FAQ

The conference

  • Why should I attend the re:publica?
    Because you are going to love it here! Everyone who is part of the digital society and is interacting with it meets at re:publica. Here you will find bloggers, social media addicts, designers, and managers, as well as entrepreneurs – all of them being open-minded and creative people.
  • So what’s happening during the re:publica?
    Tons of awesome stuff! Here you can find the schedule of talks, panels, screenings, special events, and parties. And there’s also a list with all of our speakers.

    Furthermore you meet sweet people, expand your network offline while having a great time together and discussing every aspect of living in a digital society and all the changes that it entails.

  • When will the re:publica take place?
    The conference will take place from April 13th to 15th 2011 and lasts full 3 days.
  • And where will the re:publica take place?
    The re:publica is hosted in 3 venues in Berlin-Mitte. Kalkscheune, FriedrichstadtPalast, and Quatsch Comedy Club are all centrally located and close-by which makes it really easy to change between the different locations and see as many events as possible. Here you can find a complete site plan.
  • What if I wanted to present my own talk at the re:publica?
    In that case it’s unfortunately already too late to participate in our Call for Papers.

The tickets

  • Yay, I want to come! Where do I get my ticket for the conference?
    You can order yours at Amiando. But oh noes: All tickets at regular rate are sold out now!
  • How much does a conference pass for re:publica cost?
    The only 3 day pass that you can purchase now is a Premium Supporter Ticket which will cost you 399,- €. Here you can find out what this special ticket entails.
  • Will you sell day passes as well?
    Yes, you will be able to buy day passes on the spot. The box office is located in the foyer at FriedrichstadtPalast at one of the cloak rooms. However, please note that such a ticket gives you access to the events at FriedrichstadtPalast only. For Wednesday and Thursday the day passes will cost you 20,- €, whereas for Friday you have to pay 10,- €. In order to make planning a little easier for you though, you can buy day passes in advance via Amiando as well. Here they cost 25,- € for Wednesday and Thursday each, and 15,- € for Friday.
  • I bought a blogger ticket for a special price, so how do I prove that I am actually one of those bloggers?
    In case you purchased one of the blogger tickets all we ask you to do is to promote the re:publica on your blog. You can find our fancy banners here.
  • Do I have to print out the ticket which I bought online?
    Absolutely! This is required in order to ensure a trouble-free accreditation.
  • Okay, now that I got my ticket what does this give me access to?
    When you arrive and show your ticket at the lobby of the FriedrichstadtPalast you will get a wristband and a pass with your name on it. This gives you access to every single event at Kalkscheune, FriedrichstadtPalast, and Quatsch Comedy Club during all of the 3 days of re:publica. For smaller events such as talks and workshops we recommend showing up early to ensure a seat. Due to safety reasons we are not allowed to surpass a certain number of attendees in these rooms which means that there will be no entrance if we have reached that number
  • I want to return my ticket, what should I do now?
    In that case we would like to point out our cancellation policy:
    According to i.S.d. §§ 312 d. Abs. 1, 355 Abs. 1 BGB customers can withdraw from purchasing their ticket within a period of 14 days by stating this in text form (e.g. via mail, fax or email) without any further clarification of their reasons or by giving the ticket back in case this has already been handed over.

    The cancellation period of 14 days starts once you bought your ticket.

    Please send the withdrawal to:
    newthinking communications GmbH
    Schönhauser Allee 6/7
    10119 Berlin
    Fax +49.30.69 20 33 799
    info@re-publica.de

    And this happens when you withdraw from your purchase:
    In case of withdrawal you have to return your conference pass. Please note that you have to bear the costs of a 15,- € cancellation fee as well. This fee will be deducted from the buying price. If you exceed the deadline of 14 days the organizer allows you to transfer your ticket to another person and the following point explains how this works.

