Contact:, Justin Varilek is the global network for the media industry. The platform enables publications and companies to tell the stories that matter by helping them find, hire and manage media professionals around the world. It’s made for journalists (for collaboration and new jobs), fixers, editors, videographers, producers and content producers. The latter two can also manage, locate and pay freelancers using the platform’s talent management tool.


Bring people with opposing opinions together in one (video) chat
We want to achieve a fair discussion between opposing parties to blow up their filter bubble, make them see the other side, reality check their facts and reinforce everyone’s awareness of freedom of speech.

WorldBrain will enable people to build on the web-research already done by their network of trusted experts and friends.
Users will be able to see what the people they follow think about the websites they visit, what important background information their network has found to the content at hand and search only in various filter bubbles instead of the whole web.
To let people capture and share their web-research, we first develop open-source and decentralised software that allows users to search across all apps they use to organise and communicate their knowledge. (Full-Text Browser History, Bookmarks, Evernote, Facebook, Email etc.)
By using this tool, users locally gather metadata about quality, personal relevance and connections between websites and content. (i.e. Duration of visit, if it is shared/bookmarked, make notes, what they visit before and after)
Users then can voluntarily and selectively share this data and the resulting content recommendations with other apps, friends and followers.
With this we hope to spark an ecosystem of innovative applications that use the data produced by human brains filtering, curating and fact-checking content.

We are not entirely there yet, but with our prototype we have already over 5000 active users.
For a quick introduction video, follow this link:

Worldwide Protest

In the last couple years, young people have often been accused of not being political. A generation where political activism equals clicktivism or slacktivism that remains digital, but fails to show visible dissatisfaction with policies on the streets. The visibility of the moderate majority in our societies has been overshadowed by populists, who have been able to make pan-European connections both in their protests and their communication campaigns.

However, with Brexit and Trump as painful reminders that global politics do shape our daily lives, the moderate majority is taking back the streets.
Pulse of Europe, anti-populists protests, women’s and science marches all over the world are visible proof that there are millions of people on this planet who care. For change, for each other and for a future that is marked by diversity and positivity, not by hatred and nationalism.

What is missing at the moment is a tool that connects these individual people and gives local protests global visibility. Our platform,, is aiming to fill that gap. We offer a platform where people can create, share and find protests on issues they are passionate about. As for now, the platform includes the following features:

  • Find protests around you, based on your geo-location
  • Connect to protests around issues that you care about
  • Upload your own protest and gain global visibility for your cause

In the long-term, we want to include editorial features as well and include information on what to keep in mind when setting up a protest in a specific country, what administrational and legal issues to be aware of as well as recommendations on how to communicate your cause in a meaningful way through social media.

Contact: Claudio Agosti
Personalization algorithms are shaping the way we access information on the internet. Facebook, for example, uses algorithms to prioritize stories on the user’s newsfeed. But those optimizations have also side–effects such as the segregation of users in filter bubbles, and fake news proliferation.

Facebook Tracking Exposed is two things: a web browser addon that collects the stories visible in your Facebook Newsfeed, and a website that aggregates that data from all the users who have the addon installed.

The aggregated data is the starting point to help researches assess the actual impact of personalization algorithms.

Qual der Wahl

Wir rufen alle Leute (in deutschsprachigen Ländern) auf Facebook, Instagram, öffentlichen Werbeflächen, etc. dazu auf, ein Video von sich auf Instagram zu posten mit dem Hashtag „qualderwahl“. In diesem Video soll eine von 3 prägnanten Fragen beantwortet werden (z.B. Warum ist es cool, die Wahl zu haben? 
Wie würde die Welt aussehen, wenn du die Wahl hättest?
 Was ist dein Wahlversprechen? 
Wann hast du dich das letzte Mal verwählt?), die wir in unserem Aufruf stellen. Einzige Vorgabe: Video darf nicht länger als 15 Sekunden dauern. Aus allen hochgeladenen Videos werden 6-12 als Gewinner ausgewählt um sie in einem Zusammenschnitt einen Monat vor der Wahl überall zu veröffentlichen.

