Will I be able to attend re:publica 2018 as an educational leave?

Yes! We assume that the #rp18, like it’s predecessors, will again qualify for educational leaves in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rhineland-Palatinate, the Saarland, Berlin and Hamburg. We will publish a how-to guide on our blog.
We are constantly checking whether we could add more federal states to our list. Unfortunately, since educational leave is a state matter, the procedures and requirements differ considerably from each other

What are the ticket presale prices?

    Early Bird (limited availability)
    Standard: € 135,-
    Business: € 495,- *
    Reduced: € 65,- **

    Regular (till 28 February 2018)
    Standard: € 210,-
    Business: € 680,- *
    Reduced: € 105,- **

    Regular (from 1 March 2018)
    Standard: € 220,-
    Business: € 710,- *
    Reduced: € 110,- **

Tickets grant access to re:publica 2018 and MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin. All prices include 19% VAT and handling costs. Our partner Xing-Events will provide you with an invoice for each purchase.

You can order tickets online until 11:55 pm on 30 April 2018. Please note that you have to redeem the ticket code until that time too. Afterwards you can still get your ticket at the counter at STATION Berlin. Walk up/Box office prices on-site will be higher.

* Including access to the speaker lounge. Further information on Business Tickets can be found on the FAQ page regarding the Business Ticket.

** Pupils, students, trainees, people on social welfare, retirees and people with disabilities can order a reduced ticket. You will be asked to show your student ID resp. other form of documentation at our accreditation desks. Please have it ready.

Which prices will be adjusted?

We have decided to adjust all prices by a certain percentage following the Early Bird Phase. We have discussed this issue at length within our team and the decision was not an easy one. In the end, we placed emphasis on fairness: By adjusting prices everyone purchasing reduced, standard or business tickets will be treated equally.

What changes will occur in 2018 regarding re:publica’s presale tickets?

For #rp18, we’ll be implementing presales in several stages: The Early Bird Phase, which usually lasts only a couple of hours, will be followed by the first ticket stage with a price adjustment of 5% and succeeded by the second presale stage in Spring 2018 with a price adjustment of 10%. In the final Walk Up Phase you may purchase tickets for #rp18 at the box office for set prices.
    Early Bird Tickets: No adjustment of quantity, price or category*
    Presale Phase I: Ticket price adjustment of 5 percent* for all categories
    Presale Phase II: Ticket price adjustment of 10 percent* for all categories
    Walk Up Tickets / Box Office: We’ll be setting prices for the box office shortly beforehand.
    * Price adjustments by comparison to the previous year.

Who are Early Bird Tickets intended for?

We originally introduced the Early Bird Tickets as “Blogger Tickets” and we still see bloggers as their legitimate successors. Blogger Tickets were intended as a thank you to the community that made re:publica what it is today. This is why we expressly ask companies and those who don’t necessarily ‘need’ to purchase cheap tickets to refrain from acquiring Early Bird Tickets.

What are the benefits of buying a Business Ticket?
  • Access to the Business and Speaker’s Lounge
    Those who want to escape re:publica’s festival hubbub can head to the centrally located Business, Speaker’s and VIP, lounge and use its calm atmosphere to conduct business or just hang out with old friends and new acquaintances and enjoy the catering with the re:publica and the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin speakers.
  • Continuous catering during all three days
    Four meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon cakes, snack in the evening) as well as soft drinks, coffee and tea are included in the Business Ticket and are available throughout the day in the lounge. All warm meals are freshly prepared at the STATION Berlin kitchens and, of course, vegetarian options are also available.
  • Transferability
    Compared to regular tickets, Business Tickets are transferable. For companies this means that colleagues can alternate attendance by sharing the company ticket. This way everyone can take in the re:publica  and MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin atmosphere and become     inspired, conduct meetings on location or let staff members with specific skill sets attend     corresponding thematic focal areas during the conference.
Will day passes be available for re:publica 2018?

Sadly, no: We won’t be offering day passes to visit re:publica for whole days.

Can I share or transfer a ticket?
  • Sharing: A ticket cannot be shared. Exception: Business Tickets. See Business Ticket FAQ.
  • Transferring: You may transfer your ticket once to another person using the link in your ticket email. The deadline for this action is 30 April 2018. Business Tickets may be transferred to another person past the deadline. See our FAQ for Business Tickets.
How do I transfer my ticket to another person?

It turns out that I can’t make it to re:publica after all and so I would like to transfer my ticket to someone else. How do I go about doing this?  

