When: 19–21 June, 2017

Where: World Conference Center & Deutsche Welle HQ, Bonn, Germany

What is it?

GMF is a place where journalists, media managers, tech experts, NGO representatives, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, civil servants and politicians get together to discuss the role of the media in a globalized world. To foster interdisciplinary exchange, GMF offers a wide range of panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions, interactive presentations and exhibitions as well as a top-notch leisure-time program.

The forum’s tenth instalment will take place under the motto “Identity and Diversity” and attract visitors from roughly 100 nations.

Here’s the (preliminary) program:

Day 1 (Monday, June 19th)
Day 2 (Tuesday, June 20th)
Day 3 (Wednesday, June 21th)

To register, go to this page.
A list of partners and sponsors can be found here.

Why are we there?

Because it’s hosted by DW. Because it deals with basically everything we’re interested in. And because dw_innovation has been a part of it from the very beginning.

Time for a little trip down memory lane:

GMF, which is celebrating its 10th edition this year (check out all GMF programs since 2008 on this site), has always been a great opportunity to showcase our projects and invite interesting people from our network.


Cristiana Falcone, dw_innovation’s Wilfried Runde, and Brian Storm at GMF 2009. Behold the phone on the poster.

Over the years, this led to a series of remarkable contributions: from a compelling keynote by Brian Storm (founder of Mediastorm, former Director of Multimedia at MSNBC) to panels and interviews with Cristiana Falcone (Director of Media, Entertainment & Information Industries at the WEF), David Nordfors (then director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University), Ulrik Hagerup (Mr. Constructive Journalism and Head of DR News), and Wilfried Ruetten (then director of the EJC) — to name but a few. We were even featured in the Guardian.

GMF 2016 saw dw_innovation’s most comprehensive contribution so far: In our dedicated “Innovation Lounge”, we discussed topics like robot and data journalism, virtual reality, content verification, recommendation engines and Lego serious play.

Ines Pohl (now DW’s editor in chief) at GMF 2016


Reporter of the Year Jafaar Abdul Karim at GMF 2016.

This year we’ll be in full swing again. Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Monday is our GMF showcase day:
    Julia Bayer and Ruben Bouwmeester will present the UGC verification platform Truly Media. Mirko Lorenz will present the audio (and text) mining tool NewsStream. Tilman Wagner will present the open data for citizens story telling project Your Data Stories.
    More information here.
  • On Tuesday, as a GMF side event, our colleagues at DW Lab and we are hosting a meeting of the EBU’s Digital Storytelling Labs Network. Presentations and sessions will again feature Truly Media, NewsStream, and Your Data Stories (this time presented by Eva Lopez) as well as additional projects speech.media (Peggy van der Kreeft), DW Data (Eva Lopez), Fader (Alexander Plaum), and a talk on Lean Start-up Canvas by Birgit Gray.
    More information here.
  • On Wednesday, officially dubbed “Media Innovation Lab Day”, Eva Lopez will join the panel VR at public broadcasters – Virtual or reality? Nico Heise, Tim Koch, Tilman Wagner, and Jan Grünfeld will also showcase the drone journalism project Multidrone.

For details on time slots and venues, please check the official schedule.

If you’re interested in our work, please find us and say hi.  Get in touch any time via Twitter.

Follow the event via the official hashtag #GMF17.

And lest we forget: Happy 10th anniversary, GMF!