For the third year in a row, MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB) – hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB) and Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) – took place jointly with re:publica at STATION Berlin. The joint ticket allowed attendance at both events – #MCB16 and #rpTEN.
On 2 and 3 May 2016, about 150 national and international experts from the worlds of media, academia, and politics met with digital-economy decision-makers at #MCB16 to discuss current media- and Internet-policy issues, market trends, and media-culture developments. Digital visions, basic information rights, the challenges of regulation, and concrete distribution issues will all be topics of discussion. #MCB speakers included Jean-Julien Baronnet (Ubisoft Motion Pictures), Thomas Evans (CNN), Luciano Floridi (Oxford Universitiy) – Floridi will be joined at MCB16 in conversation with whistleblower Edward Snowden via live link-up, Salah Negm (Al Jazeera) and Nick van Dyk (Activision Blizzard).
In recent years, the MCB has become one of the most important media conferences in Europe. National and international experts from the media, academic, and policy spheres meet with digital-economy decision-makers to discuss current media- and network-policy issues, market trends, and media-culture developments, all in an interdisciplinary, open, and discursive way. The conference is distinguished by its mix of inspiring talks, discussions, and workshops coupled with a unique mix of participants, in which start-up founders meet with global players, TV critics with game geeks, network activists with chairs of broadcasting corporations, bloggers with editors, and media policy-makers with developers.
In recent years, MCB speakers have included national and international figures such as Netflix founder Reed Hastings, policymakers such as Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz, media innovators such as YouTube star LeFloid, political activists such as Pussy Riot and The Yes Men, and media creators such as Stefan Niggemeier.
Photo credit: Max Threlfall (MEDIA CONVENTION)