FAQ

General questions

Since 2007, re:publica stands for diversity in an open society. Of course, this also applies to re:publica Berlin 2024 – on site and online. Please find our detailed Code of Conduct here.

 

re:publica Hamburg

re:publica Hamburg is a kind of ‘mini re:publica’: we are creating a similar festival experience to re:publica Berlin, only on a smaller scale, with fewer stages, less space, fewer participants - embedded in the Reeperbahn Festival. 

We are bringing along: Our topics and the usual formats such as discussions, talks, workshops, performances, off-stage installations and activities, a monkey rock and baker's crates.

re:publica Hamburg took place for the first time in 2023.

 

 

re:publica Hamburg as part of the Reeperbahn Festival will take place from 19-21 September 2024 (Thursday - Saturday) in the Festival Village of the Reeperbahn Festival on Heiligengeistfeld.

 

Times
Thu, 19.09.2024, 18.00 - 19.30: pre:publica, accessible free of charge
Fri, 20/09/2024, 12.00 - 19.30 hrs
Sat, 21/09/2024, 12.00 - 19.30 hrs

Locations in the Festival Village on the Heiligengeistfeld
Two tent stages and a covered open-air stage, as well as locations for workshops, meetups, off-stage and a maker space.

 

For our programme in the big tents (Neo House + Glass House) a Reeperbahn Festival ticket (Fri+Sat) is required. Festival Ticket, Conference Ticket, Pioneers Pass are available via the Reeperbahn Festival website: https://www.reeperbahnfestival.com/en/buy-tickets

The Outdoor Hangar Stage and the Pagodas are open to the public without a ticket, as is the entire Festival Village.

 

Yes, the CfP runs until 10 July and anyone can take part. You can find more information here: https://re-publica.com/en/republica-hamburg-2024

 

The same guidelines apply as for re:publica Berlin. Answers to your questions can be found here: FAQs Call for Participation

The deadline for participation is 10 July 2024. You will find out at the beginning of August whether your contribution has been accepted.

All speakers will receive full accreditation as RBF speakers on all days, incl:

  • Access to the Festival & Conference on all days 
  • Catering in the Festival Village 

 

We will publish the programme together with the Reeperbahn Festival programme from mid-August 2024.

 

The general conditions are similar to those for re:publica Berlin. Answers can be found here: FAQs about the programme

Programm

If you have already been a speaker at re:publica, please use your existing profile.

Simply log in to re-publica.com with your old login details and update your profile. If you have already created an account since 2014, please use it. Click here to sign in: https://re-publica.com/en/user/login

Forgot your password? No problem. You can reset it using this link: https://re-publica.com/en/user/password Please check your spam folder.

Setting up a profile only takes a few minutes. Click here to register: https://re-publica.com/en/user/register

Then do the following:

  • Enter your email address to receive important messages. Don't worry, this will not be published.
  • Choose a profile name, ideally a combination of first and last name, so that we can find you more easily if we have any queries.
  • Click 'Create a new account'. You will receive a welcome email with instructions. The activation link in the email is time-sensitive and may take up to 15 minutes to arrive (please check your spam folder).
  • Click on the link to activate and log in to set your password and complete your profile.

To complete your profile, we recommend that you have all information ready that is requested in the mandatory fields, marked with an asterisk (*):

  • Please enter your first name and surname. If you are part of a group or collective, you can use the group name and leave the "First name" field blank. 
  • Upload a photo of yourself that meets the following requirements: no larger than 800KB, in png, gif, jpg or jpeg format, and at least 480x480 pixels in size. You can either indicate the photo credit or select 'private'. This foto will be published in case your submission is accepted.
  • Enter a short biography of no more than 2,000 characters.This information will be published in case your submission is accepted. 
  • Under "Work", enter the link to your organisation's website and the name of the organisation. Optionally, you can also enter your position/role within the organisation. 
  • You can also add your social media profiles and other links. 
  • If you would like to provide statistical information about your background, gender and year of birth, this will help us to ensure diversity and balance. 
  • Tick the 'consent to be contacted' box to allow us to contact you during the CfP selection process or in preparation for re:publica.
  • Please provide a working mobile phone number so that we can contact you in urgent cases. 
  • If you would like to receive the re:publica newsletter, tick the box. 
  • Finally, you can select a language setting (English or German) and your time zone so that the website is displayed for your time zone. 
  • Save everything and you're done!

 

We can only pay fees in selected cases and up to a certain amount. These are negotiated on an individual basis. Basically, we differentiate as follows

  • Invited Speakers on our main stage (who are invited by the programme team) may receive a speaking fee.
  • Invited speakers for panels and interviews (invited by the programme team) may receive a compensation fee.
  • Speakers from the Call for Participation will not receive a fee, but will receive access to the event for all three days of the festival (including catering on the day of your session).

Thanks to our partners and collaborations with other festivals, we also have the opportunity to receive funding for travel and/or fees for selected individual speakers. We will clearly mark programme sessions that have been supported financially by sponsors and/or partners in the programme.

