re:publica, Europe’s Largest Conference On Digital And Social Topics, Is Coming To Ghana

After the successful US kick-off, re:publica will be heading to West Africa later this year under the motto of NEXT LEVEL: from 14 to 15 December 2018, the re:publica Accra is taking place in Ghana at the “Round Pavilion at the Trade Fair”. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the main partner of the first re:publica on the African continent.

Under the topic ‘Tech for Good‘, the BMZ also presents inspiring sessions in which it discusses how digital technologies with innovative solutions can contribute to mastering global challenges.

One of the keynote speakers we were able to engage is author Nanjala Nyabola (including Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century), who will be speaking about the limits of technology in her talk “What Technology Can’t Fix”.

Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman will be in dialogue with other high-profile participants on a panel about internet access. The architect and anthropologist Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, initiator of the platform “L’Africaine d’architecture” and founder of WoeLab, is speaking at the re:publica Accra about “Future Cities”.

A multifaceted evening programme connects artistic perspectives with digital topics – and across continents at that. Presentations include the internationally renowned artist Kudzanai Chiurai from Zimbabwe and a screening of We Live in Silence with a live soundtrack by the award-winning musician M.anifest, who’s been described by The Guardian (UK) amongst others as “the foremost rapper on the continent”.

Andreas Gebhard, co-founder and CEO of re:publica GmbH, says, “The re:publica is an event for digital society. It’s global and thus international! But I say that without wishing to ignore regional differences. How can we work together to shape and design the digital society when regional differences create very different framework conditions for it? Whether in Berlin, Los Angeles or Accra, re:publica creates space for dialogue and exchange between equals. I’m very pleased that we can now create these spaces on three continents.”

Tickets for the re:publica Accra are available for less than 6.00 Euros/33 Ghana Cedi for both days of the conference with eGotickets.

You can find additional programme highlights for the re:publica Accra here.

Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator and editor of TechNovaGh.com, an online digital platform focusing on technology in Ghana.

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