The Pulse of Global Innovation: A Closer Look at the Annual GIG Gathering

The Pulse of Global Innovation: A Closer Look at the Annual GIG Gathering

Every year, the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) in Berlin becomes a focal point for global innovators, thinkers, and creators. Since its inception at the re:publica conference in 2013, GIG has become an essential annual event for those involved in Global South innovation, open source technologies, and community building. The Concept and Evolution of GIG The GIG, which typically coincides with the re:publica conference dates each year in Berlin, was not initially planned to be an annual event; However, the overwhelming response from the initial participants turned it into a yearly occurrence. Over the years, GIG has seen a wide range of activities, including insightful talks, workshops, and hands-on sessions in makerspaces, designed to foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas across cultures and disciplines.  How It Happens This multi-day event, taking place in the dynamic city of Berlin, features a series of workshops, discussions, and hands-on activities. It's a unique opportunity for the GIG family to come together in person, fostering connections and sharing...
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Introducing the GIGctionary: Your Ultimate Guide to Navigating the World of GIG

Introducing the GIGctionary: Your Ultimate Guide to Navigating the World of GIG

In GIG, we say many things; we talk about innovation, technology co-creation, and much more. Sometimes, we even invent our own words! As someone might say, we're often "GIGing it," managing to do something despite the difficulties one might face in the process (because we are a part of GIG). As we grow as a team and a network, many times people who join our community are lost with all these vocabularies that are new and unfamiliar to them. What are “open-source technologies”? What do we mean by “digital innovation” or “active citizenship”? All these questions have led to an idea being born: the creation of our very own, personalized dictionary called “GIGctionary”. What better way for someone to understand our network and what we do than by having a handbook they can refer to when needed?! So, we invite you all to co-create this GIGctionary together because who is more familiar with what GIG does than its own members?! Below, you will...
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The Makerspace:  A Global Miniature of Innovation

The Makerspace: A Global Miniature of Innovation

  Can technology promise to heal and reconstruct what previous technological revolutions have destroyed? Current technological advancements are no longer powered by steam, but what are they powered by? Amidst the wake of an AI revolution, how do we examine the medium before the message and avoid another retrospective into the impact of technologies on society? In the Makerspace at re:publica23, The Digital Doughnut Model workshop explores how technology sectors and the technologies we use can get us to thrive and not only to survive as humans without over-crossing the boundaries of the Planet.  What do people in Iraq - arguably one of the hottest spots on earth - do to mitigate climate change? The innovation for climate change session shows how they make water from thin air and utilize the blazing heat from the sun to help their society. As we pose all these questions, we can not but wonder, were the answers there all along in indigenous knowledge and traditional knowledge...
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