...I would pick this festival in Berlin at the start of May.
Since its founding in 2007, re:publica has developed from a bloggers meet-up into one of the world’s most important festivals for the digital society. During its eighth instalment in 2014 more than 5000 guests are expected to attend. I am especially impressed by the efforts the organisers make to make a truly international festival.
It is the heterogeneous mix of participants which creates the unique atmosphere and environment at every re:publica and is so crucial to a technology inspired conference. In 2013, 450 speakers from over 30 countries took to the stage at re:publica, where activists, coders, artists, business people and representatives and many others from different walks of life and creative backgrounds come together. Furthermore, nearly half of re:publica’s guests are female – few other events within this area of interest can show-off a similarly balanced guest participation.
So in 2014 we will once again be discussing and celebrating, across three days and in over 250 hours of event programme, with internet pioneers and mavericks from the fields of politics, economics, science, culture and society.