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10:30
English Action Everyone

Creators Studio

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Let's think "Beyond Slavery": Afroroutes is a one-of-a-kind VR experience conceived as a journey through 3 displaced African heritages, immersing users in Rituals and Ceremonies to experience that well-conserved memory form, but also to feel the power of Music as a strong anthropological tool. Connecting Afro-diasporic narratives: alterity and heritage transcendence within the digital era, Afroroutes is a trigger to open a crucial debate about diasporic identity.
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10:00
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11:00
English Meetup Everyone Partner: mozilla Foundation

Digital Rights Lounge

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Mark Surman is one of the CEOs of Mozilla, one of the words leading Internet organisations. Meet him at re:publica and ask him anything about Mozilla, how open source business models and global communities work.
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In many parts of the world when you feel sick you visit a doctor, receive a prescription, and fill it at the pharmacy. But in sub-Saharan Africa, it's not always that simple.
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10:00
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11:00
English Workshop Everyone

Makerspace

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The emerging market in Augmented Reality presents an opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to create new solutions/business and existing businesses to tap into increased efficiency and revenue, to disrupt and impact sectors and industries from marketing, e-commerce, education, entertainment, health among others.
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A fireside chat with Prof. Nii Quaynor - Africa's "father of the internet".
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The fashion industry today is worth 3 trillion USD, but Africa accounts for a mere 1% of that. Africa’s lack of representation on the global fashion scene has largely been due to lack of infrastructure and under-developed retail sectors. However in the last year, with Africa being the only continent to skip through industrialisation eras and enter directly into the digital age, fashion brands on the continent are seizing the opportunity to present themselves to the world.
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This session will explore the tradition, humour and dynamism of Ghana’s most widely spoken language. While English is the official language, Twi is the most popular. How has the Internet and technology affected and impacted Twi and vice versa? We explore the resilience and track the journey of this beautiful and often witty language and its effect on the worldview of its speakers as they navigate the brave new world, from the past through the present and into the future.
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10:00
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11:00
English Workshop Beginner

Workshop Room

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AI for beginners - learn how artificial intelligence works in a playful and explorative workshop.
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10:30
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11:00
English Action Everyone

Creators Studio

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"Stargate Odyssey" is a juxtaposition of cultures that has resulted into an amazing journey of imagination and self expression.
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Will Africa provide the architecture for the next industrial revolution, i.e. the first anti-industrial architecture? Sename Agbodjinou's keynote will focus on this new horizon and explore what architects and those involved in the maker movement can achieve when it comes to providing housing in Africa.
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The session will discuss the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection accepted by African Union Heads of Sates and Government at Malabo in June 2014 emphasizes the importance of every African Union member state establishing a legal framework aimed at strengthening fundamental rights, particularly the protection of physical data and remedies for any violation of privacy without prejudice to the principle of free flow of personal data.
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11:00

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Female and minority representation is central to every democracy. However, we have a long way to go: in Ghana, less than 11% of MPs are women (30 out of 275). Together we explore the diversity in the room, the equality challenges we face as a society, and explore how Tech for Good can create change that makes the world a better place. Are you in?
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11:15
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12:15
English Meetup Everyone

Digital Rights Lounge

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Meet the founder of iAfrikan and the founder of netzpolitik.org and re:publica and ask them anything!
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11:15
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12:15
English Action Everyone

Health Lounge

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Yoga classes led by certified instructors. Visit our health screening space for a free STI or general wellness screening to receive an entry token to access the class for free.
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Like the Sub-Saharan countries of Africa, much of the world is changing the way they think about drones. Many people are starting to recognize that the potential for drones in agriculture and medicine represents a breakthrough not only of technological importance, but societal and economic importance as well. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to how to fly drones and how to process images captured by drones and sensors.
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This session will examine how digital technologies can improve urban lives and make urban development fairer and more participatory, from address systems, to architecture to access to resources in urban contexts.
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Data confidentiality of sensitive individual data is a highly valued good. So is the development of social and economic systems. Practitioners from three African organisations that deal with sensitive, financial data of their clients discuss how they cope with the dilemma when it comes to sharing data to set up efficient processes.
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Join us in a provoking discussion about new institutional models for the transition we want to see in society. What things, ways of doing and thinking do we have to unlearn in order to reimagine the future? In this session we will share different approaches from creative hubs across Africa, Europe and Latin America on their strategies and approaches to foster creativity, arts, social integration and entreuprenership from a perspective of permanent processes of learning and unlearning.
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The #metoo movement sparked a flame which devoured and changed the global social justice scene. It brought attention to the epidemic of sexual abuse, exposed deeds of offenders and left a sense of bleak reckoning for abusers. Was the effect the same in Ghana? Did #metoo create positive change, or did it worsen Ghana's rape culture? We will explore how the use of social media created radical change in the fight against abuse in the West and the consequences it may have had in Ghana.
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11:45
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12:15
English Discussion Everyone

