With its vast gilded dome and neo-baroque façade, the Festhalle — known affectionately by locals as the Gudd Stubb (‘living room’) — is one of the most iconic buildings in Frankfurt. It first opened its doors 1909, when its 40meter high dome was the largest structure of its kind in Europe. It is now the focal point of Frankfurt’s vast exhibition grounds and one of Germany’s top venues for music concerts and sporting events. The central level of the Festhalle’s 6,000 sq m interior is the ideal setting for the first me Convention. The premium location is spacious enough to host the big set-piece panel debates, workshops and keynotes planned for the three day event, but intimate enough to encourage networking, socializing and relaxing. The venue is also adjacent to MercedesBenz’ IAA exhibition space, to which all me Convention delegates have unrestricted access.
As the name suggests, me Gate is the first stop for all me Convention participants. This exclusive entrance at the front of the Festhalle building is reserved for convention participants, reducing queue times. At the me Gate there will also be the accreditation counter and a coat / baggage room. That’s not all, though: Entering the me Convention area opens the doors to a world very different from the crowded fairgrounds. An extensive chill-out area – including a swimming pool – offers plenty of opportunity to relax and network between events. Trendy food trucks cater to our human needs, while DJ team “Just Us” creates a fitting atmosphere. There’s also room for fun! Take pictures, look over street artist COR’s shoulder, or travel the world virtually at Lufthansa’s travel kiosk. What else? Find out yourself!
Want to be inspired off stage and check out the latest innovations yourself? That’s where me Base with its playground area on Festhalle’s me Convention level is for. It’s where everything is about exchange and interaction. Playfully me Base stimulates your drive for discovery, whether you dive deep into virtual worlds, test the latest tech in the prototyping lab, socialize in the coworking space, interact with robots, or experience interactive art – the only limit is your imagination. Naturally, me Convention also offers plenty of opportunity for relaxation and conversation. Just as me Gate, me Base provides several seating areas inviting participants to exchange ideas, recharge their batteries, or plan their next steps.
Art not only reflects our present world, but it can lead the way into tomorrow’s, revealing new trends and offering fresh, playful perspectives on progress, society and the shape of the future. For these reasons, the me Convention is engaged in an open dialogue with the artistic community. Expect to be amazed by live paintings, boundary-pushing installations and performance artists drawn from across the globe and creative spectrum. Watch this space for more details.
You won’t go hungry at the me Convention — either for worldchanging ideas or worldclass cuisine. Drinks and snacks, from freshly brewed coffee to exciting street food, will be available in me Base area. And if that doesn’t whet your appetite, there will be five food stalls in the me Gate area serving regional specialties and international cuisine.