General information

How is the programme created?

The programme team curates the content from the proposals it receives from the community through the Call for Participation, invites keynoters and other speakers, and consults partners. It also works together with curators who are experts in their fields.

Why Detroit?

Once America’s richest city to one of the nation’s poorest, Detroit is perhaps America’s most iconic city in terms of transformation. In the era of digital transformation, technology is a global key indicator for societal change. But to what extent does this reinforce the existing divisions within society? Where better than Detroit to explore fundamental questions around accessibility, economic opportunity, creative expression, and urban mobility in the digital age? The Sequencer Tour event in Detroit aims to fuse local and international influences in music, culture, society, and politics into a shared dialogue. We want to deepen existing ties and establish new ones, foster a critical reflection of digital developments and bring together some of the brightest minds in the 313.

I would like to be a moderator/stage host. Is that possible?

Yes, please! Unfortunately, we cannot cover travel expenses. So if you're on site and would like to support us, get in touch with us at programme-usa@re-publica.com.

What topics will be featured in Detroit?

The main topics of re:publica Detroit include access around the urban space, access around culture and access around the new economy. The individual focus areas, or topics, will be established over the coming months. They're determined from both your submissions and also from current discussions in society. For now, you can take a look at our tracks here: Politics & Society, Arts & Culture, Business & Innovation, Mobility & City.

Why “Sequencer”?

As part of the "Deutschlandjahr USA" of the german foreign ministry, re:publica will appear together with its project partners Reeperbahn Festival and Next Media Accelerator under the name "Sequencer". All three project partners are organizing various events in the USA in close cooperation. The content of the particular events is close together, but depending on the project partner, they are given a certain focus.
Find more information here.

When will Sequencer Tour Detroit take place?

After our stops in Los Angeles, New York City and Austin, our Sequencer Tour will continue with re:publica Detroit on the 4th and 5th of October, 2019 (to be confirmed).

Call for Participation

Which session formats can be selected?

re:publica features different formats. You can select between the following in the CfP form:

Talk (30 minutes or 1 hour)
Well-prepared presentation on a topic. Possible as a talk, but also as a reading, interview or fireside chat.
1-2 people

Discussion (1 hour)
Balanced discussion on a specific topic. Possible as a panel debate or fishbowl conversation.
Maximum of 3 speakers plus presenter => The limit on featured persons includes the presenter. We can’t say it often enough and we won’t be making any exceptions here either! GENDER BALANCE applies to all formats. 50 % of the speakers must be female.

Workshop (1-2 hours, can be longer in exceptional cases)
Intensive (practical) session in which knowledge on a specific topic is communicated or specific skills are mediated.
1-2 workshop leaders

Action (varies)
Off-stage formats: Flashmob, roundtables, field research, installations, exhibitions, concerts, pop up happenings, DJ-Sets, user-generated content, activities with visitors and anything else you can think of!

Meetup (30 minutes or 1 hour)
A get-together of re:publica visitors who share a particular interest. 1-2 meetup hosts
 

Do I need to have a re:publica account to be able to submit a proposal for the CfP?

Yes! The account allows you to register yourself as a speaker and submit a proposal for the CfP over your profile. You can edit your proposal at any time - even after submission - and manage your information. Account registration and setup is free and only takes a few minutes. Just head this way: http://detroit.sequencer-tour.com/en/user/register

What is the timeline for the Call for Participation (CfP) process?

The Call for Sequencer Tour Detroit runs from May 21, 2019 until August 1st, 2019.
The programme team and the programme committee will evaluate all proposals from August 2nd, 2019.
We will be contacting all submitting parties until September 6th latest, sending out confirmation of acceptance or rejection.

In which languages can I submit my proposal?

Because we are hosting the event in the USA, we ask you to prepare and submit your session in English. Unfortunately there will be no live translation.

What does the Call for Participation (CfP) form look like and what information do I have to enter?

You can see the form as a pdf here. All fields marked with a red star (*) must be filled out.

Are submissions accepted after the deadline?

No. The programme team may take the liberty to curate content in particular in the occurence of important current events, but no submissions inputted to the system after August 1st, 2019 will be accepted.

How do I determine the level of difficulty for my submission?

Our suggestions:

  • "Beginner": for people with little or no prior knowledge
  • "All": for anyone who has already superficially dealt with the topic
  • "Expert": for experts, meaning anyone who works in the field, does research or reports on it (but still open to everyone)
Do you cover travelling expenses?

We have a limited possibilty to cover travel expenses. If your submission is accepted, please define your needs and get in touch with the program team at program-usa@re-publica.com.

What is a “Track” and which ones will be available for Sequencer Tour Detroit?

