I’m a social entrepreneur, researcher, educator and consultant, focused on critical thinking, technology and society.
I am a research associate at the Technical University of Berlin, with my PhD thesis written on Grassroots Innovation in Critical Technical Practice. My research focus is on:
- Community-driven, grassroots and social innovation
- Open source hardware and software
- Critical maker culture
- Appropriate technology
I am also interested in collaborative technology design and society, FabLabs and makerspaces. I have taught 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 of the European University Viadrina, I served as Executive Director of the Global Innovation Gathering, a network of innovators in technology in the Global South, I’m an Advisory Board Member of the Horizon 2020-funded project CoAct (Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action) and I was a 36×36 Fellow, engaging in just transitions and designing new economies with femxle changemakers.
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. 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 the Founder and Manager of 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 advance development with the help of appropriate and digital technologies, 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 and co-designed the Future University at Ars Electronica, using state-pf-the-art technologies in transformation processes. I also supported entrepreneurial endeavours reforming vocational training in Germany and coached startups in online bootcamps e.g. for the Journalismus Lab NRW and Media Lab Bayern on human-centred design, testing assumptions and pitching.
I wrote a report for the ITU to study and accelerate innovation ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa and worked with the GIZ to scout and support socially oriented tech startups in West Africa, map the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Indonesia and inform D4D projects throughout Asia. Currently I’m working on a framework on scaling distributed manufacturing in the Global South with the Frontier Technologies Hub and UK FCDO.
My hobbies include rugby, upright bass, reading, community radios, critical DIY and languages: I speak Hungarian, English, German, Dutch, French and I’m learning Japanese.