What are the most underrated displeasures

10 years of re: publica: That's why you shouldn't miss the event! Statements on #rpten

WOW, the re: publica (#rpten) conference will take place for the tenth time in May.For all newbies: re: publica is THE blogger meeting in Europe, which has blossomed from a former “underground” and insider meeting into a major media spectacle. In the meantime, established magazines and "public" TV stations are also reporting on the event.Not only to let an event grow steadily for 10 years, but also to redefine it again and again, is not child's play. We asked congress visitors what they like about the event and why they are visiting re: publica.

At the largest digital conference in Europe, in addition to know-how and inspiration, which are offered in many interesting lectures and workshops, the focus is above all on networking. It is the digital one in the digital world Face-to-face event, which deepens online contacts and offers space to create new ideas, collaborations and campaigns.

Personally, I confess that in some years when I attended re: publica, I hardly ever attended a session from start to finish. On the one hand, with the variety of offers (in 2015 alone there were 500 hours of program in the three days of the event), there is the "agony of choice" and on the other hand, for me personally, the primary focus is the direct exchange with people. This also helps here, among other thingsunofficial supporting programthe re: publica, which this year again from Stefan Everts was put together.

While I was now plucking at my inner decision oracle flower as to whether I should visit the re: publica now, it occurred to me to ask a few colleagues whether and why they are attending this event:

Helge Thomas, Creative Director and member of the management of pro event live-communication GmbH

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences.

Helge: The re: public is a conference that depicts the latest topics from politics, society and business in the context of the digital and virtual transformation of our world in a perfect mix of impulses, interaction and an open marketplace. Top-class speakers, such as the astronaut Alexander Gerst, Netflix boss Reed Hastings or Gunter Dueck, alternate with inspiring best practices from start-ups or special-interest bloggers, such as Malin Elmlid or Hendrik Haase, in the form of keynotes and podium -Discussions or experience-oriented trade fair and information stands.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?

Helge: Last year, 2015.

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Helge: The wide range of topics (beyond Twitter & Co.) and the high professionalism of the event. I would have expected a rather "nerdy" level and was enthusiastic about the content, technical and organizational quality in a great location (STATION Berlin).

Q: What did you dislike the most?

Helge: That I missed some interesting sessions because of the parallel slots.

 

Doris Schuppe, independent digital consultant and coworkation host from rayaworx on Mallorca.

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences.

Doris:Anyone who is active in social media and follows well-known actors there is very likely to meet them live and in color at the re: publica in Berlin. On 3 days there is plenty of space and opportunity to talk to the people whose blog we read or whom we follow on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?

Doris: My first re: publica was # rp10, in 2010. Not to be confused with the current 10th re: publica, which probably uses the hashtag #rpTEN. At that time I was just starting my own business with DoSchu.Com. For the 2012 edition, I submitted a topic proposal for the first time - back then together with Maren Martschenko (@zehnbar).

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Doris: The variety of topics and how many people I can meet there personally, whom I normally only see and read on social media.

Q: What did you dislike the most?

Doris: Sometimes I think back a little wistfully to clearer re: publicas. However, I admire the re: publica for the fact that it has developed into such a large format in a relatively short time. Last year I thought it was a shame that the important topic of “Finding Europe” was so rarely discussed in the lectures and sessions.

Q: Doris, what do you wish for the upcoming re: publica events?

Doris: Lots of good “court conversations” with dear friends from the social media universe. In addition, I wish that aspects in the program or in the “trimmings” surprise me. Last year the crawling group in the monkey rock was a great highlight that I never expected, but it's a really cool idea!

 

Magdalena (Lena) Rogl, Head of Digital Channels, Microsoft Germany

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences for people who do not yet know it.

Lena: The re: publica is practically the Internet's class reunion. Everyone who does something, has done or wants to do something online is there, getting to know each other, listening to lectures and exchanging ideas. The best thing is: There are always several lectures / workshops / meetups running in parallel - so you can simply choose what you want.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?

Lena: Because of the children, I don't think so until 2012. But before that, at least I was there virtually 😉

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Lena: That everything is so casual and calm - and still perfectly organized.

Q: And what did you dislike the most?

Lena: Most of the time, there is not enough time to meet everyone. Unfortunately, the unofficial evening events in particular almost always overlap. But it's only been three days ...

Q: What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica events?

Lena: I would like the re: publica to remain as different and special as it is and ideally be extended to a week.

 

Stefan Primbs,Journalist (BR), author of the book “Social Media for Journalists”, blogger social-media.biz

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences.

