Call for Participation: Love Out Loud And Much More...


Take part in our Call for Participation!

Our Call for Participation for re:publica 2017 is well under way and runs in three stages: until 4 December 2016, until 8 January 2017 and finally until 31 January 2017. The sooner you submit, the sooner we can work on your suggestion and start to fill our final event programme.

Love out Loud! is our motto. We call on all of you to highlight and celebrate the good in our world! The 11th re:publica is also an appeal for engagement, responsibility, emotion, and empathy within our digital society.

What we'd like to see

As always, a major focus of our conference is on digital policy. re:publica also reflects the many other aspects of our digital society, from pop and hacker culture, to inclusion, the maker movement, to social media marketing. All interesting or innovative digital topics are welcome. The Science Year 2016*17 will also have a special place in our programme. We'll be examining its focus on “Seas and Oceans” from our unique re:publica perspective and 2017 will also mark the fourth consecutive year of MEDIA CONVENTION being part of re:publica.

re:publica aims to present the opportunities and benefits gained from new technologies in various areas of society, while at the same taking a critical look behind the scenes. It's more than just a display of the latest technological developments. It's about evaluating them in the long term and making suggestions for the future.

Gain in insight into re:publica's wide spectrum of talks and themes from the #rpTEN programme or in our video archives of the past years via our YouTube channel.

Our Tracks

Our conference tracks offer plenty of diverse topics and interest groups. On our track page will present the main focal topics within the coming days and weeks.

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business & Work
  • FinTech
  • Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
  • Law Lab
  • Love Out Loud
  • Mobility & City
  • Music
  • Politics & Society
  • re:blog
  • re:health
  • re:learn
  • science:fiction
  • sub:marine
  • re:publica


Give your ideas free reign – openness, diversity, and complexity of themes and topics are the hallmarks of re:publica. Surprise us with some unusual ideas, concepts, suggestions, and projects. Daring, innovative and originality is what we're looking for! You're free to choose whichever format you want; while we welcome talks and discussion rounds, we also look forward to actions and ideas for performances, games, surveys – whatever exciting ideas you can come up with! Register here!

re:publica is more than a conference. It's a network. It's an attitude. It's diverse, colourful and multi-faceted.

The Call for Participation started on 1 November 2016. The deadline is broken up into three stages: until 4 December 2016, until 8 January 2017 and finally until 31 January 2017. The sooner you submit, the sooner we can work on your suggestion

Answers to questions can be found in our FAQs. In case you still have questions, please send a message to programme (at) re-publica (dot) de. Let's go!

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Take part in our Call for Participation! From 1 November 2016 on you can submit your session idea. Please register at our website and submit a new session form for each idea. A detailed description can be found below. A little hint, the more precise and complete the information you submit, the easier for us to select your session.

No. If you were registered for re:publica 2014, 2015, 2016, or for #rpDUB, you only need to update your account. Log in with your details. On the main page you see the note “re:publica 2017: Please register first.” on the top right. Click on it, then click the green "Join" button below to confirm the process.

Please note: If you spoke at re:publica 2013 or earlier, please register for a new account.

We need information concerning your session idea including the title, topic, format (talk, discussion round, workshop, lightning talk, meetup, action) and the relevant conference track if applicable. You can submit your session suggestion in either German or English.

Firstly, only fully completed submissions will be considered.

The quality of the submission and its relevance within the full event programme are both vital selection criteria.

The Call for Participation is structured in three deadlines: The first deadline ends on 4 December 2016, the second ends on 8 January 2017, and the third and final one ends on 31 January 2017. Within each stage, submissions will be accepted until 23:59. Submissions received after this cut-off time will be rolled into the next submission stage.

Please note: Submissions handed in after the third and final deadline cannot be accepted.

After passing the relevant submission stage deadline, we will contact you regarding your session's acceptance or rejection.

On the day your session will take place. We'd appreciate getting your finished presentation 2 days before your talk though.

Only your short session description will be published online. We’d suggest making this short description informative and well formulated when submitting, in order to get us and the conference participants interested in your session. Also, make it short but sweet (hardly anyone reads more than half a page, so your session's description is limited to 2,000 caracters).

Of course!

But: To those hosting Lightning Talks or Meet Ups we offer 1-day-tickets for the day they host a Lightning Talk or Meet Up. 

No, unfortunately not.

Tickets are not refundable. But you can resell your ticket or gift it to someone. For that send an email to ticket [at] 

No, unfortunately not.

No, unfortunately not.

Due to the fact that we try to keep our entrance fees a low as possible and affordable for everyone, we have a really tight budget. We hope you understand that we therefore cannot compensate for travel and accommodation costs.

Please note: If you could not come to re:publica without travel reimbursement from our side, please state that in the comment section of the session and we'll try to find a solution. 


