re:publica will turn 10 in 2016. Once a cosy meeting point for bloggers, re:publica has become one of the world’s leading festivals for digital society themes. And no matter how we look at it, for our anniversary issue we have come to realize: Visitors are speakers. Guests are players. TEN is NET.
In the tenth year of its existence, re:publica will remain true to its perspective on digital objects, which have been influencing the world of carbon for a long time now, and will continue to make sure fun and entertainment are not missing. A mutual review of re:publica on the occasion of its anniversary will give us great pleasure. However, we will not forget to look ahead as we know: Tomorrow is made today, from the Crowd, from the Cloud and most of all, from each and every one.
The 2016 edition has been exciting: We proudly count a total of 8.000 participants, 770 international speakers from 60 countries who made up the 500 hour-long program – and 5-minute firework celebrating the anniversary. This is the highest number of visitors so far, making 2016 another record-setting year for re:publica. Young and old alike were represented on re:publica's 17 stages – from the youngest speaker of 11 years to the renowned Richard Sennett aged 73.