The UNLOCK Accelerator supports projects in their development from an initial idea to a functional prototype. All projects are impact-driven and offer practical solutions for current issues on Free Knowledge. Each edition of the program focuses on a predefined thematic scope. Here we introduce you to our current and past projects.

Projects 2020

For the first edition of the UNLOCK Accelerator in 2020, we set off to identify our five main fields of action of Free Knowledge in a three-month research project. Click here to read the full report on our research. More than 50 teams applied to the program with great ideas for Free Knowledge of their own. Each of which fit into at least one of the defined fields of action. Five of the teams convinced us the most and were chosen to participate in our three-month accelerator program. These were their ideas:

Audiopedia – Hörbares Wissen für marginalisierte Bevölkerungsgruppen

The platform 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. [German only]


Communitybasierte Zertifizierung von 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. [German only]


Face the Facts

„Face the Facts“ is a web-based app which helps users retrieve all important information about political candidates, such as past voting behaviours, controversies or sideline activities by scanning the election poster with their mobile phone. [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. [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. [German only]