…is to enhance democracy through public participation – this increases transparency, accountability and trust. Sustained change that citizens believe in can only happen bottom-up and not top-down. We therefore believe that participation should be accessible and free of cost for everyone, so that all citizens can get actively involved and foster change in their communities.
Where it all started:
In 2020, we entered the GIZ Innovation Fund contest with our idea of using Open-Source Software to bring democracy to people, especially those who are usually left behind. Our idea was to offer a platform with Open-Source participation tools customizable for all GIZ projects (and more beyond). We weren’t the only ones who saw an urgent need in this field and were elected as winners of the contest – giving us some initial funding and a huge motivation boost to tackle the problem systematically.