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How to innovate? Prototype everything!

- December 19, 2017 in civic tech, funding, germany, OK Germany, Open Data, Open Source

We recognized a problem. There are so many individuals and small teams with good ideas out there, but there is little to no financial support. We wanted to change that. This is how the idea for the Prototype Fund came to life. Usually, in order to receive funding, teams need to have a clear-cut business model, be an established company, or pursue a long-term research project. But innovation requires a different environment. Innovation needs room for trial and error, changing plans, and short-term sprints. Innovation is not just planning business models, but identifying problems and needs within your community and addressing these. The Prototype Fund aims to suit the needs for innovation. The Prototype Fund is a public program run by Open Knowledge Foundation Germany that focuses on emerging challenges and radically new solutions. Individuals and small teams can apply for funding to test their ideas and develop open source tools and applications in the fields of civic tech, data literacy, data security and more. Our early-stage funding encourages people to follow unusual approaches. The application process aims to be as unbureaucratic as possible and is adjusted to the needs of software developers, civic hackers, and creatives. The Prototype Fund brings iterative software development and government funding together. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds eight rounds from 2016 through 2020. Each round, we can thus support up to 25 innovative open source projects. Each project is funded with up to 47,500€. Our goal is to support code for all and strengthen the open source community in Germany. In true open source spirit, we want to pave the way for innovation for everyone. During the first two rounds we received more than 500 applications. There was an enormous amount of feedback and the need for an open source funding program became apparent. While the first round was an open call, the second round focused on ‘Tools for a strong Civil Society’. Projects included Pretix, a tool that facilitates the ticket sale and registration for events, while allowing more privacy for the user and self-hosted applications, or Pluragraph, that offers social media benchmarking and analysis in the non-commercial sector. In the third round, we focused on ‘Diversity: more open source for everyone!’, which led to 19 percent of applications that were submitted by women and a wide range of thrilling projects of which our jury selected 23 projects for funding. A menstrual tracking app, for example, allows the privacy-friendly and customized pursuit of the cycle beyond commercial interests. Another example is Briar, a messenger app that allows encrypted communication without a central server, but directly from device to device. Many of our projects address questions such as: How can we reduce bureaucracy, build strong communities, establish skill-sharing and foster lifelong learning? As much as we are happy with how things are turning out so far, the Prototype Fund itself is that: a prototype. We are constantly trying to improve and to come up with new ideas. Do you want to get in touch or find out more about our projects? Here is a list with all the projects we funded in Round 1 to 3, subscribe to our newsletter (in German), or get in touch under info@prototypefund.de. Or simply come to our next Demo Day on 28 February 2018 in Berlin and get some live Prototype-Fund spirit!  

How to innovate? Prototype everything!

- December 19, 2017 in civic tech, funding, germany, OK Germany, Open Data, Open Source

We recognized a problem. There are so many individuals and small teams with good ideas out there, but there is little to no financial support. We wanted to change that. This is how the idea for the Prototype Fund came to life. Usually, in order to receive funding, teams need to have a clear-cut business model, be an established company, or pursue a long-term research project. But innovation requires a different environment. Innovation needs room for trial and error, changing plans, and short-term sprints. Innovation is not just planning business models, but identifying problems and needs within your community and addressing these. The Prototype Fund aims to suit the needs for innovation. The Prototype Fund is a public program run by Open Knowledge Foundation Germany that focuses on emerging challenges and radically new solutions. Individuals and small teams can apply for funding to test their ideas and develop open source tools and applications in the fields of civic tech, data literacy, data security and more. Our early-stage funding encourages people to follow unusual approaches. The application process aims to be as unbureaucratic as possible and is adjusted to the needs of software developers, civic hackers, and creatives. The Prototype Fund brings iterative software development and government funding together. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds eight rounds from 2016 through 2020. Each round, we can thus support up to 25 innovative open source projects. Each project is funded with up to 47,500€. Our goal is to support code for all and strengthen the open source community in Germany. In true open source spirit, we want to pave the way for innovation for everyone. During the first two rounds we received more than 500 applications. There was an enormous amount of feedback and the need for an open source funding program became apparent. While the first round was an open call, the second round focused on ‘Tools for a strong Civil Society’. Projects included Pretix, a tool that facilitates the ticket sale and registration for events, while allowing more privacy for the user and self-hosted applications, or Pluragraph, that offers social media benchmarking and analysis in the non-commercial sector. In the third round, we focused on ‘Diversity: more open source for everyone!’, which led to 19 percent of applications that were submitted by women and a wide range of thrilling projects of which our jury selected 23 projects for funding. A menstrual tracking app, for example, allows the privacy-friendly and customized pursuit of the cycle beyond commercial interests. Another example is Briar, a messenger app that allows encrypted communication without a central server, but directly from device to device. Many of our projects address questions such as: How can we reduce bureaucracy, build strong communities, establish skill-sharing and foster lifelong learning? As much as we are happy with how things are turning out so far, the Prototype Fund itself is that: a prototype. We are constantly trying to improve and to come up with new ideas. Do you want to get in touch or find out more about our projects? Here is a list with all the projects we funded in Round 1 to 3, subscribe to our newsletter (in German), or get in touch under info@prototypefund.de. Or simply come to our next Demo Day on 28 February 2018 in Berlin and get some live Prototype-Fund spirit!  

