digital.engagiert

We help the generations of tomorrow
develop critical digital skills

Support Initiative

What is digital.engagiert?

digital.engagiert ("digitally.engaged") is a joint funding initiative run by Amazon and Stifterverband. We support young people to develop critical digital skills and use them to better society. We are looking for teams that are working on digital projects that benefit society, or those that want to help strengthen the digital skills of future generations through their projects. A top-class panel of judges will select the best 12 ideas from all the applications. These 12 projects will then receive coaching and support for six months—from planning through to the realization of their projects—in addition to financial assistance.

Who can apply?

We are looking for young people who are working on digital projects that benefit society, no matter whether their projects are in the concept or growth stages. And we support teams that want to help strengthen the digital skills of future generations with their projects. For example, candidates might be dedicated staff from clubs or social enterprises, with projects at different stages of development.
Maybe you organize open programming workshops for children and young people, or teach school kids how to use digital tools so you can work with them in "hackathons" to develop ideas that improve day-to-day life for people with disabilities. Or perhaps you have some other ideas with great potential. If you are one of these people, be sure to apply for this year's funding round by April 1, 2020.

What does digital.engagiert offer??

digital.engagiert focuses on areas where it can have the biggest impact: to do this, it offers personalized coaching, practical help, and a network of experts and like-minded people. Each project is assigned a dedicated coach who provides ongoing support to the team for six months, through in-person meetings or via video conferencing, until their idea is realized. Participants will meet their coaches for the first time and detail the kind of support they need at a kick-off event on May 8–9, 2020, in Berlin, Germany.

Within the digital.engagiert network, project teams can exchange ideas with experts from technology, non-profit, and social enterprises, and establish valuable new contacts. Additionally, the selected projects will benefit from increased visibility across regional borders thanks to PR work and blogs.

As well as the free coaching program, participating teams receive financial assistance in the amount of 10,000 euros per project. At the end of the coaching period, we will evaluate the work and progress of all teams in a wrap-up event and announce the three winning projects. These project teams will then receive prize money of 10,000 euros each.

Who makes digital.engagiert possible?

digital.engagiert is a support initiative of Amazon and Stifterverband. It brings together numerous central organizations and interesting personalities from civil society, the education sector, and the digital economy. There is one shared goal: provide the 12 participating teams with best-possible support and suitable expertise for making progress with their project ideas.

How can civic engagement help young people develop digital skills and use them to better society?

Initiators

AMAZON

It's in Amazon's DNA to help others succeed through a variety of digital solutions - whether they're retailers selling their products through Amazon, authors using Amazon's devices and services for publishing, or companies using Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud services. Amazon actively opens its doors to the social sector with digital.engagiert, building on its experience with assisting entrepreneurs technologically as well as sharing its employees’ entrepreneurial know-how.

Stifterverband

Stifterverband is a joint initiative started by companies and foundations – the only one in Germany to be devoted entirely to consulting, networking and promoting improvements in the fields of education, science and innovation. Around 3,000 companies, business associations, foundations, and private individuals have joined forces under the umbrella of Stifterverband to promote science and education. With funding programs, analyses, and recommendations for action, Stifterverband contributes to Germany’s innovation ecosystem: top universities, strong research institutions, and a fruitful exchange between economics and science. Stifterverband supports more than 670 foundations with total assets of around three billion euros. With digital.engagiert, Stifterverbandcontributesitsextensiveexperiencewithcivilsocietyprojects and its broad social sector network. More information can be found at www.stifterverband.org.

