I already got my ticket for republica 2010 a little while back, a little after the early bird tickets had gone out of sale. Republica advance ticket sales have been at a record high this year. That’s really good news as all republicas so far were great, and I enjoyed them a lot. For independent (note: not small) conference organizers it’s important to be able to plan, so if you think you’ll go (14-16 April 2010 in Berlin), I recommend you get your ticket soon. It’s extremely fairly priced and you won’t regret it.
The program isn’t set yet, but the call for papers (de) is still on until late January. So again, if you think you might want to talk at rp2010, now’s a good time to send in a proposal.
There are two things that already are set, though: First, Jeff Jarvis, journalism professor, author of Buzzmachine and What Would Google Do and a regular on This Week in Google will be one of the speakers. He’s been on the conference circuit for a while now, so you might have seen him talk someplace or another, but he’s always a great speaker and panelist, so I’m looking forward to this.
Second, Deutsche Welle will hold their Best Of The Blogs (BOBs) will be joining rp2010. I love the BOBs, it’s an award celebrating the best of the international blogosphere and highlighting those blogs whose authors fight for freedom of expression in often repressive regimes. Those bloggers and activists are real heroes in my book, and I feel honored I had the chance to meet some of them on past BOB events. (Disclaimer: I worked for Deutsche Welle twice at the BOBs, once as a live blogger, once moderating a panel.)
If you’re in Berlin in mid-April and want to see the German blogger, web and social media community in action, republica is the place to be. Hope to see you there!