GIG in the News


June 2016 – heise.de/make, Elke Schick, Making für die Gemeinschaft [German; download from heise archiv]

May 25, 2016 – Africablogging, Ruth Aine, Conversations from Berlin – A chat with Re:publica’s John Haeusler [English]

May 19, 2016 – Inciti, Ricardo Ruiz, Towards an IoT from the masses [English]

May 18, 2016 – futurism.com, War Survivor 3D Prints Prosthetic Limbs for Fellow Victims [English]

May 15, 2016 – TechCrunch, Farid Y. Farid, After losing his leg, a Syrian war survivor turns to tech to 3D print prosthetic limbs [English]

May 10, 2016 – Swiss Startup Association, An insight into the challenges of startups and innovation hubs in the Global South [English]

May 05, 2016 – Make-Magazin, Philip Steffan, re:publica: Plastik selber recyceln und ein neuer Blick auf Makerspaces [German]

May 04, 2016 – DW Español, Video: ‘Makers’ brasileños, en la conferencia berlinesa re:publica [Spanish]

May 04, 2016 – Make-Magazin, Philip Steffan, re:publica: Schwimmende FabLabs, Wearables aus Bakterien und Computer als Architekten [German]

May 01, 2016 – TechTrends Nigeria, Kenneth Omeruo70 Innovators, Makers and Hackers from 25 Countries Gather at the Global Innovation Gathering in Berlin [English]

April 27, 2016 – heise.de/make, Philip Steffan, re:publica: Make ist Partner des GIG Makerspace [German]

April 27, 2016 – Horizont – Giuseppe Rondinellare:publica Gründer Andreas Gebhard – “Wir dürfen die Liebe zum Detail nicht verlieren” [German]

April 27, 2016 – heise.de/make, Torsten Kleinz, re:publica: rpTEN, die Alles-Netz-Konferenz [German]

April 27, 2016 – Morgenpost, FJBaldus/@koelnkommDrei Tage Republica – das Internet zu Gast in Berlin [German]

April 14, 2016 – t3n, 10 Jahre re:publica: Darum solltet ihr das Event nicht verpassen [German]


GIG speaks


May 28, 2016 – sourcecode.berlin, SCB35 THE GLOBAL INNOVATION GATHERING: BEING THE CHANGE [English]


May, 2016 – Voice Republic, GLOBAL INNOVATION GATHERING (GIG)  – A SERIES BY re:publica 2016 / archived talks [English]


GIG shows


The Good, the Bad and the Zero

Nanjira Sambuli iHub, Cathleen Berger GP Digital, J. Carlos Lara Derechos Digitales, Kudzai M Mubaiwa iZone Hub, Lea Gimpel @gimpelle

Explore different examples of zero-rated services across the world, looking into potential products of public interest as well as so-called walled gardens. Featuring speakers from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Chile and the EU, we will compare different regulations and patterns of investment trying to depict and identify strategies of how to increase access without undermining the free and open nature of the Internet which must be governed by human rights.

Top 5 things wrong with policy frameworks for innovation and entrepreneurship

Nanjira Sambuli iHub, Georgia Nicolau, Martín Restrepo Appiar, Jay Fajardo Launchgarage

400% import taxes on hardware, no legal base for co-working, criminalized use of technologies – policies can have a very direct impact on technology entrepreneurs and innovators. The panel will compare and contrast numerous policies from different countries affecting innovation ecosystems and evaluate successful and less successful policies from a grassroots perspective.

Innovation in Refugee Camps

Grace Keji, Kilian Kleinschmidt, Switxboard, Marlen de la Chaux, Ana Laura Santos, Katharina Dermühl, Kiron

Refugee camps are often viewed as temporary refuges for people fleeing war and violence. However, due to conflicts and refugee situations becoming ever more protracted, refugee camps also become permanent or semi-permanent homes and have developed into towns and cities of their own in many cases. This session, convened by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will look at the economics of refugee camps and highlight examples of innovation in the most unlikely settings.

A Circular Approach to Making

Gabriela Agustini Olabi, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, Anna Lowe

From Brazilian Gambiarra to African DIY and repair culture in Europa, makers are exploring more sustainable production methods around the world. This new mindset can contribute significantly to the drive towards a more circular economy and also to validate a creative work done in the peripheries of the world.

3D Printing Prostheses for Champions and Survivors

Andrew Lamb FieldReady, Asem Hasna Row3D, Samer Shawar Vecbox, Denise Schindler

What do Olympic Athlete Denise Schindler and Berlin based Syrian innovator Asem Hasna have in common? They are using 3D printing and technologies such as brain-computer interface and VR to improve their own prostheses as well as the lives of others. DIY electronics are promising a means to make customized, advanced technology available to the masses.

In Search of Makers – mapping the most creative community spaces

Anna Waldman-Brown ANANSE Group, Chinmayi SK, Bilal Ghalib Gemsi
Today, the Maker Movement encompasses 3000+ creative community spaces across 80+ countries– places such as hackerspaces, fab labs, makerspaces, and tech hubs where anyone can have access to modern technology. Join us in our road trip to explore the world of innovation spaces and discover their impact on society.

Hardware for the Masses

Simon Höher, Federico Musto Arduino, Juliet Wanyiri Foondi

Maker technologies can play a powerful role in enabling economic development and the spread of a different concept of empowerment through technology – in particular when it comes to creating Open Source alternatives to corporate driven Internet of Things solutions. How can stutainable technology be made widely accessible?

Hacking Humanitarian Aid

Sam Bloch Communitere

Disaster relief and the aid industry must innovate dramatically to keep pace with technology, human needs and the speed and internationalization of commerce. Because innovation must come from all players, grassroots organizations can influence the process by bringing their “bottom up” brand of innovation to the problem. By building dynamic, collaborative, on-the-ground spaces in places where the population is in greatest need, a space is created where big aid can serve local needs more effectively than ever before.