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Behind the scenes – an interview with our coaching partner Simply Secure

Who does what at Prototype Fund? This is not always easy for outsiders to understand. That’s why we would like to shed some light on this! The Prototype Fund team, which is employed by the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, is supported in its work by many other people who work…

Open Source Investigation against human rights violations

Hadi al-Khatib is Executive Director of the non-profit organization Mnemonic and founder of the Syrian Archive. Both projects focus on Open Source Investigation – a methodology that is becoming more and more widely spread. We talked to Hadi about his work, the advantages of Open Source Investigation and its development…

Civic Tech: Insight for all

Noa Tamir and Tobias Sterbak are developing Law in Progress in the 10th round of the Prototype Fund. We asked them how they came up with it, why trial and error is crucial in civic tech, and what Germany can learn from this mentality.   What is Law in…

"Do you need that fancy feature?" and 11 other learnings

4 years already! Our 8th round of funded projects is in the starting blocks, and applications for the 9th round are open. During the last years Prototype Fund has accompanied 140 projects on their path to a functioning prototype and we have learned a lot from all those…

A red thread in multitudes: What we learned while funding Diversity

In October 2018, the third cohort of the Prototype Fund officially concluded their funding period. With the third round, we put a focus on “Diversity” in a multitude of narratives and meanings and we still marvel at the variety of projects, people and ideas the topic attracted. Our jury selected…