“Tracks” are general categories which you can assign your submission to, for example “Politics & Society”. The selection for Sequencer Tour Detroit consists of:

  • Politics & Society
  • Art & Culture
  • Business & Innovation
  • Mobility & City

Read more about them here: Tracks and Topics

Step-by-step: How does registration work?

Go to the registration page of re:publica Sequencer Tour.

1. If you were a participant at a re:publica event since 2014, you just need to update your profile.

2. If you want to create a new speaker profile then follow these steps:

  • In the first part of the form please fill in your personal information (first and last name)
  • Choose your username. (HINT: if you use a combination of your first and last name, we will have an easier time to find you in the system when you have questions)
  • Please enter a functioning e-mail address. This is important, as we will send you information via this address.
  • Click the Button "Create account"

2.1 After completing registration, you will 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.)

2.2 When you're logged in for the first time you need to complete your speaker profile. You can only save your speaker profile once you have filled in all fileds marked with a red star. Ideally, you already have the following at hand:

  • Upload your foto. Please check the specifications:
    • 800 KB Limit.
    • Format: png gif jpg jpeg.
    • The picture needs to be larger than 480x480 pixel. All pictures exceeding 1024x1024 pixel will be reduced.
  • Fill in your short bio in 200 words / 1000 signs
  • Fill in your organisation or your job title
  • Please also add a link to your website or that of your organisation
  • Change your password
  • Save once and voilà- done.

3. When you log in, you will find a menu bar. Click the cog wheel to open a dropdown on the left side of the page. You will find the items "Home", "My Dashboard" and "Add content".

  • My Dashboard“: Here you can see an overview of your content and make changes
  • My Profile“: To edit your profile, you can click the „edit“ link. There you can edit your e-mail address, password etc.
  • Add Session“: This button leads you to the session formulaire to submit your idea for the Call for Participation (CfP)
  • Home”: Here you reach the main page of 19.re-publica.com/en

4. And now the most important: You want to add a session.

  • Click on“My Dashboard”
  • Click „Add Session" to add a session.
  • Now you will reach the CfP Formulaire. Please read the formulaire well so that you can fill in all fields with the red asterisc.
  • So, just start, fill in all the required information – and tadaa: You have made it, your proposal is in the system.
  • Once you saved your session and can access it from your dashboard, the programme team can also see it. That means it's submitted and you don't need to do anything else.
  • Short on time? Simply click „Save“ in between and continue later. This is not a problem. But remember: your proposal must be completed by the deadline.
  • This is all not rocket science – as long as this description may be, the shorter the process in itself.

5. If you are planning a session with several speakers, each speaker must register with a profile and give you their username.

  • Click „Add item“ to add an additional speaker box.
  • Enter the user name in the field „Speakers“ .
  • Please note that you need to wait for the the auto-complete to find the user name in our database.

Finally: Please remember to log out.

Please also note again your submission can only be accepted only if your speaker profile is completed until the deadline.

Can I still edit my proposal in the CfP form?

Yes. The CfP form can be edited and saved up until August 1st, 2019. After the end of the deadline, your submission will be final and you should make changes to it only in consultation with the programme team. (We are able to see when and by whom a submission was edited in our system.)

Where do I get help for any non-technical CfP questions?

Should you not have found any answers in our extensive FAQs – please, please, PLEASE read through them carefully and thoroughly (!) – you can contact the programme team at: program-usa@re-publica.com

Can still I use my old re:publica login details?

Yes. If you registered yourself for the re:publica after 2014, your old account can still be activated. Should you already have an account, please use it. Log in on the website for your rp-event using your old login details and simply update your profile.

How do I know if my session has been selected?

After the CfP deadline, the re:publica curation team will evaluate each submission and get back to you until September 6th, sending out a confirmation of acceptance or rejection. 

I have an amazing idea for an on-site installation or activity. Would you be interested?

Yes, we would be. We want Sequencer Tour Detroit to be colourful and exciting. We’re happy to hear your ideas for installations, exhibitions, performances and anything else you can think of. Just fill in the CfP form, and chose “Action” as a format, and we’ll be getting in touch with you.

Who can take part in the CfP?

Anyone and everyone (with an internet connection) and a good idea can take part in the CfP.

Is crowdsourcing really the best approach for compiling a good programme?

The programme team curates the content from the proposals it receives from the community, invites keynoters and other speakers, and consults partners. It also works together with experts from the programme committee. As the programme team and the programme committee have the most influence in this process, and also have the final say in which submissions are accepted and which are rejected, the CfP should be seen as a modified form of crowdsourcing.

The CfP is a good barometer for letting us know which topics the re:publica community is interested in. At the same time, the CfP allows for the introduction of new ideas and add a few surprises to the re:publica.

Will my information in the Call for Participation (CfP) form be made visible to the public?

No. We retrieve information from the form in order to assess and categorize your proposal. Should your proposal be accepted, we will then publish the submission. However, only information relevant to the visitors will be made public. Your contact details and similar information will not be published.

