The next re:publica in Berlin will take place from 2 to 4 May 2018. re:publica is one of the largest and most exciting conferences about digital culture in the world. Since its foundation in 2007, it has grown from a cozy blogger meeting with 700 participants into a wide-ranging “society conference”, with 9.000 visitors at the eleventh edition of re:publica 2017 in Berlin. Representatives of digital culture share their knowledge and decision-making tools, and discuss the future of the information society. Here they can mingle with activists, scientists, hackers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, journalists, social media and marketing experts, and many others. This fosters innovation and creates synergies between net politics, online marketing, network technology, digital society, and (pop) culture. In addition, around 46 percent of re:publica 2017's speakers were female – far more than at many other similar events.
The 2017 edition of re:publica 2017 and MEDIA CONVENTION in Berlin have been exciting: We proudly count a total of 1030 international speakers from 65 countries who made up the 500 hour-long program. This is the highest number of visitors so far, making 2017 another record-setting year for re:publica. Young and old alike were represented on re:publica's 20 stages. The re:publica 2017 brought together people from 71 countries. Around 800 accredited international journalists bustled around the fully packed STATION-Berlin and adjoining Kühlhaus.
Our broad focus on issues related to the digital society – from net politics and technological innovations, music, culture and media, to health and education – has convinced sponsors and partners alike. We have formed a close partnership with the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin, the defining congress for the international media industry, which started with the same event space in 2014. Since then, the collaboration has been intensified with one ticket for both events.
re:publica hosts various topics: The Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) including its GIG Makerspace will be already in its fifth year in 2018. Another example from the recent years would be "re:fugees", a conference that was hosted at re:publica TEN. Another focus also in 2016 was the topic of Virtual Reality which was explored all over the STATION Berlin and especially at the "labore:tory". And, since 2015, there is even more to be explored in two topics, the one-day Wearables event #FASHIONTECH BERLIN, and the Musicday on the latest in music and tech. To name just a few of the many themed tracks: Net Politics, Immersive Art, Hate It, re:learn, re:health, Call It Work, re:think Mobility, Law Lab, FinTech and many more.
And finally, re:publica maintains close, long-term relationships with institutions, ministries, NGOs, companies and other organizations. In the past, sponsors have included: Daimler AG, IBM Deutschland, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Deutsche Bank, Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Deutsche Telekom, Google Deutschland GmbH, WWF, Deutsche Bahn AG, Telefonica, Mozilla, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, ARD, ZDF, Vodafone, GIZ and many more.
A selection of our speakers from the past years: Lisa Winter, Elisabeth Wehling (UC Berkeley), Steven Hill, Garry Kasparov, Can Dündar (Journalist), Nelly Ben Hayoun, Matthew Mitchell (Journalist), Trevor Paglen, Usman Haque, Silvia Lindtner (University of Michigan), Peter Neumann, Carolin Emcke, Prof. Frank Pasquale (University of Maryland), Claudio Guarnieri, Claus Kleber (ZDF), Neelie Kroes (European Commission), Jeff Jarvis (BuzzMachine), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), Steffen Seibert (German government spokesman), Mitchell Baker (Mozilla Foundation), Cory Doctorow (BoingBoing), Miriam Meckel, Jim Wales (Wikipedia), Bianca Jagger, Sascha Lobo, Jillian C. Yorck (EFF), The Yes Men, Kathrin Passig, David Hasselhoff, Gesche Joost (UdK Berlin), Gunter Dueck (CEO Omnisophie), Yoani Sánchez (Entrepreneur and blogger, Generación Y), Erik Hersman (Founder of iHub and Ushahidi), Sarah Harrison (Wikileaks), Dieter Zetsche (Daimler AG executive board), Jutta Allmendinger (President of the WZB Berlin Center for Social Science), Andreas Schleicher (Head of the Education and Skills Directorate, OECD), Lawrence Lessig (Creative Commons)