Call for Participation

The Call for Participation for the Conference & Hands On programme starts on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 and ends on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 (23:59 CET).

The Call for Participation for the Off Stage Program starts on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 and runs until the end of March (exact date to be announced). 

Anyone can submit idea(s) and participate in the CfP.

Yes, you can only access the CfP form with a re:publica account. The account also allows you to manage your profile as a speaker/performer/exhibitor and to edit your CfP proposal until the CfP deadline (and even after submission). Setting up your account is free and takes only a few minutes: https://re-publica.com/en/user/register.

Yes, just log in to re-publica.com with your old credentials and update your profile. if you have already created an account since 2014, please use this one.


Please check your login details (profile name and password) again. If you still can't solve your problem after several attempts, our team will help you: programme[at]re-publica.com


A session at re:publica takes time to develop and prepare. When submitting, you agree to comply with the CfP Guidelines, which meet our content and formal requirements. If you are not willing to make this commitment, we recommend that you refrain from participating in the CfP.

The earlier we select the sessions, the better we can bundle them into thematic strands, consult with them, fine-tune them - and, last but not least, enable early planning for the participants. However, we always leave a few slots free until May for important current politics and trends, so that we can include topics in the program at short notice.

No. However, in justified exceptions and at the discretion of the programme team, later submissions on daily developments may still be considered or may also be requested by the programme team.

"Tracks" are general topic areas or guiding themes to which you can assign your submission. All "tracks" (categories) are defined at the beginning of the Call for Participation (CfP). 

All "Tracks" (categories) are fixed at the beginning of the Call for Participation (CfP). This year there are the following tracks:

  • Net for Good
  • Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide
  • Media
  • Arts & Culture
  • Learning and Knowledge
  • Spheres of Work
  • Technology and Science
  • Politics and Society
  • Economy and Responsibility
  • Sustainable Paradise
  • The Human Touch
  • This is FUN.

For more information click here.

The programme team curates the content from the proposals submitted by the community via the Call for Participation (CfP). In addition, it invites specific speakers and advises partners on the implementation of their sessions in the programme. In addition, the programme team works with external co-curators. Since the programme team and co-curators have the most influence in this process and ultimately make the decision to accept or decline, the CfP is a modified form of community-based work.

The CfP is a good indicator to see which topics interest the re:publica community. Likewise, the CfP leads to bringing new and especially your ideas to re:publica.

In order to curate the re:publica program in a balanced way, we put together a "track team" of external consultants for each track, who deal with the CfP submissions in the track and evaluate them. The track teams consist of 3-6 members, including representatives of the digital society, loyal friends of re:publica and experts in their field, as well as recurring speakers.

Since #rp22, the programme is divided into four festival sections, where you can submit in Conference, Hands On and Off Stage. One submission is possible per section:


The re:publica conference programme includes everything that takes place on our stages: from panel discussions and talks, to interviews and fireside chats, to readings, lecture performances and much more.


Whether it's a hardware or normal workshop, free tinkering, tinkering, gardening with robots, live biohacking or a TikTok dance tutorial: all sessions related to making and learning will find their place in the "Hands On" program. The contributions can be 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 120 minutes long (in exceptional cases even longer).


Flashmob, field test, installation, exhibition, concert, pop-up happening, science talk & walk, thematic guided tours, small or large artwork, augmented reality applications, games, water ballet and whatever else you can think of to occupy the #rp23 site and help shape our Off Stage program - artistic, activist, scientific, technological, informative.

NIGHTLIFE (will not be advertised separately to the CfP).

What would a festival be without music, dancing and partying? We turn the night into day! We are looking forward to musicians*, Dj-sets, karaoke organizers*, wrestlers*, musical producers* and everyone who wants to celebrate #rp23 with our participants* and their contributions.

CONFERENCE Session Formats

  • Lightning Talk: One speaker, 15-minute talk plus 15-minute Q&A.
  • Lecture: One or two speakers, 30 minutes or 1 hour including Q&A.
  • In Conversation With: two speakers without moderation, 45-minute talk plus 15-minute Q&A
  • Panel Discussion: maximum of three speakers plus moderator, 45-minute conversation plus 15-minute Q&A
  • Live Podcast: live production at the event, no time limit
  • Meet Up: Free format for casual exchange on an area of interest, light moderation by meet up organizers if necessary, 60 min

HANDS ON Session Formats

  • Workshop: intensive practical session with 1-2 workshop leaders.
  • Tutorial: intensive learning program with 1-2 workshop leaders
  • Dialogue format: e.g. fishbowl discussion, world café, speed geeking with moderation
  • Games: develop, try out or play a game together with others at the re:publica.