We do not, however, accept product presentations or company marketing presentations. If your company is interested in cooperating or partnering with re:publica, please use our contact form or send us a message to partner (at) re-publica (dot) de

Stage programme slots come in two different lengths: 30- and 60-minute slots. 

If you submit a performative session, action, installation or something similar, you won't require a stage location. This means your session can have more time allocated to it. Please submit this  under the “General Conditions” heading during your session submission.

  1. Go to the registration page. If you were a participant at re:publica Berlin in 2014, 2015, 2016, or at #rpDUB, you just need to update your profile.

  2. You can already start to fill out and complete your speaker profile or finish this at a later time. You'll need to already provide a picture in the required dimensions. Please note, your speaker profile must be fully completed by the end of January to be accepted.

  3. If you want to create a new speaker profile then follow these steps:

    In the first part of the form please fill in your personal information (first and last name, profile picture, country, …)

    Select a user name. (Tip: if you use a combination of your first and last name it'll be easier for us to find you in our system, in case we have to contact you.)

    After clicking the “Create New User Account” choose your username. It will be visible to all website users. We recommend using a FirstnameLastname scheme.

  4. Enter a valid e-mail address.

  5. After completing registration you will be forwarded to the home page again and receive an activation link via your submitted e-mail address. Please note that this might take up to 15 minutes depending on your e-mail provider – and please also check your spam folder... Click the link and set a password.

  6. When you're logged in you will find a menu bar (black and grey bar on the top of the page) and your user dashboard:

    • User dashboard: Here you'll find your dashboard with latest news, profile information, your submitted sessions.

    • To edit your profile click "edit" below the menu bar and find your user account were you can change your e-mail address and password, as well as your "Speaker profile" where you can edit & complete your speaker profile.

    • My events: Here you can switch between the events of the last years if you where already registered back then.

    • To submit a session go to "User account" (your dashboard) where you find the field "Create Session" and can click on "Add content > Session" to create a session proposal

    • My content: here you'll find your submitted proposal and may edit them as necessary.

  7. Now: Click "Add content > session" and simply fill out all fields related to your session proposal.

  8. Feel free to save and continue at a later date – but remember: Your sessions should be completed prior to the deadline of your respective submission stage or, at the very latest, by 31.1.2017.

  9. Add speakers to your sessions. If you are planning several speakers into your session, all of them need to register and create a profile. Once you know their username, please add the usernames to the "speakers" field in the form. Make sure to wait for the autocomplete that verifies the speaker name with our database. You can add the further speakers once we accepted you proposal.

  10. Once you saved your session and can access it from your dashboard, also the programme team can see it. That means it's submitted and you don't need to do anything else. 

  11. Celebrate, your session is fully filled out and submitted on time! Or go back to Step 7 and submit more session proposals.

All speaker profiles are public and visible to non-registered users on the system (personal information will remain hidden). 

If your idea for a session has been rejected we can delete your profile. For that send an email to programme at

As long as you can access your session from the dashboard whilst logged in, it is saved and submitted correctly. You don't need to do anything else. 

Your session will be published once we accepted it for the conference programme. But no worries, we'll inform you via email before we'll publish it.


You will be able to change the session proposal at any time. Though if you change it after the Call for Papers deadline you should notify us.

Please note: We will also contact you in the event that you need to edit your session submission before we can publish it.


The programme team assess all submission during and following each of the three submission stages until the final deadline, and decides which make the cut to the final event programme. You will receive a timely message following the end of your relevant submission stage. If your suggestion is rejected you have the opportunity to rework it and again submit within the next submission stage. 

We feature a broad programme, so along with old and proven formats we like to try and test out new forms of communication. You can submit a talk, a discussion, or workshop, as well as a lightning talk, meetup, and other “action”. For example:

  • Talks and Discussions are based on the content prepared by the individual speaker. Make sure to plan in some time for follow-up Q&As from the audience.


  • Workshops strive for exchanges between and cooperative work between host and participants. Thus, they should feature a clear learning goal. Please consider carefully who and how many you want to reach. Maybe you want to give several of the same workshop with changing levels of difficulty?


  • A Lightning Talk is a short presentation on a specific topic. You have 5 minutes to present a specific idea, project or other content you want to share. This is followed by roughly 20 minutes of discussion and conversation with the audience on your topic. Feel free to record and document your talk.


  • During a Meetup you join up with like-minded people at a predetermined spot within the re:publica grounds. No one-sided input or pitch, you come together with others to discuss and exchange a specific topic and grow your network of contacts.


  • “Action”, for us, is anything that doesn't require a stage or a set time frame whilst making re:publica fun and exciting: from hands-on activities, installations, exhibits, surveys to DJ sets and flash mobs!

Please note: All lightning talks and meetups at re:publica will be featured on our website's event programme page. Unfortunately, however, we won't be able to offer you a free ticket for either of these two formats.