Detroit - Call for Participation

re:publica on Sequencer Tour Detroit is accepting your submissions! The two-day event will take place on October 4th and 5th, 2019. Share your ideas for talks, panels, workshops, installations, exhibitions or performances and shape the conference program. Community input makes up the very core of our program, so sign up today and show us what you've got - the stage is yours!

Contributions can generally be made in the following Tracks: Politics and Society, Arts and Culture, Business and Innovation, Mobility & City. Share your ideas, projects and community work related to access. Give a talk on how digital transportation and gentrification is impacting global infrastructures overall, and how this plays into urban access in Detroit and its suburbs. Share your insights on local, national and international funding opportunities for Detroit entrepreneurs. Explore power dynamics within the creative industry, museums, and art galleries from Detroit to Berlin and beyond. Deep dive into the shared influences on Detroit, Europe, and vice versa. Open minds to topics that aren't yet talked about. Lead with your commitment to social issues. 

Whatever it is that moves you, share it during re:publica on Sequencer Tour Detroit. Apply to join us from May 21, 2019, through the Call for Participation and shape the program with your input!

How does the CfP work?
Participating in the Call does not require you to submit a scientific proposal. You will just need to fill in our online form - you've got time until August 1st, 2019. The re:publica curation team will then evaluate each submission and get back to you until September 6th, sending out a confirmation of acceptance or rejection. Selection citeria will include: diversity of topics, complexity, relevance, and gender balance - as well as addressing the core topics of re:publica.

What we’d like to see

Submissions that make our Call usually contain original content, strong research findings or exciting artistic reflections.
re:publica aims to present the opportunities and benefit of new technologies in various areas of society, while simultaneously taking a critical look behind the scenes. There is more to it than just a display of the latest technological developments, it's about evaluating them in the long term and making suggestions for the future. This means that pitches are not what we are looking for, no matter how cool your company, app, or device is.

We are looking for all types of formats: Panel Discussions, Workshops, Meetups, Curated Roundtables, Music Showcases, Art Exhibitions, and Movie Screenings.

To get a feeling of the range of our formats and topics, see the programme of re:publica Berlin 2019, and recordings of past sessions on our YouTube channel.

What topics will be featured in Detroit?

We'd be particularly pleased if you find yourself inspired by the re:publica Detroit focus on "access". 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.

Why should you join?

We'll give you a stage and the chance to present your ideas to a broad audience from culture, politics, and science - including taping and publication of your session on re:publica's YouTube and Social Media channels. You'll have the opportunity to exchange ideas with interesting people on and off stage.

And... action: Off-stage formats

Even offstage and backstage, re:publica lives through you. You can send in anything and everything that knocks people out of their seats: actions, pop-ups, flashmobs, field research, walking acts, games or photography - surprise us! Submit your ideas by selecting the format "Action" in the Call for Participation form.

How to take part

We have a sample "How-To"-Video from our stop in LA and also a step-by-step-guide right here.

Deadlines and more information

The Call for Participation ends on August 1st. Our curation team will be looking through your ideas for talks, panels, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances and more over the coming weeks and get in touch with you until September 6th. More information in our FAQs.

Questions? You can reach the program team at program-usa [at] re-publica.com.