Here you can find the current selection committee of the advertised funding round as well as everyone who has served as a jury member for the Prototype Fund (see “Jury Pool”). These experts support us with their knowledge and experience in the fields of civil tech, open data, IT security, infrastructure and open source software. They evaluate the applications in terms of potential for success and relevance, and make a recommendation on the basis of which the BMBF makes its funding decision.

Lars Hohl

Lars Hohl (derPUPE) currently works as an Information Security Manager at Deutsche Bahn AG and is a long-time Open Source advocate. For more than 25 years he has been working in various IT and management positions within large companies and institutions and is particularly interested in the intersection between technology, processes and people. IT security and data protection are topics that interest him both professionally and privately, and he is involved in several civil society organizations.

Jana Kludas

Jana Kludas is Senior Data Scientist at The Unbelievable Machine Company and a team member at Data Science for Social Good Berlin. Previously she has done research on machine learning, artificial neural networks and artificial intelligence.

Michael Kreil

Michael Kreil is a data journalist and data scientist.

Jens Ohlig

Jens Ohlig currently works at Wikimedia Germany, where he focuses on community communication, data partnerships and data donations for Wikidata. In 2012 he was part of the initial team that developed Wikibase, the software on which Wikidata is built. Before becoming a software developer, he studied translation and languages. He served as a board member for the Chaos Computer Club and supports various hackspaces.

Stefan Ullrich

Stefan Ullrich has a doctorate in computer science and philosophy. He is head of the research group “Responsibility and the Internet of Things” at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. Since 2019, Stefan Ullrich has been a member of the Expert Commission for the Federal Government’s Third Equality Report. He is deputy spokesman of the section “Informatics and Ethics” of the German Informatics Society (GI e. V.). He is also an active member of the FIfF e. V. and the ethics working group of the Initiative D21.


Lisa Gutermuth

Lisa Gutermuth is Senior Program Manager at Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) and Associate Researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). RDR is committed to promoting freedom of expression and data protection on the Internet. Prior to joining RDR, Lisa was project coordinator at the Tactical Technology Collective, a digital rights organization based in Berlin. She has worked primarily on digital security projects (such as Security in a Box) and projects using digital tools and open data for citizen-centered advocacy and OSINT.

Claudia Müller-Birn

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn heads the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) research group at the Free University of Berlin. She is also the project leader of the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Design” at the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Technology, where she leads the research area “Architectures of Knowledge”.

Regina M. Sipos

Regina M. Sipos is founder and director of the Social-Digital Innovation Initiative and is currently working on her doctorate on social innovation at the Technical University of Berlin, where she is also a research assistant. She is a steering committee member of the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at the European University Viadrina and a board member of the Global Innovation Gathering.

Dr. Jutta Steiner

Dr. Jutta Steiner holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and is co-founder and CEO of Parity Technologies. Previously, she was head of security at the Ethereum Foundation, where she oversaw security testing and integration prior to the launch of the Blockchain in 2015. Her focus is on building a better Internet: Web 3.0, which puts privacy and security first.

Peter Bihr

Founder and CEO of The Waving Cat, a boutique institute for research, strategy and foresight, with which he investigates the impact and potential of new technologies.

Wojciech Samek

Head of Research Group Machine Learning (ML) at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Marian Dörk

Research Professor for Information Visualization at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences

Lina Timm

Program Manager at the Media Lab Bayern

Matthias Kirschner

Zara Rahman

Research Lead at The Engine Room

Jan Lehnardt

Entrepreneur, developer, and founder of CouchDB and Hood.ie

Daniel Mack

Software and hardware developer

Hannes Mehnert

Developer of MirageOS, researcher at the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University, barista

Stefanie Schirmer

Software Developer, Prototype Fund Alumna and Alumna of the Hacker School in New York

Michelle Thorne

Senior Program Officer at the Mozilla Foundation, Director of the Open Design of Trust Things (OpenDoTT) PhD Program with Mozilla and the University of Dundee