Berlin Web Week Set to Kick Off with re:publica

By David Knight |

Berlin Web Week is almost upon us, with re:publica set to send the conference season into overdrive when it kicks off on Wednesday. And to get things rolling beforehand, the Silicon Allee May meet up will take place on Wednesday from 8.30am.

Speakers at the three-day re:publica event at STATION-Berlin include Eben Moglen, a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University who is also chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, and veteran tech author Glyn Moody, whose talk is entitled ‘Why ACTA is a threat to open data and the open web.’

In addition, young Kenyan creative and blogger Mark Kaigwa will discuss how technology in Africa is changing the globe, and Cindy Gallop will talk about her head-turning project Make Love Not Porn.

The above speakers will be talking in English but a significant portion of the program will be in German.

All advance tickets for re:publica – whose theme this year is ‘ACT!ON’ -have now been sold out, so anyone still wanting to go will have to pay walk-rates. The conference will attract 3,000 attendees for a program encompassing 160 hours over three days on eight stages. There will 270 speakers from more than 30 countries covered by 280 journalists from 90 media outlets.

With re:publica followed closely by Startup Weekend Berlin, NEXT, European Venture Market and a host of other events, the best way to get a head start on your networking is to come along to Sankt Oberholz on Wednesday morning for our monthly meet up.

As May 1 is a public holiday in Germany, we’ve moved the event from its regular Tuesday spot to Wednesday, May 2, and from its usual time start time of 9am to 8.30am to allow ample time for a coffee and a chat before heading off to re:publica. The meet up is free to attend and there is no need to RSVP.

See you all on Wednesday!