Workshop Room

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This session is presented by Women’s Corner Ghana: Many people, men and women, often wonder if all women’s groups or women’s only opportunities are necessary. They often bemoan, “why is this a women’s only group?,” or “why is this scholarship just for women?” The goal of this session is to explicitly discuss the purpose and importance of women’s only collectives and tackle the difficult questions and misconceptions surrounding the topic at this time.
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12:00

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13:30
English Meetup Everyone

Creators Studio

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Meet Kudzanai following his keynote talk and evening performance with M.anifest and learn about his artist approach and interpretations.
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12:30
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13:30
English Workshop Advanced

Digital Rights Lounge

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Hands-on with Image Steganography. Showing how it's done, detected followed by a Capture The Flag (CTF) challenge.
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Emergency care is an increasing focus for the Ghanaian community. Despite popular media attention, Ghana still lacks the appropriate number of trained clinicians, adequate ambulance service, and blood availability needed to respond in urgent medical situations.
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Create a digital clone of yourself floating in cyberspace using the latest AI chatbot technologies.
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12:30
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13:00
English Discussion Everyone Partner: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Stage 1

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Meet three women rocking the tech scene in Ghana and learn about their personal paths, history and the future of women in tech.
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This session will discuss past and current trends and challenges in regulation of online content in Africa while offering alternative approaches that can enhance adoption and use of these online platforms for civic participation, freedom of expression, access to information and countering hate speech among others.
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Digital technology grows fast and new solutions are created every day. The advertising and media industries have had to adjust rapidly to these changes, especially in Africa. Are Ghana’s media professionals adapting fast enough to this new digital reality? Are independent consultants dominating media and advertising houses? How can both sides succeed in this developing market? This interactive session will discuss the topic and provide useful tips for media professionals on both sides.
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We believe that games - and the spirit of play in general – have a role in education and the pursuit of technological advancement in emerging nations. We've discovered during campus demonstrations of work-in-progress games by our Computer Science students that visitors - young and old alike - give us great feedback, learn some of the techniques and have fun at the same time. This session of "Game-ocracy" promises participation, insight, learning and fun.
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13:30
English Discussion Everyone Partner: Goethe Institut

Stage 1

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rpAccra18 will host a candid interview with DJ & Writer Kampire (Uganda) and DJ Keyzuz (Ghana). The interview will be moderated by Benewaah Boateng (Ghana). The session will explore the ups and downs these women have faced to become the notable professionals they are today and what role technology played in this journey. From this background, the interview will also dive into what it means to be a woman in a male dominated industry in Africa.
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This talk uses Africa’s Legends: Reawakening, a game designed from the ground up by Leti Arts in Ghana and Kenya, to reflect on how game design can be used to correct media misrepresentations about Africa, discuss current issues, and ignite imaginations of African cultural heritage. It examines the current state of the video game industry in Africa, and how creating quality and meaningful digital entertainment for a mass pan-African market requires technical and creative design innovations.
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13:45
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14:45
English Meetup Beginner

Digital Rights Lounge

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Wondering how boring or cool a career in software engineering is? During this fireside chat, we will take a deep dive into the life of Eunice Obugyei, Lead Software Engineer at DreamOval.
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Mental health in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the top emerging focus areas for public health professionals. But how do we offer mental health services that can bypass cultural barriers? And how do we take this work to scale? Join us as we share two local Ghanaian tech solutions to a health challenge kept quiet for too long.
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Air pollution is a growing health issue implicated in 7 million global deaths and health conditions. In Ghana 17000 annual deaths have been reported. Air quality monitoring in Ghana covers limited geographical and temporal ranges, meaning human lives may be at risk. The goal of this workshop is to demonstrate using low cost monitors to measure key pollutants over LoRaWAN to The Things Network, making data available to the public.
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Tapping the full potential of digital technologies to challenge existing and entrenched narratives around gender roles in African societies. The panel session brings together four experienced feminist digital storytellers from different corners of the continent, each with a different take on what it means to promote gender equality and cross-border solidarity through digital means. This panel will plant a first seed for a new Pan-African network on “digital storytelling, African role models”.
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Investigative journalists and activists rely on smartphones to do their job. Smartphones are a key resource to test the powerful and keep governments in check. At the same time, smartphones can provide a window into the most sensitive parts of their users’ life and work. Recently, even some governments are alleged to utilize smartphones against users at odds with their political agenda. What are the threats, how can smartphones be protected and what is the role of tech companies in all this?
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14:45
English Discussion Everyone Partner: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Stage 3

