re:publica Dublin 2017


Following our very first event outside of Germany last year, we won’t be missing a beat and are powering full speed ahead in 2017: the next re:publica Dublin will take place from 7 to 8 September 2017! Our upcoming event in Ireland is also made possible thanks to the support from the Federal Foreign Office: this year, as part of re:connecting EUROPE (read more on that here), we want to promote the European exchange further and tackle topics concerning the digital society from various perspectives. We want to network you, the community, with Ireland and the world, with local and international players and stakeholders, and projects from the cultural, societal and political sectors. Join in and share your visions for a digital society in Europe under the #rpEUROPE hashtag.

And another vital point: synergies within Europe are far from exhausted. Many creatives in Europe are currently not working together, or only to a limited degree. Despite their geographical and technical vicinity, they simply don’t know each other (yet). The re:publica Dublin is here to help with that: Dublin isn’t just the connection to northern Europe, many of the big tech companies are based in Ireland, making it a gateway to the international creative and digital industry. So, here’s to another round! We’re looking forward to the #rpDUB 2017!

#rpDUB 2016

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'd like to thank all participants and speakers – yesterday was so much fun! 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:


The re:publica founders in Dublin

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 who already spoke at previous re:publica events: 10

#rpDUB 2016 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

“ 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)