Applications for Wikimedia’s accelerator program are open until May 29

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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.

The UNLOCK Accelerator is dedicated to supporting projects that contribute to making the world‘s knowledge more inclusive and accessible to all.

This year, they are looking for innovations that support knowledge equity – breaking down social
and technical barriers that prevent people from both accessing and contributing to free knowledge. Because when we close the knowledge gap, we open up the potential to empower the people who create, share and use the knowledge of the world.

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The UNLOCK Accelerator is looking for your open source project under a free license that:
🔍 develops a tool or technology that makes the access and contribution to knowledge easier, more inclusive and equitable,
🔍 that organizes information more equitably and offers a sustainable business model for the production, maintenance and access to knowledge.

The program provides

👉 professional coaching from the Impact Hub community
👉 access to our international network
👉 tailored support by Wikimedia Deutschland & Wikimedia Serbia
👉 peer-to-peer sessions, and
👉 financial support.

The challenge: Access to knowledge is a matter of equity

Our vision is a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. This means that information needs to be available as a whole and in a convenient and modifiable form to everyone, free of charge.

This is our call for technical and non-technical solutions that break down social and technical barriers preventing people from both accessing and contributing to free knowledge.

  • You are working on technologies and tools that make the access and contribution to knowledge easier, more inclusive and equitable? We want to hear about new models of governance or concepts for intermixing datasets; integrating unconventional formats of knowledge into existing networks; or creating interlinked knowledge architectures located somewhere between AI, blockchains and P2P wikis.
  • You are working on a project that organizes information more equitably and offers a sustainable business model for the production, maintenance and access to knowledge? Tell us about your concept for overall fairer conditions, greater incentives and fairer compensation for the contribution to free knowledge; your idea for a more inclusive representation of the diverse knowledge of our world; or for building creative commons standards as real alternatives to existing closed-source business models.

Apply now to turn your idea into a working prototype. Because when we close the knowledge gap, we open up the potential to empower the people who create, share and use the knowledge of the world.

The program is open for teams of two to five members from from the German-speaking region (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) and the Western Balkan (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) with a concrete idea that addresses this yearʼs thematic challenge. We are looking for people with a start-up mentality, but a social spirit, who want to make a lasting impact on our knowledge society.

Up to seven teams will be selected to participate in the UNLOCK Accelerator. The program
starts at the end of June and closes in late October.