Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)

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 host a pop-up Makerspace together with the FabLab Berlin where participants can learn about innovation in hardware, tinker, solder and get their hands sticky in various workshops.

re:publica 2017's GIG Event Programme

2017 GIG is taking place in collaboration with the StartHubs Asia Berlin project, initiated by the City of Berlin, and GIZ. Over 20 different nationalities will be hosting talks and workshops ranging from using the open-source software Ushahidi for reporting extra judicial killings in the Philippines, to open citizen data projects in Indonesia, Columbia and Brazil, and self-made ISPs in the Amazon jungle. The programme also covers current and global political developments and discusses various issues such as the prevailing debate on online hate speech and how to mitigate it, in particular in conflict regions such as South Sudan. 

2017's GIG Makerspace

The heart of GIG at re:publica 2017 is the makerspace, hosted in collaboration with FabLab Berlin. At the makerspace we will run workshops throughout the day, enabling re:publica participants to experience the world of hardware innovation. With a particular focus on open health, biohacking, music and fashiontech the makerspace will feature projects from the FabLab Berlin and GIG community. 

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)

re:publica 2017

Contributions #rp17

05/31/2017

For five years now, it’s been all about getting hands on at the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) makerspace: upcycling workshops and a mobile makerspace were just some of the GIG highlights at re:publica 2017. 

05/08/2017

Writing love letters is yesterday’s news: these days we send illuminated postcards. DIY amateurs and pros were able to get paper glowing using copper strips, LEDs and button cell batteries in Saad Chinoy’s “Darling leave a light on for me: DIY interactive love letters” makerspace.

News #rp17

05/15/2017

We hope that you were able to gather all sorts of new insights, meet old friends and left with armfuls of inspiration! Our look back at the #rp17, including all the important facts, and forward to the next re:publicas.

05/05/2017

The #FASHIONTECH LAB BERLIN at the re:publica lets you experience hands-on fashion. Stop by our makerspace to check it out! 

04/28/2017

The Makerspace is back at re:publica! From #FASHTIONTECH LAB BERLIN to custom-made DIY limbs to knitted generative patterns: have a look at our awesome demo, exhibition and workshop programme, hosted by Fab Lab Berlin and GIG.

04/20/2017

There are lots of things to explore at the #rp17: it goes without saying that besides the regular programme of discussions, talks, meetups and workshops, we have a variety of activities in store for you! The re:publica track is home to everything this year’s supporting programme has to offer.

04/20/2017

The GIG community will be joining the re:publica 2017 with over 40 participants from 20 countries to ensure a programme that encompasses a diversity of perspectives from all over the world.

04/13/2017

Silvia Lindtner, assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, will be holding a talk on how the Chinese industrial city of Shenzhen became the “Silicon Valley of Hardware”. Her research and teaching focuses on the interaction between humans and computers, technological innovation, maker and DIY culture, as well as China.

Sessions #rp17

05/05/2017
re:publica
re:connecting Europe
05/09/2017 - 18:30 to 19:00
English
Meetup
Everyone
05/03/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
re:connecting Europe
05/10/2017 - 13:45 to 14:45
English
Meetup
Everyone
04/27/2017
re:publica
re:connecting Europe
05/08/2017 - 12:15 to 12:45
English
Meetup
Everyone
04/26/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Maker Space
05/08/2017 - 14:00 to 05/10/2017 - 18:00
English
Action
Everyone
04/25/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Meet Up RED
05/08/2017 - 12:15 to 13:15
EN, Live Translation
Meetup
Advanced
04/24/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Stage 4
05/09/2017 - 18:00 to 18:30
English
Talk
Everyone
04/21/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Stage 9
05/10/2017 - 16:15 to 16:45
English
Discussion
Everyone
04/19/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Stage 1
05/10/2017 - 10:00 to 11:00
English
Discussion
Everyone
04/13/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Stage 1
05/10/2017 - 16:45 to 17:15
English
Talk
Everyone
04/12/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Stage 9
05/09/2017 - 16:15 to 16:45
English
Discussion
Everyone
04/04/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Maker Space
05/09/2017 - 12:30 to 13:30
English
Workshop
Beginner
03/31/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Maker Space
05/10/2017 - 17:30 to 18:30
English
Workshop
Beginner
03/29/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Lightning Talks 1
05/08/2017 - 17:45 to 18:15
German
Lightning Talk
Everyone
02/18/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Lightning Talks 1
05/08/2017 - 17:15 to 17:45
English
Lightning Talk
Everyone
02/02/2017
Fashiontech Lab Berlin
Stage J
05/10/2017 - 16:15 to 17:15
English
Workshop
Everyone
02/02/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Stage L2
05/10/2017 - 13:45 to 14:15
English
Talk
Beginner
02/01/2017
Politics & Society
Stage 4
05/10/2017 - 11:15 to 12:15
English
Discussion
Everyone
01/31/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Stage 4
05/09/2017 - 13:45 to 14:15
German
Talk
Everyone
01/31/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Meet Up RED
05/10/2017 - 12:30 to 13:30
English
Meetup
Everyone
01/31/2017
Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
Maker Space
05/08/2017 - 14:00 to 16:00
English
Action
Beginner
01/31/2017
Music
Maker Space
05/08/2017 - 17:15 to 18:15
English
Workshop
Everyone
01/31/2017
Fashiontech Lab Berlin
Maker Space
05/08/2017 - 14:45 to 15:45
English
Workshop
Everyone
re:connecting Europe 2017

Contributions #rpEurope17

05/30/2017

Digitalization is playing an important role in our business and personal everyday life. In order to further this exchange within the organization, GIZ has conducted an internal competition – and six ideas have been developed.

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