re:publica: International Festival for Digital Society
As Jeff Jarvis put it, re:publica is a “South by Southwest with a European accent, the DLD and Davos of the people. Great people, great program, great conversation, great city. Fun and inspiring.”
Photo by: Raquel Kishori Dukpa, Skadi Loist & Louis Klamroth in Livestream
That’s quite motivating, coming from the author of What Would Google Do? also known for advocating open web and co-hosting This Week in Google.
Berlin’s largest conference for all-things-digital runs this week, 20-22 May, and is hosted purely online, just like last year. It will be livestreamed from Technikmuseum Berlin and broadcasted on re-publica.tv.
Pre-Covid, re:publica counted more than 25,000 visits during the three conference days and about 50 percent of re:publica 2019’s speakers were women, ranking the event as one of the most inclusive of its kind. Another impressive fact is that anyone could propose topics, ideas, or projects for the program (there’s an online form for that), which opens space for diversity of discussion topics and unique networking opportunities.
The conference’s participants gather to discuss industry’s current issues and come from a well-represented cross-section of a digital society – they are economists, politicians, businessmen, hackers, NGOs, media, as well as bloggers, activists, artists, and social media experts.
This year, titled In The Mean Time and co-hosted by Geraldine de Bastion, founder of GIG, and Julia Kloiber, founder of Superrr Lab, the festival will, among other things, explore how activism proclaims itself in pandemic times, take a look at the EU online platforms regulations and discuss digital rights future, address the meaning of European diaspora and Afropean identity, the importance of science communication, compare online dating before and after the pandemic and even analyze international approaches to schooling. There will be many surprising formats, from video messages to expert talks, including accompanying speakers to very unusual locations.
Some things to look forward to are an interview with philosopher and activist Eva von Redecker, a conversation with Jillian York about her new book "Silicon Values,” rapper Danger Dan’s live performance, a talk on Taiwan by Katharin Tai, and a conversation about the digital vision for Europe with the Executive Vice-President of the EU Commission Margrethe Vestager.
It’s a packed and exciting agenda again this year, tickets are available online. Don’t miss it! And next year, re:publica will return to its physical format to the Station Berlin, a historical landmark and exhibition space in the former Kreuzberg Postbahnhof, and will celebrate its 15th anniversary.