We hope you all had a great start into 2017! And we are already at it again: Our second deadline for the Call for Participation passed yesterday. More than 300 suggestions have reached us! WOW!
By the first deadline on December 4, 2016, we had received nearly 200 ideas from you, from which we have already published the best ones. Have a look here. Altogether, that makes more than 500 submissions. At this point, we'd like to say thank you for your commitment – you have been quite creative. And as we mentioned before, these submissions make up the majority of our programme!
What, you still haven't submitted your brilliant idea for #rp17? Latecomers still have the opportunity to submit projects to fill the remaining slots until January 31st. So go on, let your imagination run wild, and send us your great ideas. See our Call for Participation page.
But this much is already clear: re:publica 2017 will be a wonderfully diverse festival – after all, you are helping to provide a variety of core topics. In addition to classics like Politics & Society and Arts & Culture, there will be a whole range of topics and sub-conferences, which we would like to remind you of. Be inspired:
- For the third time, we explore the topic of music at the interface of technology and the creative industry. More about the music track here.
- In this year's re:learn track, we are again exploring the connections between education and technology. We are most interested in the use of digital projects in schools and the education sector in general, and in out-of-school learning contexts. Be inspired by the sessions at #rpTEN.
- For our re:health focus topic, we are looking for your research, ideas or projects dealing with the digitalization of health. Be it the latest app developments for smartphones, health trackers, or innovations in healthcare: We are interested in exciting possibilities as well as side effects. Have a look at our review of last year's re:health track here.
- science:fiction! Ideas, debates and issues all around the topic of Artificial Intelligence, from fantastic futuristic visions to specific applications in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Our new science:fiction track aims to explore the potential of science, technology and research. Send us your concrete VR and AR projects as well as your visions – we are looking forward to them! Read more here.
- You have some smart ideas for an urban lifestyle? You are an urban DIY maker and like experimenting outdoors, with urban gardening, e-farming or something completely different and surprising? Together with our partner, the International Garden Exhibition Berlin 2017 #IGA2017, we are focusing on “Digitizing the Greenery”. We look forward to your submissions on urban living – you can find additional information here.
- This year, #FASHIONTECH BERLIN, our conference on the overlaps of fashion and technology, will be taking place as a lab for makers and doers. We are excited to hear about your projects, talks and workshops for the Maker Space. You work with textile technologies and new materials? You are concerned with the social and political influences of (technical) textile design? And what meaning does fashion have in front of a technological backdrop?
- Net politics will again be a central topic at the eleventh re:publica, as we are sure you are aware. The entire last decade has been dominated by topics like surveillance, net neutrality and digital citizenship. Help us to get net politics themes onto the #rp17 stages, and submit your sessions.
- Further thematic tracks such as Business & Work, or Mobility & City, and the effects of digitization on the workplace, will also find their spot in the re:publica programme. Hand in your ideas now!
- And of course, this year's motto, Love Out Loud, won't be neglected either. We have devoted a dedicated topic track to LOL, where we want to focus on the positive aspects of technology. We are especially interested in emancipation, self-determination and activism in and around the Net.
In addition to the talks and debates, you can also suggest topics for Meetups and Lightning Talks. These formats are ideal for talking to like-minded participants, discussing ideas in progress, and getting feedback. In addition, we will again have our Makerspace for tinkering and making.
So don't miss the chance to secure one of the last open slots in the re:publica 2017 programme! The very last deadline ends on January 31, 2017. Frequent questions about the Call can be found here. We're looking forward to your submissions!