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There are currently seven billion people inhabiting this world. By 2050, the global population will reach 9 billion. The challenge: How can we all be fed? As of late, a groundswell of start-ups and technologies in sub-Saharan Africa have emerged to help smallholder farmers increase efficiency and thus productivity. Most of them using cutting-edge technologies. Are digital technologies the key to success or should we seek elsewhere to solve our challenge?
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Nowadays, citizens, the protagonists of data banks (both private and public), are central to a power game involving both public policy decisions and consumer integrity. To whom does data belong? For whom is it most or least accessible? How can data be made more visible, so that it can create new narratives that permit the development of basic community rights?
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The panel will address issues around how automatisation and robotics will affect the future of labour and workers rights in the gig economy and will attempt to answer the questions: How do we want to model future societies that may not be as labour focussed as ours are today? And how is the informal sector is affected by these developments?
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English Meetup Everyone

Digital Rights Lounge

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Finding common paths towards strengthening human rights online.
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Looking into critical systems that will reveal how our environments affects our art process.
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15:00
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16:00
English Workshop Beginner

Makerspace

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Teach the internet the language of your plants. Learn how to communicate with and monitor your garden with internet of things (IoT) basics.
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Spotlighting the African and struggles specific to the African, this discussion will focus on how AFROfuturism could reclaim ownership over African identity through creative activism, political resistance, arts & culture.
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16:00
English Discussion Everyone Partner: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Stage 2

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Port of Tema, fresh breeze coming in from the sea. The sparkles of light flooding in just before dawn. The waves crashing melodically against the harbour wall. And one hopeful businessperson waiting longingly for movement on the horizon. We all know the feeling of expecting a delivery whether in form of a small parcel or a shipment of containers. Wondering whether it has become stuck and whom to blame in case it went missing. Can Blockchain-technology revolutionize the way global trade operates?
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Ghana, as many African countries do, has a thriving technology and digital innovation scene. It also has a low-tech, mainly informal manufacturing base. In this session, the panel and the audience will discuss how to bridge the gap between these two worlds in a way that creates jobs and development. It will cover both digital (e.g.3D printing) and traditional manufacturing technologies, and explore whether the combination of these offers a viable route forwards for African Manufacturing.
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Maps are power. In order to make meaningful and policy driven maps you need good data. Good and accessible geospatial data is hard to come by in Africa. Worse, the rare maps that are likely to feed are mostly outdated ! OpenStreetMap is a global community and geodatabase made by volunteers which can be used for several purposes.
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16:00
English Meetup Everyone

Digital Rights Lounge

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Technologies are evolving at a fast pace, often faster than law makers and governing bodies can keep up with. How do we ensure innovation is fostered and public interests protected at the same time?
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16:00

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Although podcasting remains a relatively niche market in Ghana, it has witnessed a recent explosion through which it has emerged as a means for progressive Ghanaian voices to bypass mainstream, largely conservative media gatekeepers. As both participants and researchers in this emerging scene, Eli Tetteh and Kobby Ankomah-Graham chart the rise and potential of the podcast as a space for Ghanaian counterculture.
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English Workshop Beginner Partner: Wikimedia Foundation

Digital Rights Lounge

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This workshop will be a general orientation workshop about Wikidata - a free, collaborative, multilingual, secondary database that can be read and edited by anyone in the world.
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Makerspace