OFF STAGE Session Formats

  • Intervention: temporary action, partly interaction with participants, to draw attention to a topic.
  • Performance: temporary artistic presentation
  • Installation: permanently installed object for all three festival days
  • Contest: Competition of any form
  • Screening: short or long, we have the screen for your film
  • Theater & Musical: acting project of any form
  • Special format: here is the place for surprising ideas

The length of a session depends on the festival area and format. Detailed information can be found in our CfP Guidelines . Please see the FAQ: "What are the festival sections?" and "What formats are available?" - there you will find the possible formats per festival section and the possible length of a session.

You can access the form here if you are already registered and logged in.
All fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are mandatory and must be filled in.
Here are the links to the forms (only available after login):

Conference Session Form
Hands On Session Form
Off Stage Session Form

Not registered yet? 
Click here for CfP registration

No. We request information to evaluate and rank your proposal. If your submission is accepted, we will publish it. However, only information that is relevant to the participants will be visible. Your contact details and the like will not be published.


The rule is: class instead of mass! You can submit multiple ideas in each festival section (Conference, Hands On, Off Stage).


We will inform you if your session has been accepted after the CfP deadline and a short evaluation period by the programme team and the experts of the track teams. Please be patient, we usually receive between 500-1,000 session proposals.

Important: You can only submit a proposal once you are registered with a profile. Your submission will only be accepted if you have completed your profile by the CfP deadline:

  • Conference and Hands On sessions by February 14, 2023 (23:59)
  • Off Stage sessions by mid/late March (exact deadline to be communicated)

Step 1:   Update the profile or register a new account

a) You have been a speaker at a re:publica before and already have an account? Then you can log in here with your profile name or your registered email address and update your profile if necessary. For you, please continue with Step 2.

b) You are not registered yet? Then please proceed as follows:

  • Provide a working email address. This is the only way we can send you important information, such as feedback and/or questions about your submission. Note: Your email address will not be published. You can have your profile deleted at any time.
  • Choose a profile name (TIP: If you choose a combination of your first and last name, we can find you better in case of queries).
  • Click on the button "Create new account". A welcome message with further instructions will be sent directly to your email address.
  • The link is active for a limited time. (Depending on your email provider it can take up to 15 minutes until you receive the link (Attention: valid only once!). Please also check your spam folder if necessary). Once you have received the link, click on it to activate it and then click on the "Sign up" button. Then you will be on the page where you can set your password and fill in your profile details.

Please fill out your profile completely.
We recommend that you have the information requested in the mandatory fields ready, such as the photo in the correct size (max. 800 KB). Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

  • Enter your first name ("Name") and last name ("Last  name/Alias/Collective/Group). If you are more than one contributor of a group/collective, you can also leave the "Name" field blank and enter the name of your group or collective) 
  • Upload a photo of yourself. Please take into account the specified dimensions for your photo:
    • 800 KB limit → We can recommend you this tool for image compression.
    • Format: png, gif, jpg, jpeg
    • The image must be larger than 480x480 pixels. All images larger than 1024x1024 pixels will be resized.
    • Enter a photo credit or specify "Private"
  • Fill in the short biography (maximum 2,000 characters)
  • Under "Work", please enter the link to your or your organization's website ("URL")
  • Enter the name of your organization ("Link Text")
  • Optionally, you can also enter your position/function within the organization (e.g. job title:software engineer)
  • Your Twitter, Instagram, TikTok handle or other related links that introduce you and your work can optionally be added
  • A balanced, diverse event is very important to us. By filling out the statistical information on origin, gender, and year of birth, you are making it measurable for us to see if we are succeeding.
  • Please tick the box "Consent to be contacted". This will allow us to contact you as part of the CfP process and in preparation in advance of your session.
  • Please enter a working mobile number - of yourself or of a person we can contact you in urgent cases, e.g. on festival days.
  • Do you want to receive our newsletter? - Then check the box "Please send me the re:publica newsletter".
  • Finally, you can select the language setting (German or English) and your time zone, so that dates and times of the website are displayed for your selected time zone.
  • Save everything and voilà - done.

Step 2: Navigation after login

When you log in, you will be taken directly to the "Dashboard". 

  • Here you can find all about the CfP and read the CfP Guidelines again
  • find the shortcut to the FAQs
  • directly create a session
  • or request support 

At the top of the tab you will see shortcuts to the following pages highlighted in black:

  • "My Dashboard": Clicking on this will take you to the home page with the standard menu.
  • "Submit Session": This will take you to the menu with the festival sections and links to the corresponding CfP forms
  • "FAQ": Here you will find detailed information about the festival as well as about the CfP
  • "My profile": Your profile will be displayed and you can choose different modes. In "View" you see the web representation of your profile. With a click on "Edit" you can edit your profile.