Die Message des Zusammenschnitts: „Du hast nicht immer die Wahl. Am 24. September schon. Geh wählen.“ Die Gewinner bekommen Preise unserer Sponsoren und wir veranstalten Ende August ein kleines Film-Event, um ihnen für ihr Engagement und ihren Einsatz zu danken.



Every news leaves a trace. We want to visualize it!
Our aim is to visualize how information (e.g. newspaper articles, posts) flows between Facebook users over time. In a first step we want to cover the German market, in a second step we can cover the broader international network.

We will build a website where any user can immediately get a visual rendering of the spreading of a post within the network of public German Facebook users by simply plugging in (fake) news posts (with their article URL) . A video depicting the spread over time of that piece of (mis)information and related statistics will appear. Also, for multiple post entries a heat map will indicate regions of the network where overlap between posts occur, allowing users to cross data from multiple sources.
As an additional option the users can place themselves in the visualized network by giving access to their profile data.

Challenges that need to be addressed for a successful implementation of our idea are mainly related to data acquisition. The data we want to use is accessable but public profiles’ friend (topological) relations in a machine-readable file would enhance the development of our tool. In general the more data we get the more powerful our tool is going to be. At the moment about 50% of the data we need are publicly accessible.


Contact:,, Cana Zibert
Regular BubbleBursting-Sessions with different viewpoints to keep our minds open to new stuff and to maintain a healthy perspective of the world around us. POP!

For the restless who don’t want to escape reality, but be more a part of it: digging deeper, going further, learning more, gaining new perspectives… even changing it.

Wahlantrag/Kleiner Fünf

Contact: wahlantrag.kleinerfuenf, Stefan Schneider
Die Initiative “Unser Ziel: Kleiner Fünf” möchte verhindern, dass rechtspopulistische Parteien in den Bundestag einziehen. Sie motiviert und unterstützt all jene, die dasselbe Ziel haben, mit kreativen Kampagnen und nützlichen Informationen. Radikale Höflichkeit steht dabei an erster Stelle. Interessierte sollen durch die Kampagne befähigt werden mit Nicht- und Protest-WählerInnen in Dialogue zu treten. Es gilt aktiv Haltung zu zeigen. Unser Projekt „Wahlantrag“ haben wir speziell für Erstwähler konzipiert haben, es soll junge Menschen motivieren zu wählen.


Contact: Carlo Thissen
By bundling a wide range of perspectives on a specific political or social issue, 2Thoughts aims to break through the media filter of many message users and to promote a pluralistic media consumption. We enable the reader to consume the most relevant information and viewpoints by counterposing opposing articles in order to directly compare relevant aspects of controversial topics. From a carefully selected portfolio, which includes all political positions and opinions, the most meaningful articles on every topic are filtered out.

For this purpose 2Thoughts uses a machine learning method, which is trained on a linguistic basis. In the next steps the classified articles will be checked by Journalists in terms of quality and tendency. The best two articles regarding one topic will be opposed and classified in „pro“ and „contra“. The remaining articles will be featured below and classified in their political tendencies.

Fake News Graph Analysis

We can’t combat fake news by ourselves but we can give people a tool to better understand what mechanisms and networks stand behind fake news networks. We want to develop a tool that will reveal and analyse the social network structures behind the spread of fake news, and will identify the most important actors. We want to give users of social networks a tool to clearly visualize the network data behind fake news. We also want to implement a function for exporting data to other applications such as Gephi. This would allow to identify the hubs and main actors spreading fake news. Our tool needs to be easily accessible through a useful Web UI and highly efficient in the realtime computation of graphs. Therefore, we want to make use of a cloud-based solution to analyse and store the results. Storing the results would enable us to apply Machine Learning algorithms that will look for similarities in our collected Graph Database in order to better show the hidden patterns.