Not a problem. If you want to sell your ticket or gift it to someone then use the link provided in your confirmation e-mail, that was sent to you right after your ticket purchase. Please note that transfers can only be done until 30 April 2018. If the ticket to be transferred is not a gift, then it is up to you and the new recipient to work out your own payment method. Of course, you can still sell your ticket even if the 30 April 2018 deadline has passed. However, passed that date we will not be able to change the original name on the ticket and nametag to that of the new attendee’s. There will however be blank nametags available on location at the accreditation desk.
If you have any further questions, simply send a short e-mail to: ticket  at

How can I cancel my ticket and what are the cancellation costs?

Ticket cancellation is only possible for privately held tickets and must take place by 30 April 2018. Cancellation fees are € 5,95 plus handling fees. As an example, the overall cancellation fees for a Standard Ticket (€ 210,-) are a total of about €12,81. The amount for other tickets may differ.

You will find a link to cancel your ticket in your order confirmation that you received after your order. If you can not find that email, please contact the Xing-Events-Team.

To save cancellation fees, it is also possible to sell a ticket you already purchased and have the name on the ticket changed accordingly. In that case, check the FAQ How do I transfer my ticket to another person?

I’ll be needing a receipt of my ticket purchase.

Our partner, Xing-Events, will automatically issue an invoice upon purchase. Required data will be requested during the ordering process in the step “order data”. If you have any further questions or if you encounter an error, please get in touch via ticket at

What do I need to prove eligibility for discounted/reduced tickets?

You will be asked to show your student ID resp. other form of documentation at our accreditation desks. Please have it ready.

I purchased a Reduced ticket but will be finishing my studies in March 2018. Can I still use the ticket?

Yes. Your student ID must have been valid between November 2017 and May 2018. For example, a student ID from winter semester 2017/18 is all right, but one from summer 2017 cannot be accepted.

Will there be a discount for school groups?

Yes! For groups of 10 to 19 school children please request instructionsvia ticket at If a larger group consists of pupils both over and under the age of 16, please contact us via ticket at

Will there be a discount for groups of students?

Yes! For groups of 10 to 19 students please request instructions via ticket at Larger groups, please contact us via ticket at

Do you offer concessions for group tickets?

Yes, we offer special conditions for groups. Please send your inquiries for group tickets to ticket at

I’m neither a student nor unemployed but I’m also not earning enough to afford a ticket.

No worries, besides buying an Early Bird Ticket you have to two options for attending #rp18 – and they are both free:

  1. Become a helping hand
    Before, during and after re:publica we are depending on the support from volunteer helpers. As a helper you will receive a Three-Day-Ticket in exchange for 8 hours of work, including catering during your shift. The helping hands accreditation will begin around February 2018. Untill then, feel free to join our “helping hands” Facebook group.
  2. Become a speaker
    Our Call for Participation just began in the beginning of November 2017. It will give you the chance to submit a talk, a workshop, a discussion panel or another form of action and thus apply to be part of the re:publica 2018 programme.
I want to be involved in re:publica 2018 as a helping hand and thus won’t be buying an Early Bird Ticket. Am I guaranteed in getting a spot on the helping hands team?

Up until now we have never had to reject anyone who has applied to be a re:publica helping hand. However, if more helping hands apply this time than we need, it may well be the case that we will have to reject a few applicants. If you do not want to run that risk, purchase a ticket now and sell it on later. Watch out: We will not cover any cancellation fees, if you are unable to sell your purchased ticket.

I’m bringing a child to re:publica. Is a ticket required for kids, too?

No. Children up to and including 15 years of age have free admission. We may ask for an ID of older looking children at the entry or accreditation. Starting with age 16 a ticket is required. We will improve our offerings for parents and young children (e.g. quite area, children's playground) even more at re:publica 2018.
Please note that we recommend younger children to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

As a person with a disability, may I bring an accompanying person to re:publica?

re:publica wishes to be accessible for people with disabilities, which is why we make an effort to make re:publica as accessible as possible, offering assistance wherever we can. Additionally, individuals with disabilities may bring an accompanying person to re:publica. An accompanying person must not necessarily be specified in your ID. Please contact us in advance via ticket at, stating your ticket number and a brief explanation or evidence of your accompanying person in your ID. Admittance for accompanying persons can only be granted through written confirmation from our side.

I’m foregoing buying an Early Bird Ticket because I’m going to be taking part in the Call for Participation. How sure is it that my submission will be taken up into the final programme?

We received about 1000 submissions last year. Our programme team had to reject quite a few. See the Call for Pariticpation FAQ for more.

