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Dreamt about meeting the brightest minds in the industry? Affiliate World Europe is the place. We have provided you with all there is to know about this event and the city in this guide.
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Affiliate world is one of the world’s largest communion of e-commerce entrepreneurs and influential performance marketers. As an affiliate marketer, you will not want to miss this event because you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with industry’s brightest minds, and people you have looked up to for advice and guidance. This is an opportunity for you to push your career to the level.  Even Neil Patel said, and I quote, “It is one of the best places to go to learn. If you want to learn cutting-edge tactics, this is the place to go.”

This event will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from the 8th to the 11th of July. There will be more than 3000 attendees, 30+ speakers, 110+ advertisers, 150 + affiliate networks, 35+ traffic sources. I don’t think there is another gathering that will give you an opportunity of this magnitude. Here are some of the most prominent people to speak at the event:

  • SAMUEL BEVAN (Global Online Sales, Regional Manager (EMEA), Snap Inc.),
  • GABRIELLA RAPONE (CEO, Ace Maverick Media),
  • JASON AKATIFF (Founder & CEO, A4D Performance Network),
  • TIM BURD (Co-founder, Agency Y),
  • ERIK YEPES (Founder & CEO, DEPI MEDIA FZE),
  • DEE DENG (Head of Growth, Right Hook Digital),
  • CAT HOWELL (Founder & CEO, 8 Loop Social),
  • EZRA FIRESTONE (Co-founder & CEO, Smart Marketer Inc.),
  • SIMON MADER (Co-founder, AdBaker),
  • MATTHEW WOODWARD (Owner, MatthewWoodward.co.uk), and many more.

They will share with you the tips and secrets of their success, and new strategies and innovative ideas to conquer the market.

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In this article, you are going to tell you everything there is to know about the AWE 2019. In fact, we will be your guide and personal assistant to Barcelona and back. This article is for everyone interested in expanding their horizons, be you a novice or expert.

It is advisable to travel 2-3 days before the event to get yourself settled in. This may also give you the opportunity to meet with other attendees, partners, or speakers before the event. You will have enough time to adjust if you meet unpleasant circumstances.

Preparations for your trip

Of course, before any event, you have to make some preparations. You need to do some research about the place you will be visiting. Especially if it is your first time. This AWE 2019 will be held in Barcelona, Spain. Like every other large city in Europe, you should expect to encounter heavy traffic and pickpocketing. The natives of this city speak Catalan besides Spanish. At this time of the year, it will be hot in Barcelona at about 27°C (81°F) in the day and 19°C (66°F) at night. So, pack your clothes accordingly. You will notice that the beaches are sometimes crowded and their food is amazing.

If you are traveling from outside of the EU, then you need to get a visa. Since Barcelona in the EU, all Schengen visas will be accepted.

If you have never made a trip to Barcelona before, then we suggest that you check out the map of major airline carrier hubs. You will be able to book your flight from there. You can also travel by train if you are from a nearby country like the Netherlands, Portugal, France, and Italy.

Where to stay

It is advisable to pick a place closer to the event location. This is because Barcelona is very large and you will not want to be stuck in traffic on the day of the event. So, here are some of our recommendations:

  • Hotel Parallel: This hotel located on Barcelona’s Avenida Paralelo, which is a 10-minute drive from Plaza Catalunya. It also gives you easy access to Montjuïc, where you can have lots of fun.
  • Ayre Hotel Gran Via: This is a 4 star rated hotel very close to Fira de Barcelona just a few minutes walk to the Plaza de España. 
  • Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center: Located about 200 m from Barcelona’s Magic Fountain, this hotel offers very good services and spacious rooms.
  • Hotel Acta Azul Barcelona: This hotel is located on Barcelona’s Gran Vía Avenue, not far from Plaza España and the Fira de Barcelona exhibition center. Its reception is available 24 hours a day.
  • Evenia Rocafort: This hotel is found in a strategic area of the city. It is not far from the park and the exhibition site of Montjuic and various points of tourist-cultural interest.

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If you prefer making your reservation alone, then we suggest that apps like Airbnb or Booking.com.

