The ones who joined #rpTEN remember the labore:tory. In 2017 we will have something special for you. Last year we have introduced this experimental space to focus on the intersection of culture, technology and society. While keeping this focus we expand the concept to incorporate VR, AR, games, video and art installations as well as workshops and a community corner, where social organisations will showcase their work and “Love Out Loud” for refugees, diversity and against hate speech, for example.

The labore:tory is the playground of re:publica, where attendees interact, play, and get inspired by innovators who are leading the way in using their creativity and current technologies to spread their love for causes they care about.

Over three days, the labore:tory will host four floors including two stages with talks, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality exhibitions, art installations and workshops as well as some fun surprise actions that will make you fall in love with this space.

  • 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.

  • After the Love Out Loud! motto flooded the social networks and, hopefully, your #rp17 calendars as well, it's finally going to be time to get down to the nitty gritty during the three conference days.

  • By now, you’ll no doubt have noticed our Love Out Loud motto. We’d like to take the opportunity to present you the labore:tory sessions and activities taking place under this year’s motto. Stay tuned and get excited!

  • Music has had its place at the re:publica for years now. Besides the usual music-filled evening programme, we search out and highlight relevant topics every year in the Music track. At the re:publica 2017, we’ll be dedicating this track to “Berlin: Tech City – Music City”. 

  • Arts & Culture
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    In this session award-winning film director Ng’endo Mukii will talk about her virtual reality film ‘Nairobi Berries’ and give us an insight into the filmmaking/VR scene in Africa. The session will be introduced by the European Film Market of the Berlinale, which hosts a platform for collaboration between the African and the international film industry.
  • re:learn
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    A linear, predictable life would call for linear, predictable studies. Yet, in this day and age, lives are everything but predictable. Learning has to follow the pace: it has to be agile, timely and individualized. While learning is changing, learners’ unique questions, challenges, interests and personalities are still seen more as an annoyance than a fertile ground for learning.

    So what’s next?

    Let’s explore a world where all humans will be supported in becoming their greatest selves everywhere, all the time, by all of us. Share your thoughts and questions in advance via #NewLearning + #rp17.
  • Love Out Loud
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    “Auf der Schattenseite” is a VR experience created for International Justice Mission, a NGO that frees modern slaves worldwide, providing follow-up care and empowering local policemen and lawyers. In a reconstructed brothel we are sending the visitors virtually to India to be confronted with a young girl in forced prostitution.
  • Love Out Loud
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    In this talk, Miriam Aced and Christina Lee will describe their website MigrationVoter.com: a project aimed at exploring the impact of migration on elections (and vice versa.) Following the Brexit referendum and US election, immigration has emerged as one of the key issues that influence voters. So-called “fake news” and populist candidates both take advantage of a lack of knowledge around migration to influence elections. Can accurate information and analysis provide an antidote?
  • sub:marine
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    Unsere Ozeane werden durch die Kraft unzähliger kleiner Wasserwirbel beeinflusst. Vergleichbar mit den Zahnrädern eines Uhrwerks greifen sie ineinander und wirken sich auf das weltweite Klima und das Leben im Meer aus.

    In dem crossmedialen Projekt „Uhrwerk Ozean“ stellen Küstenforscher des Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht (HZG) die Erforschung von kleinen Meereswirbeln vor. Neben der besonderen Wissenschaft ermöglichen sie einen immersiven und breit gefächerten Zugang zu ihrer Arbeit.
  • Arts & Culture
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    Two worlds invest in the new field of possibilities offered by VR: filmmakers and game studios. Linear contents with great image quality for a spectator living a passive experience on one side. Real-time environments with some technical limitations for a user/gamer living an interactive experience on the other side. Can these two worlds coexist in the VR market? Are they ever going to meet? If immersion is the essence of VR, what does it imply for these two worlds? In this session Grégoire Parain will give insights on how new technologies might change the range of opportunities for content creators in the years to come.
  • Arts & Culture
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    There is a growing movement of people from all walks of life having psychedelic experiences for the purposes of consciousness expansion, creativity, personal growth and therapy. In this talk, Dr Bryan Duggan will explore the psychedelic experience from the perspective of Timothy Leary, Terrance McKenna, Alan Watts, Psychedelic Science and others. Further, he will show how how aspects of the psychedelic experience can be conveyed through immersive virtual reality by providing beautiful, psychedelic inspired, consciousness expanding experiences to the player.
  • Science Fiction
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    In this session Antoine Cayrol will explore the new grammar of VR by looking at two sci-fi narrative pieces: I Philip and Alteration.