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42 hours of non-stop talks, performances, films, concerts, exhibitions and workshops on the subject of artificial intelligence: The META Marathon is a new technology festival taking place from 25 to 27 May 2018 at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. The participants design the festival themselves, change roles from expert to layman and experiment with the new format – including overnight stay on site.

META aims to provide a description of the unexplored historical epoch of digital modernism. For this purpose, META uses the historical agenda of the Macy Conferences. Using seven different viewing angles, four mathematically recruited and a maximum of diverse groups work their way through the matter in a 42 hour marathon using partly radical-explorative methods such as microdosing, AI sprints or mind hacking.


The doors of the NRW-Forum will open for the META Marathon on May, 25 at 9 p.m. and for the next 42 hours you will have non-stop access to the festival until May, 27 at 3 p.m.

When you arrive you will receive a wrist band with which you have access to all areas at any time.


The Program

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The Location

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Travel & Accommodation

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Food & Drinks

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Safety & Security

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Other frequently asked questions

Will there be wifi?

All participants of the META Marathon will have free access to wifi.

What about videotaping/taking pictures at the festival?

If you want to take pictures at the festival, please ask the people you want to photograph for permission. Press representatives will be in attendance at the festival. If you don't want to be photographed or recorded, please talk to the people directly.

Is the festival open the whole 42 hours?

Yes, you have access to the festival area at any time.

Is smoking allowed at the festival area?

Smoking is prohibited in the building of the NRW-Forum. If you want to smoke, please go outside.

Who are the attendees of the festival?

If you want to know who the other attendees of the festival are, you can visit

Who is partnering the META Marathon?

Thanks to our main partners Prof. Otto Beisheim-Stiftung, Innogy Stiftung, HUAWEI and Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf and our project partners Natsu, Sipgate, Red Bull, Warsteiner, ma.tea, Berliner Brandstifter, Max Brown, Ascend, gannaca, CORKBRICK, The People's Smart Sculpture, Creative Europe Programm of the European Union, SMI, hamaka and Medienwerk NRW we can exchange ideas about artificial intelligence and are able to have a good time together at the META Marathon.