Moving around the city

While in the city, you will need to move around. There are many options available for you. You just need to select the one which is comfortable. For taxis, you have options such as Uber which just came back to Barcelona after three years of absence. It is should be your first choice for fast and easy transportation, MyTaxi is used mostly by locals, so, I guess it is a cheaper choice. It is actually like Uber but has been integrated with local taxis. Cabify is one of Uber’s greatest competition, so, I guess they will have lower rates. The traditional taxi is the most expensive of all and you find around on stops and going around town. eCooltra – Scooter Rental is also available if you want to jump from one place to another faster. 

Metro and bus are the public way of transport: 

  • single tickets for €2.20 - one-way, 
  • T10 pass (10 one-way) for €10.20 which saves you about 50%, 
  • Hola BCN Travelcards offer unlimited bus/metro travel, the Barcelona card gives you options to make trips and check out tourist attractions.

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Exchange currency 

Once you arrive in Barcelona from outside of the EU, you will need to change your local currency to Euros. You can check out tourist areas like La Rambla or Sagrada Familia. Also, must ATMs accept foreign cards so, you should not have a problem withdrawing cash in Euros. Just be careful about it. There are lots of pickpockets around and do not try to withdraw from crowded areas. 

Emergencies 

In case of emergency, you can call 112 (police/fire/ ambulance) or 010 for lost or stolen property.

Where to eat

Knowing where to get the best meal is very important when you are traveling. The good thing about Barcelona is that it is not short of those places. You will good restaurants if you know where to look. Also, you want to check out the best around the venue of the event, and luckily, we have some for you.

Catalan cuisine and Tapas

  • Pez Vela: it has one of the best Paella. It is facing Barceloneta with a terrace. It serves very delicious seafood.

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  • Bar Canete: it is famous for its modern Spanish food.

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  • La Paradeta: this place is very famous with the locals. This could mean only one thing, the food is very delicious at good prices.

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  • Bar Mut: be sure to book your spot ahead of time. It serves very delicious tapas but they don’t come cheap.

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  • Cal Pep: here, there is no menu, all dishes are served as a surprise. Be ready for fun lunch, dinner, supper.  

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  • 7 Portes: if you are looking for a typical Catalan cuisine, then this is the place. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Barcelona.

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Places to eat near AWE

Bars

  • Creps al Born: this is a very lovely place for both tourists and locals. You may have the opportunity to make some friends.
  • Bar Sauvage: one of the best places to go for bites and cocktails.
  • Paradiso: this is a cool bar located outside another bar. Better to see experience it for yourself than explain.
  • Dr. Stravinsky: they have some of the best mixologists at work there. If that is your thing, then you are welcome to experience it.
  • Mr. Robinson: look at the Barcelona beach. It is a good place to relax after basking in the sun. 
  • N9 (Numero Nueve): found in the heart of Barcelona. You can hardly miss it.
  • El Xampanyet: this place is named after one of their wines. It is always busy with lots of locals and tourists.

Nightlife

  • Rey de Copes: here, you will get live DJs, and it is also located in the center of Barcelona.
  • Bling Bling: famous for its VIP and private rooms. Go there if you are looking for that kind of fun.
  • Macarena: this is one of the most prestigious clubs in Barcelona. It is worth checking out.
  • Opium: located beside the Barcelona beach. Great place to catch some fun.
  • Jamboree: located in a lounge with jazz live music. If that is your thing, then feel free to check it out.
  • Pipa's Club: this is a place to go to if you like comedy. There are also lots of other activities there for you. 

Here are some tourist attractions you can visit

  • La Sagrada Familia: This is a large church whose construction began in the 1880s to date. Gaudi’s is the architect. It is worth checking out.

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  • Museu Picasso: this place houses some of Picasso’s most precious works.

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  • Parc Guell: this is a small park that also was created by Gaudi.

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  • Camp Nou: the largest football stadium in Europe, home to one of the best and successful football clubs in recent times.

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  • Mercat de la Boqueria: this market has been operational since the 13th century. Make sure you stop there. It is fun.

