Retreat v4

An unforgettable weekend in the Alps with your favorite tech community

6-8 October 2023

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Why a retreat?

The Speck&Tech Retreat is THE event you can't miss! On October 6-8, our Speckers will reunite to strengthen their relationships, learn from each other, have fun, discuss together trending hot topics and spend an unforgettable weekend with old and new friends.

In 2018 over 50 participants gathered in Dimaro for a great 3-day event and they became more than 60 one year later, in 2019. After two years of pandemic, we managed to bring that festive spirit again, and in 2022 we were over 80 people in total!

This October we will be back, and we want to offer you a broad range of activities that will not only boost your career from a professional and personal point of view, but will also allow you to take a short holiday with the people you love, surrounded by a stunning environment and relaxing views.

The programme covers a multitude of distinct areas, from technical and stimulating talks to enriching workshops, from outdoor activities in the Alps to long relaxing hours in SPA and sauna, from gamified visits of top tech companies to tasty gourmet dinners.

Our first guest for this Retreat v4 is Stefano Zanero, cybersecurity researcher and full professor at the Politecnico di Milano.

Val di Sole

The Alpholiday Hotel, located between the Adamello and Stelvio parks, offers panoramic views of the Brenta Dolomites. It features 3 pools, a wellness centre with sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, gym and beauty treatments. The restaurant serves both Trentino and classic Italian gourmet cuisine.


Friday, October 6

  • 17.00 - Transfer by train to Dimaro, Val di Sole
  • 19.00 - Arrival at AlpHoliday Dolomiti hotel and check-in
  • 20.00 - Traditional Gourmet Dinner
  • 21.30 - Wellness area & relax time
  • 23.00 - Board games night

Saturday, October 7

  • 7.30 - Energizing Breakfast
  • 9.00 - Registration to the event
  • 9.30 - Official Welcome
  • 10.00 - Keynote speeches
  • 11.15 - Reverse pitch by sponsors
  • 12.00 - Networking Lunch
  • 13.30 - Gamified Company Tour
  • 15.00 - Talks & workshops
  • 18.00 - Wrapping up & relax time
  • 20.00 - Specky Gourmet Dinner
  • 21.30 - Wellness area & pool
  • 23.30 - DJ Disco night

Sunday, October 8

  • 8.00 - Energizing Breakfast
  • 10.00 - Outdoor activities
  • 13.30 - Packed lunch all together
  • 14.30 - Wellness area & chill
  • 16.30 - Transit by train back to Trento


The participation fee includes:

  • 2 nights at AlpHoliday Hotel****;
  • Single bed in a quadruple room;
  • Transfer to and from Dimaro;
  • 2 Traditional Gourmet Dinners at the hotel;
  • 1 Networking Buffet Lunch on Saturday;
  • 1 Packed Lunch on Sunday;
  • 2 continental breakfasts;
  • Drinks (1/4 wine | beer + 1/2 water per meal);
  • Wellness area and SPA (with a personal towel);
  • Swag and unlimited fun.

The participation fee does not include:

  • Transport from your location to Trento (and back);
  • Outdoor activity of your choice (optional);
  • Visitor’s tax (€ 2,50 per person, per day);
  • Upgrade to double room (optional, € 25,00 per person, per day, limited number available).
  • Drinks and extras not mentioned in "The registration fee includes" section.


- Who can attend the event and what are the selection criteria?

Everyone is welcome! However, you should be at least 18 years old, or accompanied by an adult, for legal and liability reasons. As there are limited spots available, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible: participants will be granted a spot on a first-come, first-served basis. The Organizing team reserves the right to approve each participant.

- What is required in order to participate?

You are requested to complete the registration form at the Eventbrite event, and issue a bank transfer to the AlpHoliday Hotel in Dimaro, which covers your participation fee. You will receive all information at your email address once you complete the registration process.

- Why do I have to issue a bank transfer now?

We ask you to pay your participation fee in order to confirm you are attending the event, so we can fully rely on your registration, plan accordingly and provide you with the best event experience.

- Will I need to pay anything else for the event?

The participation fee covers all costs included in "The participation fee includes" section above. Once attending the event, you will surely need to pay the Visitor’s tax and, eventually, other costs in "The participation fee does not include" section.

- What happens if I cannot attend the event after registering?

You can cancel your registration until 30 days prior to the event start (i.e. September 6), and you will get your money back. Any cancellation after this deadline for reasons of force majeure will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

- What if I am not one of the first 50 successful applicants?

Given the limited spots available, we cannot guarantee the participation of each member. In case all tickets are sold out, a waiting list will be set up. If a ticket becomes available, you will be contacted automatically with further instructions on how to get it.

- Can I choose with whom to stay in my room?

Please, do mention whom you would like to share your room with directly on the registration form at the Eventbrite event. We will do our best to fulfill all requests.

- When do applications close?

Applications officially close on July 31, 23:59 CET.

- Which outdoor activity may I attend?

We are planning some great outdoor activities for you:

We may get up to 20% OFF the original price, if we are enough people! Let us know on the Eventbrite registration form which ones you would be most interested in.

- Do I have to attend one?

Of course not, you may also simply not attend any and just spend the day chilling outside or at the SPA.

- What should I bring?

Regardless of the outdoor activity you will choose for Sunday, we suggest you bring a swimsuit, mountain shoes, and comfortable and warm clothes. All events are casual. More information will follow closer to the event's date.

- Is there a discount for students?

To encourage younger Speckers to participate, we offer a limited number of student tickets at a reduced price of 120€. You have to be currently enrolled in a university to qualify for the discounted ticket (proof will be required).

- May I attend only specific sessions or days of the event?

Not really. The event comes as a whole. Partial attendance for reasons of force majeure will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

- Am I required to take holidays from my work to attend this event?

Not really, the event starts at 5 PM on Friday, when we will meet at the train station in Trento. However, we encourage you to tell your employer about this event, so they might even grant you a half-day permit because of being a company's ambassador, or record your attendance at Saturday’s conference as a learning experience.

- Any more questions you might have?

Please email us at [email protected].

The Organizing team reserves the right to modify these FAQs, as any Terms & Conditions without notice, at any time.

Last modified: 2023-09-08