17:30 - 18:30
Meet GIG - the Global Innovation Gathering

Short thesis

#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!


GIG is pursuing a new vision for global cooperation based on equality, openness and sharing. We aim to enable more diversity in the production of technology and global innovation processes, and support open and sustainable solutions developed by grassroot innovators. With strong roots in the Global South, we share, collaborate and work together globally.

GIG provides a platform for meaningful exchange by fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration between its members. Members convene at different events throughout the year – with the GIG sub-conference at re:publica in Berlin being our main annual gathering – to create synergies among themselves as well as with other event attendees.

In addition, the network maintains continuous exchange and members work on common projects locally and decentrally.

We are excited to be hosting the Makerspace Lounge at re:publica Accra and look forward to meeting you there.