I’m Mona a Team Assistant at Cogs’ Berlin offices, looking after the company’s German digital and social media affairs as well as looking for digital talent in Client Services and especially in community management and social marketing roles. I was lucky enough to attend re:publica 2014.
Since its founding in 2007, Berlin’s re:publica has developed from a bloggers meet-up into one of the world’s most important festivals for the digital society and has had the privilege of welcoming many of the digital society’s most important leading minds to its stages. During its eighth installment in 2014 more than 5,000 guests attended the event.
re:publica 2014’s motto INTO THE WILD highlighted various points of departure for solutions in the internet of the near future. When algorithms turn us transparent and controllable through predictability, perhaps we have to become more unpredictable; dissolving old structures, veering from the well-trodden path in favour of chaos and irrationality, heading INTO THE WILD. Yet this begs the questions: how will we navigate and find one another? How can one whisper into the global net and, in particular, with whom? Will those calling for a free and unrestricted internet not have to face being ever more vigilant and controlling of those who may partake and those who must stay out?
The festival claims it is the heterogeneous mix of participants which creates the unique atmosphere and environment and that nearly half of re:publica’s guests are female – (a fact few other events within this area of interest can brag about).
So I decided to focus on the many digital women around there. Above that’s me with Interoute`s Marketing Responsible Julia.
Of course we met some of the younger guys at the conference, too. And besides all that business we had some non-job-related beers and an awfully interesting input from over 250 hours of event programme, with internet pioneers and mavericks out of the fields of politics, economics, science, culture and society.
Hoping to meet you there next year. Meanwhile leave us a note if you want to talk jobs with us! [email protected]