enough volunteers for this year. Thank you everyone!
But no worries, there are many opportunities for "normal" participants to co-create this event with us though self-organized meetups to share your passion and do what you love!
A room in a nearby guesthouse for up to 4 people, depending on room type. Simple but clean. You have your own ensuite bathroom of course.
A room in a nearby hotel for up to 2 people. A little bit nicer than the guesthouse and you have your own ensuite bathroom of course.
If you cannot pay with Paypal, then we can also send you an invoice that you can pay via bank transfer.
Please send your details to [email protected] to get an invoice.
What are the Nomad Fest plans in case the Corona pandemic is getting worse?
It is hard to predice the future, but we believe that the Corona virus restrictions will be over before end of June (probably much earlier).
Why? Because governments around the world are taking drastic steps to fight this virus, have prioritized the development of treatments and vacines. And air borne virus infections generally do not spread easily in warmer weather and higher humidity.
However the pandemic is affeting travel plans this year, so we will have a smaller event in 2020 than originally planned as speakers, attendees, partners and volunteers travel is restricted.
So we decided that everyone who has a ticket for this year, will also be able to attend next year's event for free. There are no refunds on tickets, but you can do a name change.
Easiest way to get to Bansko, but you will also be able to organize rideshares with other participants or take the public bus form Sofia.
All optional activities can be bought on-site
Every day we take you to the highlights of Bansko: Rila Monastary, Melnik Wine Tasting, Rafting, ATV/Quad, Hike Bezbog, Pool Party, Bike Tour, Hotsprings
3 Meals a day €125
Vegetarian & Vegan options available
Get a collection of the best content from our speakers at a massive discount
We will use multiple indoor and outdoor venues in the Bansko Old Town, which is of great hotels and restaurants
Spend a week in the Bansko, the mountain capital of the Balkans. This cozy village is full of history, large mountains and a growing community of location independent freelancers and enterpreneurs.
We will be in touch with you after registration to coordinate your arrival, deal with any room preferences or upgrades and answer any questions you might have. There is also a private Facebook group for everyone that you will get access to.
Also if you want to stay longer, either before or after the event, you can find apartments at BanskoNomadApartments.com.
To get to Bansko, please check Ryanair and Wizzair for cheap flight to Sofia. We will arrange airpot transfers and there is also a public bus from Sofia
Please note that Coworking Bansko has limited membership availability before and after the Nomad Fest. If you intend to stay longer in Bansko, then please sign-up for membership as early as possible to avoid being turned away because of capacity issues.