  • Darn! I can’t make it and now I would like to transfer my ticket to someone else. What do I have to do?
    No problem. If you want to sell your ticket or even give it away to another person you just have to send us a short e-mail to esc@newthinking.de that contains the name of the original attendee and their mail address as well as the name of the new attendee plus their mail address, the reference number of the ticket and the number of tickets purchased. Then we will take care of the rest.

    Please note that this has only been possible until April 6th and that we don’t transfer any money. So in case your ticket is not supposed to be a gift please sort this out with the person that you are giving the ticket to.

    If you are giving your ticket away after April 6th, we cannot help with the name change anymore. Hence you will of course be allowed to sell it to someone else but the ticket as well as the badge will still be on your name instead of theirs. For the accreditation they will get blank bagdes from us though and can write their names on them by hand.

The event locations

  • Which would be the best way to get to you by public transport?
    Since Kalkscheune, FriedrichstadtPalast, and Quatsch Comedy Club are all centrally located around Friedrichstraße 107 in Berlin-Mitte you have plenty of options to get here by public transport:

    • U-Bahn/Subway: U6, U-Bahnhof Oranienburger Tor
    • S-Bahn/City train: S1, S2, S5, S7, S9 or commuter train, stop Friedrichstraße, 5 minutes walk from there; S1, S2, Haltestelle Oranienburger Straße, 5 minutes walk from there
    • Bus: 147, stop Oranienburger Tor
    • Tram: M1, 12, stop Oranienburger Tor
  • What are the opening hours at FriedrichstadtPalast, Kalkscheune or Quatsch Comedy Club?
    This is our plan:

    Wednesday, April 13th
    · FriedrichstadtPalast: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    · Kalkscheune: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    · Quatsch Comedy Club: 1:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Thursday, April 14th
    · FriedrichstadtPalast: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    · Kalkscheune: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    · Quatsch Comedy Club: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Friday, April 15th
    · FriedrichstadtPalast: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    · Kalkscheune: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (afterwards: Party!)
    · Quatsch Comedy Club: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • When can I bring my stuff to the cloakroom and when do I have to collect it again?
    At FriedrichstadtPalast
    · Wednesday, April 13th: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    · Thursday, April 14th: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    · Friday, April 15th: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    At Kalkscheune
    · Friday, April 15th: 1:30 p.m. – 1.00 a.m.

  • In case I drive my car to the venue were do I park it?
    Right next to the Kalkscheune there is a parking area which requires a fee. Apart from that parking spaces are pretty rare in Berlin-Mitte and therefore we generally recommend using the public transport anyway.
  • Are the venues handicap-accessible?
    Unfortunately only the Friedrichstadtpalast is accessible for wheelchair users. In order to make your stay as unproblematic as possible please send a short email to esc@newthinking.de after you have bought your ticket, to let us know that you are attending the conference.

The general questions

  • Do you also have a mobile version of this pretty website?
  • Where can I get a press accreditation?
    Please use this contact form.
  • Are there volunteer opportunities to help at the re:publica?
    Yes, we always welcome volunteers to help out! However, this year the list of volunteers is already full after so many of you offered their help.
  • Will you provide WiFi at the venues?
    Believe it or not: Yes, of course!
  • I have to stay at home but is there any chance that I can follow re:publica via live stream?
    Yes, there is! Although this year we will only broadcast the events from Friedrichstadtpalast live. You will find the live stream on our website just in time for the conference.

    Additionally we will record all the events at Kalkscheune’s big hall and Quatsch Comedy Club. So eventually after re:publica is over you will be able to watch the recorded sessions from Friedrichstadtpalast as well as those from Kalkscheune and QCC online.

  • Does my attendance at the re:publica count as professional development?
    Unfortunately not.
  • What’s the weather like in Berlin in mid April?
    So far re:publica attendees have often been lucky and experienced the first nice days of spring. However, you should still bring a warm jacket and keep an eye on the weather report since we can’t take care of everything.
  • How can I get in touch with you if my questions have been still left unanswered here?
    In that case you can always use our contact form. We are certainly trying to respond to every inquiry as quickly as possible. But bear with us if it takes a bit longer than expected.