The Global Innovation Gathering (GIG), a sub conference developed by re:publica, brings together innovation hub managers, makers, hackers and entrepreneurs from across the world. In the last four years GIG has become a central part of the conference programme, showcasing tech innovation and maker projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The GIG members have formed a strong community, exchanging information and expertise on innovation and maker issues throughout the year.
At re:publica 2017 GIG will once again come together for its fifth annual gathering; its members will take over the #rp17 stages on numerous occasions during the three re:publica days. Like last year, GIG will again host the Makerspace where curious participants can tinker and solder in various workshops.
re:publica TEN's GIG Event Programme
For its 2016 event programme, GIG presented another set of exciting projects, such the Nepalese Communitiere hub, which connects development aid and aid focused startups with people on the ground. The programme also covered current and global political developments in the world-wide maker scenes and discussed various issues such as the high import taxes on hardware in Ethiopia and Brazil. Outside of re:publica, the GIG network is an all-year-round leading forum to discuss hub-related issues, from inclusive community management to business models to sustainability, with other network members.
2016's GIG Makerspace
The heart of GIG at #rpTEN was the makerspace, hosted in collaboration with re:publica and Autodesk. Autodesk is a key ally of the global maker movement and continually pushes innovation. It is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
We were also supported by the local maker scene in Berlin, represented by FabLab Berlin. They supplied some of their awesome machines, which gave re:publica visitors the chance to use 3D printers, mechanical knitting and laser cutters. The makerspace were also supported by Bürklin Elektronik and Arduino, both of which were kitting out the space with electronics and hardware.
We were also really happy about our media partnership with Make:Magazin, which covered the GIG maker community.
Photo credit: re:publica/Jan Zappner (CC BY 2.0)