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  • Bunkers del Carmel: here, you can see the view of Barcelona. It is quite lovely and beautiful.

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Beaches

  • Barceloneta: this is the biggest beach in Barcelona. You will find lots of tourists. It is very busy at this time of the year.

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  • Bogatell: it is between Nova Icaria and Mar Bella. This beach is clean and calm.

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  • Nova Icaria: it is excellent for water sports and very lively.

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  • Mar Bella: it is much more secluded than the rest. It is close to CCIB. So, you can relax there with other attendees.

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The Event Proper

Top performance marketers from all over the world will be meeting here. You will get to meet them, and hear their stories and tips that can boost your business or career as an affiliate marketer.  What makes AWE special is that you will meet many of your peers that are fired up, passionate, and motivated. It gives you the energy required for your business. You will learn a lot from this event. Information you won’t be able to get in other events. There is a difference from hearing things from people and actually experiencing it for yourself. 

You are going to meet top performance marketing experts and authorities like Shopify, Ryan Deiss, Tan Brothers, Neil Patel, Drew Eric, and Charles Ngo. You will also have the opportunity to meet with advertisers & traffic sources like Google, Facebook, Revcontent, Taboola, Outbrain, and MGID. Industry Brands and agency representatives for Alibaba, Shopify, Uber, Lyft, Audible, Spotify, Hulu, DoorDash, Postmates, Wish, Casper, Wayfair, Trackr, Dollar Beard Club, Laybag, etc.  Affiliate World Europe has provided that platform to immerse yourself in the heart of affiliate marketing where you will gain information and connections like nowhere else. 

This event is broken down into 3 sections, almost like 3 separate events: 

  1. AW from 8-9 July, 
  2. FBML 10 July,
  3. ECML 11 July. 

Speakers 

The information you will receive at AWE 2019 will be from some of the industry’s finest. Here is a list of the speakers and what they will be presenting on:

1. Ezra Firestone (Co-founder & CEO, Smart Marketer Inc.) - He will be discussing the following:

  • “My Scalable E-commerce Brand Blueprint that’s Generated Over $50M in 3 Years ”
  • “Train My Media Buyer”

2. Cat Howell (Founder & CEO, Eight Loop Social) - Cat will also be speaking at Shecommerce. she will be sharing information on the following:

  • “The Exact Funnels I Used To Scale My Agency To 6-Figure Months”
  • “[Panel] Agency Owner Hot Seat: Inside Perspectives into What it Takes to Run Your Own Agency”

3. Samuel Bevan (Global Online Sales, Snap Inc.) - he will be talking about:

  • “Snapchat Presents: Cracking Lower CPAs and Higher Engagement with REAL Case Studies”
  • “[PANEL] Diversifying into Alternative Affiliate Traffic Sources - Pinterest, YouTube, and Snapchat”

4. Gianluigi Ballarani (CEO, Hotlead) - he will be giving a presentation on:

  • “Cash On Delivery Case Study: How We Made €2.5M in 3 Months”

5. Gabriella Rapone (CEO, Ace Maverick Media) - she will be giving a speech about:

  • “Email Deliverability Issues? 9 Points to Get to the Top of the Inbox Pyramid”

6. Andrew Payne (Founder, MobRev Media) - he will be giving a talk about the following:

  • "Zero to 7-Figures With Push Traffic – My Biggest Profit Producing Insights"

7. Molly Pittman (Educator, Team Traffic) - she will also be a speaker at FBML and will be talking about the following:

  • “Under the Microscope: [LIVE] FB Ads Examination of $4M+ Health and Beauty Brand”
  • “Train My Media Buyer”

8. Dee Deng (Head of Growth, Right Hook Digital) - he will be talking on the following:

  • “[Panel] Agency Owner Hot Seat: Inside Perspectives into What it Takes to Run Your Own Agency”

9. Simon Mader (Co-founder, Adbaker) - he will be giving a speech on:

  • “5 Mistakes Holding Back Your Agency From 475% Growth in 2019”
  • “[Panel] Agency Owner Hot Seat: Inside Perspectives into What it Takes to Run Your Own Agency”