I will take part in the Call for Participation but will also buy an Early Bird Ticket just in case. Will I get the ticket costs reimbursed if my submission is accepted?

No, unfortunately not. But you can resell your Early Bird Ticket at a later date, no problem.

Will I be able to get into the courtyard at re:publica without a ticket?

We plan with certain times when you will be able to enter the courtyard without a ticket: The “pre:publica” on the Tuestay before the event is open to everyone, and during the event, the courtyard will be open for all on Wednesday and Thursday night. Please check our blog for exact times.

Call for Participation

Where does the re: publica 2018 take place?
When will re:publica be taking place?

re:publica 2018 will take place from 2-4 May 2018.

Who can take part in the CfP?

Anyone and everyone (with an internet connection) and a good idea can take part in the CfP.

Is crowdsourcing really the best approach for compiling a good programme?

The programme team curates the content from the proposals it receives from the community, through inviting specific speakers and consulting partners. It also works together with the experts from the programme committee. As the programme team and the programme committee have the most influence in this process, and also have the final say in which submissions are accepted and which are rejected, the CfP should be seen as a modified form of crowdsourcing.

The CfP is a good barometer for letting us know which topics the re:publica community is interested in. At the same time, the CfP allows for the introduction of new ideas and surprises to the re:publica.

What is the timeline for the Call for Participation (CfP) process?

The call for rp18 runs from 20 November 2017 to 14 January 2018 (11:59 pm CET).

The programme team and the programme committee will evaluate all proposals from 15 January until 11 February 2018.

We will be contacting all submitting parties beginning 12 February 2018, sending out the confirmations of acceptance or rejection.

Why does the Call for Participation (CfP) end 4 months before the re:publica 2018? How will you be able to include the most current politics and trends?

The re:publica feeds off of creativity and a wealth of ideas. The big societal, political and technological challenges don’t change their face overnight. But don’t worry: we always leave a few slots open until April, so that we are able to include current events in the programme.

That means that the sooner we select the sessions, the better we can bundle them together into topic tracks, consult, fine-tune – and, last but not least, allow for visitors to start planning early.

What is the programme committee?

The re:publica continues to grow, and with it our responsibility to put together a high-quality programme. This is something we take very seriously. We, the core programme team, successfully collaborated with a programme committee for the first time in 2016, helping us ensure the programme stays as diverse as possible.

The programme committee is made up of professionals, community leaders and speakers who have accompanied us on our way for many years now and who know the re:publica and its guiding principle well. They gain insights into the re:publica programme, so as to evaluate the submitted sessions and help ensure that diverse perspectives and voices are well represented.

This is done by giving the members of the programme committee carefully selected sessions to evaluate which fit their respective thematic focus. Your sessions are submitted to them anonymously, to make sure that the content of your proposal remains the focus. The members of the programme committee can then issue an assessment of the session and leave a written comment. The re:publica programme team subsequently take these evaluations and comments into account when compiling your talks, workshops, discussions and diverse activities.

We don’t want to keep members of the programme committee from submitting their own proposals during the Call for Participation. We therefore closely monitor exactly who we submit which session to for evaluation, so as to prevent bias in the assessment.

Programme decisions are not made by individuals, but by a team! Our programme team is made up of people who work with the utmost care and integrity and we stand behind them.

Do I need to have a re:publica account to be able to submit a proposal for the CfP?

Yes. The account allows you to register yourself as a speaker and submit a proposal for the CfP over your profile. You can edit your proposal at any time – even after submission – and manage your information. Account registration and setup is free and only takes a few minutes. Just head this way:

Can still I use my old login details?

Yes. If you already registered yourself for the re:publica after 2013, your old account can still be activated. Should you already have an account, please use it. Log in on the website for rp18 using your old login details and simply update your profile.

Step-by-step: How does registration work?
  1. Go to the registration page. If you were a participant at a re:publica event since 2014, you just need to update your profile.

  2. You can already start to fill out and complete your speaker profile or finish this at a later time. You'll need to already provide a picture in the required dimensions. Please note, your speaker profile must be fully completed by the end of the CfP deadline to be accepted.

  3. If you want to create a new speaker profile then follow these steps:

    In the first part of the form please fill in your personal information (first and last name, e-mail address)

    After clicking the “Create Account” choose your username.

    Tip: Select a user name that is a combination of your first and last name. It'll be easier for us to find you in our system, in case we have to contact you. Enter a valid e-mail address, since we are going to contact you during the evaluation process.
  4. After completing registration you will receive an activation link via your submitted e-mail address. Please note that this might take up to 15 minutes depending on your e-mail provider – and please also check your spam folder... Click the link and set a password.

