re:publica, Europe's largest conference on digital topics, has announced its first ever conference outside of Europe. The first ever re:publica conference to be held outside Europe will be taking place in Accra, Ghana from 14 to 15 December 2018.
The program for the Ghanaian edition of re:publica was announced in a joint press conference with Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
“We are particularly glad that the majority of the over 240 submissions we received from our Call for Participation are from speakers from all over Afrika and cover several exciting topics such as open data, message verification, digital art and Afro-futurism. This promises to be an enriching exchange between all players in digital society from the global south and north, both in Afrika and with Afrika”, said Sandister Tei, curator of the thematic track at re:publica Accra, “Media and Journalism”.
Under the banner “Next Level”, re:publica Accra will take place at the capital city's Round Pavilion at the Trade Fair Center.
Taking Afrika to the next level
During an intercontinental press conference which took place on 11 October 2018 in Berlin and in Accra, re:publica announced the first set of keynote speakers. These include Rebecca Enonchong, who will be speaking on the economic effects of Internet shutdowns, iAfrikan Digital's Tefo Mohapi (who is also the Executive Editor of iAfrikan) will explain the conditions necessary for digital freedom of opinion, and Professor Nii Quanor who will talk about the history and future of the Internet in Afrika.
re:publica is Europe’s biggest conference on Internet and digital society and it is usually held annually in Berlin, Germany. Typically, the conference is a gathering of bloggers, politicians, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists.
“We are proud of the diverse program we put together for the re:publica in Accra and look forward to the countless inspiring sessions – and of course the continent-wide dialogue with the communities!”, said Andreas Gebhard, CEO and Managing Director of re:publica.
Cover image credit: Independence Arch and Independence Square, Accra, Ghana. Ben Sutherland/Flickr