Applications for 2022: UNLOCK Germany x Western Balkans! are now open!

Publication date
April 8, 2022
May 29, 2022
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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.

Applications are open until May 29th, 2022!

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.

The digital transformation already positively influences the way we access, contribute to and share data, information and resources in the digital space. However, existing structures of power and privilege still exclude people from much of the world’s knowledge, such as biases, under-representations and inequities. The result is a widening knowledge gap.

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.

Participation requirements:

  • A team of a minimum of two and no more than five members. All team members must be of legal age.
  • The program is open to teams from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.
  • All team members must be proficient in the English language.
  • All participants must commit to the entire program, attend all events and be ready to put the time in to work on their project individually.
  • All project results developed during the programme must be publicly available under a free/open-source license.

More details:

Application form:


  • Bilateral/Cross Border Project
  • Interdisciplinary / cross-thematic
  • Other
Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Germany
  • International; Other
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Engineering and Technology
  • General

Entry created by Admin on April 8, 2022
Modified on April 8, 2022