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 current application periodis opend since August 1st and will run throughout September 30th, 2018.
You can reach us at info-at-prototypefund-dot-de.
Julia Kloiber, Co-Founder, Director of Partnerships
Julia founded the Prototype Fund and is responsible for the further development of the program and the development of the partner network.
She is currently a Senior Fellow at Mozilla, where she focuses on new technologies and their impact on society.
Julia likes to find creative solutions to tricky problems and to talk about them at conferences. Other topics of interest: Design, Utopias and Feminism.
Director, Head of Research and Technology
Elisa is directing the Prototype Fund. Apart from administrating the program, she focuses on the scientific evalution of the project. As a prehistorian by training, she worked at the intersection of cultural sciences and technology for several years, involving 3d scanning, machine learning and databases/GIS. She is @elizab0t on twitter.
Katharina Meyer - Head of Outreach
Katharina is responsible for communication, outreach and the further development of the program at the Prototype Fund. She is a historian of technology, conducts research on social development environments and curates knowledge and (art) objects for museums, projects or conferences.
In 2016 Katharina co-founded the project Polynocular Tech Lab, which investigates and promotes transdisciplinary approaches in hardware, software or process development and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies with this project.
Fiona Krakenbürger, Lead Program Manager
Fiona coordinates and supports the projects and accompanies and advises the teams during the funding period. In the past she has built up the Open Knowledge Labs as a Community Organizer in the Code for Germany project. She is a sociologist of technology, digital literacy activist and is committed to more diversity in tech development, especially in the framework of the feminist hacker space Heart of Code.
Adriana Groh, Program Management
Adriana is in close contact with the Prototype Fund's projects, supports their project progress and currently establishes an alumni network. She studied Public Policy and Democratic Innovation and researched participation opportunities in the EU. After her studies, she was a Social Impact Lab Fellow and co-founded the Wepublic project, launching an app for the 2017 federal elections. She is interested in Civic Tech and the future of democracy.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
We were inspired by the work of the Knight Foundation in the USA and adapted the program to Germany accordingly.
Jessica Binsch coordinates media inquiries.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn
Head of Research Group on Human-Centered Computing (HCC) an der Freien Universität Berlin
Photo: © Frank Woelffing
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