Tracks & Topics
Tracks are general categories which you can assign your submission to. All Tracks are already set when the Call for Participation (CfP) is launched.
Topics are key themes that help us set a specific focus every year. 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.
It’s true that the re:publica is a society conference – and, because of that, it engages with concepts, “analogue software” and politics a great deal. But we are just as interested in infrastructures and hardware.
How can we (digitally) relearn and keep learning? Research & Education presents intergenerational concepts, ideas and projects from the areas of education and science.
The crisis of the public sphere (and objectivity?), which has been evident for some time now, and the open hostility towards “fake news” will once again be part of our focus, as will the success stories from (investigative) journalism, great moments in international cooperation and collaborative
The “Leisure & Lifestyle” segment is a brand new addition to rp18. These topics have already featured in the courtyard and all over the site at past conferences – that’s why it’s time to bring it together under its own label.
Politics and society, in all their many facets, have rarely been as of crucial topics as they are now and re:publica 2018 will be looking at this thematic closer than ever.
Beyond the Industry 4.0, Internet of Things or Big Data buzzwords: these terms are standard in the discussion of how new technologies will change our daily life, particularly in the context of work.
We are living in the middle of the post-digital age. The Internet is omnipresent – particularly in the arts and in culture.
At re:publica, sparkling eyes do not only belong in front of the stages, unnexpected surprises can be found everywhere.
Mobility is entering new dimensions. When we talk of the future of mobility it is no longer just about autonomous cars or car sharing start-ups but of a full process of transforming all aspects of society.
Blockchain is a comparatively young technology, a “new kid on the block”: Since 2009, the development of Blockchain-related applications (“Smart Contracts”) have made decentralised transactions possible through the use of cryptographic functions such as Trusted Computing. Say what?
They say the future is not what it used to be.
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”?
The internet began with the decentralisation of communication – we gained more power over the kind of information we had at our disposal and wanted to consume. Are we currently experiencing a new freedom through decentralised financial flows?
On day two of re:publica, stage 9 will dedicate itself to virtual worlds. The concept of complete immersion into artificial worlds is not a new one. Texts, films, video games, and performance pieces all aim to engulf their audience. VR, on the other hand, is still struggling to mature.
Publishing on the web can unfortunately mean stumbling onto thin ice, legally speaking. Copyright law, cease and desist, surreptitious advertising – those are just some of the keywords and stumbling blocks.
Music and the digital sphere are closely interconnected. But our #rp18 Music topic isn’t just about a national and international exchange, the promotion of new formats or the continued development of the scene at the intersection of sound and technology.
POP is our uber-motto this year. Our new website design in green-screen-green already alludes to the direction we’re headed – even despite the inherent blank space: Squeaky clean, Seventeen cut-out popstar culture might come to mind.
Health in times of interconnectedness in a fascinatingly wide spectrum: “re:health” deals with the various aspects of how digitisation leaves its marks on the realms of (quantified) health and health services, and the opportunities and risks that these developments have for people and their bodie
Back to the blogs! Save the open education web! In 2018, the call for “digitised and digital education” is a widespread consensus in almost all professional areas.
Smart cities promise great things through urban digitisation: real-time responses to logistical challenges that stem from ever-expanding urban areas; benefits for the education and health system; boosts in political participation; advances for the sharing economy.
Despite the rapid pace of digital and technological progress the world is still facing major challenges at the beginning of the 21st century.
As creators of future digital society, kids are more than welcome at re:publica! Here’s to another year of crafting, playing, coding, and puzzling.
“The working worlds of the future” is the topic for the Science Year 2018. Before the session of Ranga Yogeshwar the German minister for education and research will open the topic "We can Work it Out".