10. Jason Akatiff (Founder & CEO, A4D Performance Network) - his speech will be about:

  • "Lessons from the Trenches: The State of the Performance Marketing Industry”

11. Erik Gyepes (Founder & CEO, DEPI MEDIA FZE) - He will be giving a talk on:

  • “[PANEL] What’s Working with Push Ads: Offers, Placements, and Optimisations”

12. Tim Burd (Co-founder, Agency Y) - Tim will tell you about:

  • “[Panel] Agency Owner Hot Seat: Inside Perspectives into What it Takes to Run Your Own Agency”

13. Oliver Kenyon (Co-founder, Landing Page Guys) - He will be giving a talk on:

  • "10 Optimisation Commandments to 7 Figure E-commerce Stores"

14. MARÍA MARTÍN VILLARÓ (Director of Product & Marketing, Tiendeo) - she will also be a speaker at Shecommerce and will be share key points to her success.

15. Jono Alderson (Special Ops, Yoast) - Jono will be talking about the following:

  •  “Gone in a second: Why Your Slow Website is Losing Your Leads and Sales”

16. Zack Franklin (CEO, AMZKungfu) - Zack will be talking on the following topic:

  • “How Affiliates Are Crushing Amazon”

17. Matthew Woodward (Owner, MatthewWoodward.co.uk) - He will be giving a talk on:

  • “[CASE STUDY] How to Take Your SEO Game to the Next Level and 12x Your Search Traffic”

18. Tabish Nishat (CEO, Outsourced Solutions) - Tabish will be talking on:

  • “AdWords AI Manipulation: Reduce Spend by 40% While Increasing Conversion Rate”

19. Kat Gaskin (Founder & Designer, The Content Planner) - Kat will be giving you important tips and tricks on content planning.

20. Timotej Gračner (Founder, Adnalytics) - He will be giving a talk on the following:

  • "[PANEL] Diversifying into Alternative Affiliate Traffic Sources - Pinterest, YouTube, and Snapchat"

21. Miriam Gandia Roca (Affiliate & Influencer Marketing Manager, FOREO) - Miriam will be giving a talk on affiliate marketing. 

22. Ian Fernando (Founder & Digital Entrepreneur, IANternet Media) - 

  • “[PANEL] What’s Working with Push Ads: Offers, Placements, and Optimisations”

23. Tyler Morrow (Director, Clickbooth) - he will be talking on the following topic:

  • “[PANEL] Pay Bumps and Placements: Leveraging Rep Relationships for Profits”

24. KJ Rocker (Director, KJ Rocker Fze) - He will be giving his talk on:

  • “[PANEL] What’s Working with Push Ads: Offers, Placements, and Optimisations”

25. Savannah Sanchez (Facebook & Instagram Marketing Expert, Common Thread Collective) - Savannah will be giving you tips and tricks on Facebook and Instagram marketing.

26. Anton Kornev (Founder & CEO, Xesturgy Media) - His topic will be on:

  • “[PANEL] What’s Working with Push Ads: Offers, Placements, and Optimisations”

27. Daniel Kampf (Lead Native Media Buyer, DFO Global) - Daniel will be giving a talk on the following topics:

  • “Foundations of Scale: How to Treat Each Native Ads Network Different for Setup and Optimization”
  • “[PANEL] Native Ads' Biggest Lever: Cutting Edge Presells, Creatives, and Copy”

28. Hen Kinan (VP Business Development, SHINEz) - He will be talking on the following topic:

  • "$10k in 10 Days: Unboxing My Viral Content Monetisation Strategy"

29. Eva Tomàs (Founder & CEO, Manzaning) - She will be giving you tips and tricks on how to succeed as an affiliate marketer.