  5. When you're logged in you will find a menu bar. Click the cog wheel to open the a black  bar on the left side of the page. You will find the items "Home", "My Dashboard" and "Add content".

  6. Go to "My Dashboard: Here you'll find your dashboard with latest news, profile information, your submitted sessions.
    • "My Profile": To edit your profile click "edit" below and find your user account were you can change your e-mail address and password, as well as your "Speaker profile" where you can edit & complete your speaker profile.

    • Go back to "My Dashoboard"

    • "Add Session": This button directs the the CfP form. Fill in the form and to create a session proposal

    • "My Content": here you'll find your submitted proposal and may edit it as necessary.

  7. Now: Click "Add content" and simply fill out all fields related to your session proposal.

  8. Feel free to save and continue at a later date – but remember: Your sessions should be completed prior to the deadline 7 January 2018, 11:59pm CET.

  9. Add speakers to your sessions. If you are planning several speakers into your session, all of them need to register and create a profile. Once you know their username, please add the usernames to the "speakers" field in the form. Click "Add item" to creat a new speaker box and fill in the user name of one co-speaker. Make sure to wait for the autocomplete that verifies the speaker name with our database. You can add the further speakers once we accepted you proposal.

  10. Once you saved your session and can access it from your dashboard, also the programme team can see it. That means it's submitted and you don't need to do anything else. 

  11. Celebrate, your session is fully filled out and submitted on time!

  12. Please read the FAQs and especially the "Session Guidelines" (our Terms of Condition)

What does the Call for Participation (CfP) form look like and what information do I have to enter?

All fields marked with a red star (*) must be filled out.

Download example session form


The more straight-ahead and descriptive your title is, the better. See also: What constitutes a good TITLE?

Short thesis
Give a short and catchy idea about your main argument. This text will be used publicly once your session is accepted, so it's worth proofreading it.
Max. 500 characters.

Please describe what your session is about, how you want to proceed and what methods you are going to use. Be clear and check orthography and grammar. This text will be used publicly once your session is accepted, so it's worth proofreading it.
Max. 2,000 characters. We will cut radically after 2,000 characters.

Do you have any comments, proposal or questions?
Is there anything you need to conduct your session? (spacial, technical or physical)
Additional speakers? They have to register (see FAQs), if you want to add them.

Politics & Society
Research & Education
Media & Journalism
Art & Culture
Science & Technology
Business & Innovation
Mobility & City
Leisure & Lifestyle
(re:publica - Abendsessions, sonstiges)

We Can Work It Out (Wissenschaftsjahr 2018)
GIG (Global Innovation Gathering)
Law Lab

You can decide between different formats, each of them allows to engage with the audience in a special way. See also FAQ Session Formats.

Will my information in the Call for Participation (CfP) form be made visible to the public?

No. We retrieve information from the form so as to assess and categorize your proposal. Should your proposal be accepted, we will then publish the submission. However, only information relevant to the visitors will be made public. Your contact details and similar information will not be published.

In which languages can I submit my proposal?

You can submit your proposal in German or English. Note: your submission must be written in the language in which you will be holding your session (talk, discussion, workshop, Meetup etc.).

How many proposals can I submit during the CfP?

While it is possible to edit and submit multiple proposals, we will only be taking the most recent submission into account and, only with exception, will we consider a second proposal following the expiration of the final deadline (7 January 2018, 11:59 pm). Quality, not quantity!

Can I still edit my proposal in the CfP form?

Yes. The CfP form can be edited and saved up until 14 January 2018. Following the expiration of the deadline, your submission will be final and you should only make changes to it in consultation with the programme team. (We are able to see when and by whom a submission was edited in our system.)

Are submissions accepted after the deadline?

No. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the programme team for later submissions to be accepted concerning important current events or will be requested from the programme team.

There’s the possibility of uploading videos in the Call for Participation (CfP) form. Why should I do that?

Possible video material from a conference or event you have already spoken at helps us a great deal in our assessment. It allows us to better understand, evaluate and categorize your submission, while also giving us an impression of your public speaking skills and your ability to communicate your topic. Don’t worry, these videos are not made public. You should, however, own the rights to their use.

Does the video have to be related to my submission topic?

Not necessarily, but it can help us better understand your submission. If your video doesn’t have that much to do with your topic, but will convince us of your qualities as a speaker, then feel free to use it.

Help! I did something wrong and can’t log in anymore!