The Initiative’s Patron

Dorothee Bär
Dorothee Bär

Minister of State for Digitalisation
at the Federal Chancellery

The Jury

Ralf Kleber

Ralf Kleber

Amazon, Country Manager Amazon.de

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlüter

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlüter

Stifterverband, Secretary General

Dr. Joana Breidenbach
©Nils Hasenau

Dr. Joana Breidenbach

betterplace lab, Founder

Jutta Croll

Jutta Croll

Digital Opportunities Foundation,
Chairwoman of the board

Norbert Kunz

Norbert Kunz

Director, Social Impact

Johannes Landstorfer

Johannes Landstorfer

German Caritas Association e.V.,
Coordinator Digital Agenda

Prof. Dr. Wibke Riekmann

Prof. Dr. Wibke Riekmann

Professor of Theory and Practice in Social Pedagogy, Medical School Hamburg

Andre Riemer
©Henning Schacht

Andre Riemer

Federal Ministry of the Interior,
Coordinator Digital Agenda

Gudrun Schwind-Gick

Gudrun Schwind-Gick

Head of Education, German Olympic Sports Confederation

Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe

Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe

Professor for Digital Media in Education, Computer Science, University of Bremen

The Coaches

Elias Barrasch

Elias Barrasch

Co-Founder Education Innovation Lab und Design Thinking Coach

Louise Buscham

Louise Buscham

Project Coordinator, Stiftung Bürgermut

Jonas Deister
©Andi Weiland

Jonas Deister

Sozialhelden e.V., Managing Director

Scott Goldner

Scott Goldner

Individual and Organizational Development,
The DO School

Jeannette Gusko

Jeannette Gusko

GoFundMe, Head of DACH Office

Philipp Knodel

Philipp Knodel

Founder & CEO, App Camps

Markus Kressler

Markus Kressler

Founder, Kiron Open Higher Education

Johannes Müller

Johannes Müller

Chairman of the Board, CorrelAid e.V.

Vivian Otto

Vivian Otto

Managing Director, Jourvie

Anne Pahl
©Sebastian Schütz

Anne Pahl

Youvo.org, Co-operations & Community

Markus Sauerhammer

Markus Sauerhammer

Social Entrepreneurship Network
Germany e.V., Board of directors

Claudia Winkler

Claudia Winkler

Goood e.V., Co-founder

Contact

digital.engagiert@stifterverband.de
030 322 982 317

Lydia Markowski

Lydia Markowski

Patrick Gilroy

Patrick Gilroy

Kai Hoff

Kai Hoff

Participating projects in 2019

Six months of coaching, 12 teams chosen from around 150 applications—and then everything comes down to just a few minutes on a single day: on November 20, 2019, the winners of the last round of digital.engagiert were crowned at the ZEIT publishing group's "Der Auftrag" conference. The focus was on non-profit digitalization projects with educational aims.

Awarded

Racketmind Badminton – Knowledge – Always – Everywhere

The Racketmind project aimed to increase the popularity of badminton in schools and clubs. To do this, the team created an online platform that made experts across Germany available to train future badminton coaches.

Johannes Müller, CEO of CorrelAid, acted as coach for the Racketmind badminton project.

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Awarded

Facilita

The Facilita platform addresses the skills that volunteers develop and how organizations can help to specifically grow and support them. With help from digital.engagiert, the team behind Facilita was able to significantly boost recognition of volunteer contributions.

Jeanette Gusko, head of the German/Austrian/Swiss office for GoFundMe, supported Facilita as their coach.

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Awarded

LEE. “Everyone needs a Lee.” 

The app-based mentoring program LEE has helped ensure that LGBTQ youths and young adults can grow as individuals and thrive in an inclusive and tolerant society.

Scott Goldner, head of Individual and Organizational Development at The DO School, was LEE's coach.

CORRECTIV

Become an editor-in-chief with Correctiv: digital.engagiert helped this project, which began as a program for training reporters, expand into a citizens' academy for media literacy—so people know what information they can trust online.

Markus Kressler, founder of Kiron Open Higher Education, supported CORRECTIV as their coach.

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Hacky Days: Ideas for a better "us"

Using mini hackathons and digital learning platforms, the Hacky Days project encouraged kids to come up with ideas that help create a better "us" and a more inclusive society for people with disabilities.

Jonas Deister, CEO at Sozialhelden e.V., acted as coach for Hacky Days.

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Kinderchorland goes digital

Kinderchorland (a children's choir initiative) created an interactive web application to help it communicate and network, enabling cultural participation among children of all ages.

Elias Barrasch, co-founder of Education Innovation Lab and a design thinking coach, supported Kinderchorland as their coach.

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Labosium

Learning is fun on the intuitive video platform Labosium. It allows children at home, in school, or at daycare to carry out their own science projects by following comprehensive guides and instructions.

Philipp Knodel, co-founder of AppCamps, was Labosium's coach.

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#oderdojo: Ostbrandenburg open programming workshops

By offering open programming workshops in local areas such as the pilot region of Ostbrandenburg, #oderdojo successfully taught digital skills in a fun, project-based way.

Louise Buscham, project coordinator at the Stiftung Bürgermut foundation, supported #oderdojo as their coach.

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Promoting participation in local politics (Politik zum Anfassen e.V.)

