The re:publica programme is made by you! We are asking for your ideas for talks, panels, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances – whatever you would like to contribute to our programme.
Contributions can generally be made in the following Tracks: Politics and Society, Arts and Culture, Business and Innovation, Science and Education, Media and Journalism. All submissions should be relevant to the core issues addressed by re:publica.
Apart from these overarching Tracks, topics we love to talk about at re:publica include: Internet politics and digital rights issues, Tech for Good, digital and social media affecting media consumption and production, emergence of new business models, forms of collaboration, new work, effects of new technologies like Blockchain, robotics and automation or Artificial Intelligence on governance, society and work environments, changes in pop culture and subculture through new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, hacker culture, and maker movements.
What we’d like to see
Submissions that make it through our call usually contain original content, like research results or artistic reflections; they focus on a strong point or idea; and focus on more than a single project, case study or solution.
re:publica aims to present the opportunities and benefits of new technologies in various areas of society, while simultaneously taking a critical look behind the scenes. There is more to it than just a display of the latest technological developments, it’s about evaluating them in the long term and making suggestions for the future.
Pitches are not what we are looking for, no matter how cool your company, app or device is. If you have a product – be it hardware or software that has a true impact and innovation potential – you can apply to showcase it in our marketplace “Made in Africa”, not in a talk on stage. If your project or tool is open source and you want to offer a workshop or training to show people how to use it, that works too.
In addition to the stage content (talks, panels, workshops) and the marketplace, we want to create space for meetups, networking and exchange – to this end we planned to create four themed lounges – one of them could be a pop-up makerspace, another a place for digital rights NGOs to meet. What thematic lounges do you think we should have? And are you interested in hosting or co-hosting one? Please submit your ideas for the lounges in the Call for Participation stating the topic you want the space to have, how you would design the space and what content you would offer there. We will provide space, travel funding and basic equipment for four themed lounges.
What we offer
A stage for your session and an excited audience – including recording and publication of your session on YouTube. Off-stage, there’ll be a crowd of like-minded people to network and laugh with. You’ll definitely be having lots of fun! We also offer travel support for a certain number of participants: read our FAQs to find out more.
You have until September 9th at 11:59 pm (GMT) to submit your ideas. Use the opportunity to actively participate and shape the programme for the upcoming conference and please feel free to share our Call for Participation widely.