Don’t worry. Please get in touch with our team, who will help you with any technical problems (that you haven’t been able to solve after several attempts): info[at]

Where do I get help for any non-technical CfP questions?

Should you not have found any answers in our extensive FAQs – please, please, PLEASE read through them carefully and thoroughly (!) – you can contact the programme team at: programme[at]

What makes for a good Session?

The more precise and specific a submission is the better. Specificity requires a convincing initial idea, as well as good research and planning. Moreover: a concise formulation.

Example: “How surgeons train for difficult operations in virtual reality” is better than “Virtual reality as a training tool”.

Use your description to elaborate how you will approach the topic, or rather, which methods you will be using. The re:publica audience, the programme team and the programme committee are looking for engaging and well-founded content that takes on the solutions for challenges facing our digital society.

Take a look at a couple of examples from re:publica 2017.

How long is a session?

A session can be either 30 or 60 minutes long. Workshop sessions last either 60 or 120 minutes. Make sure to plan in time for a Q&A when preparing:

  • 30 minute session = 20 minutes of content + 10 minute Q&A (is led by either the stage host or the presenter
  • 60 minute session = 45-50 minutes of content + 10-15 minute Q&A (is led by either the stage host or the presenter)
  • 120 minute sessions are only intended for workshops
Which session formats can be selected?

The re:publica features different formats. You can select between the following in the CfP form:

  • Talk (30 minutes or 1 hour)
    Well-prepared presentation on a topic. Possible as a talk, but also as a reading, interview or fireside chat.1-2 people

  • Discussion (1 hour)
    Balanced discussion on a specific topic. Possible as a panel debate or fishbowl conversation.
    Maximum of 3 speakers plus presenter => The limit on featured persons includes the presenter. We can’t say it often enough and we won’t be making any exceptions here either! GENDER BALANCE applies to all formats. 50 % of the speakers must be female.
  • Workshop (1-2 hours, can be longer in exceptional cases)
    Intensive (practical) session in which knowledge on a specific topic is communicated or specific skills are mediated.
    1-2 workshop leaders

  • Meetup (30 minutes or 1 hour)
    Meeting of like-minded participants or networking on a topic.
    1-2 hosts
  • Activity (varies)
    Flash mob, field test, installation, exhibition, concert, pop-up happening, DJ set, activities with re:publica visitors and working with the results on-location – bring your ideas to re:publica!
How do I determine the level of difficulty for my submission?

Our suggestions:

  • "Beginner": for people with little or no prior knowledge
  • "All": for anyone who has already superficially dealt with the topic
  • "Expert": for experts, meaning anyone who works in the field, does research or reports on it (but still open to everyone)
What is the difference between a “Track” and “Topic”?

Tracks” are general thematic fields which you can assign your submission to, for example “Politics & Society”, “Business & Innovation” or “Arts & Culture”.

Topics” are key themes which help us set a specific focus.

All “Tracks” (categories) are already set when the Call for Participation (CfP) is launched. We have already formulated the concept for some “Topics” for the CfP, others are added over the course of the CfP phase.

Read more about our #rp18 tracks and topics here:
Tracks and Topics

What is a “Track” and which ones will be available for re:publica 2018?

“Tracks” are general categories which you can assign your submission to, for example “Politics & Society”. This year’s selection consists of:

  • Politics & Society
  • Research & Education
  • Media & Journalism
  • Art & Culture
  • Science & Technology
  • Business & Innovation
  • Mobility & City
  • Leisure & Lifestyle
  • (re:publica - evening sessions, other)

Read more about our #rp18 tracks here:
Tracks and Topics

What are “Topics” and to which “Topic” does my submission belong?

“Topics” are key themes for 2018 that help us set a specific focus. Some have become so important that they return every year, like the “Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)”, “re:health”, for all things concerning health and digitisation, or the “Law Lab”, which focuses on legal matters on the internet. Another example of a Topic is “science:fiction”, which we integrated into the programme in 2017, with the aim of examining utopias for our future coexistence. Some “Topics” have already been formulated for the CfP, others are added over the course of the CfP phase and the programme planning. We assign your submissions to specific “Topics”. You must select a “Track” (category) for your submission in the form. “Topics” are optional.

Read more about our #rp18 topics here:
Tracks and Topics

My session is not published. Did you get it?

As long as you can access your session from the dashboard whilst logged in, it is saved and submitted correctly. You don't need to do anything else. 

Your session will be published once we accepted it for the conference programme. But no worries, we'll inform you via email before we'll publish it.

How do I know if my session has been selected?