Step 3: And now the most important: Submit a session

  • First of all, read the CfP Guidelines.
  • For detailed information on how to submit, see the FAQ, including "What distinguishes a good session?" and "What is the maximum length of the description text for my submission/session?".
  • Click on "Submit a session" in the tab or in the dashboard
  • You will reach the overview with the festival sections. Each area has its own CfP form.
  • Select the section for which you want to submit an idea and click the button "Submit session" below it.
  • Now the corresponding CfP form for the festival section will open and you are ready to go.
  • Read through the CfP form so that you can fill in all mandatory fields marked with a red star and have already received the important tips.
  • Now you can fill in all the information you want - you can find hints for the individual fields directly in the CfP form or in our FAQ. All CfP forms ask for the following standard information:
    • CfP Guidelines: Confirm that you have read and agree with them.
    • Title (180 characters)
    • Info / Teaser (350 characters)
    • Description (2000 characters)
    • Tracks (In which thematic field does your idea fit? You can find an overview here)
    • Format (You can find an overview of the formats in the festival areas here)
    • Language (German, English)
    • Contributors (add them by entering the profile name - this person must already have a profile)
    • Moderator (add by entering the profile name - this person must already have a profile)
    • Your experience as a presenter: audio or video, links to events
    • Duration of your session
    • Comment / Other details / Technical details (enter details about your session here, especially if you are planning a spectacular special format that requires delivery or special handling)

Did you read the CfP Guidelines?

Then please click on "Save" and tadaa: you did it! Your proposal has arrived!

Once you have saved your session and you see it in your dashboard ("My Dashboard"), the programme team will be able to view it as well.

Not much time?
Click "Save" in between, you can continue later. That's no problem. But: By the deadline of the CfP, the session must be completed incl. all contributors!
Please note: You can log back in at any time and edit your session until the deadline. To do so, go to the website: https://re-publica.com/en/user/login

All this is no witchcraft: as long as this description is, so brief is the process.

Step 4: Add contributors

If you are planning a session with multiple contributors, each person must create a profile and enter their profile name.

Click on "Add another item" in the "Participants" section of the CfP form to add another person field.

Then enter the profile name in the "speakers/ performers / artists " field and wait for the autocomplete to search for the profile name in our database.

Step 5: Finally - logout.

Thank you for wanting to help shape re:publica 2023. 
We look forward to your submission!

At re:publica, we actively want to counteract unequal social power relations. It is therefore very important to us to provide space for different perspectives that value and consciously promote human diversity as a social potential. Therefore, we put a lot of emphasis on gender balance in the sessions and also hope to offer a stage to perspectives of people from different backgrounds, ages, religions and worldviews, sexual orientations and people with disabilities. Depending on the situation and context, other dimensions of diversity may also be significant, for example education, social status, marital status and income. Furthermore, we want to represent the broad democratic spectrum, but we reject any inclusions towards group-related misanthropy.

Your session should also convince with a clear, original idea, a good thematic classification and a consistent concept. And by concise formulations.

For example, "How surgeons train difficult operations in virtual reality" is better than "Virtual reality as a training tool.

And: If you are planning a special session format, please tell us briefly what exactly you plan to do or which methods you will use. Of course, it's also great if your submission is based on our theme.

The programme team, our experts from the track teams who evaluate your contribution, and the participants of re:publica want captivating and profound content that deals with the challenges and possible solutions of our digital society. Marketing pitches masquerading as informative sessions have no place in our programme.

You can find some good examples on the website of re:publica 2022, which was themed "Anyway the wind blows".

Of course funny titles are catchy. However, the re:publica is big and your title is competing with hundreds of other titles for the attention of participants. The more direct and explanatory your title is, the better. "All You Need is Love: Social Media Strategies against Online Hate" is better than "Why All You Need is Love".

Please use a maximum of 180 characters. Keep everything short and crisp, as the titles may be automatically shortened for the programme overview and when uploading the session video.

You can also find the following information in the session form.

Characters = all characters incl. spaces

  • Your biography may have max. 1000 characters.


  • The title has max. 180 characters  
  • The info (short description) can have max. 350 characters. Also, this is 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 description of the session has max. 2000 characters (longer texts are not evaluated or only up to 2000 characters). tl;dr!


You can submit your proposal in German or English. Note: Your submission must be written in the language in which you will be holding your session.

If you have spoken at a conference or event before and there is video footage of it, this will help us assess it. We can better understand, evaluate and classify your submission. Last but not least, it helps us to get an impression of whether you convey your topics well. Don't worry, these videos will not be made public, but you should have the rights to use them.

Not necessarily, but it can help us understand your submission better. If your video is not directly related to your topic, but can demonstrate your qualities as a speaker, feel free to use it. You can also apply without a video, but we are happy if you can already provide a video.

