Call for Papers

Call for Papers

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!

Over 50% of our final event programme is curated through our yearly Call for Papers submissions. Over the years we have been able to put together programmes which are hands-down the most colourful, inspirational and controversial – and thus have made re:publica into one of the most exciting and astonishing conferences in Europe.

Under the motto “INTO THE WILD”, re:publica 2014 is looking to reassess the web in the post-Snowden era, dare to explore new avenues and encourage the unpredictability of action. One thing is sure: the digital society will be transformed. We hope, together with your contributions, to cast a glance into the future from May 6 - 8, 2014.

All you have to do is apply to the Call for Papers.

WHAT WE OFFER: A stage and undivided attention for your session. 5 000 international visitors and hundreds of speakers will come together in the STATION-Berlin from May 6 – 8, 2014
– be a part of it.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Your idea, your vision, your project – creative, fresh, audacious. Design your session as a talk, discussion or practice-orientated workshop on the topics of politics & society, knowledge & technology, culture & entertainment, education, health, business or witchcraft… The only requirement: Don’t be boring!

To get an impression of the versatility of the thematic spectrum, check out the event-programme for re:publica 2013 or our YouTube channel, which has documented various talks of years past.

DEADLINE? The deadline for your submissions ends on 31 January 2014. UPDATE: Due to popular demands we extended our deadline for international submissions until 7th February 2014, so you can still take your chance and submit your proposal!

HOW? Register a speaker profile then access your account and add your session suggestion.

You still have some questions?
Our FAQ offers more information and can help you further:




I would like to host a session at re:publica, what do I need to do?

Take part in our Call for Papers! To submit your session idea, please register at our website and submit a new session form for each idea. A detailed description can be found below.
The more precise and complete the information you submit, the easier for us to select your session.

How long can my session last?

We have 15, 30 and 60 minute slots. You can let us know your preference in your proposal. If your session is “Action” orientated, and thus doesn’t need a specific stage or room, it can have more time.

Can I, as representative of a company, take part in the Call for Papers?

Of course, you can. We do not, however, accept product presentations or company marketing presentations. If your company is interested in cooperating or partnering with re:publica, please contact us.

Will you cover my travel and accommodation costs?

No, unfortunately not. Due to the fact that we try to keep our entrance fees a low as possible and affordable for everyone, we have a really tight budget. We hope you understand that we therefore cannot compensate for travel and accommodation costs.

Will I receive remunerations?

No, unfortunately not.

I already bought a ticket. As a speaker, will I get a refund?

Unfortunately, tickets are not refundable but you can resell them and there usually are plenty of thankful takers to be found.

Do I, as a session host, get free admittance?

Of course!

When does the content of my session need to be ready?

On the day your session will take place. We do not need your finished presentation but your short session description will be published online. We’d suggest making the short description informative and well formulated when submitting, in order to get readers interested in your session. Also, make it short but sweet (hardly anyone reads more than half a page, so your session's description is limited to 2.000 caracters).

How do I know if my session has been selected?

We will let you know by the end of February, at the latest.

When is the deadline for applications?

The Call for Papers ends on 31 January 2014. Proposals submitted after this date or which reach us through other channels cannot be accepted.

What are the selection criteria?

Selection criteria include: the quality and completeness of your proposal and how well your proposed session fits in to the programme. We are looking for creative and innovative contributions, as well as interesting concepts and methodologies.

What information do you need from me?

We need information concerning your session idea including the topic, a brief description of the content, format (lecture, discussion, workshop or action), language (German or English), as well as some information about you.

Step-by-step: How does registration work?
  1. Go to the registration page.

  2. You can already start to fill out and complete your speaker profile or finish this at a later time. Please note, your speaker profile must be fully completed by the end of January for your session to be accepted.

  3. Choose your username.

  4. Enter a valid e-mail address.

  5. After completing registration you will be forwarded to the home page again and receive an activation link via your submitted e-mail address. Please note that this might take up to 15 minutes depending on your e-mail provider and please also check your spam folder... Click the link and set a password.

  6. In the menu (black and grey bar on the top of the page) you will find:

    • User account: Here you'll find your profile information. Click edit and find your user account were you can change your e-mail address and password, as well as your "Speaker profile" where you can edit & complete your speaker profile.

    • If you go back to "My events > Dashboard" you can click on "Add event content" > Session to create a session proposal

    • My sessions: here you'll find your submitted proposal and may edit them as necessary.

  7. Now: Click "Add event content > session" and simply fill out all fields related to your session proposal.

  8. Feel free to save and continue at a later date – but remember: your session needs to be completely filled out by 31.1.2014

  9. Add speakers to your sessions. If you are planning several speakers into your session, all of them need to register and create a profile. Once you know their username, please add the usernames to the "speakers" field in the form. Make sure to wait for the autocomplete that verifies the speaker name with our database. 

  10. Once you saved your session and can access it from your dashboard, also the curation team can see it. That means it's submitted and you don't need to do anything else. 

  11. Celebrate, your session is fully filled out and submitted on time! Or go back to Step 7 and submit more session proposals.

What are Ignite Talks?

An Ignite Talk is a short presentation on a specific topic. You will have 5 minutes to pitch a certain idea, a project you started or anything else you deeply care about. Normally it would be used to call for action, to search for people to join the project or to just get the word out.

If you hold a 5 minute Ignite Talk at re:publica you will be featured on our website and get a video recording of your talk, but you won't get a free ticket for the conference.

Session changes

You will be able to change the session proposal at any time. Though if you change it after the Call for Papers deadline you should notify us. We will in turn notify you if we think your session proposal needs a rewrite before we can publish it.

My session is not published. Did you get it?

As long as you can access your session from the dashboard, it is saved and submitted correctly. You don't need to do anything else. 

Your session will be published once we accepted it for the conference programme. But no worries, we'll inform you via Email before we'll publish it.