The Very First re:publica In Dublin: A Resounding Success!

Our first international event went spectacularly. On 20 October 2016, more than 200 participants from Ireland, Germany and other countries converged on re:publica Dublin. There they attended exciting sessions on three stages and discussed some of the most important topics of the digital society with our 33 speakers.

Our first event outside of Germany reminded us of our very first re:publica in Berlin. There was a lot of room for discussion and great exchanges with the Irish digital community. re:publica is more than an annual event – it's a network and an attitude.

We chose to feature re:publica Dublin in three unique locations: the historic Smock Alley Theatre, the lively Generator Hostel, and the cozy Merchant’s Arch Pub. All locations provided numerous talks and discussion rounds on topics such as surveillance, data protection, hate speech, and FinTech.

We had a great time, and lots of opportunities for lively exchange with the Irish start-up community! For all those who missed out, revisit our first event outside of Germany in pictures, word and sound:

  • The sessions at Smock Alley Theatre have been recorded, listen to the speakers in the re:publica channel at Voice Republic.
  • Draw some visual inspiration from our one-day conference and browse through our Flickr channel. Photos from our warmup party the evening before are compiled here, images from the event itself over here.

A short facts & figures on re:publica Dublin for all statisticians among you:

200+ participants
3 stages
20 sessions and workshops
20 journalists from Ireland and Germany

33 (18 men, 15 women)
9 from Germany
17 from Ireland
7 from other countries
23 new speakers
Speakers at at previous re:publica event:10
Oldest speaker: internet pioneer Dennis Jennings

#rpDUB In The News

And the event in Dublin was well received by the media too. So we're happy to share some impressions here – read more from various press reviews all around our first re:publica outside Germany.

“The first session of my day took place in Smock Alley Theatre where Karlin Lillington hosted a discussion between human right lawyer Daragh Murray and Internet Pioneer Dennis Jennings on the subject of Privacy and Data Protection in the Digital Age. This was a fascinating chat that covered technical and legal aspects of the Data Privacy issue – something that we as a culture have ignored for far too long. (...) A fascinating start to the day!”
Successful re:publica event in Dublin – Dan Griffin describes his highlights
Irish Tech News

“The well-known German conference for the Internet scene, re:publica, has dared to go on a trip to Dublin. Where they realized: participants there are far more business-oriented than in Berlin. The whole issue topic of data protection is much less in demand. For the moment, at least.”
German data protection meets Irish start-up scene (German)

“The first re:publica conference took place in Berlin back in 2007, when even companies like Twitter were still relatively unknown. Some of the visitors of the Dublin event were now reminded of the re:publica's earliest days at the Berlin Kalkscheune. I am very curious as to whether Dublin will also be given a second chance.”
Radicalization and Tech Utopias – Notes from the re:publica in Dublin (German)
WDR Blog Digitalistan

Technology has not delivered on human rights, re:publica conference hears – Digital culture event opens in Dublin with talks on benefits and harm caused by tech
Irish Times Online

“...re:publica is an exciting experiment: Is it possible to establish the most important European conference about the networked society in Ireland too?”
Class reunion on a class trip – re:publica in Dublin (German)
WDR Blog Digitalistan

Pokémon Go highlights legal challenges ahead for gaming - Amendments to data protection law may be needed, re:publica conference told
The Irish Times

Image credit: re:publica/Justin Farrelly (CC BY 2.0)