  • You are responsible for the production of the session and for taking into account our feedback regarding the format.
  • If you have submitted the session for more than one person, you will be the contact person for all questions regarding the session.
  • You are the organizer and also appear as a contributor in the session.
  • You are responsible that all participants have created a profile.
  • You add the participants to your session. (Step by step: How does the profile registration work and how do I submit my idea to the Call for Participation?).
  • You are responsible for sharing all the information with all the participating people.
  • You can only be responsible for one session at re:publica.

Yes, the planned contributors should at least be informed and invited. By the Call for Participation (CfP) deadline, the contributors should also be confirmed and added to the session (please note: each contributor needs a separate account, see FAQs).

If you are organizing a session, you are responsible for making sure that all contributors enter their information in the profiles and manage it yourself, see also "FAQ Session Responsibilities". Propose only one session that can be realized in the desired constellation of people.


Listed contributors influence the selection process, therefore we strongly encourage you to have confirmed the lineup by the end of the Call for Participation (CfP). Alternatively, you can enter the requested contributor(s) in the comments section, along with a description of your relationship to them or why you think they will accept.


As long as you can access your session proposal in your dashboard after logging into the site, it is saved correctly and thus submitted. You don't need to do anything else. Your session will be published as soon as we add it to the programme. But don't worry, you'll get an email from us before that.

Each stage at re:publica will be hosted by a stage host. This means they announce the sessions, conduct the Q&As at the end and facilitate the transition over to the next contributors. In addition, our stage hosts inform the audience about important changes in the programme. They sand in an ongoing exchange with the programme team during re:publica. 

Moderators lead the discussion or conversation in a session. This requires thorough preparation. We will put moderators in contact with the speakers - if not already done by the session leader - so that a preliminary discussion can take place.

Yes, their accounts will be linked to the respective sessions. We also accredit presenters and stage hosts as speakers at the entrance. Please note that a presenter will only be added to a session after prior consultation and confirmed availability. 

​​You organise your session yourself and therefore also the moderation, if your contribution needs moderation.

Of course. We welcome your volunteer effort and curiosity! Write to the program team: program[at]re-publica.com

All people involved in the session receive a 3-day ticket and catering on the day of their session / performance. Only at Meetups the rule is a bit different. Their organizers receive a 1-day ticket without catering and the option to purchase a reduced ticket for the other two days. The reason for this is that the amount of work involved is very small. We also do not cover costs for travel, accommodation, honorarium of the contributors or for the moderation.

No. We do not cover travel and accommodation costs. But all contributors will receive a 3-day ticket and catering on the day of their session. Here's a special feature for Meetups: you get a 1-day ticket without catering and the option to buy a reduced ticket for the other two days.

No. You are responsible for your session. However, if there are any problems or questions, we are happy to help you with advice. Get in touch via: programme@re-publica.com

You should submit an idea that you can implement yourself. If you have a great idea that you need our help to implement, please email us early via programme@re-publica.com and we can discuss whether we can tackle it together or find other suitable collaborators.

Yes, we are. We want re:publica to be colorful and exciting. We are very happy if everyone contributes so that we can celebrate a great festival every year. However, we unfortunately have an extremely limited budget, which means you should plan resourcefully.

We can only help in exceptional cases and on a limited basis. But don't hesitate, we have often had creative ideas for the realization of great events.

To make the planning easier for you and for us, we ask for a few important details for the realization. Do you already have a Tech Rider? Then send it to us. Click here for the Off Stage CfP form.

A good off-stage action or a suitable work of art:

  • leaves an impression
  • can be implemented
  • respects the privacy of re:publica participants

The more action, the better! In order for you not to outshine each other we take care that each idea gets enough space. Since space is however limited, we have to carefully select from your submissions.

No, unfortunately tickets are not cancelable. You can, however, transfer it to someone else and resell it or give it away. For more information, see our ticket FAQ or contact ticket@re-publica.com.

Obvious advertising and marketing pitches don't stand a chance in the Call for Participation (CfP). The re:publica audience, the programme team and the track team want captivating and well-founded content that deals with the challenges of our digital society and possible solutions.

Marketing pitches masquerading as informative sessions have no place here. That doesn't mean that re:publica participants aren't interested in the latest digital products or services.

If you would like to present your innovation, please contact our colleagues in partner management, who can give you more information about the many opportunities to be there: partner@re-publica.com

Each person must first create an account (see FAQ "Step by step: How does the profile registration work and how do I submit my idea to the Call for Participation?").

Only then can he/she create a session for which he/she is then responsible.

If you do not want to participate yourself, you have to enter the profile and contact information of the person who has a contribution at re:publica and send him/her the password. A valid email address is important, as we send important information for the contributors, such as the briefings, to the stored email addresses via the system.

If you didn't find an answer in our detailed FAQs - please read them thoroughly - you can reach the programme team via mail: programme@re-publica.com