|Mark Fonseca Rendeiro||Host|
Almost 10 years ago we began to see the founding of creative spaces made up of members who had a common interest in tinkering, creating, and sharing their ideas under one roof. Some of these were known as hacker spaces, others took up titles like Maker Space or Innovation hub. These places generated a modest amount of attention, primarily from the tech community, occasionally from the business community, and often- they were ignored or demonized by national governments. Over the years, more and more spaces emerged, under different names, in different corners of the planet, often thanks to inspiration from another such hub. Occasionally a high profile story from some hub somewhere in the world would get some well deserved attention and of course there would sometimes be an inspiring keynote speech from a hub-trepeneur at a conference. One such conference, now in its tenth year, is Berlin’s very own Re:publica conference, which covers the internet, politics, the media, and society. It was here that a global movement would discover itself, helping transform the lives of its participants as well as people back home, wherever home may be.