Foto: Jan Michalko / republica

Future & Innovation

The city of tomorrow

It’s no coincidence that the re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on the themes of internet and digital society, was founded in Berlin. The emergence of the capital as a startup and innovation metropolis and as one of the largest and most diverse science regions in Europe is also indebted to Germany unification, which went along with a significant transfer of knowhow.

Today, Berlin continues to attract creative minds from all over the world, all of whom embody the motto NUR MIT EUCH – ONLY WITH YOU and the propulsive force of German unity. In cooperation with the re:pubica, this year’s street fest will showcase social and technical innovative hubs and projects: for example, labs for efficient infrastructure, networking and environmentally friendly mobility, which were developed for Berlin’s “Smart City” initiative. The projects will run like a red thread through all areas of the festival grounds and are integrated into each section of the festivities.

One highlight will be the open-air exhibition “Vereinte Hauptstadt” (united capital) which will stretch out over all of Berlin: large-scale formats reflect how the building measures undertaken by the state and federal governments changed and shaped the face of the metropolis in the past several years. In addition, it will also present new concepts that thematise, for example, how to reconcile productivity and improved quality of life in our society. Ideas for the present and the design of the future – NUR MIT EUCH/ONLY WITH YOU!

Republica GmbH

Conference on the most pressing themes of the digital society

republica GmbH is the company responsible for organising the re:publica Berlin, the largest conference on the internet and digital society in Europe. More than 19,500 participants from
80 countries gathered at the re:publica 18, in order to discuss current issues relating to the digital society. At the Day of German Unity, re:publica will function as the on-site expert for the core thematic area of innovation.

© re:publica/Jan Michalko

Berliner Stadtmission – Berlin City Mission

PacksAnApp – Helping you help others

With its roughly 1,000 full-time employees and 1,600 volunteers, the staff at the Berliner Stadtmission (Berlin City Mission) work every day to help people in need. At this year’s street fest, it will present the PacksAnApp, an app designed to help Berliners find out where they can help out in their districts in projects organised by the Berliner Stadtmission and what is needed right now. / PacksAnApp info-stand, information on volunteering and donations, VR experience (Service & Engagement area)

© Berliner Stadtmission

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy

Berliners dance to create electricity

Ready, set and get on the dance floor – this is exactly what’s going happen when the mobile Dance Cube gets underway at this year’s street festival at the Day of German Unity. Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) will show visitors how each one of us can make more of energy and really get Berlin dancing at what is most likely the “greenest” club in the republic. / Dance Cube where dancing generates electricity, free energy consultation by Berlin’s Verbraucherzentrale (consumer centre) (Sports & Experience area)

© BMWi/Henning Stauch

Deutsches Technikmuseum – German Museum of Technology

We make it possible to experience the cultural history of technology in a tangible, hands-on way. At home at the centre of Berlin, the Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology) showcases the cultural history of transport technology, communications technology, manufacturing technology and energy technology. NUR MIT EUCH – ONLY WITH YOU, our goal is to get our museum into the digital shape, simplify access to the museum and offer plenty of room to participate. At this year’s Day of German Unity celebrations, we’re going to give visitors an insight into how this might look. / Robot NAO in action, build your own VR glasses, invitation to get involved in the museum (Tincon tent, at the corner of Straße des 17. Juni & Yitzhak-Rabin-Straße)

Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Foto: C.Kirchner


A Museum of the Future(s)

How do we want to live together in the future? This is what we would like to talk about with visitors. When the Futurium opens in 2019, it will be home to a Future Museum (Zukunftsmuseum), a Future Stage (Zukunftsbühne), a Future Laboratory (Zukunftslabor) and a Future Forum (Zukunftsforum) for community dialogue. At this year’s Day of German Unity celebrations, it will be collecting visitors’ wishes for the future with its mobile “wish collector” (Wünschespeicher) and linking them together. / Information stand, wish collector (Wünschespeicher) and interactive media installation (History & Remembrance area)

Foto: Jan Windszus

GEBEWO – Social Services – Berlin

Non-bureaucratic winter help for people in need

A soup kitchen, a warm place to sleep or medical care from a doctor – anyone interested in helping out the homeless and those less fortunate can get actively and non-bureaucratically involved using the “Berlin Winter Help” app (Kältehilfe-App) created by GEBEWO social services Berlin and facilioo GmbH. Up-to-date assistance opportunities can be called up at any time. / Information stand, demonstration of the Kältehilfe-App (Social Innovation Hub in the Social Social Engagement & Service area)


Think Tank for the digital world

This independent think tank develops strategies and practical solutions designed to shape the changes taking place in the digital world in a positive way. The goal is to strengthen our colourful and technologically progressive society in the future and develop it even further together. / Information stand, give-aways and expert discussions, presentation of the partner projects of iRights e. V. “Anna – das vernetzte Leben” (Anna – the networked life) (History & Remembrance area)

Foto: Joerg Farys

Little Sun

Solar energy for the whole world

This art project by Olafur Eliasson at this year’s Day of German Unity in the Children & Family area

© Little Sun


Innovative street music using a 3D drum dress

This Berlin-based electro-pop artist is living her electric dream: half-human, half-Manga robot, she drums on her 3D drum body while dancing. Using revolutionary “body pads” – a cordless drum dress – she takes the art of drumming to a whole new, even galactic dimension. / Stage at Straße des 17. Juni: 3 October, 7 pm

Foto: Timo Frank

Sozialhelden – Social Heroes

Let’s get things done.

The social heroes at “Sozialhelden” have been making their way through the world looking for new ideas and projects, asking questions, finding out where the problems are and developing potential solutions since 2004. They have been motivating people to recognise their strengths and find a way to overcome obstacles. Anyone can become a social hero. / Presentation of projects such as, online map to search and find wheelchair-friendly locations, discussions on solutions for more inclusion (Social Social Engagement & Service area) 

© Sozialhelden


StadtFarm operates agricultural production to feed people in the city with products from the middle of the city. On an area of 2,500 m², they create 50 t of sustainable fish and 35 t of crispy vegetables each year. They will share their knowledge with people interested in enjoying their food with a good conscience. / Information stand, presentation of the AquaTerraPonik cultivation method, raffles, quizzes about sustainable nutrition (corner of Straße des 17. Juni & Yitzhak-Rabin-Str.) 



Festival for Digital Youth Culture

The TINCON is the first youth conference for the digital society. In a series of talks, workshops, gaming stations and DIY stations, it takes a look at subjects such as technology and games, politics and society, education and science and YouTube culture – all in an effort to inspire and motivate young people to participate more. / Information booth and discussion tent, talks by young speakers between the ages of 13 and 21 years-old, workshops examining subjects relating to the digital world (corner of Straße des 17. Juni & Yitzhak-Rabin-Str.)

© Gregor Fischer

University of Siegen – Department of Business Information Systems and New Media

Robot assistants in geriatric care

This project uses participatory approaches to showcase potential future working environments in the field of nursing and geriatric care. In the process, they will also publically discuss innovative robotics solutions and develop new approaches for future services. (Social Innovation Hub in the Social Engagement & Service area)