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3D printing has changed the way people conduct create and businesses. It is now so easy for companies and individuals to create any idea of theirs into a real action figure without the need to shell out loads of money. With the help of 3D model or Cad software, you can design 3D printing products yourself and send them for printing on your 3D printer.
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Startups are paving our way to the future and today, every young person’s dream is not to become a doctor or a lawyer but a startup founder and an entrepreneur. Are we selling the next generation the right dream? Will the startup economy continue to bloom? Will startups and entrepreneurs help African countries break free from aid dependency?
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Even 50 or 60 years after many African countries gained their independence the colonial legacy lingers on in many spheres: media reports about political developments in London, Paris, Brussels or Lisbon far more extensively than on the events in a neighboring country. This even more so, if another colonial language is being spoken across the border. It is up to the tech-savvy generation in African countries to overcome this legacy by using modern means of communication.
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The nexus between law and tech is strange, albeit exciting! What would the world look like if lawyers fully understood tech and embedded it in the delivery of justice? What if techies fully understood law and built their products incorporating data privacy by design, meeting potential venture partners in between the lines? Would the African digital space be a better place if intellectual property rights wasn't just paper rights? What is the Africa Digital Africa Frameworks?
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English Meetup Beginner Partner: Association for Progressive Communications

Workshop Room

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Affordable access to communication is of such value as a social and economic enabler that we need strategies that can embrace everyone. In order to have a meaningful conversation about options to reach the unconnected , we need better information on current telecommunications network development. Telecommunications has been overlooked as a sector to which transparency principles and Open Data policies might apply.
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English Action Everyone

Creators Studio

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Djambé is the djembe 2.0, the first digital African music instrument for music fans and music makers. A live performance by its creator, Valerio Lopes, will be followed by an open Q&A - come around and ask him anything about Djambé, how it works and how it's been made.
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We know that our mental, emotional, and physical health are all tied together - but often we only treat one at a time. Join us for a music therapy session, featuring traditional Ghanaian instruments, to explore the role music can play in improving health.
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17:30
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18:30
English Action Everyone Partner: Global Innovation Gathering

Makerspace

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#weareGIG the Global Innovation Gathering: a vibrant, diverse community of innovators, makers, technologists, storytellers and changemakers from all around the world. We started as a small track at re:publica 2013 and grew to become an active network of trust that realizes projects around the globe together: from #i4Policy to the Labmobile, from PeaceHackCamps to Precious Plastics machines, from student exchange programs to hub sustainability workshops: We aim for impact not exit!
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17:30
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18:30
English Talk Advanced Partner: Goethe Institut

Stage 1

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In this session Mukudzei (Magamba TV) & Kubolor (Fokn Bois) will show and discuss how they use art and satire for social commentary, in different contexts in Zimbabwe and Ghana. Discussing artistic expression, connected discourses, challenges and new ideas - the session will make you laugh, think and question.
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In a world saturated with information, how do you provide space for people to explore ideas without boring speeches and presentations? How do you encourage alternative thinking and creative approaches on key business, socio-cultural and tech issues in countries like Ghana where critical thinking is systematically ignored or Germany where panels at tech conferences and text heavy power point slides are still the norm?
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17:30
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18:30
English Action Everyone Partner: DW Akademie

Stage 3

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All of us are challenged by fake news and disinformation spreading online. On social media posts can spread like wildfire – but how can users verify if what they see or read is actually true? „True story ...?“, a verification quiz show, is coming to re:publica Accra to shed some light on the darkness.
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18:00

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19:15
English Action Everyone

Stage 1

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The end of re:publica will be a big bang and a smooth transition into our party programme.
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19:00

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The two music acts Johanna Amelie (based in Berlin) and the Musical Lunatics (based in Accra) will contribute a group performance to re:publica Accra. The musicians will improvise together, complement each other, and merge many different musical styles. Johanna Amelie's indie-folky sounds are mixed with the diverse influences of the musical lunatics, ranging from soul, to funk, to afro-pop and world-trap. They are joined on stage for selected songs by Eli A Free and Betina Quest.
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20:00

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20:45
English Action Everyone

Evening Stage

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Cina Soul is a soul singer from Jamestown, Accra, who has lit up many stages and touched her fans hearts over the past few years.
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20:45
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21:30
English Action Everyone

Evening Stage

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Rap Performance fused with afrobeats and funky and experimental club sounds.
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21:00

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23:00
English Action Everyone

Evening Stage

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Kampire is a core member of Kampala’s Nyege Nyege collective. She’s one of East Africa’s most exciting young DJs, travelling outside Uganda to play festivals in Europe, UK, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic Of Congo. Her sets of bass-heavy music are inspired by her upbringing in a mining town along Zambia’s copper belt, where she listened to Congolese music and African pop.
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23:00

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English Action Everyone

Evening Stage

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DJ Keyzuz: dubstep, trap, and future bass.
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