UNLOCK Accelerator

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

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Copyright: Kati Szilágyi für Wikimedia Deutschland e. V., Collaborating Team, CC BY-SA 4.0

Applications for UNLOCK 2021 are now closed

What is the UNLOCK Accelerator?

The UNLOCK Accelerator is committed to promoting solutions that make the world’s knowledge more inclusive and accessible to all. To work towards this goal we believe in the power of open innovation and are looking for impact-driven ideas and concepts to support in our fully remote accelerator program.

What do we offer?

We support open source software projects and non- technical projects under free licences throughout our three-month program and help you turn your idea into a functional prototype. We will match you with a coach for needs-oriented support, provide you with relevant input and expertise, and bring you together with peers and experts for exchange and collaboration. If needed, we offer financial support.

Who can join?

The program is designed for change makers, activists, technologists and creative minds who believe in the power of collaboration and want to shape the future of Free Knowledge with us. We are looking for up to seven teams with daring concepts and bold perspectives. Here you can find the requirements for participation.

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The challenge: (Re)building trust in the digital age

In light of the information overload the world is experiencing online and offline, both access to knowledge and the informed use of sources, information and data by users are being increasingly challenged.

We are calling for technical and non-technical solutions that help strengthen our foundations of trust in information and technology.

Applications for UNLOCK 2021 are now closed

Applications for UNLOCK 2021 closed on May 31, 2021. Keep an eye on our project page and blog to learn about which projects will be supported in this year’s edition!

Any questions?

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions and answers about the UNLOCK Accelerator, the requirements for participation and application process, as well as our financial and professional support on our FAQ page.

About u

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.