Wikimedia Accelerator UNLOCK

We accelerate your ideas.
Together we build the future of Free Knowledge.

An illustration of the key phrase "We accelerate your ideas. Together we build the future of Free Knowledge" of the Wikimedia Accelerator UNLOCK by Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.


An illustration of the key phrase "We accelerate your ideas. Together we build the future of Free Knowledge" of the Wikimedia Accelerator UNLOCK by Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Kati Szilágyi for Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., Wikimedia Accelerator UNLOCK, CC BY-SA 4.0

Applications for UNLOCK 2022 are now open!

The third edition of Wikimedia’s Accelerator UNLOCK is all about collaboration and cross-regional exchange. Wikimedia Deutschland has teamed up with Wikimedia Serbia and Impact Hub Belgrade to jointly design and host the program in 2022: UNLOCK Germany x Western Balkans! We are calling on change makers, activists, technologists and creative minds from the German-speaking region and the Western Balkans.

Applications are open until May 29th, 2022.

What is the UNLOCK Accelerator?

We support open source software projects and non- technical projects under free licenses. The UNLOCK Accelerator is committed to promoting solutions that make the world’s knowledge more diverse, more accessible and inclusive for everyone.

What’s in it for you?

We help you turn your idea into a functional prototype. You will be equipped with the right mindsets and skills through needs-oriented coachings, and will be brought together with peers and experts for exchange and collaboration. We also offer financial support.

Who can join?

This fully remote program is designed for change makers, activists, technologists and creative minds who believe in the power of collaboration and open innovation, and who want to shape the future of Free Knowledge with us.


We are proud to work with exceptional free knowledge and open source enthusiasts who have developed prototypes and impact-driven solutions that are openly accessible to everyone. At UNLOCK, we help get things off the ground and continue our support as the products grow and scale. The following solutions were developed during the previous batches of the program.


FollowTheVote is a mobile app that makes political engagement a fun and informative habit for young people by combining facts with gamification. Learn more here.

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The Government Online Presence Directory is a crowdsourced and fact-checked directory of official governmental online accounts and services around the globe. Learn more here.

OpenSpeaks Accessibility

OpenSpeaks Accessibility is an open toolkit for language archivists on how to create permanent, accessible and inclusive audiovisual archives. Learn more here.

The Re:Source Project

The Re:Source Project is a browser extension that informs about working conditions across supply chains. Learn more here.


ThinkTwise is an open source browser extension that detects and highlights the quality of arguments in written, digital texts. Learn more here.


Audiopedia makes audible knowledge accessible through free content and free technology, focussing on health and nutrition topics and addressing primarily non-readers in the Global South. Learn more here [German only].

Communitybased certification of open source hardware

The platform “Open Hardware Observatory (OHO)” sets new international standards to help collect, document and certify existing technical knowledge on Open Hardware projects. Learn more here [German only].

Face the Facts

Face the Facts is an app which helps users retrieve all important information about political candidates, such as past voting behaviors, controversies or sideline activities by scanning the election poster with their mobile phone. Learn more here [German only].

Futures Probes

Futures Probes is a qualitative survey method that invites people to create visions of the future on specific topics with the aim of capturing marginalized voices in particular. Learn more here [German only].

Unfrequently Asked Questions

Unfrequently Asked Questions is a web-based app that strengthens civic participation by enabling users to playfully engage with their immediate surroundings and experiences through their mobile devices. Learn more here [German only].

About us

The UNLOCK Accelerator is a program of the non-profit organization Wikimedia Deutschland, which was founded by volunteers of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia in 2004. The organization is committed to strengthening Free Knowledge in our society. Here you can learn more about us and how to get in touch.