The Big #rpReview: re:publica 2014 – INTO THE WILD
Our re:publica time travel is quickly catching up to 2016. In this edition we're looking back at 2014 and the eighth re:publica. Curtains up for INTO THE WILD!
Measured in Twitter years, re:publica already has a long history. Over the past 10 years it has continually grown and has already established a few of its own traditions. The STATION Berlin was again home to three days of inspiration and exchange. From 5 – 7 May, the motto INTO THE WILD was the guiding theme of 2014. Especially noteworthy that year: more and more of re:publica attendees and guests were women. The stage programme, too, featured 40 percent female speakers.
That's not all. In tandem with re:publica 2014, the grounds of STATION Berlin also hosted the separately ticketed MEDIA CONVENTION BERLIN, droidcon and the LinuxTag. The MEDIA CONVENTION featured the motto "Media Rules!" and focused on media regulation, the media market and societal impacts of media transformations. The LinuxTag was dedicated to technologies and products from the world of open source. Droidcon, the world largest meet-up of Android developers, took place under the motto "Android Everywhere". The event was centred on the Android mobile operating system, its implementation and marketing.
re:publica 2014 also featured another first: that year saw a new cooperation initiative with Berlin Fenster, the commuter television on Berlin's U-Bahn network. 3800 screens featured in-depth re:publica 2014 content throughout Berlin's subways. News content for this new format was produced live and on-location by students at the Deutsche Journalistenschule.
We remember that 2014 was overshadowed by the Edward Snowden revelations. Fittingly, a sub-conference on internet surveillance was hosted in collaboration with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). Canadian security expert Ron Deibert from Citizen Lab referenced the Snowden revelations in his keynote speech on "Black Code". Communication satirists and activists THE YES MEN held re:publica's opening speech and featured practical examples on this topic. Sarah Harrison was interviewed on her work with Edward Snowden.
The Science Hack Day took place prior to re:publica and brought together developers, designers, scientists and hackers aged 18 – 28, who went on to integrate science and technology. Their results were later presented at re:publica. Science Hack Day took place within the Science Lab sub-conference and in cooperation with the Wissenschaftsjahr 2014.
Further programme highlights from 2014 included Sascha Lobo's State of the Nation address, the keynote-action by the Peng Kollektiv, Hannah Fry's data predictions and the discussion panel on 10 years of BILDblog.de.
@MarcusJHBrown fondly remembers the joint session with Mikko Hyponnen and David Hasselhoff. @dianatells shared her thoughts on the exciting key notes and talks, while Ralf Simon summed up re:publica 2014 in his blog (Day 0, Day 1 and Day 2). @neleheise sent us this great selfie, Jakob Koch sent a Vine of William Cohn, Markus Pflugbeil won a beanbag at #rp14 and Anna-Lena remembers the team bowling. Damals™-Podcast was all over the rp broadcasting center and remembers #sendegate.
And with that, we've reached the end of our re:publica 2014 review. We're still keen for you to share your personal memories, images and links of past re:publicas with us. Get in touch via Twitter using #rpRevue or via e-mail at redaktion at re-publica.de. We look forward to your feedback!
In the meantime, check out the rest of re:publica 2014. The website is still online: www.14.re-publica.de/en and our YouTube playlist features over 200 videos. Our best-of photo album is hosted on Flickr and features images from Day 0, Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
Photos by republica/Gregor Fischer (CC-BY-SA 2.0)
Photo by re:publica (CC-BY-SA 2.0)
Cover photo (on top) by republica/Gregor Fischer (CC-BY-SA 2.0)