Awesome! But seriously now: When we look at the programme office nightshifts filled with junk food and some seriously tough debates, we sometimes wish the mountain of submissions would be a little smaller.
But the excitement about your great ideas outweighs any kind of grumbling by far!
This year, 950 submissions managed to make their way to us before the deadline, including 575 in German and 375 in English. There were 280 submissions in our core field of Politics & Society, 140 in the Business & Innovation field, 115 in Media & Journalism, 105 in Research & Education, around 100 submissions came from the Arts & Culture sector, and about 95 in Science & Technology. The Mobility & City and the Leisure & Lifestyle sectors both had 25.
We also had a range of mails reach us after 14 January with some good (and not so good!) reasons for missing the deadline. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to be quite strict – and will be retreating to consult about the 950 sessions mentioned above over the next weeks. You can expect to receive our confirmations or rejections by mid-February.
Our programme committee
Accompanying this, we’ll also be starting a transparency campaign, as our communications with you showed us that we could be giving you more insights into the selection process: Programme decisions are not made by individuals, but by the programme team in cooperation with our committee.
We began working together with external experts in 2016 to ensure that the rp programme stays as diverse as possible, and will be continuing this approach this year: The programme committee is comprised of professionals in their respective sectors, community leaders and speakers who have accompanied re:publica for years now and who know its guiding principles well.
The committee receive carefully selected sessions to evaluate that fit their respective thematic focus. This allows for proper insight into the CfP and the evaluation of the submitted sessions, and ensures the proper representation of diverse perspectives and voices – of course, always in compliance with data protection and anonymity.
Stay tuned, we’ll be keeping you updated!