Diversity and inclusion are fundamental elements of our value set. We’ve already achieved a lot, but there’s still so much more to do. We asked female techmakers, digital pioneers and coders out there: Is it time for us to enlarge the “Fe:male Digital Footprint”? What projects are currently in the works? At which interfaces are boundaries being shifted?

Fe:male Empowerment

The male, somewhat less social, genius is a well-known archetype throughout the history of computers – it’s a well-known cliché that continues to persist. Indeed, if digital historiography is to be believed, the early days of computing seem to have been a purely male domain. If women are ever present in the collective memory, they’re usually relegated to secondary roles. Yet, if they were there (and they were), shouldn’t we really be speaking about female re-empowerment instead? And how can these worn-out stereotypes be replaced, reconstituted or broadened? Let’s get our hands on these binary understandings of gender, and their roles, and start shaking!

Diverse & Digital: The Fe:male Digital Footprint

The 'Gender and Coding' topic is still in its infancy. In the digital economy, both binary code and executive positions are mostly in male hands. Is the prestige of men in the tech industry threatening to make digital innovations too one-sided? Do women and the non-binary think technological progress, digital entrepreneurship, app development etc. differently? We want to strengthen the position of women and the non-binary, and are therefore calling on these digital and tech industry experts to give their ideas and initiatives a stage at re:publica 2018. Because we believe: “Digital” isn’t just hard and software, it’s also a mind-set and a competence. What is needed for an individual to be successful in the digital world? What allows them to help shape the digital shift?

Our call isn’t just aimed at women, but is an open invitation to all: Dear lesbian, gay, bi, trans, inter, queer, and all other non-heteronormative identifying persons, you are all cordially invited! With 'Fe:male', we expressly aim to set an example for more inclusion and create actual, not just symbolic, open spaces for all voices to be heard.


The #rp18 topic 'Fe:male Digital Footprint' is supported by the Otto Group.

  • Politics & Society
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    In her keynote session, Katherine Maher will discuss the future of free information on the web, the threat “big tech” poses to our open societies, and our collective responsibility to protect and sustain our shared commons.
  • Politics & Society
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    How Twitter is connecting and amplifying disabled voices.
  • Research & Education
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    Time to act and create more Fe:male Digital Footprints. By creating online tutorials that explain technologies or how to fix stuff from a feminist perspective we want to counteract existing macho culture in technology presentation.

    The whole day we will be in or near the FabMobile and are ready and happy to discuss she*fix with you and support you in making a she*fix tutorial. In the workshop, we will proudly present a first cut of the videos we did on Thursday and reflect on the process, joys and challenges.
  • Research & Education
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    Time to act and create more Fe:male Digital Footprints. By creating online tutorials that explain technologies or how to fix stuff from a feminist perspective we want to counteract existing macho culture in technology presentation.

    Today, the TINT film collective joins us and together we will film, edit and produce two open source video tech tutorials from 10 am to 6 pm! Others of the she*fix group will be in or near the FabMobile the whole day and are ready and happy to discuss she*fix with you and support you in making a she*fix tutorial.
    In the workshop, we will share some insights and impressions from the filming / shooting and how we prepared for the day.
  • Research & Education
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    Time to act and create more Fe:male Digital Footprints. By creating online tutorials that explain technologies or how to fix stuff from a feminist perspective we want to counteract existing macho culture in technology presentation.

    Today is the official kick-off for the she*fix youtube channel project. The whole day we will be in or near the FabMobile and are ready and happy to discuss she*fix with you and support you in making a she*fix tutorial. In the workshop, we will present our idea and approach and show our meta-tutorial - the tutorial about making a tutorial. We invite participant to join the movement!
  • Business & Innovation
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    Unternehmen setzen auf Künstliche Intelligenz und selbstlernende Prozesse, um NutzerInnen den Umgang mit Diensten und Endgeräten zu vereinfachen. Das Smartphone verfolgt längst die NutzerInnen auf Schritt und Tritt, während sie dessen Vorlieben erlernen, auswerten und Angebote für ihn personalisieren. Das Datensammeln soll den KonsumentInnen ein optimales Einkaufserlebnis ermöglichen. Aber was passiert eigentlich mit all den Daten und wem nützen sie? Ein spannender Talk, der über personalisiertes Marketing, KI und Datenschutz berichtet.

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  • Politics & Society
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    Drei Stimmen aus Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft zur Bestandsaufnahme einer Arbeitswelt im Umbruch. Wie können wir den Wandel nutzen, um zukünftig in einer gleichberechtigten Gesellschaft zu leben, die den Weg für Innovationen frei macht? In dieser Debatte sprechen wir darüber, wie man sich seinen Platz nimmt, anstatt auf den Stuhl zu warten.

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  • Politics & Society
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    Despite the importance of an active participation of women in the development of digital and mobile technologies, only 9% of all global venture capital deals involved female-led ventures. As technology and innovation progresses in all parts of the world, it needs to be ensured that women and girls are part of this transformation. There is an urgent need to create gender-inclusive technology and promote women’s participation in the design and development of digital solutions, products and services.

    [Partnersession]
  • Arts & Culture
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    From cam girls to performance artists, independent content providers are demanding ownership over their own bodies and representation. Sexualized images of the female body have historically served the male gaze and been exploited for profit. Today's artists and sex workers are no longer dependent on gatekeepers such as galleries and agencies. Using tools such as live-streaming and social media, they can cultivate their own brand and clients - and in some cases, develop their own platforms for distribution. What are the revolutionary possibilities and contradictions facing women selling sex on the Internet?
  • re:publica
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    An idea, waiting to flourish. An idea, longing to be heard. An idea, to become famous. Tell re:publica what you are dreaming about!

    Face the camera. We want to give you one minute of fame!
  • Media & Journalism
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    Männer prägen den Diskurs im Netz stärker als Frauen. Die bekanntesten Blogs mit der meisten Reichweite schreiben Männer. Die meisten Follower auf Twitter haben Accounts von meinungsstarken Männern. Wie können Frauen sichtbarer und lauter im Web werden? Klassische Instrumente wie die Quote kommen an ihre Grenze: Denn wie lässt sich Druck aufbauen, wenn es keinen Verlag oder Chef gibt, der adressiert werden kann? Wie finden Einzelkämpferinnen unter einem gemeinsamen Ziel zusammen?
  • Politics & Society
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    1 billion people, 15 percent of the world’s population, are people living with some form of disability. Disability is a natural part of the human condition, and barriers to access are a unifying factor for people, regardless of where you live in the world. Activists and advocates for the world’s disability related issues have found a unique and powerful home on the social media platform of Twitter, and using it to connect, educate, and share opportunities to create and enact social change.