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Range of topics covers all areas of society ++ re:connecting EUROPE: The re:publica connects Europe’s creative minds ++ labore:tory is the playground of the #rp17

Berlin, 27 April 2017 – The re:publica programme continues to grow: more than 940 international speakers will be presenting over 450 sessions. The Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) will also be bringing together innovators from around the world for the fifth year running, with the labore:tory Playground inviting visitors to explore the diverse intersections of art and technology. Scientific communication concerning oceans and climate change are the focus of the sub:marine, which will be taking place in cooperation with the Science Year 2016*17. The newly created re:connecting EUROPE Space at the #rp17 will network European creative industries and is the kick-off for two exciting re:publica editions taking place outside Germany.  September will see the #rpDUB touching down in Dublin for the second time and a new addition to the family, the very first #rpTHE in Thessaloniki.

Together with their event partner MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin, one of Europe’s ground-breaking media conferences, the re:publica will be filling 19 stages and workshop rooms with programme content. This year’s “Love Out Loud!” motto is home to over 450 lectures, discussions and interviews at the #rp17.

The debates surrounding fake news, digital civil rights and better, more transparent uses of algorithms are as central to the #rp17 as pertinent topics such as freedom of press and communication, which are currently under attack in many countries. In the “Loving out loud for those who are being silenced” keynote speech, Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Márton Gergely and Ramy Raoof, together with journalists from various European and non-European countries, reflect on their experiences dealing with repression, limited freedom of press and the slow drift from democracy towards autocratic power structures.

Additionally, the re:publica will be welcoming numerous guests from the political world: Federal Minister of Labour, Andrea Nahles, for example, will be discussing unconditional basic income; while we’ll be talking to Minister for Economics and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, about business development and startups in Germany; and the Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, will be debating Markus Beckedahl from Netzpolitik.org and Constanze Kurz, spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club, on the topic of digitalisation.

The diversity of topics at the re:publica is a mirror of just how deeply digitalisation has permeated all areas of society. A total of 18 topic tracks will cover everything from current politics, art and net culture, to the future of work, digital education or health. The sub:marine – our sub-conference in cooperation with the Science Year ‘Seas & Oceans’ – shows how modern technologies pervade oceanographic research and that, while those marine depths may sometimes seem as far away as outer space, questions concerning our climate should be very much at home in the digital society. Another highlight this year is the science:fiction track, which considers the intersection between technological innovation and culture & society, and how both sides push each other forward. We’ll also be welcoming the American robot expert Lisa Winter, who’s bringing her combat robot Lady Bug along, and who Joanne Pransky, the first robot psychiatrist, will be interviewing.

re:connecting EUROPE – a European network for the creative industries

We’ll be gathering together representatives from the Irish, Greek and German creative industries in the centre of Europe, at the re:publica 2017 in Berlin. With support from the German Federal Foreign Office, we’ve created the re:connecting EUROPE Space expressly for this purpose – providing a platform to promote the development of a Europe-wide network of creative industries, so as to identify and address potential capabilities and challenges together. In Autumn, these newly forged connections will be carried back to Europe’s Northwest, to Dublin, and then South-east to Thessaloniki: following the first successful event outside Germany last year in Dublin, the #rpDUB will be returning with a second edition on the 7 and 8 of September. A new addition in 2017 will be the #rpTHE in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 11 to 13 September.

labore:tory – the re:publica playground

The labore:tory experimental space offers participants plenty of room to discover exciting projects and art installations over the four floors of the ‘Kühlhaus’. The various intersections of technology, science and art will be explored in numerous talks, panels and workshops, and social organisations, initiatives and innovators will present their projects in the newly-created Community Corner, making a statement: for refugees and diversity, or against hate speech.
Global Innovation Gathering turns five!

The Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) is being held at the re:publica for the fifth time. This year, the GIG will be bringing together over 40 makers, hackers and entrepreneurs from around the world to swap know-how, innovations and discuss issues concerning social innovations and the maker movement. Just like last year, GIG will host a pop-up makerspace in cooperation with the FabLab Berlin where participants can tinker, solder and get their hands dirty in various workshops, while learning all there is to know about innovation in hardware.

About re:publica:

re:publica is the most exciting conference about the Internet and Digital Society in Europe. It brings together more than 8,000 participants to discuss the issues of the contemporary digital society. Here bloggers meet with politicians, scientists with entrepreneurs, artists with activists. The shareholders of republica GmbH, newthinking communications and Spreeblick Verlag, have been active in the field of net politics, digital culture and society for more than a decade. The next re:publica will take place in Berlin, on May 8-10, 2017.

About MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB):

MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB) is one of Europe’s pioneering media congresses. It is held by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB) and Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) and is taking place for the fourth time in cooperation with re:publica at STATION Berlin this year. From 8 to 10 May 2017, the stages of #MCB17 are dedicated to current issues of media and Internet politics, market trends and developments of digital media society. MCB and re:publica are once again expecting about 8,000 visitors from over 60 countries.

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