What to expect when you’re DMEXCO-ing

08/23 By IAS Team

If you’re a DMEXCO pro, you should be fully equipped for this year’s annual meet up in the occasionally sunny Cologne! If you’re a first timer, we have some bad news – you won’t be sipping rosè while watching the sun set on a yacht in Cannes.

But fear not – to soften the blow, we’ve compiled a list of all the best events to attend this September. Whether you’re looking for a high-end networking dinner, or a dance party where the weißbier (🍺) is flowing – IAS has you covered. 

Pre-DMEXCO Events

If you’re going to make the most of DMEXCO, we recommend warming-up with a few choice events that will take place the day before things kick off at the Kölnmesse.

Monday, September 9th

9:30 AM CEST

Online Ad Summit 2019

Where: Hyatt Regency Cologne, Kennedy-Ufer 2a, 50679 Cologne

Details: On DMEXCO Eve, the Online Ad Summit may be your style. Discussions and debates with experts will address the changes that 2019 has brought, and you can expect to learn everything from best practices to newfound ways of tackling the challenges of today.

How: Purchase tickets and learn more here.

7:00 PM CEST

Artefact Night 2019

Where: Wolkenburg Cologne, Mauritiussteinweg 59, 50676 Cologne

Details: The best things in life are either free or covered in chocolate. This one’s the former. Previously named the Performance Night, this is the perfect event to meet colleagues, friends and new contacts from all areas of the digital industry and exchange ideas (and drinks) in a relaxed atmosphere.

How: Register for tickets here.

7:00 PM CEST

Pre-DMEXCO Party 2019 by ShowHeroes and Smart

Where: die wohngemeinschaft, Richard-Wagner-Str. 39, 50674 Cologne

Details: “die wohngemeinschaft” will open its doors to welcome the industry into their sacred space with delicious drinks, cool music, and lots of fun! At least that’s what we’ve heard. Why don’t you check it out and let us know – if we don’t hear from you, we’ll assume you had a great time.

How: Tickets can be registered free of charge until the 5th of September here.

7:00 PM CEST

The Official WOW Dinner

Where: Bogen 2 Cologne, Gladbacher Wall 5, 50670 Cologne

Details: The WOW Dinner is part of a global series of networking events aimed at promoting diversity in tech and related industries. Expect an evening of great conversation with a vibrant group, an eclectic mix of innovators, amazing food and inspiring speakers. Diversity is the soul of the event and WOW welcomes all guests.

How: Purchase tickets here.

7:30 PM CEST

DMEXCO Opening Dinner

Where: The Harbour Club, Hafenstraße 4, 51063 Cologne

Details: The official DMEXCO opening will be “reinventing itself” in 2019, switching up from a classic cocktail party into an exclusive dinner for around 130 selected guests. Feel-good food served by extraordinary masters of their craft will surprise guests with unconventional flavors, and the attendees will be thought leaders and experts from across our fair landscape.

How: This event is invite only, so we recommend you start getting to know the bouncers.

Day 1 Events

If you managed to make it through the pre-events unscathed, you’ll now be ready to hit the town and soak up what DMEXCO has to offer. Here are all of our top picks for events during the conference!

Tuesday, September 10th

12:00 PM CEST

DMEXCO Executive Lunch

Where: Hyatt Regency Cologne, Kennedy-Ufer 2a, 50679 Cologne

Details: The DMEXCO Executive Lunch is an exclusive event for invited guests. For a leisurely lunch in the Hyatt Regency Cologne, you can exchange ideas and network. Exclusive shuttles will take you from the DMEXCO grounds right to the location and back.

How: Invite only.

8:30 PM CEST

Official DMEXCO Party

Where: Rheinterrassen Köln, Rheinparkweg 1, 50679 Cologne

Details: In front of a breathtaking backdrop with a scenic panorama of the Rhine, the DMEXCO Party is reinventing itself in 2019! The location is being transformed into a summernights’ dream with first-class DJs and plenty of delicious drinks to enjoy!

How: Tickets are available here.

9:00 PM CEST

OMR Aftershow Party

Where: Boathouse Cologne, Auenweg 173, 51063 Cologne

Details: The OMR Aftershow takes place as the sun sets on day 1 of DMEXCO. The line-up is handpicked – OMR provides the entertainment and you “bring the vibes”. Remember earlier when we said that the best things in life are free? Well, put your wallet away because all drinks here are on the house! This is not one to miss.

How: Buy your tickets here.

9:00 PM CEST


Where: Halle Tor 2, Girlitzweg 30, 50829 Cologne

Details: The unofficial party of DMEXCO is now in its twelfth year. After a jam packed day at the Kölnmesse, you can then spend the evening in Hall 2 to end the day with a fantastic show. The OMClub party is self described as “crazy” with “the only goal being to party”. If you have any meetings on Thursday morning, we would consider rescheduling…

How: Enter for the chance to win tickets here.