At re:publica you have the opportunity to become either a stage host or a moderator /facilitator. Here are the details for both roles:

  • Stage hosts are responsible for a specific stage on a festival day. They will announce the daily programme, guide you through the different sessions and in some cases moderate the Q&A session at the end of each session. They also inform the audience about changes to the programme and highlights on the festival grounds.
  • Moderators/facilitators conduct interviews or lead discussion panels. They are an essential part of a session, helping to keep the discussion lively, balanced and informative.

re:publica already has a pool of hosts and moderators who have worked at the event in the past. We can accommodate both full professionals and talented amateurs, depending on the size of the stage and the content of the session.

In case your are interested,, please contact the programme team at programme@re-publica.com to apply.

 

Yes, because each  profile is linked to the respective session. We also accredit presenters and stage hosts as well as speakers for our ticketing. Please note that a moderator should only be added to a session after prior consultation and confirmed availability.

Stage hosts come from our community and are paid a small compensation fee, based on the size of the stage. The exception to this is our main stage. For our largest stage, we hire and book our hosts.

The re:publica programme is compiled from several sources. It includes submissions from our Call for Participation (CfP), content from our partners and content curated by our programme team.

  • CfP submissions should be completed by the submission deadline, including moderation / facilitation for panels and interviews. If not, we will recommend moderators from our pool, but will not pay any fees.
  • Partners can book programme slots and determine content, speakers and moderators in consultation with our team. The organisation and payment of fees or expenses for speakers and moderators are usually the responsibility of the partner.
  • Our programme team plans and curates main stage sessions, interviews and panels, sometimes in collaboration with recommendations or co-curators from our community. For these curated sessions, we select moderators /facilitators, who may be compensated based on the size of the stage and the topic.

All moderators / facitlitators receive access to re:publica for all three days and meals on the day of their moderation.

The programme for the re:publica in Berlin is compiled by a team of curators who in this process try to accommodate a wide range of topics and speakers in order to create a diverse and relevant programme.

The curators carefully review the proposals submitted by the CfP and select those that best fit re:publica. They are supported by the track teams, external advisors from our community with expertise in specific subject areas.

re:publica strives to present a balanced mix of well-known experts and emerging voices to provide a broad perspective on our many topics.

In order to ensure the balanced curation of the re:publica programme, we have set up a "track team" for each track, consisting of external advisors who will review and evaluate the CfP submissions in that category. The track teams consist of 4-10 members, including representatives of the digital community, loyal friends of re:publica and experts in their field, as well as returning speakers.

"Tracks” are general subject areas to which you can assign your submission. All tracks (categories) are defined at the beginning of the Call for Participation (CfP). This season, the 6 tracks are as follows:

  • Politics & Society
  • Education & Learning
  • Media & Public Spheres
  • Science & Technology
  • Economy & Work
  • Arts & Culture

There are three festival sections: "Conference" for spoken contributions on the stages, "Hands On" for participatory approaches and workshops and "Off Stage" for all supporting programme taking place on the festival grounds beyond our stages. 

CONFERENCE formats
Talk, Lightning Talk, Conversation, Panel discussion, Meetup, Speak up!

HANDS ON formats
Workshop, DIY

OFF STAGE formats
Performance, Intervention, Games, Move! , Special format

You can find a detailed explanation of the festival areas and formats here: https://re-publica.com/en/cfp-rp24

 

You can write to us at programme@re-publica.com

For all questions that do not concern the programme, please write to info@re-publica.com

Call for Participation

Yes, you can only access the CfP form if you have a re:publica account. With this account you can also manage your speaker, artist or exhibitor profile and edit your CfP proposal until the CfP deadline. Creating an account is free and only takes a few minutes. Here is the link to create your account: https://re-publica.com/en/user/register

 

To update your profile, simply log in to the re:publica website with your existing login details. If you have already created an account since 2014, please use it. Here is the login link: https://re-publica.com/en/user/login

Anyone can submit ideas and participate in the CfP.

It is important that your submission is of high quality, rather than just submitting a lot of ideas. You have the opportunity to submit ideas in different festival sections such as Conference, Hands On and Off Stage. We usually aim to have each speaker appear once only per festival area.

Yes, the people you have identified for your planned session should at least be informed and invited. Contributors should also be confirmed and added to the session by the Call for Participation (CfP) deadline on 15 January 2024 (for the Science Year until 22 February 2024). Please note that each contributor needs their own account. This is especially important for panel discussions.

If you are organising a session, it is your responsibility to ensure that all contributors enter their information in their profiles and manage these themselves. Please also read the following point about the responsibilities of a contributor.

You are responsible for your submission. If you have planned a session with more than one person, you are the contact person for all questions. 

  • This means that you will need to organise everything regarding the session as well as taking part in it. 
  • Please absolutely ensure ensure that all contributors have a profile.
  • You add all contributors  to your submission. 
  • You are responsible for passing on all relevant information to everyone involved.

