The 29th edition of the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT 2016) was held for the first time in Prague from September 5 to 9, 2016. The event was organized jointly by the Institute of Plasma Physics of the CAS and the Research Centre Řež, two principal institutes engaged in the research of thermonuclear fusion and fusion technologies within the Czech Republic. The biennial symposium represents the leading conference in this field in Europe. It regularly attracts more than 800 scientists, engineers, industry representatives and exhibitors from all over the world and focuses on the latest developments in running and planned fusion experiments. SOFT included oral and poster presentations as well as industrial and R&D exhibitions.