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.

Team Members

Porträtbild Anna Biselli

Anna Biselli

Anna is a journalist and writes about all things digital, primarily at netzpolitik.org – since 2022 as Editor-in-Chief. After studying computer science, she became part of the netzpolitik.org editorial team and has since written about technology for numerous renowned German media. Her preferred area of interest is data protection, and she plays the technology explainer.

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Markus Drenger

Markus Drenger is an IT security expert and currently works as a consultant at HI Solutions AG. Previously, he worked as a consultant for network policy for the Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. He is very active in various communities around the CCC, where he is an advocate for open data and has worked, among other things, to analyze the risks of the electronic lawyer’s mailbox and the electronic patient file.

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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.

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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 Lead Data Scientist at msg systems ag, where she works as a consultant on data science in the public sector. Previously, she conducted research on machine learning, artificial neural networks and artificial intelligence.

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Dr. Irmhild Rogalla

Dr. Irmhild Rogalla is a member of the leadership team of the Institute for Digital Participation (IDT) at Bremen University of Applied Sciences and head of the Institute for Practical Interdisciplinarity. Her main topics are “Digitalization and Work” and “Digital Accessibility.” By conviction, she has been a user of FOSS for decades and is particularly involved in the LibreOffice community.

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Sebastian Meier

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Meier

Sebastian Meier is a professor in the Department of Design for the Design of Knowledge Transfer at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. He is involved in the field of Open Data and advocates for open source software in administration and universities. In his work and research, he focuses particularly on low-barrier and interactive forms of knowledge transfer and open educational resources.

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Sana Shah

Sana Shah works as a technical project manager at AllCloud. She has a professional background in research, project management, diversity and inclusion. She is also a teaching assistant for Data Science and Machine Learning at Le Wagon. Previously, she worked at Algorithmwatch for the DataSkop project as well as for the Digital Autonomy Hub and at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research, where she led the department on network and diversity management.

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Kasia Odrozek

Kasia Odrozek leads the Insights team at Mozilla, where she researches ideas, products, and communities. She currently focuses on alternative economic models, privacy and AI, and trust. She founded the Berlin ZebrasUnite chapter, which advocates for an ethical and inclusive movement to counteract the existing startup and venture capital culture.

Jens Ohlig

Jens Ohlig

Jens Ohlig works as a cybersecurity consultant. He previously worked as an editor at Tagesspiegel Background Cybersecurity and prior to that spent many years at Wikimedia Deutschland. In 2012, he was part of the initial team that developed the software behind the Wikidata project. Before working as a software developer, he studied translation and languages. He was on the board of the Chaos Computer Club and supports various hackspaces.

Porträtbild Leah Oswald

Leah Oswald

Leah Oswald works as Operations Team Lead at the hoster uberspace. She focuses on communication, feminism and queer rights. She is also part of the organizing team of the IT security conference MRMCD and runs the CCC Mastodon instance chaos.social.

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Lydia Pintscher

Lydia Pintscher is Portfolio Lead for Wikidata at Wikimedia Deutschland and Deputy Chair of the Board of KDE e. V. She has previously led extensive mentoring programs and worked with numerous free and open source communities. Lydia studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe.

Zara Rahman

Research Lead at The Engine Room

Regina M. Sipos

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.

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


Michael Kreil

Michael Kreil ist Datenjournalist und Data Scientist.


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”.

Lina Timm

Program Manager at the Media Lab Bayern

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.

Matthias Kirschner

Jan Lehnardt

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

Stefan Ullrich

Stefan Ullrich holds a doctorate in computer science and philosophy. He is an associate researcher in the research group “Digitalisation, Sustainability and Participation” at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. He is also a consultant for the AI Ideas Workshop for Environmental Protection of the ZUG on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment and is responsible for science communication and didactics of AI systems. He is the deputy spokesperson for the specialist group “Informatics and Ethics” of the German Informatics Society (GI e. V.). He is also an active member of the FIfF e. V. and sits on the board of the Bits & Bäume conference.

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

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