Call for papers: Into the wild
_Since its founding in 2007, re:publica has developed from a bloggers meet-up into one of the world’s most important festivals for the digital society. During its eighth instalment in 2014 more than 5 000 guest are expected to attend.
It is the heterogeneous mix of participants which creates the unique atmosphere and environment at every re:publica and is so crucial to a technology inspired conference. In 2013, 450 speakers from over 30 countries took to the stage at re:publica, where #activists, #coders, #artists, #business people and representatives and many others from different walks of life and creative backgrounds come together. Furthermore, nearly half of re:publica’s guests are female – few other events within this area of interest can show-off a similarly balanced guest participation.
The invention of the WWW has shown us how consumers become broadcasters, how knowledge can be crowd-sourced and how the web can offer immense possibilities for social participation. Since its inception, re:publica has followed the idea of giving and taking: all participants should be part of the final conference. As interlocutor, engaged helper and, of course, as speaker!
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