18:00 - 18:30
We are what we create together: #weareGIG

Short thesis

This talk tells the story of the GIG network and its members, how we started as a small track at re:publica 2013 and grew to become not only a re:publica sub-conference, but also a network of trust that realizes projects around the globe together: from #i4Policy to the Labmobile, from PeaceHackCamps to Precious Plastics machines, from student exchange programs to hub sustainability. We aim for impact not exit!


#weareGIG the Global Innovation Gathering: a vibrant, diverse community of innovation hubs, makerspaces, hackerspaces and other grassroot innovation community spaces and initiatives as well as individual innovators, makers, technologists and changemakers.

GIG is pursuing a new vision for global cooperation based on equality, openness and sharing. We aim to enable more diversity in the production of technology, and global innovation processes and support open and sustainable solutions developed by grassroot innovators. With strong roots in the global south, we share, collaborate and work together globally.

GIG provides a platform for meaningful exchange by fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration between its members. Members convene at different events throughout the year – with the GIG sub-conference at re:publica in Berlin being our main annual gathering – to create synergies among themselves as well as with other event attendees.

In addition, the network maintains continuous exchange and members work on common projects locally and decentrally.