30. Tom Breeze (CEO, Viewability) - Tom will be giving a talk on the following topic:

  • "[PANEL] Diversifying into Alternative Affiliate Traffic Sources - Pinterest, YouTube, and Snapchat"

31. Anton Merkulov (Head of Business Development, Propeller Ads) - Anton will be giving a speech on the following topic:

  • “Push Ads in 2020: Internal Secrets, Predictions, and the Ultimate Campaign Setup”

32. Yahav Hartman (Founder & CEO, madgicx.com) - He will be giving a talk on the following topic:

  • “The $30M Intersection of Art & Numbers through Facebook Ad Buying for Global Fashion Brands”

33. Ervin Hoxha (Co-founder, TheOptimizer.io) - His talk will be on the following topic:

  • “[PANEL] Pay Bumps and Placements: Leveraging Rep Relationships for Profits”

34. Haran Rosenzweig (Senior Manager, Performance, Outbrain) - He will be talking on the following topic:

  • “[PANEL] Pay Bumps and Placements: Leveraging Rep Relationships for Profits”

35. Amaya Coronado (CEO, LOLA MullenLowe Spain) - Will be sharing her expertise with you and tips for success.

36. Paul Kalka (Influencer & Affiliate Marketing Manager, Onnit Labs) - His talk will be about the following:

  • “Instagram [NUTRA CASE STUDY]: Zero to $80k in 10 Weeks”

37. Michael Thiel (Founder & Media Buyer, M3diabuy) - Michael will be giving a talk on the following topic:

  • “[PANEL] Native Ads' Biggest Lever: Cutting Edge Presells, Creatives, and Copy”

38. Maor Benaim (CEO, The Wolf Marketing) - Maor will share more light on the following topic:

  • “My $20M Recipe for Running High-Level Google Display Network (GDN) Campaigns”

39. Heleen Dura-van Oord (Investor, Peak Capital) - Heleen is also a speaker at Shecommerce, and she will be giving lots of tips and tricks for success in the affiliate marketing world.

40. Heath Wilcock (Founder & CEO, Fold Soup Copy) - Heath will be sharing with you lots of information and tips he has gained. You will have a lot to learn from him and his copywriting skills. 

41. James Van Elswyk (Founder, Purple Leads) - James will be giving a talk on the following topic:

  • “[PANEL] Native Ads' Biggest Lever: Cutting Edge Presells, Creatives, and Copy”

Schedule

1. 7 July, Sunday - Shecommerce 

Location - SheCommerce: CREC Poble Sec

From 9:30 - 10:35 you are going to have the opening remarks, Keynote speakers, and drop shipping workshop respectively. After this, there will be a coffee break. From 11:45 - 13:30 there will be speeches and content marketing workshop. Then, there will be lunch and networking. From 14:30 - 15:30, there will be speeches and the influencer marketing panel. Later, there will be a coffee break. Then from 16: 20 - 16:45 will be Entrepreneurs and investors fireside chat and networking happy hour. That is the rundown of the program. You can check for more details here

2. 8 July, Monday - Day one

Location - Fira Barcelona - Montjuïc

The main stage begins at 11:00 with the opening remarks. Then from 11:15 - 13:05 will be speeches from Jason Akatiff, Yahav Hartman, Zack Franklin, and Ezra Firestone, then a small stage break. From 14:20 - 14:45 will be speeches from Anton Merkulov and Andrew Payne. After this, there will be a little stage break. Then from 15:40 - 16:15 will continue speeches from Samuel Bevan, Tabish Nishat, and Matthew Woodward. The main stage will close at 17:30.

Breakout sessions begin from 12:10 - 16:25 with talks from Oliver Kenyon, Paul Kalka, Push Ads Panel, Maor Benaim, Traffic Sources Panel, Gabriella Rapone, Heath Wilcock, and Jono Alderson.

Labs will start from 11:40-13:15 with E-commerce branding & Traffic lab and Push Ads lab.

After this, the networking events will start from 13:50 - 21:00 with the following activities: E-commerce Marketing Mixer, Mobile Push Ads Mixer, Affiliate Park After Hours, and Affiliate After Hours. You can find more detailed information here

3. 9 July, Tuesday - Day two

Location - Fira Barcelona - Montjuïc

The main stage begins at 12:00 with the opening remarks. Then from 12:10 - 13:30 will be speeches from Simon Mader, Cat Howell, Agency Panel, and then a stage break.

From 14:35 - 15:05 will continue speeches from Gianluigi Ballarani and Native Ads Panel, then a stage break.

