Das Team des Prototype Fund steht den Projekten während des Förderzeitraums mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Neben der Projektbetreuung und dem Programmmangement forscht der Prototype Fund – zum Beispiel zur Frage, wie die Community an freien Entwickler*innen und das Innovationspotential aus der Gesellschaft gefördert und genutzt werden kann. Zusätzlich arbeitet das Team daran, das Programm kontinuierlich weiterzuentwickeln, denn auch das ist der Prototype Fund: selbst ein Prototyp.

Adriana Groh

Head of Program Management

Adriana is the director of Prototype Fund and responsible for the further development of the program, the projects’ network and controlling. She studied Public Policy and Democratic Innovations in Maastricht and did research on participation in the EU. Previously she was a Fellow at LaunchBase Incubator and Social Impact Lab Frankfurt. After her studies she founded the project Wepublic and started a Civic-Tech-App for the federal election 2017 at the Code for Germany Wahlsalon event.


Katharina Meyer

Head of Research

At Prototype Fund, Katharina heads the accompanying scientific research on topics and innovation processes and is responsible for the further development of the programme and its network. She is a STS scholar and investigates social development environments of digital infrastructure. With Polynocular Tech Lab she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Centre for Digital Cultures and project lead for Digital Humanities at OKFN.

Thomas Friese

Program Management & Technologies

Thomas supervises the grantee projects, monitors their progress and is consulting the Prototype Fund team as well as the funded coders in technology questions. He is a generalist, DJ and most recently worked as a system administrator, dev and development operator. He already knows the OKFN through his repeated support as a mentor of Jugend hackt and in public outreach. With Lifehacks and project infrastructure alike, we benefit from his solid vocational training.


Marie Gutbub

Program Management & Events

At Prototype Fund Marie is responsible for events and supervises the grantee projects. She studied cultural journalism at the University of the Arts, Berlin and researched new models for online journalism platforms. Since then, she has worked as a freelance journalist, campaigner, communications officer, Infosec trainer and event organizer for various projects in the fields of journalism, privacy and open source.


Patricia Leu

Communication and Content

Patricia manages the Prototype Fund’s communication channels and is responsible for further developing its content strategy. She studied religion and culture in Berlin and researched media discourse hegemony. Previously, she supported the campaign and communication teams of various NGOs and was responsible for the press and public relations work of a youth association.


Julia Kloiber

Julia initiated the Prototype Fund in 2016 together with Cosmin Cabulea. In the following years she was responsible for the conception and implementation of the program. In her projects and work, she investigates the influence of technology on society, is currently partner at Ashoka Germany, has co-founded the Superrr Lab and continues to support the Prototype Fund team in word and deed.

Elisa Lindinger

Elisa is a researcher and FOSS advocate. As former director of Prototype Fund and volunteer supporter of tech projects, Elisa wants to find out how to best support free and open source software projects. She also has a noob blog about the joys of open source software. As a trained archaeologist, Elisa has been working at the interface of culture and computer science for several years.

Fiona Krakenbürger

Fiona has been the Community Organizer of the Civic Tech Network Code for Germany before she joined the Prototype Fund as Program Manager. Until 2019, she was responsible for project management and managed the operational activities of the program. Since January 2019 she has been part of the Open Technology Fund team based in Washington D.C. as Program Manager.

Eileen Wagner

Eileen helped to build the Prototype Fund as Content Manager. She was responsible for design, communication and infrastructure, and provided administrative support for the grantees. She continues to work on creating open, secure and values-driven technologies – now from the perspective of human-centered design. She is also consulting Prototype Fund grantees as a UX coach of Simply Secure .