Rahoitus & uudet projektit: Isoja ideoita avoimesta datasta?!

- August 15, 2017 in avoimuus, avoin data, Events, funding, kokeiliu, Nofications, projects, rahoitus, rahoitushaut, Working Groups, yhteistyö

Varma lähestyvän syksyn merkki on, kun säätiöt ja rahastot julkaisevat omia hakuilmoituksiaan. Seuraavan 2 kuukauden aikana on ainakin 5 eri hakua, jotka voisivat olla relevantteja myös avoimen datan ja avoimuuden edistäjille. Mm. seuraaviin hakuihin kannattaa mielestäni miettiä, kukin omista lähtökohdistaan, olisko jotain innostavaa mitä haluaisimme edistää!? Open Knowledge Finland ry on tehnyt yli 40 innostavaa projektia viimeisen viiden vuoden aikana – erittäin kiinnostavien kumppaneiden kanssa. Mitä kehittäisimme tällä kertaa?

Koneen säätiö

KIRA-digi

  • KIRA-digi tarjoaa rahoitusta kokeiluille, jotka edistävät rakennetun ympäristön ja rakentamisen digitalisaatiota. Kokeilujen tavoitteena on 1) vauhdittaa alan toimintatapojen muutosta, 2) mahdollistaa erilaisten mallien ja kehittämispolkujen testaaminen sekä 3) standardien ratkaisujen sovittaminen käytäntöön. Kokeiluja rahoitetaan yhteensä noin 4 miljoonalla eurolla vuosina 2016-2018.
  • Avoimen datan kulma? Paljon! On 3D-malleja, karttoja, paikkatietoa, energiaa, yms.
  • Lisätietoa: http://www.kiradigi.fi/3-kokeiluhankkeet/hakuilmoitus.html
  • Deadline 31.8.2017

Nesslingin säätiö

  • Nesslingin Säätiö tukee ympäristönsuojelua edistävää tutkimusta sekä tutkitun ympäristötiedon viestintää ja jalkauttamista yhteiskuntaan.
  • Avoimen datan kulma? Esimerkiksi lajirikkauskarttaa voisi hyvin viedä eteenpäin, joskin sitä haettiin (onnistumatta) vuonna 2016. Ilmastomuutos on jatkuvasti kasvava huoli ja avoimen datan osuus sen tutkimuksessa ja ymmmärtämistä ja olennaista. Entäpä Suomen kaivosteollisuus ja sen ympäristövaikutukset?
  • Lisätietoa: http://www.nessling.fi/apurahat/avoimet-haut/
  • Deadline: 15.9.2017

Kordelinin säätiö

  • Tiivis kuvaus: Alfred Kordelinin säätiö tukee apurahoin ja palkinnoin tieteitä, kirjallisuutta, taiteita ja kansanvalistusta.
  • Avoimen datan kulma? Esimerkiksi avoimen tieteen tai demokratian saralla (esim. faktantarkistus, vaalit, tutkittu tieto päätöksentekoon, päätöksenteko kansantajuiseksi, tms.) voisi löytyä sarkaa.
  • Lisätietoa: https://kordelin.fi/apurahat-2/
  • Deadline: 31.8.2017

Kokeilu- ja kehittämishankeavustus kulttuuritoimijoille

Muita hakuja

On hyvä huomata, että relevantteja hakuja on luultavasti tulossa myös Helsingin Innovaatiorahastolta ja 6Aika-hankkeelta. Vaikka näiden painopisteet eivät ole tiedossa vielä, kannattaa niitä miettiä jo nyt, kun on rutkasti aikaa.

Jatketaanko keskustelua?

