About

The Prototype Fund is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Individuals and small teams can apply for funding to test their ideas and develop open source tools and applications in the fields of civic tech, data literacy, data security and more. The application process aims to be as unbureaucratic as possible and is adjusted to the needs of software developers, civic hackers, and creatives.

In short: the Prototype Fund brings iterative software development and government funding together.

Applications are open to individuals and small teams who live in Germany. They will run in eight rounds from 2016 through 2020. Each round, we can support up to 25 innovative open source projects. Each project is funded with up to 47,500€.

The next application period will start on Feb. 1, 2018.

You can reach us at info-at-prototypefund-dot-de.

Who is the team behind the project?
Julia Kloiber

Julia Kloiber

Julia Kloiber, Co-Founder & Director

Elisa Lindinger

Elisa Lindinger

Elisa Lindinger, Head of Research and Technology

Katharina Meyer

Katharina Meyer

Katharina Meyer - Head of Outreach

Fiona Krakenbürger

Fiona Krakenbürger

Fiona Krakenbürger, Lead Program Manager

Adriana Groh

Adriana Groh

Adriana Groh, Program Management

Who finances the Prototype Fund?

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Where does the idea of ​​Prototype Fund come from?

We were inspired by the work of the Knight Foundation in the USA and adapted the program to Germany accordingly.

Partners

betterplace lab

Katja Jäger (scientific evaluation)

 

zero360 Innovation

Simon Höher & Friederike Korte (user-centered design coaching and communication)

 

Simply Secure

Ame Elliott (User Experience Design Coaching)

 

Rainbow Unicorn

Website & Design

 

Camera Libre

Video

Who is the press contact?

Email: presse@prototypefund.de
Jessica Binsch coordinates media inquiries.

JURY

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn

Head of Research Group on Human-Centered Computing (HCC) an der Freien Universität Berlin

Photo: © Frank Woelffing

Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman

Research Lead bei The Engine Room

Photo: © Butcher Walsh

Jan Lehnardt

Jan Lehnardt

Unternehmer, Entwickler und der Gründer von CouchDB und Hood.ie

Daniel Mack

Daniel Mack

Soft- und Hardwareentwickler

Hannes Mehnert

Hannes Mehnert

Entwickler von MirageOS, Forscher am Computer Laboratory der Universität Cambridge, Barista

Stefanie Schirmer

Stefanie Schirmer

Softwareentwicklerin bei Etsy und Alumna der Hacker School in New York

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