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.
Reflections on the change of societies and political dynamics due to digitization are at the core of the re:publica programme. We are interested in shifting power balances, in societal change and civic digital action.
Beyond the buzzwords of Industry 4.0, Internet of Things or Big Data: these terms are standard in the discussion of how new technologies will change our daily life, particularly in the context of work.
Digital technologies are changing our every day culture in a multitude of ways. We are living in the middle of the post-digital age. The Internet is omnipresent – particularly in the arts and in culture.
Technology anthropologists, psychologists, cybersecurity researchers, historians, neurobiologists, sociologists (and, and, and) ... this track is dedicated to you and your research. Here we examine the synergies between science and technology.
Everything that makes the soul fly and the heart beat faster - everything that makes us and life more beautiful is discussed in the track "Leisure & Lifestyle". How does digitalisation change us and our way of travelling, dating and sports? How do we define happiness in the digital age?
The crisis of the public sphere (and objectivity?), which has been evident for some time now, and the open hostility towards “mainstream media" will be part of our focus, as will the success stories from (investigative) journalism, great moments in international cooperation and collaborative fram
In the track City and Mobility we are taking a look at the impact digitalization has on cities. What does the increasing interconnectedness of urban space mean for the inhabitants of a city?
How do digital technologies change the way we learn, teach, research and share knowledge? How are scientific fields and research topics evolving?
At re:publica, sparkling eyes do not only belong in front of the stages, unnexpected surprises can be found everywhere.
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?
World-class learning for the 21st century
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.
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".
They say the future is not what it used to be.
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.
We live in a connected world in which digital technologies accelerate our communication, make information more accessible and production processes more transparent. At least this is what we hope for.
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”?
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.
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?
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
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.