Summary:

Football’s Euro 2012 tournament may be distracting plenty of people from their normal lives, but there are still plenty of events taking place across the continent for anyone interested in technology and the future. We pick three to watch out for.

Football - Ireland fans going to watch Euro 2012, used under Creative Commons license courtesy of Flickr user Dullhunk

Plenty of Europeans will be spending the week focused on sport, with football’s European Championships underway in Poland and Ukraine. But the show goes on elsewhere — and even though event attendees may be watching the odd match here and there, it’s still going to be a busy time for anyone interested in technology, startups, finance and innovation.

Here’s my pick of three you should look out for.

Bitspiration, Krakow, Poland, June 12-13
It’s not just the European football championships taking place in Poland right now: this new conference hoping to foster ambitious entrepreneurial culture in central Europe has a great line-up, with a range of local experts and US imports including YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, Google developer advocate Don Dodge, and John Draper (better known as Cap’n Crunch). Regretfully I couldn’t make it, but would have loved to see what they had to say.

Red Innova, Madrid, Spain, June 14-15
Recognized as one of Spain’s best startup conferences, this two-day affair brings together some extremely high-powered speakers — such as José María Álvarez-Pallete López, the head of Telefónica Europe, serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky and GigaOM’s very own CEO Paul Walborsky. But it’s also a great opportunity for networking.

Switch Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, June 15-16
Still in Iberia, this event — last year named one of the continent’s top 10 events by Wired UK — focuses on ideas and entrepreneurship for an international crowd. I’ll be there, speaking on the theme of “connecting the dots” and meeting as many of the hundreds of startups and technologists in attendance as possible.

Photograph of Ireland fans used under Creative Commons license courtesy of Flickr user Dullhunk

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