re:connecting Europe 2017

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From standing in the ring with a gladiator, to visiting the Auschwitz concentration camps – just by donning a pair of VR googles, you could walk through a whole range of virtual scenarios at re:publica. But what is permitted in virtual space, and what isn't? A review.


The web is everywhere – and we shape it. It’s culture, baby! The Arts & Culture track at #rp17 was all about digital art, cultural policies, net activism and education. The most prominent topic: virtual reality (VR) and all the things it makes possible. A look back. 


How do you actually navigate the darknet? And since when has the internet become a space for finished and predefined thoughts, instead of a platform for discussing? The “Politics & Society” track delivered all kinds of answers over the course of 150 sessions during re:publica 2017.


How can we sustainably make use of the oceans without endangering them? How can we protect the seas, coral reefs and their inhabitants? Researchers probed for answers to these questions in numerous talks within the framework of the sub:marine topic.


The future is smart and digital – everything will be connected to the internet. That includes our cities. The Mobility & City track featured artists, futurists, politicians and representatives from the industry discussing possible scenarios and e-mobility. Here’s a look back. 


Above all, the Love Out Loud track should be understood as an invitation to become active in the face of problems or negative developments – be it in software or society. A look back at what happened at the re:publica 2017.


Lights out, re:publica 2017 on. A look back at the re:publica track. 


As usual, the three days of re:publica have gone by too fast. What also remains, as usual, are the memories of faces and discussions, lectures and encounters – and, the certainty that we will meet again on the web. A guest contribution by Mircosoft Germany.

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re:publica 2017 was amazing, and so were the visitors! Find out more on them here in our survey.


Love out Loud! That was re:publica in Berlin 8-10 May 2017!


Social participation, the right to the city, the right to internet access, diversity and open spaces in urban and rural areas – all these aspects, brought together under the Digitizing the Greenery tag at #rp17, got everyone thinking and are far from being definitively clarified.


Our media partner dctp.tv was busy at the re:publica. Over the course of the three days, they produced 26 video interviews on-location in their #rp17 studio. Marine biologist and #rp17 speaker Antje Boetius was among the people who stopped by for a talk. 

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What challenges does the shift in media carry with it? For the fourth year in a row now, the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin took place in cooperation with re:publica and offered media makers a platform for exchanging ideas.


Industry 4.0, big data, digital leadership, Internet of Things, digital transformation – the stream of buzzwords is endless. The Business & Work track discussed to which extent new technologies really are changing the world of work, and what effects on daily life within the work context. A look back. 


Laser your own speakers or make your necklace and its 3D-printed pendant glow? Get your own personal message on a bag, so that it can be carried out into the world? As crazy as some of these examples may sound, they all became a reality within the scope of the #FASHIONTECH LAB BERLIN at the #rp17 Makerspace.


The relationship between science and fiction, technology and utopia, was the subject of many sessions at the re:publica. Speakers and visitors put their heads together to come up with strategies on how to bring the visions of science and fiction closer to a broader audience.


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. 


Podcasts, blogs and vlogs: the alternatives to the classic media formats have long established themselves as serious competition for commercial and public broadcasting. The re:blog track discussed the possibilities and formats on offer and why they still haven’t realised their full potential. A review.


Electrodes in the head, sensors in the vagina and always the fear of data theft: in the track re:health, speakers talk about the opportunities and threats of digitalisation for our health. A re:view.


Where is digital education headed? The re:learn track was wholly focused on this question – at the intersection between digitalisation and education, teaching and learning. A look back.


Humans and corals are more similar than previously thought; and for humans, food is a vital but underestimated resource. Two projects, one artist.


A break-through into a new world of journalism? Three milk cows wear sensors and a text-robot creates stories out of the data.


Blogger Katharina Nocun calls the AfD party programme their source code. She took a closer look at it – and took it apart.


The global weapons industry continuously supplies those at war with further ammunition, with Germany playing a significant role. The Peng! - art collective demands regulation



So many people, talks and discussions at the re:publica in Berlin – all asking the question: How can the re:publica spirit be internationalised? A visit to the re:connecting EUROPE Space.


Snowden‘s revelations don’t surprise him at all: New Yorker Matt Mitchell researches the discrimination of Afro-Americans through surveillance.

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And there she goes! Once again, the re:publica 2017 offered you a huge, diverse and colourful programme. Over the next weeks and months you'll have all the time in the world to revisit our eleventh conference through videos, pictures and written articles.


Our media partner dctp.tv was busy at the re:publica. Over the course of the three days, they produced 26 video interviews on-location in their #rp17 studio. The #rp17 speakers Andreas May, Nelly Ben Hayoun and Elisabeth Wehling were among the people who stopped by for a talk. 


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.


This year saw an astounding 9,000 participants converge on the grounds of the STATION – and a few hundred visitors at the labore:tory. We hope that you’ve been able to find any lost items since the end of the event. If they don’t happen to show up again: take a look at our list.


We just closed out the #rp17 and are already getting started on planning the next round. But not without you! Give us your feedback and win tickets.


We’re still in the middle of the #rp17, but that’s not it for this year! Let’s re:connect EUROPE – and join us on our trip to Ireland and Greece.

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