I’m a social entrepreneur, researcher, educator and freelancer, focused on technology and society.
I am a Research Associate and PhD Candidate at the Technical University of Berlin, currently writing my thesis about social innovation in critical technical practice in Germany and Indonesia. My research focus is on:
- Non-market, community-driven social innovation
- Grassroots and local solutions and their relationship to global networks
- Open source technology and critical maker culture
- Appropriate technology for social innovation
I am also a Research Associate at the Technical University Berlin, focusing on collaborative technology design and society, fablabs and makerspaces and teaching a number of classes on digital tools in the classroom, the future of technology and prototyping technology for social good. I successfully acquired a 3-year grant from EU-SwafS Horizon 2020 to research “Critical Making: RRI Principles in the Maker Community” and from the Berlin University Alliance on “Infrastructuring in Grassroots Innovation”.
I act as Steering Committee Member at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at the European University Viadrina, Executive Board Member of the Global Innovation Gathering, a network of changemakers in technology and will be joining the Horizon 2020 funded project CoAct (Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action) as an Advisory Board Member.
I’m the Founder and Director of the Social-Digital Innovation Initiative, facilitating, promoting and supporting the cross-pollination of the world of open source technology and social entrepreneurship and incubating financially sustainable social businesses in Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. I have worked with 120+ startups worldwide and am looking forward to working with many more.
My approach to social entrepreneurship was shaped by my roles as Manager Ashoka Digital at Ashoka Germany, as coordinator of the Google Impact Challenge Germany accelerator program, and as Innovation Programs Manager at the International Telecommunication Union. Here, I founded the Young Innovators Program, the United Nations’ first co-creation and ideation platform supporting social entrepreneurs working with technology worldwide. In this role, I was also responsible for The Lab, an interactive learning space on art, technology and society in cooperation with Ars Electronica.
As a freelancer I use my skills to build capacity and advocate for cooperation, openness and inclusion.
In Europe, I supported CERN with #AttractYoung, a collaborative tech transfer hackathon, ran speculative workshops for multidisciplinary teams at Ars Electronica. I also supported entrepreneurial endeavours reforming vocational training in Germany and coached startups in an online bootcamp for the Media Lab Bayern on human-centred design, testing assumptions and pitching.
I worked with the ITU to study and accelerate innovation ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa and with the GIZ to scout and support socially oriented tech startups in West Africa and map the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Indonesia.
My hobbies include rugby, upright bass, reading, community radios, critical DIY and languages: I speak Hungarian, English, German, Dutch, French and I’m learning Indonesian.