By helping increase citizen participation in local politics, Politik zum Anfassen e.V. has helped strengthen democracy and mitigate populism. A dedicated website enables citizens to be more involved in the decision-making process.

Markus Sauerhammer, director at Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V., acted as coach for Politik zum Anfassen.

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perfect island 

In project workshops, the perfect island initiative formed its vision of the ideal society. The long-term aim is to build utopian models of inner cities in the studio at Oldenburg Art College.

Anne Pahl, head of partnerships and community at Youvo.org, was perfect island's coach.

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Using virtual reality (VR) to train employees

Using VR technology, the local German Red Cross association in Herford brought its training into the 21st century and enabled its first aiders and responders to learn skills in a realistic and expert way, from any location.

Vivian Otto, Managing Director at Jourvie, provided support as coach.

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TEOLEO: Education from the start

The Teoleo app offers parents inspiration and tips on how to encourage their children's natural sense of curiosity in a playful way using simple experiments or stories.

Claudia Winkler, co-founder of Goood e.V., was TEOLEO's coach.

 

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Participating projects in 2018

160 non-profit organizations and social enterprises submitted applications; of those, 15 projects were selected by the panel for participation in the digital.engagiert program. The project concepts had to provide a technology-based solution to fulfilling a need in non-profit work, or making non-profit work easier in some way.

Awarded

Karl der Ökobot

Protecting the environment is important to lots of people, but many don't know exactly what they can do to help. Using bot technology, the team behind "KARL, der Ökobot" (Karl the eco-bot) provided personalized recommendations and tips to help individuals take appropriate actions.

 

Bea Polei, member of the board for the Stiftung Bürgermut foundation, supported KARL as their coach.

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Awarded

Ackerdemia e.V.

The multi-award-winning education program GemüseAckerdemie (Vegetable Academy) by Ackerdemia connected the analog world with digital learning. As each school or college cultivates its own field on site, participants also receive personalized, location-specific, and needs-based information digitally.

Ekaterina Alipiev, founder of Jourvie, was Ackerdemia's coach.

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Awarded

LandesSportBund Niedersachsen e.V

LandesSportBund Niedersachsen e.V. (Lower Saxony's Association of Sports Clubs) wanted to simplify administrative work for volunteers by creating an online solution for small and medium-sized clubs in the region. The solution enables volunteers and members to deal with club or association matters immediately, either at home or on the road—saving significant time.

Markus Sauerhammer, director at Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V., acted as coach for LandesSportBund.

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Data Science for Social Good, Berlin

Data Science for Social Good helps non-profits reap the benefits of using data in their work. For their Project Reach initiative, the team organized digital events and workshops where non-profit staff could network with data specialists.

Vincent Zimmer, founder of Kiron Open Higher Education, acted as coach for Data Science for Social Good.

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DayCare Technology gUG

The team behind DayCare Technology has a vision: to enable people with various impairments to visit places that they would never otherwise get to experience, using virtual reality.

Nancy Birkhölzer, Managing Partner at IXDS, was DayCare Technology's coach.

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Enactus, University of Hanover in Leibniz

Through its Pfandschaf(f)t deposit donation project, student initiative Enactus facilitated the donation of deposit money on recyclable glass and plastic bottles, for example, through the use of digital tools that connect customers with organizations that collect these deposits.

Jonas Deister, CEO at Sozialhelden e.V., acted as coach for Enactus.

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Fearless Democracy e.V.

With its HateAid project, the team at Fearless Democracy created an online platform to help victims of online bullying—providing a digital point of contact for those affected that also offers protection and guidance.

Andre Wilkens, Managing Director, board member, and co-founder of Die offene Gesellschaft, supported Fearless Democracy as their coach.

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Ginsheim-Gustavsburger Tafel e.V.

With its SOLVE! project, Ginsheim-Gustavsburger Tafel e.V. built an online platform to make donating furniture more efficient and cost-effective by reducing the time involved and minimizing travel and storage costs.

Jeanette Gusko, head of the German/Austrian/Swiss office for GoFundMe, acted as coach for Ginsheim-Gustavsburger Tafel.

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innatura gGmbH

innatura works where excess meets those in need, helping donate items for social good. "Donate, don't throw away": this should be the guiding principle for manufacturing and retail companies. Working with digital.engagiert, innatura made this idea scalable.

Kevin Gehrmann, Account Manager at Amazon Web Services, supported innatura as their coach.