Stefan: A congress for internet technology, internet politics and the media, which in just a few years went from an alternative insider tip to the top event in the industry, i.e. the makers, not the managers, in Germany.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?Stefan: 2011.

Q: What did you dislike the most?

Stefan: It's so drafty and the weather so unsteady that you catch a cold almost every time.

Q: What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica events?

Stefan: Again more to the marginalized, away from the media congress.

 

Wibke Ladwig, Head of the sense and understanding communication workshop, is a social web ranger, idea catalyst and vocabulary hunter.

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences.

Wibke: At re: publica you can immerse yourself in the effects, applications and visions of digitization in almost all areas of life. But the most important thing is in the courtyard: the people.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?

Wibke:Quite late: 2010 was my first re: publica on the Internet, 2011 my first on site.

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Wibke: The most impressive and crazy thing is when a few thousand people sing the Bohemian Rhapsody together. And even giving a lecture in front of a thousand people. My first own lecture in 2013, “Decoding a book: Was ist Buch?”, Was totally insane - it was like a rock concert. It was fantastic to be on stage in front of a thousand people in 2014.

Q: What did you dislike the most?

Wibke: Sometimes it was always difficult to get something sensible to eat in an uncomplicated way. And there is no more lamb brew.

Q: What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica events?

Wibke: As always, I just go there and look forward to everything that enriches, inspires or illuminates me. And I'm looking forward to "my" people from this Internet.

Jan Tißler, freelance journalist and co-editor of UPLOAD magazine

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences for people who do not know it.

Jan: A conference by and for people who initially think the internet is quite a remarkable thing. A great opportunity to have interesting conversations and to be inspired by the topics and sessions.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?

Jan: 2008, but only there for an interview in the anteroom of the Kalkscheune. At least I was able to catch a glimpse of the re: publica visitors through an open door. In 2009 I was there for the first time, really and officially. At that time as editor-in-chief for online t3n magazine.

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Jan: I always found the “community feeling” inspiring. To see others understand why the internet is a great opportunity too. And by that I mean above all the people beyond my own filter bubble. I always leave re: publica with new topics, perspectives and arguments in my head.

Q: What did you dislike the most?

Jan: Nothing at all. Honest. If I am not interested in a topic, I do not like a lecture or something else does not go as I would dream, then my life goes on anyway. And as all regular re: publica guests know: there is always the inner courtyard. Always.

Q: You are a re: publica partner with UPLOAD magazine - can you briefly explain why?

Jan: On the one hand, of course, we want to make UPLOAD magazine better known. That is why we made it this year to become partners. It's a pretty big deal for us and we're really excited. On the other hand, we are honestly pleased that we are making a small contribution to making re: publica possible. We have simply been fans of the event ourselves for many years.

 

Anett Glaesel-Maslov, Public Relations and Communications Manager Germany from iAdvize

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences.

Anett: For me, the re: publica is one thing above all: A big class reunion where I meet all those people with whom I work over the year, with whom I am connected either professionally or privately via social networks. But for me it is also the most important further training measure of the year. I am always amazed at the ingenious speakers the RP team can find and what supporting program is offered around them.

Q:When was your first visit to re: publica?

Anett: My first visit was probably in 2012. I was there privately.

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Anett: In 2014, I took part for the first time with a company and my own stand. We wanted to test how well it was going. And it went more than well. We were represented as a start-up and therefore took the Kombi stand presentation. I was able to present the company on stage and arouse the curiosity of the visitors. After the short lecture we had a long queue at our booth for three hours. That was a lot of fun and showed us that re: publica is exactly the right place for young and relatively unknown companies to introduce themselves. From the re: publica, we generated a lot of very interesting contacts, which in retrospect made beautiful projects possible.

Q: What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica event?

Anett: For the rpTEN, I personally wish to hear many interesting lectures again, the input of which I can use not only for myself, but also professionally. Since I am in a very exciting environment with iAdvize - a platform for conversational commerce - I would like to meet interested companies and introduce ourselves. Since re: publica attracts people from all industries, this is a perfect opportunity.

I'm also looking forward to the Monday evening. For the first time, we invited visitors to compete with their teams in the evening after the sessions and have fun at a dodgeball tournament on the sports field behind the STATION. Everyone is welcome to play. (Please just click on Twitter @ideentraeger report.) Social medians can compete against PR people or data protectors against cyborgs. I'm curious.

 

Thorsten Ising, Consultant, lecturer, expert for online and social media and digital communication, 1st chairman of social media OWL

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences for people who do not know it.