Suosimme avointa keskustelua. Jatketaan keskustelua avoimesti esimerkiksi näin: The post Rahoitus & uudet projektit: Isoja ideoita avoimesta datasta?! appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Tervetuloa uusien aktiivien infoiltaan – Welcome to new actives briefing – Thu 20.10.2016 4 PM

- October 18, 2016 in actives, Events, Featured, funding, okffi, open knowledge finland, yhdistys

14733584231_a5a86e8d76_k Vuoden 2016 aikana olemme saaneet rutkasti uusia jäseniä. Hallituksessa vaihtui yli puolet. Toiminnan laajuus kasvaa kovaa vauhtia. Siispä, lienee vähintäänkin tarpeen järjestää uusille jäsenille, uusille luottamishenkilöille, sekä muuten vaan asiasta kiinnostuneille info – eräänlainen “Basics of Open Knowledge Finland”! Agendalla mm.
  • Mikä on Open Knowledge Finland?
  • Miten voin toimia yhdistyksessä?
  • Miten voin hakea rahoitusta tai muuten edistää ideaani tai projektiani?
  • Millä työkaluilla ja toimintatavoilla toimimme, missä kanavissa?
  • Mikä sinua ja meitä kiinnostaa?
Mitä muuta haluaisit mukaan agendalle? —– During 2016, Open Knowledge Finland has gotten dozens of new members. Over half of the new board are newcomers. Our actions have grown enormously. So, about time to have a practical briefing for new members, new board members, and other who are interested. It’s a kind of a “Basics of Open Knowledge Finland”. Info for new members, new board members & representatives and other interested – “Basics of Open Knowledge Finland”. On the agenda e.g.
  • What is Open Knowledge Finland?
  • How can I be active in the organisation?
  • How can I get funding or otherwise advance my idea or project?
  • The tools. methods and channels we use to collaborate?
  • What is interesting to you and for us all?
What else would you like to see on the agenda? Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/636116196595242/ Event on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/234913785/ The post Tervetuloa uusien aktiivien infoiltaan – Welcome to new actives briefing – Thu 20.10.2016 4 PM appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Omidyar Network support OKF to go global

- September 19, 2011 in funding, OKF

The following is a post by Jason Kitcat, Foundation Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. Last Thursday we were delighted with the news that the Omidyar Network (ON) have agreed to support the Open Knowledge Foundation with up to $750,000 over the next three years. This is part of a major $3m push by ON in the area of government transparency. The Omidyar Network, started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, is a unique kind of philanthropic investment firm who combine non-profit and for-profit expertise in new ways. Beyond their financial support, we’re excited by the expertise and experience we’ll be able to access through Omidyar’s support. We’ll be primarily using this support to grow our network of global chapters, to expand our community including working groups and improve our software, services and apps for using and sharing open knowledge. We’re very excited by the possibilities this support opens up for everyone interested in open knowledge. Thanks to the ON team for their support, and congrats to everyone at the OKF who worked so hard to make our application a success. The whole OKF team are looking forward to spreading the word and taking our work to the next level.

Open Funding Foundation

- May 30, 2011 in crowd-funding, donations, funding, pledges

At its simplest, a method of assuring donors that money donated will be/was used for the purpose it was given. At its root, a sea change in transparency and the relationship between the cause and its funders. With the rise in popularity of the "pledge" model of crowd-funding, currently used by some 30-40 websites to raise sometimes $millions to create seed investment capital for creative projects, product launch ideas, philanthropic activities, charity events etc., it is important (if this model is not to become invalidated), that the integrity of each contract (the pledge and its intended purpose), is maintained.
Receipt of the donated funds to the applicant is already protected by the process of the fund-raising platform, but precious few safeguards for the donor exist, except those put in place by some platform owners (which it could be argued are biased).
The viability of the whole process for worthy causes is easily put at risk by a general lack of oversight and the corrupt or careless practices of the few. I would like to see a foundation with a mandate to monitor and maintain open standards in all forms of public funding the "Open Funding Foundation", but I will settle for "crowdfunding pledges" for a start. To do this, among other modalities, the foundation would need to create and operate an open technology based integrity monitoring system, which could be used for each contract: (a) To ensure this form of funding remains in the public interest and of value to both the donor and the intended recipient. (b) To maintain the integrity of the basis upon which the donation was sought and transparency of the final purpose for which the donation, once obtained, was used. (b) To provide the necessary assurance for donors to fund only projects which aspire to this level of openness and transparency in assuring the money donated is used for the purpose intended. I would like to be involved in this project personally and would much appreciate hearing from anyone else who thinks this a worthy cause. Terence.