After passing the relevant submission stage deadline, we will contact you regarding your session's acceptance or rejection.

When does the content of my session need to be ready?

On the day your session will take place. We'd appreciate getting your finished presentation 2 days before your talk though.

Only your short session description will be published online. We’d suggest making this short description informative and well formulated when submitting, in order to get us and the conference participants interested in your session. Also, make it short but sweet (hardly anyone reads more than half a page, so your session's description is limited to 2,000 caracters).

What is the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin and how is it connected to re:publica?

The MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB) is one of Europe’s pioneering media congresses. It is organised by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg and will be taking place in cooperation with re:publica for the fifth time in 2018.

While the MCB is re:publica’s most important and closest partner, both the MCB and re:publica still plan and curate their programmes independently. We keep up regular communication, comparing and exchanging information. However, the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin is an independent event and not a re:publica Track.



I want to participate in the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin. Is that possible?

Yes. Even though the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin’s curatorial team plans its programme independently, it is still happy to receive input from the re:publica community.

You can select “MEDIA CONVENTION” as a “Topic” in the CfP form if you would like to apply there. Accordingly, it will then be the MCB team that will decide on the acceptance or rejection of your submission and not the re:publica programme team.

What if I want to submit a proposal for someone else, a client for example?

That’s problematic. Each person has to first set up a speaker account (see FAQs). Only then can they create a session for which they will be solely responsible. If you won’t be participating yourself, than you will have to enter the speaker and contact information and then forward them the password. A valid email address is necessary as we will be sending important information for the speakers to the listed email address via our system.

I have a product or a service that would be of interest to the re:publica audience. Can I submit a session proposal to promote my idea?

Blatant advertising and marketing pitches have no chance in the Call for Participation (CfP). The re:publica audience, the programme team and the programme committee are looking for compelling and well-researched content that engages with solutions and the challenges facing our digital society. They have no interest in marketing pitches disguised has informative sessions.

That doesn’t mean that re:publica visitors aren’t also interested in the newest digital products or services. Should you want to present your innovation, please get in touch with our colleagues in partner management, who will gladly pass on further information on the many possibilities for participating at the re:publica: partner[at]

Are there video or audio recordings from past re:publica conferences that can help me find out more about the topics, speakers and formats?

Of course. We have a huge archive. You can find all the video and audio with the session descriptions on our website. You can either find the main themes using the keyword search or look up the website of the respective year directly.

For re:publica 2017 “Love Out Loud” you can head to:, re.publica 2016 “TEN/NET” is over at:, with re:publica 2015 “finding europe” at:, and so on.

You can also find all the videos on our YouTube channel:

Look up our image archive on flickr:



I’ve already spoken at the re:publica before. Does that mean I have a better or worse chance of my submission being accepted?

Neither. We’re just as happy to see new faces as we are old acquaintances. The only difference is that we already know if people are good speakers with the applicants who have already participated in the event. We use the same assessment standards for both: someone who has already been at the re:publica before has to fulfil the same criteria and formalities as a newbie. So don’t rest on your own good name or connections!

Do I get free admission to re:publica if my proposal is accepted?

Yes. You will receive a 3-day ticket and tasty catering for the day of your talk.

Will my co-speakers also receive free admission to re:publica if my proposal is accepted?

Yes. Co-speakers will also receive a 3-day ticket, as well as catering on the day of your talk.

Does re:publica cover my travel and accommodation costs if my idea is accepted?

No. We do not cover any travel and accommodation costs. But you will receive a 3-day ticket and catering on the day of your talk.

If my idea is accepted, will the programme team help me with its elaboration?

No. You are responsible for your session. If there happen to be urgent issues, we will obviously be there to offer advice.

I have a great idea, but don’t have the sufficient resources to implement it on my own. Is it still possible for me to submit my proposal?

You should submit an idea that you can execute yourself. If you have a great idea that requires our help for its implementation, then we suggest you get in contact early on (programme[at], and we can see if we can tackle it together.

I have an amazing idea for an on-site installation or activity. Would you be interested?

Yes, we would be. We want the re:publica to be colourful and exciting. It’s nice when everyone pitches in so that we can celebrate a great event each year. Unfortunately, we have quite a tight budget. Meaning, you should be resource-friendly in your planning. We’re only able to help out in exceptional cases and only to a limited degree. But don’t hold back, we’ve had lots of creative ideas for the realisation of great installations and activities in the past. Just fill in the CfP form, select the “re:publica” Track and “Action” as a format, and we’ll be getting in touch with you.

I’d like to be a presenter/moderator or stage host. Is that possible?