After that, from 15:55 - 16:35 will be speeches from Molly Pittman and Topher Grant, then the closing remarks will follow at 16:50. The main stage closes at 17:00

Breakout sessions will be from 13:15 - 15:30 with the following speakers: Agency Panel, Daniel Kampf, Native Ads Panel, Hen Kinan, and Tom Breeze. The breakout sessions close at 16:00.

Labs will be from 12:10 - 14:00 with the following activities: Build your agency lab and Native Ads lab.

The networking events will be from 14:05 - 17:00 with the following activities: Digital Agence Mixer, Native Ads Mixers, and Affiliate Park After Hours. For more info, you can check here

4. 10 July, Wednesday - Exclusive to FBML attendees

Venue - TBC

The FBML stage will begin at 10:00 with speeches and Panels. The stage closes at 17:00.

Networking events will start from 12:00 - 17:00 with the following activities: Lunch Break, Refreshments, and Happy Hour. Check here for more information. 

5. 11 July, Thursday - Exclusive to ECML attendees

Venue - TBC

The ECML stage begins at 10:00 with speeches and panels and closes at 17:00.

Networking events begin from 12:00 - 20:00 with the following activities: Lunch break, Refreshments, Meet the speakers' dinner. Check here for more information. 

If you have any questions, find the details here

The Networking app

The Networking app will be available soon for live chat and networking, interactive feed, Market and exhibitors, schedules and speaker line-ups. You will be able to refer to the app if you need any information. For updates on when the app will be available, check here.

Tickets for AWE 2019

You can get your tickets from here. The prices differ if you are going as a single affiliate marketer or as a company. FBML and ECML are separate training events, so you will need a separate ticket for them. The prices of the ticket increase after a period of time so we advise you to get you before the increase.

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1. Monday 8 July:

Daytime - this is the official opening day of AWE. Here, you will listen to speeches and panels, and network with others at the exhibition market. You will also have the opportunity to mingle with your peers.

Evening – You will celebrate the first evening with the other attendees at Beachfront Club.

2. Tuesday 9 July:

Daytime - Here, you will still listen to speeches and panels, and network with others at the exhibition market. You will also have the opportunity to mingle with your peers.

3. Wednesday 10 July:

Daytime – Facebook Master Live (FBML) is a forum where you will learn high-level, white-hat marketing strategies on Facebook.

4. Thursday 11 July:

Daytime – e-commerce marketing live will give you intensive training in e-commerce marketing. Most of the speakers are some of the industry’s brightest minds.

Group and Chats 

You can participate in all the chat and groups for the events. This will keep you up to date with what is going on or if some plans are being changed. You will also be informed about where some of the attendees may be meeting for a getaway. Here are some of the chat groups:

  • https://join.skype.com/LOGXrrPyG0rI
  • https://join.skype.com/rD1D6NjuC2dM
  • https://t.me/STMAWC

Pre and Afterparties

Many other companies or hosts will be organizing parties for attendees to come together. It is a great way to meet new people and expand your network. If you are new to Barcelona, you may also have the chance to meet people who are will show you around, and make your experience in there a pleasant one. You can see details about the pre and afterparties here.

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Party List

Do not also forget to check out the party list. Here, you will find all the parties that are organized by Affiliate World Europe, the time and the venues. If you want to get the best out of any networking event, then we suggest that you check out our guide. You will get tips on how to prepare and what to do during and after the event.

After the Event

The end of the event to not mean the end of your adventure. There are still a lot of things to do in Barcelona. You could meet up with the groups that will be going to Ibiza or Myntos, and join them on. You will get more info from the groups or chats. Make sure you stay tuned.

Also, you can decide to go on your separate adventure around Barcelona or even to the Cities beside it like Valencia, Sitges, or Costa Brava. They also have lots of interesting things to share. This may be a one-time adventure, so make sure you get the most out of it.

You should not also miss the opportunity to schedule meetings in local company offices. These are international connections that you will be creating for yourself. They may also have a lot to offer.

We hope that this article has given you all the information you need about AWE. Share it with others who may need it. 


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