Each person must first create an account. Only after an account has been created can a submission be planned, for which the submitter is responsible.

If you do not want to participate in re:publica yourself, you can enter the profile information of the person who wants to present the session at re:publica. You should then pass on the login details to this person, as important information will be sent to all speakers via our system, such as preparation notes or key dates on the day of the event.

Yes. You are responsible for organising your submission, including moderation/facilitation if your submission requires this (for example, in a panel discussion).

English or German. Important: Your submission must be written in the same language as the session.

No. Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted. However, there are special cases where the programme team may, at its discretion and for good reason, consider or even specifically request late submissions.

You can access the forms if you are registered and logged in. All fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are mandatory and must be filled in.

You can preview the forms here:

If you have already spoken at a conference or event and there are videos of it, this is helpful for us. The videos will help us to better understand and evaluate your submission as it helps us better assess how well you present your topics. Don't worry, these videos will not be published. However, you should make sure that you have permission to use the videos.

Preparing and developing a session for re:publica takes time. By submitting a proposal, you agree to follow the CfP Guidelines, which correspond to our content and formal requirements. If you are not prepared to make this commitment, it is better not to participate in the CfP.

No. We need your information to evaluate and categorise your proposal. If your proposal is accepted, we will make it public. However, only the information relevant to participants will be visible. These are the title and summary of your entry and the public part of your speaker profile.Your contact details will not be published and will not be shared at any time.

There are three festival sections: "Conference" for spoken contributions on the stages, "Hands On" for all participatory formats such as workshops and "Off Stage" for all supporting programme taking place on the festival grounds beyond our stages. 

CONFERENCE formats
Talk, Lightning Talk, Conversation, Panel discussion, Meetup, Speak up!

HANDS ON formats
Workshop, DIY

OFF STAGE formats
Performance, Intervention, Games, Move! , Special format

You can find a detailed explanation of the festival areas and formats here: https://re-publica.com/en/cfp-rp24

Your submission for the Science Year 2024 should have a clear connection to the topic of freedom - you can find out what we mean by this and which aspects are particularly important to us here.

Relevance, being up-to-date, problem-solving, having a stance, opinionated: your proposal should be convincing with a well thought-out concept. re:publica participants and the programme team wish for content that deals with the challenges of our digital society, where we can learn something, be confronted with new perspectives and solutions, and be inspired. Or content that is simply fun. Of course, your proposal may or may not fit our motto.

A good proposal for the Off-Stage programme makes an impression and, in the best case, is easy to implement in terms of material and personnel. Unfortunately, we have a very limited budget, so you should plan in resource-efficient manner. We particularly  welcome participatory ideas that make re:publica colourful and exciting.

 

A good Hands On proposal is one that actively involves visitors. They should be able to have a say or take part, i.e. work, tinker, make or discuss something together.

 

 

Your entry does not necessarily have to relate directly to this year's festival theme. 

  • Title: 180 characters maximum. Keep it short and sweet as titles may be automatically truncated for the programme overview and when uploading the session video.

  • Description: The short description can be up to 300 characters. This is also the text that will be published online as a teaser if your idea is accepted. It should be as concise and easy to understand as possible. The long description can be up to a maximum of 1000 characters.

re:publica is big and your title will be vying for visitors’ attention alongside many with many programme points. The more direct and explanatory your title, the better. "All you need is love: Social media strategies against online hate" is better than "Why All You Need is Love". Precise wording is also important. For example: "How surgeons practise difficult operations in virtual reality" is better than "Virtual reality as a training tool".

 

In the Call for Participation (CfP), obvious advertising and marketing presentations don't stand a chance. The re:publica audience expects interesting and well-researched content that deals with the challenges of our digital society. Marketing presentations masquerading as information sessions are not welcome. 

This does not mean that our participants are not interested in the latest digital products and services. In case you would like to showcase your products, please contact our partner management to find out more about the many opportunities for your company or organisation to become a partner: partner@re-publica.com.

As long as you can access your session proposal in your dashboard after logging in to the website, it has been correctly saved and been submitted. No further action is needed. Your session will be published once as we accept it in our programme. But don't worry, you'll get an email from us first.

We will let you know if your session has been accepted a few weeks after the CfP deadline. Please be patient as we receive a large number of proposals. During the evaluation phase, the programme team and track teams will read, discuss and vote on all submissions. We will get back to you by email as soon as possible, but the evaluation process takes time if done diligently.

 

No. You are responsible for your session. However, if you have any problems or questions, we will be happy to help.

We have defined the number of participants per session format. Please refer to the CfP guidelines for full details.  All persons involved in the session will receive a festival ticket and catering on the day of their session / performance. 

 

No. As a rule, we do not cover travel and accommodation costs. However, in cases of hardship you can contact us and we will see if we can find a solution together.

 

Please email us at programme@re-publica.com.
For all questions that do not concern the CfP, please write to info@re-publica.com.