Yes, please. We look forward to your voluntary commitment, engagement and your curiosity! Write the programme team: programme[at]

Presenter/moderator and stage hosts – what’s the difference?

Every stage at the re:publica is attended to by a stage host. Meaning, that he/she announces the sessions, leads through the Q&A at the end of a session, and then moves the programme on to the next item. Our stage hosts also inform the audience about important changes to the programme and other last-minute features – the stage hosts are in constant communication and consultation with the programme team during the re:publica.

Presenters/moderator generally lead the discussion or conversations in a session. This requires thorough preparation. We will put the presenters in contact with the speakers – should they not have already been contacted by the person responsible for the session – so that they can hold preparatory talks.

Do presenters/moderators and stage hosts need a speaker account?

Yes, because they will be added to the respective sessions. Presenters/moderators and stage hosts, like speakers, will also be accredited at the entrance to the conference. Please note that presenters should only be added to a session after prior consultation and after confirmed availability.

I already bought a ticket. As a speaker, will I get a refund?

No, unfortunately not.

Tickets are not refundable in general. You can resell your ticket or gift it to someone. For more information see our ticket FAQ.

Session Guidelines

Why do I have to accept the “Session Guidelines” before I can submit my proposal?

Holding a session at the re:publica takes time in its elaboration and preparation. When submitting your proposal, you agree to meet the Session Guidelines’ minimum requirements for the development and organisation of a session for the re:publica. We do not recommend you take part in the Call for Participation (CfP) if you are not ready or able to enter into this commitment.

How important are spelling, grammar and correct punctuation?

Spelling, grammar and proper punctuation are important. You wouldn’t send off an application with unfinished sentences and typos either. It’s therefore advised to have your submission proofread before handing it in.

Here are a few key points:

  • Use both upper and lower case letters for your title. Please don’t write your title only in caps or with all the words in lower case.
  • Punctuation brings rhythm and balance into your thoughts. So don’t be afraid of commas, catchwords, colons and exclamation points!
  • Look out for copy & paste mistakes! Seriously! They happen more often than you’d think.
  • Bonus: please remember to write “re:publica” properly if it shows up in your description.
  • Read your description to someone else (ideally someone who doesn’t know your topic that well). They can then give you feedback regarding if what you are trying to communicate is understandable.
  • AND: even if your concept seem clear and coherent to you, don’t forget that most people who will be reading your description have a different background than you.

    A couple more points on the length of the texts:
    • The title can have a max. of 200 characters (we radically edit after 200 characters).
    • The short thesis cannot be longer than a max. 500 characters.
    • The session description has a max. of 2,000 characters (longer texts will either not be assessed or only up until 2,000 characters).


What constitutes a good TITLE?

Sure, funny titles are catchy. On the other hand, the re:publica is big and your title will be up against hundreds of other titles, vying for the attention of the visitors. The more straight-ahead and descriptive your title is, the better. “All you need is love: Social media strategies for confronting hate online” is better than “Why all you need is love”.

How long can my title be?

200 characters is the maximum. While we don’t have any automatic restriction, the title will end up being automatically shortened when it gets to the programme flyer and the upload of the session video. And you don’t want your great title cut off, do you?


What is the short thesis and how long can it be?

It really should be “short”, up to 500 characters. Only state your basic proposition and how you will be discussing / covering it.

How long should the description be?

No longer than 2,000 characters. Even though we haven’t set up an automatic restriction, we only assess the first 2,000 characters. There isn’t any time for the evaluation of long essays. This will be the text that is published should your idea be accepted. It should be as concise and easy to understand as possible.

Can I change my submission after the Call for Participation has ended?

No, you shouldn’t do that. While it is technically possible, we can see when you’ve made changes in the backend. The additional editing complicates the curatorial work for us and the programme committee. For this reason, we do not accept changes made after the end of the CfP deadline without prior consultation! Only make changes to your submission if and when we ask you to do so (for example, with suggestions for improvements) or let us know ahead of time that you want to change something, and we will decide on a case-to-case basis.

Can I submit multiple proposals during the CfP?

While it is possible to edit and submit multiple proposals, we will only be taking the most recent submission into account and, only with exception, will we consider a second proposal following the expiration of the final deadline (7 January 2018, 11:59 pm, CET). Quality, not quantity!

