Bits & Bäume Conference 2022
Bits & Bäume 2022 – The Conference for Digitalisation and Sustainability: October 1st and 2nd 2022, at the TU Berlin
Evening kick-off event on September 30th
After the successful first Bits & Bäume Conference in 2018, the topics of digitalization and sustainability are more present in our society today than ever before. We are facing major societal and global challenges for a just and sustainable shaping of our (surrounding) world. Therefore, we would like to broaden and consolidate the networking of environmental and justice activists, technology experts and human rights activists with the Bits & Bäume 2022 conference from October 1st to 2nd, 2022. A kick-off event will be held on the evening of September 30th. This also includes networking our communities with representatives of social-ecological small digital businesses and founders as well as politicians in order to find concrete solutions for the pressing issues of our time. We want to discuss major political strategies and governance proposals, but also learn from each other through best practice examples how we can realise climate and environmental protection, social justice, democracy and fundamental rights in the digital age.
Together we want to discuss on panels, in workshops and open spaces:
- How should digitalisation be shaped in a way that it contributes to a sustainable and democratic transformation of our society?
- What does a globally, economically, socially and ecologically just future look like in the digitalised world?
- What can the tech community (bits) and the justice and environmental movement (bäume) learn from each other? And how can those communities get in touch with social-ecological pioneer companies, science and politics?
- How can we become politically active together?
Call for Participation
We connect communities and stand up for political change in the interaction of digitalisation and sustainability. Support the movement with your contribution to the conference!
Together in panel discussions, workshops and open spaces we want to reflect on how to take action and how to specifically implement sustainable digitalisation.
The Bits & Bäume 2022 participants want to interfere and stir things up politically. We openly stand up against anti-democratic trends and position ourselves for scientific-based, innovative, active and cross-movement approaches to solutions for sustainable digitalisation.
With this Call for Participation, we call on people from civic organisations and progressive players within science, economy and politics to help shape the conference with their own contributions! We are looking forward to various diverse and creative topics and formats. Possible formats include discussion rounds, lightning talks, project presentations, campaign planning, (hands-on) workshops, activist info tables, installations, film screenings, hackathons, design thinking sessions, interviews, live podcasts, small group work, cultural formats, world cafés, craft workshops, art performances, design elements or anything else creative and innovative you can think of!
In addition to all the stages and spaces of the broad call (1) we are also inviting initiatives and organisations to present themselves and their projects in our B&B-Forum to share knowledge and to engage with one another (2). Furthermore, we would like to welcome contributions from the business world with innovative approaches to the challenges described in this paper (3). Therefore there will be three different formats: contributions to the programme, B&B-Forum and Pitch & Thrive for Sustainability.
Here you can find the Call for Participation. Please apply here until June 7th 2022.
In case of questions connected to the Call for Participation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which topics can be submitted?
Topics at Bits & Bäume cover all content at the interface of sustainability and digitalisation. They range from cross-linked mobility to the raw material and power requirements for digital devices, data sufficiency and cooperative platform economies to smart energy networks or monopolisation tendencies in the digital economy. Topics should be looked at from many different perspectives. What needs to be stopped, created or maintained? What lacks thoughtful criticism and who should be talking to whom? We are looking forward to hearing your ideas! As a suggestion, here are some of the broader themes that seem important to us. You can find a detailed presentation of different aspects under the respective theme in our Call for Participation.
- Economy and Resources
- New social Question (“New social Deal”)
- Social Compatibility, Technology Design and Sovereignty
- Property, power and democracy in the age of knowledge
- Global north-south question
- Digitalisation and climate protection
- Smart new public, society and democracy
- Digital und sustainable – transformative business models
You can use this application form to submit your programme contribution. Here you can find the Call for Participation.
The Bits & Bäume Forum
We are going to offer a creative space within the conference where initiatives/organisations/ institutions/networks/start-ups etc. will be present and active on site. That way there will also be room for common areas of exchange beyond the programme. For this simply select “Forum” as the format.
How can we design the Forum?
Here are some suggestions on how to design your space at B&B-Forum:
- info or discourse sofa
- kitchen or regulars’ table with table, chairs and benches
- fixed DIY-corner
- micro-exhibition or micro-cinema
- creative sessions with whiteboard and stickers
- campaign planning
- hackathon or soldering session
- secret flash mob area
- speakers corner (not too loud, please)
- networking corner
- or whatever comes to mind
Note: We will provide space, table(s) and chairs but you will have to manage your own space.
What should we submit?
Please use the same form as for the entire Call for Participation and choose the format “B&B-Forum”. In the description please explain who you are, how your organisation is financed, what actions you envision on site, how much space you need and what technical equipment (especially electricity) and furniture you require. You may ignore the time box for the forum.
Pitch and Thrive for Sustainability
Challenge your start-up
The future belongs to sustainable business models. Save yourself expensive consultants and present your start-up, your challenge or your idea to a panel of selected experts and our community. “Shark tank” in green aka “Die Höhle der Löwen” though sustainable and without a camera
Are you or your company working in the IT sector, do you want to master a sustainability challenge and use digital technologies to do so? Would you like to know how sustainable you are? Do you want experts to take a closer look at your business model? If any or all of these things apply then you‘re in the right place at “Pitch & Thrive for Sustainability” – this year‘s special format for sustainable start-ups and/or alternative and ecologically oriented small and medium-sized enterprises.
How exactly does it work?
Pitch (10 Min): During the conference we will offer daily slots where you can pitch your project, start-up, small business or simply your idea to a selected panel and to the Bits & Bäume community.
Thrive (20 Min): Afterwards you will get valuable feedback and follow-up questions on the sustainability of your venture, but of course also on the potential profitability of your business case. An evaluation will be given by selected jurors and the audience.
What do you get out of this?
The best start-ups, projects or ideas will be prominently presented on our website. The winners will also receive the fiercely contested, much wanted and glorious “Bitsbaum 2022”. In addition you have the chance to network with like-minded people and possible cooperation partners on site. The format also offers you the unique opportunity to receive cost-free valuable feedback and helpful tips from experts working in the fields of sustainability, tech and business.
What should we submit?
Please use the same form as for the entire Call for Participation and choose the format „Pitch & Thrive for Sustainability“. In any case please indicate if you will NOT be able to attend one of the conference days. We will contact you with a time slot and further important information
You are a journalist and would like to receive information about our Bits & Bäume 2022? We would be happy to add you to our press list. Please send press enquiries to email@example.com
Press releases of the Bits & Bäume Conference from 2018 can be found here.
With our Call for Action we would like to motivate you to become involved in the organisation of the conference. Helping hands and heads are needed. It will be colourful, exciting and transformative!
If you would like to participate in a working group, please send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a question? Then feel free get in touch with us under email@example.com
...to be announced...
The joint demands of the 13 member organisations for the Bits & Bäume Conference 2022 will soon be available here.
At the 2018 conference, the ten civil society member organisations from tech, environment and development sectors agreed on eleven demands. These demands constitute a basis on how digitalisation can be designed in a manner that serves the common good as well as peace, takes data protection seriously and promotes social and ecological goals alike. You can find the demands of Bits & Bäume 2018 here.