How many proposals can I submit during the CfP?

While it is possible to edit and submit multiple proposals, we will only be taking the most recent submission into account. Only in exceptional cases will we consider a second proposal. Quality, not quantity!

There’s the possibility of uploading videos in the Call for Participation (CfP) form. Why should I do that?

Video material from a conference or event you have already spoken at helps us a great deal in our assessment. It allows us to better understand, evaluate and categorize your submission, while also giving us an impression of your public speaking skills and your ability to communicate your topic. Don’t worry, these videos are not made public. You should, however, own the rights to use them.

Does the video have to be related to my submitted topic?

Not necessarily, but it can help us better understand your submission. If your video doesn’t have that much to do with your topic, but can help convince us of your qualities as a speaker, then feel free to use it.

Help! I did something wrong and can’t log in anymore!

Don’t worry. Please get in touch with our team, who will help you with any technical problems (that you haven’t been able to solve yourself after several attempts): info[at]re-publica.com

What makes a "good" Session?

The more precise and specific a submission is the better. Specificity requires a convincing initial idea as well as good research and planning. Moreover: a concise formulation.

Example: “How surgeons train for difficult operations in virtual reality” is better than “Virtual reality as a training tool”.

Use your description to elaborate how you will approach the topic and which methods you will be using. The re:publica audience, the programme team and the programme committee are looking for engaging and well-founded content that takes on the challenges and potential solutions for challenges facing our digital society. They are not interested in marketing pitches disguised as informative sessions.

Take a look at a couple of examples from re:publica 2019 under the motto "tl;dr".

How long can my session be?

A session can last 30 or 60 minutes. Workshop sessions last 60 or 120 minutes. Plan enough time for Q&A when you prepare:

  • 30 minutes session = 20 minutes content + 10 minutes Q&A (will be lead by the stage host or moderator)
  • 60 minutes session = 45-50 minutes content + 10-15 minutes Q&A (will be lead by the stage host or moderator)
  • 120 minute slots are only envisioned for workshops
My session is not published. Did you get it?

As long as you can access your session from the dashboard while logged in, 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 publish.

What if I want to submit a proposal for someone else, a client for example?

That’s problematic. Each person has to first set up a speaker account (see FAQs). Only then can they create a session for which they will be solely responsible. If you won’t be participating yourself, then you will have to enter the speaker and contact information and forward them the password. A valid email address is necessary as we will be sending important information for the speakers to the listed email address via our system.

I have an exciting product or service. Can I submit a session proposel in order to promote my idea?

Obvious advertising and marketing pitches do not stand a chance in the Call for Particiation (CfP). The re:publica audience, the programme team and the programme committee wish to have inspired and well researched content that deals with the challenges facing our digital society and potential solutions. There is no interest in marketing pitches faking as informative sessions.

This does not mean that the visitors of the re:publica are not interested in the newest digital products or services. In case you want to present or pitch your innovation, please get in touch with our collegues at our partner management, who can supply you with more information of how to take part: partner[at]re-publica.com

Are there video or audio recordings from past re:publica conferences that can help me find out more about the topics, speakers and formats?

Of course. The re:publica has a huge archive. You can find all the videos and audios with session descriptions on the re:publica websites. By using the keyword search or looking up the website of the respective year directly, you can either find the main themes.

For re:publica 2019 "tl;dr" visit http://19.re-publica.com, for re:publica 2018 "POP" visit https://18.re-publica.com/, for re:publica 2017 “Love Out Loud” you can head to: https://17.re-publica.com/, re:publica 2016 “TEN/NET” is over at: https://16.re-publica.com/, with re:publica 2015 “finding europe” at: https://15.re-publica.com/, and so on.

You can also find all the videos on the re:publica YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/republica2010/

Look up the re:publica image archive on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/re-publica

I’ve already spoken at the re:publica in previous years. Does this mean I have a better or worse chance of my submission being accepted?

Neither. We’re just as happy to see new faces as old acquaintances. The only difference is that we already know if you are good speakers if you have already participated in the event.

We use the same assessment standards for both: someone who has already been at the re:publica has to fulfill the same criteria and formalities as a newbie. So don’t rest on your own good name or connections!

I have a great idea, but don’t have the sufficient resources to implement it on my own. Is it still possible for me to submit my proposal?

You should submit an idea that you can execute yourself. If you have a great idea that requires our help for its implementation, then we suggest you get in contact early on (programme[at]re-publica.de), and we can see if we can tackle it together or can find other help.

Do presenters/moderators and stage hosts need a speaker account?

Yes, because they will be added to the respective sessions. Presenters/moderators and stage hosts, like speakers, will also be accredited at the entrance to the conference. Please note that presenters should only be added to a session after prior consultation and confirmed availability.