General information

Who are the Advisers?

The Advisers are experts, community leaders and speakers who have accompanied the re:publica for many years now and know its guiding principle well. They gain insights into the programme, so as to evaluate the submitted sessions and help ensure that diverse perspectives and voices are well represented.

This is done by giving the Advisers sessions to evaluate which fit their respective thematic focus. Your sessions are submitted to them anonymously, to make sure that the focus remains on the  content of your proposal. The Advisers can then issue an assessment on a scale of 1 to 5 of the session and leave a written comment. The programme team subsequently take these evaluations and comments into account when compiling your talks, workshops, discussions and diverse activities.
We don’t want to keep Advisers from submitting their own proposals during the Call for Participation. We therefore closely monitor exactly who we submit which session to for evaluation, so as to prevent bias in the assessment.
Programme decisions are not made by individuals, but by a team! Our programme team is made up of people who work with the utmost care and integrity and we stand behind them.

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.

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

When and where will the Sequencer-Events take place?

The sequencer tour starts on 5th of November in Los Angeles. Further stations will be Austin, New York, Portland and Detroit in 2019.

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.

Session Guidelines

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

Possible video material from a conference or event you have already spoken helps us a great deal in our assessment. If you don't have such material, we would be very happy to receive a short video from you in which you introduce us to your topic. A maximum of 5 minutes works totally fine.

It allows us to 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 their use.

How many co-speakers can I add to my session?

Each format has a maximum number of possible speakers. Please keep GENDER BALANCE in mind - each session should have a 50% female line-up (the presenter does not count as a speaker

  • Talk 1-2 speakers (same goes for readings or fireside chats)
  • Panel discussions 3-4 speakers (including presenter/moderator)
  • Workshop 1-2 speakers


How do I get a ticket?

More information regarding this question will follow shortly.

Participate in the Call for Participation

Why does the Call for Participation (CfP) ends 2 months before the event? How will you be able to include the most current politics and trends?

The program feeds of creativity and a wealth of ideas. The big societal, political and technological challenges don't change their face overnight. But don't worry: we will leave a few slots open, so that we are able to include current events in the programme.

That means that the sooner we select the sessions, the better we can bundle them together into threads, consult, fine-tune - and, last but not least, allow for visitors to start planning early.

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)
Intensive (practical) session in which knowledge on a specific topic is communicated or specific skills are mediated.
1-2 workshop leaders

Action (varies)
Anything off-stage or beyond typical conference 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

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.

How many proposals can I submit during the CfP?

We're asking you to submit just one session. Thank you :)

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:

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