What are my responsibilities if I submit a session that features more than two people participating (talks with 2 speakers, panels, workshops)?
  • If you submitted a session featuring multiple people on-stage, then you will be the contact person for all questions concerning that session.
  • You are the organiser and will also feature as a speaker in the session.
  • You are responsible for making sure the co-speakers register a speaker profile.
  • You add the co-speakers to your session (see FAQ)
  • You are responsible for communicating all necessary information to your co-speakers
  • You can only be responsible for one session at the re:publica.
What should I pay attention to when aiming to put together a “good” panel line-up?

The most interesting sessions offer space for different perspectives. When putting together a panel, remember to keep the fundamental characteristics of a diverse panel in mind:

DIVERSITY and GENDER BALANCE should be understood as a key commitment and component for an empathetic and inclusive community – they represent our stance as event organisers.

All panels should comply with the following guidelines:

  • Gender balance (with this, we obviously include persons who do not feel represented by the binary gender paradigm)
  • Diversity as regards ethnicity and cultural background or field of work
  • A variety of backgrounds in education and work
  • A variety of positions and opinions from across the entire (democratic!) spectrum
I want to submit a panel discussion: do all the speakers have to already be confirmed?

Yes, the planned speakers should all have at least been informed and invited. The speakers should then also all be confirmed and added to the session by the time the Call for Participation (CfP) deadline expires (please note: each speaker needs their own speaker account, see FAQ).

If you are organising a panel, then it is your responsibility that all speakers enter their information in the profile and manage these themselves – see also person responsible for session. Only propose a panel that can actually be realised in that constellation of participants.

Can I propose co-speakers for my session who I haven’t reached yet?

As the listed speakers influence the selection process, we’d like to urge you to have confirmed the panellists by the end of the Call for Participation (CfP) phase. You can still enter the desired speaker into the comment field, plus your relationship to them or why you assume they will confirm. But if you are not sure than it would be better to submit a solo talk.

How many co-speakers can I add to my session?

Each format has a maximum number of possible speakers. Please keep GENDER BALANCE in mind – each session should have a 50% female line-up (the presenter does not count as a speaker).

  • Talk 1-2 speakers (same goes for readings or fireside chats)
  • Panel discussions 3-4 speakers (including presenter/moderator)
  • Workshop 1-2 speakers
  • Meetup 1-2 hosts
How do I add co-speakers?

Your co-speaker must already be registered, have set up an account and have given themselves a username. You will need those before proceeding. When creating a session in the CfP form you will find the “Speaker(s)” box further down.  Click "Add item" to creat a new speaker box and fill in the user name of one co-speaker. Make sure to wait for the autocomplete that verifies the speaker name with our database. You can add the further speakers once we accepted you proposal. Enter the first letters of the co-speakers username, auto-complete will show the correct person should they exist in the system. Save. Done.

Only add people you have confirmed and who have agreed to participate in the CfP! Unsolicited adding of people can lead to exclusion.

Do I have to organise a presenter/moderator?

The presenter/moderator is a neutral party in a conversation or a panel discussion. They help keep the conversation on-topic and guarantee a balance of viewpoints. You should have both your presentation and your speakers already confirmed. Should you have difficulties finding the right person, the programme team will be happy to help. We know lots of competent presenters for the diverse range of topics at the re:publica. Contact us at programme[at]

Helping Hands

Helping Hand? What does that mean?
Without volunteering helping hands an event like re publica would not be possible. We decided early on to get volunteers involvded instead of raising the ticket price to astronomical heights.

In return to a one day assignment (approx. eight hours) our helping hands receive free entry for all other conference days, food and drinks on the day of the assignment, and a t-shirt.
Last but not least: Helping hands get exclusive insights behind the scenes of re:publica.
Helping Hand? What does that mean?
Without volunteering helping hands an event like re publica would not be possible. We decided early on to get volunteers involvded instead of raising the ticket price to astronomical heights.

In return to a one day assignment (approx. eight hours) our helping hands receive free entry for all other conference days, food and drinks on the day of the assignment, and a t-shirt.
Last but not least: Helping hands get exclusive insights behind the scenes of re:publica.
How do I sign up to be a helping hand at re:publica?

If you are 18 or above and are keen to support re:publica 2018 then you can register on our sign-up portal and sign up for a shift. Registration opens around February 2018. We will notify you about the exact start date in advance.

How do I sign up to be a helping hand at re:publica?

If you are 18 or above and are keen to support re:publica 2018 then you can register on our sign-up portal and sign up for a shift. Registration opens around February 2018. We will notify you about the exact start date in advance.

How can I connect with other re:publica helping hands?

You are invited to join our Helping Hands Facebook Group.

How can I connect with other re:publica helping hands?

You are invited to join our Helping Hands Facebook Group.