Finding Europe: re:publica Number Nine Is Colourful!
With more than 6000 guests and 500 speakers from nearly 50 countries, the last re:publica in May 2014 was already one of the top events for the European digital society. Now in its ninth edition, the re:publica 2015 will specifically take a look at what’s new in the ‘Old World’ with its motto Finding Europe.
Europe is a continent, a form of cooperation and coexistence, a jumble of different cultures and languages, an alliance of interests, an idea. But where is the European digital society today?
At re:publica 2015, we want to explore the digital culture in Europe and the particulars of European net politics. We are convinced that an update of our views on the ‘old continent’ is worthwhile in many ways – not despite, but because of the diversity that it encompasses.
Statistics may inform us on how different European countries use the Internet, how they meet the challenges of the digital society or seize opportunities of the digital economy. But these are mere comparisons that hardly answer all those questions surrounding the “how” and “why”. Finding Europe wants to look into the peculiarities in all of these European nations. We will serve up a variety of dishes from the rich European cuisine, and let you get a taste of the specialties our neighbours have to offer – in a figurative as well as literal sense. You can look forward to a re:publica that is international in every sense of the word, an exploration that of course will not stop at the European borders. As every year, we are inviting guests from all over the world to present their thoughts on stage and discuss them with you – not least because the view from outside is necessary to explore our own images of Europe. Join us in finding the new in the Old World, in Finding Europe!