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13 technology and journalism festivals you can't miss in 2013

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Our early 2013 events calendar is getting loaded with some not-to-be-missed media conferences and festivals from around the world. We want to share them with you.

Focusing on radio, print and digital publishing as well as technology in the landscape of media they are sure to provide some interesting networking opportunities and engaging educational value.

Sourcefabric will be in attendance and in several cases featured as guest speakers. We hope to catch you while we're there!

1. FOSDEM 2013

February 2-3, 2013 Brussels, Belgium

The Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) is a two-day event organized by volunteers to promote the widespread use of Free and Open Source software. FOSDEM offers open source communities a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is renowned for being highly developer-oriented and brings together 5000+ geeks from all over the world.  

2. Tools of Change 2013

February 12-14, 2012 New York, NY

Since 2007, the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference has engaged with the challenges and opportunities of new publishing technologies. They bring people from related publishing industries and innovation together to discuss new business models and explore the goals of an ever-changing industry.

On the plate this year is Sourcefabric's Fabienne Riener and Adam Hyde, who will present Book Sprints: Zero to Book in 5 Days.

3. World Radio Day

February 13, 2013, Worldwide

Every February 13 is declared World Radio Day. The celebration was started by UNESCO in recognition of the day the United Nations created UN Radio in 1946. Its goal is to raise awareness in the general public and media on the value of radio, and encourage decision-makers to create and provide access to information through radio. Taking place in various pop-up locations around the world anyone can participate and share their love of radio.

Sourcefabric will host several meetups in various cities bringing together local interest and support for radio. Stay tuned for details about how Sourcefabric plans to celebrate the day all over the world!

4. Radio Days Europe

March 17-19, 2013, Berlin, Germany

Radio Days Europe is a central meeting point for European Radio. The conference brings together interests from both public and private radio and will be held in Berlin in 2013. The conference engages conversation about issues in programming, formats, audience behavior, digital platforms and business models for the future of radio. Since 2010 the conference has been gaining momentum as it travels to a difference European city every year. 

5. SXSWedu

March 4-7, 2013, Austin, Texas

Teachers, administrators, university professors, business and policy leaders will converge at SXSWedu to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and how we learn. Hosted alongside the world-renowned festival, South By South West, SXSWedu takes place annually in Austin, Texas. 

6. Changing Media Summit

March 21-22, 2013, London, England

The 400-strong audience at CMS runs for two full days and brings together a mix of executives from commercial, creative and digital strategies across online, mobile, social, advertising, gaming, finance and audio. The Changing Media Summit programme emphasizes keynotes from household names, insights from new players and glimpses of projects you'll be talking about next year.

7. Digital Media Europe

April 15-17, 2013

Digital Media Europe boasts itself as 'the' event for newspaper publishers searching for an added edge in the hyper-competitive digital publishing environment today. They feature some of the most innovative digital media experts in and outside the industry.

8. news re:wired

April 19, 2013, London, England

news rew:ired is a one-day digital journalism conference brought to you by Journalism.co.uk. The event will host some of the top trends and new tools and techniques used in digital journalism in 2013. The event takes place in London annually and brings some of the most exciting emerging minds from digital journalism to the fore.

9. International Journalism Festival

April 24-28, 2013 Perugia, Italy

The annual Perugia International Journalism Festival is the leading journalism event in Italy. It is an open invitation to listen and network with the best of the journalism world. The atmosphere emphasises informality and accessibility. It is designed to appeal to journalists, aspiring journalists and those interested in the role of the media in society.

As last years winners of the Future 12 Award, Sourcefabric has been invited back to attend the 2013 edition of the festival.

10. re:publica

May 6-8, 2013 Berlin, Germany

For the past seven years, it has been re:publica's goal to be a "broker" between the online and offline worlds, breaking down barriers and defining what connects the digital and analogue societies. The conference which takes place in Berlin for the seventh year focuses on the culture surrounding blogs, social media, and the digital society.

11. Global Media Forum

June 17-19, 2013 Bonn, Germany

The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum offers panel discussions and workshops, interactive presentations and exhibitions. Taking place at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany the event draws media representatives from around the world and people from the fields of politics, culture, business, development and science.

12. GEN News Summit 2013: hack the newsroom!

June 19-21, 2013 Paris, France

GEN, Global Editors Network, News Summit 2013 takes on a big topic this year. Their aim is to #HackTheNewsroom challenging conventional practices in the news media while maintaining the integrity of journalism. GEN boasts prestigious keynote speakers and sessions. The innovative programme includes highlights such as the Editors' Lab International Hackathon, the Data Journalism Awards and the Drone Journalism Bootcamp.

13. Mozilla Festival

November 9-11, 2013 London, UK

The Mozilla Festival draws together people who are interested in learning about but also playing with the future of the web. It's a hotbed of activity where the interest in the possibilities of the web come together. They focus on sharing skills and expertise between groups and finding synergy for new web-based ideas. Hosted in London, the festival spans nine floors, combining maker labs with impromptu classrooms and bleeding-edge tech.