Thorsten: A compressed campus with many rooms, topics and people who learn from and with each other, exchange ideas and network. A conference with a high level of social exchange.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?

Thorsten: That was at re: publica 2010.

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Thorsten: Probably everyone says that, but it is the conversations and the togetherness alongside the content-related part of the re: publica. The conversations on the monkey rock and in the yard. Here I get to know people, make contacts and meet friends again.

This is where ideas arise, you start to spin further impulses and the wheel gets going - my @Thorsteninsing click to tweet

Q: What did you dislike the most?

Thorsten: There was once ´ne time when the WLAN was really weak 🙂 But in fact, this is really nothing that has had a lasting impact on me 🙂

Q: What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica?

Thorsten: Fun. Ideas. Impulses. Friends. New contacts. Side glances. Discussions. Proximity. Exchange. Coffee. Beer. And a nice t-shirt.

Mark Heywinkel, Editor at ze.tt, editor-in-chief at Vocer.org, the independent debate forum and think tank for media criticism.
Twitter: @markheywinkel

Q: When was your first visit to the re: publica?

Mark: In 2013 I had just started my own business as a journalist and finally wanted to see where the cool kids are building their networks.

Q: What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Mark: The communal togetherness in the playground, the many exciting conversations and that the evening program usually lasts as long as the daytime events. Usually after three days of re: publica I am very saturated and curse all the buzzwords, topics and missed sleep hours. But that never lasts long.

The re: publica is like the break in the school yard. Just with more beer - thinks @merkheywinkel Click to tweet

Q: What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica events?

Mark: Where timelines narrow into filter bubbles that are difficult to get out of, I promise myself from events and especially the re: publica a look outside the box and more topics off the beaten path of journalism.

Lars Hahn, professional trend researcher and managing director of LVQ further education gGmbH, discoverer of systematic coffee drinking.

Q: Describe the re: publica in two sentences for people who do not know it.

Lars: The re: publica is now THE annual conference in Europe, at which the actors of the net society meet to look each other offline and to talk and discuss with each other after it has been online for a long time. If high-dose networking and systematic coffee drinking, then here.

Q: When was your first visit to re: publica?Lars: 2012.

Q:What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Lars: Re: publica always anticipates social trends. Particularly awesome: The 2015 motto “Finding Europe” and then the migration really started.

Q:What did you dislike the most?

Lars: If something could be displeasing, that is the indivisibility of the person. There are so many exciting things going on in parallel at re: publica that you always have the feeling that you are missing out on important things.

Q:What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica events?

Lars: Regional re: publicas distributed throughout the republic during the year would be cool - one in Cologne, one in Hamburg, one in Munich maybe ?!

 

Florian Endres, Social Media Manager at Salesforce DACH.

Q:Describe the re: publica in two sentences.

Florian: The re: publica is often referred to as a school trip - but for me it is more a food for thought for the digital industry. What the HANNOVER TRADEFAIR or bauma for their industries, this is re: publica for anyone interested in online: Meeting point, marketplace and place for exchange.

Q:When was your first visit to re: publica?

Florian: Absolutely no idea, but not that long ago. 2013?

Q:What impressed you the most, most lastingly, on all your visits to re: publica?

Florian: The Mix of participants. It's an unbelievably colorful mix: fashion bloggers, network activists, programmers or business buffoons like me 🙂 And they all start talking.

Q:What did you dislike the most?

Florian: Maybe the situation in Berlin. As great as Berlin can be, I find it easy to focus on the capital. Sometimes I also have the feeling that there is a slight tendency towards the filter bubble - many topics are controversial discussed by the participants, but have not yet arrived in large parts of society.

Q:What do you wish for the upcoming re: publica events?

Florian: Carry out the spirit! How about a re: publica in the provinces?

Well, you have convinced me again, the ticket is in my pocket, the train ticket ordered, accommodation and first meetings organized and now I will study the rich and interesting program.

How about a FAMAB blogger meeting at re: publica? I just throw it into the room on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 10 a.m.: the meeting point is the Affenberg.

Pia Kleine Wieskamp works as a freelance communication expert, trainer and consultant in the areas of storytelling (story-baukasten.de), communication and marketing at POINT-PR. She also works as a blogger.

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Posted by the author Pia Kleine WieskampCategories On the roadTags #rpTen, blogger event, digital vs. face-to-face, Doris Schuppe, Florian Endres, Helge Thomas, Impulse, Jan Tißler, Lars Hahn, Magdalena Rogl, networks, republica ten, Stefan Primbs , Thorsten Ising, Wibke Ladwig