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Kultur Life gGmbH

Interactive learning in an accessible language: the team behind the project The Power of Language at Kultur Life gGmbH helped ensure more equality in opportunities on the labor market. Using educational software, people with disabilities get help to successfully participate in online application processes—which ultimately combats social exclusion and promotes a more inclusive job market.

Hannes Klöpper, founder of Iversity, acted as coach to Kultur Life.

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Phineo gAG

Impact assessments in the non-profit sphere are becoming increasingly important. The Wirk-O-Meter (impact meter) by Phineo is an online test that organizations can use to evaluate the impact of their work.

Sebastian Schwieker, Chief Technology Officer at Clarat, was Phineo's coach.

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Kodoku

Together with social institutions, the team at Kodoku created software that makes the documentation involved in youth welfare and integration assistance simpler and more effective.

Prof. Heike Hölzner, a professor at HTW Berlin and founder of Sirius Minds GmbH, supported Kodoku as their coach

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tatkräftig e.V.

tatkräftig e.V. connects groups of volunteers with charitable organizations in need of support, based on the principle "one team, one day, one goal." With the aid of digital.engagiert, the service was automated and expanded to increase the visibility of its work and expand its reach.

Claudia Winkler, co-founder of Goood e.V., was tatkräftig's coach.

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Turning Tables Germany

Turning Tables is an international NGO that runs innovative music and film projects for marginalized youths in five countries. The team behind Turning Tables also built a mobile studio in Germany out of an old container, where young people can express their fears, hopes, and dreams through music and film in a creative and independent way.

Dr. Diana Knodel, founder and CEO of App Camps, supported Turning Tables Germany as their coach.

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Vostel Volunteering UG

The website vostel.de helps provide access to high-impact volunteer opportunities for individuals, regardless of their prior experience/knowledge, language skills, or time constraints. With help from digital.engagiert, the team was able to expand its work and become a crucial point of contact and a training provider for volunteer opportunities, including in corporate volunteering.

Anne Pahl, head of partnerships and community at Youvo.org, supported Vostel Volunteering as their coach.

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FAQ

What is digital.engagiert?

We are a joint initiative run by Amazon and Stifterverband. Our aim is to help young people develop critical digital skills and use them to better society. We are looking for young people that are working as part of teams on digital projects that benefit society, or those that want to help strengthen the digital skills of future generations through their projects.

How was the idea for digital.engagiert developed?

digital.engagiert is the result of an observation that there is still lots of room and potential for digital innovations in the non-profit sector. Some of those working in this sector do so in their own time—alongside their careers and family commitments. Digital innovations can help them use this valuable time more effectively and pursue their goals in a more impactful way. They can also help organizations reach much wider audiences, new target groups, or like-minded people. With the right digital tools and support, we can empower children and young people, facilitate participation, and support individuals and organizations working in the non-profit sector.

Why is Amazon on board with digital.engagiert?

Helping others achieve success with diverse digital solutions is a part of Amazon's DNA—whether it's retailers who sell their products via Amazon, authors who use Amazon's services and devices to publish their work, or companies that leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the cloud. Now, as part of digital.engagiert, Amazon is using its experience of supporting entrepreneurs and furthering knowledge of technology and business to actively help the non-profit sector.

Why is Stifterverband on board with digital.engagiert?

This joint initiative of various companies and organizations advises, networks, and supports individuals and entities operating in the fields of education, science, and innovation. With digital.engagiert, Stifterverband is now applying its extensive experience in non-profit projects to the German education landscape, and opening up its comprehensive network in the third sector.

What do teams get from participating in digital.engagiert?

As well as comprehensive training, all participants receive personalized support and advice from a dedicated coach. The coach supports the project team for six months, until their idea is realized. Every project that is selected also receives financial assistance of at least 10,000 euros. In late 2020, we will evaluate the work and progress of all teams in a wrap-up event and announce the three winning projects. These project teams will also receive prize money of 10,000 euros each.

What does digital.engagiert mean by "digital skills"?

We want to help improve the digital skills of young people in two areas: first, this means core digital skills such as consuming and using web information in an informed way (digital literacy) or the skills to work collaboratively. Second, it encompasses projects that involve technological expertise, such as the ability to program and code or to analyze Big Data.

Projects should also give thought to developing non-digital skills. We also place value on helping young people take the initiative, be more creative, and employ an entrepreneurial mindset.