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Media Tech Lab

Up to 50.000 € for your Open Source project

You are an open source developer or software freelancer? You are passionate about an innovative IT topic that could help the media industry? You have identified a tech problem for which there is no solution yet?

If so, the Media Tech Lab is just right for you! Every research and development project that gets lost in the daily editorial routine, for which there is no money, or which simply no longer fits into the annual plan of a media company, is all the more exciting for us.

Sounds interesting? Application for Media Tech Lab batch #4 will be open from May 2023!


Media Tech Lab in 80 Seconds

Our topics

Machine Learning & NLP

Projects that deal with machine learning or natural language processing - e.g. assistants that support activities in the journalistic field, speech analysis software or smart context recognition.

Web3 & Blockchain

In the area of Web 3 & Blockchain, we deal with decentralized systems. For example, blockchain-based applications, smart contracts, minting of NFT collections, but also projects to ensure freedom of press and information distribution in censored internet environments.

Augmented & Mixed Reality

Projects that advance virtual worlds in the media environment. For example, context-based augmented reality applications, opportunities for virtual online collaboration

Infrastructure & Web Technology

Everything concerning online platforms, hosting, frontend and backend technologies as well as Semantic Web, e.g. ambitious DevOps projects, groundbreaking Javascript components or interactive realtime applications with websockets.

UX-Design & User Experience

Good technology is only half the battle. It is just as important to develop inspiring user interfaces and intuitive user experiences. To this end, we would like to promote projects in the UX area that develop a different view of how we build interfaces today.

More project ideas

#01 - Knowledge Personalization

Personalized content tailored to your own knowledge level! There is an urgent need for a solution that allows us to reach each user at their current knowledge level.

#02 - Human Survey Interface

Find the most intuitive UX and presentation for surveys that are fun to use (possibly Tinder-like).

#03 - Cloud-native Reverse Proxy Cache

Build a privacy-compliant, cloud-native open-source proxy cache (as an alternative to centralized US providers such as fastly or cloudflare).

#04 - Social Media Manager Bot

Build a bot that simplifies/automates the work of a social media manager in a publishing context. E.G.: Write texts to articles, find suitable images, create graphics.

#05 - Summitbook.eth

Using a decentralized summit book as an example, evaluate SmartContracts and NFTs for the publishing industry.

Example project

Development of an open source component for semantic tagging

Tagging content in web-based editorial systems, i.e. assigning content to a selection of topics, has not really evolved over the last few years. Many media companies and startups still tag manually and have to deal with the respective problems when dealing with large amounts of data.

What is missing is a standard component for web-based, smart tagging that, as an extension for popular front-end technologies and CMS platforms, automatically recognizes what content a text contains and what the main topic is, based on NLP and knowledge graphs.

Our values


We are nerdy-crazy and burn for new technology

Innovative solutions

We build innovative solutions that inspire

Team Spirit

We live for team spirit and diversity

Transparency and open source culture

We strive for transparency and an open-source culture

Quality, technology ethics and data privacy

We value high quality, technology ethics and data privacy without restricting our innovative spirit

We love new technology

We are convinced that the positive benefits of new technology outweigh its disadvantages.

»Advancing open source projects in the media industry with targeted funding! Simply great and worth supporting!«

Martin Brüggemann,
Co-Founder of, long-time CTO and member of the MTL Expert Board


What Happens When

  • Feb. 23

    Graduation batch #1

  • Mar. 23

    Kickoff batch #3

  • May 23

    Application for batch #4


Everything you need to know for the Media Tech Lab

You will work on your project or on one of the project ideas for up to 6 months

You work remotely or at our Open Space in Munich.

  • Start possible from March 2023
  • Project work will take up most of your day
  • You should plan time for coaching and check-ins with the Media Lab team


You will receive a stipend

You will receive a stipend of up to 50.000 EUR

  • You will receive a payment every two months from the beginning of the project
  • Maximum payment of 45.000 EUR
  • Additional maximum 5.000 EUR for coaches & mentors

You get strong sparring partners

You will be supported by specialized and strong coaches and mentors in the field of your project.

  • Weekly 1:1 sparring sessions
  • Feedback and input from our expert board
  • Exchange with other Tech Lab Fellows

You become part of our open source network

We have a large network of experts, like-minded people and people interested in your project. You will have the opportunity to tap into this network and actively contribute to the innovative media industry.

  • Tech people and experts in your field
  • Relevant media companies and organizations
  • Media experts and founders

Projects of Batch 1

Open Podcast

Open Podcast is building a free and open ecosystem for podcasts. In the first project the aim is to provide a better analytics data for podcast hosts.

Find out more


The aim of taggy is to give you an open, easy-to-start and easy-to-integrate but powerful frontend tool to fit your tagging needs.

Find out more

Content Lense

Content lense enables bloggers and publishers to analyse their digital content and generate exciting insights.

Find out more


Glasskube enables automatic installation and updates for popular open source software solutions to help organisations reclaim their digital sovereignty.

Find out more

Projects of Batch 2


SnipAId develops Artificial Intelligence generated teasers, summaries and social media posts.


Open Recommendation Butler

Open Recommendation Butler (ORB) is building an AI language model designed specifically for the media industry that provides knowledge-based search results and thematic recommendations.



Speechcatcher develops an open source solution for translation, transcription and subtitling of any media files with German language content (audio/video).


Our Media Tech Lab expert

Erkan will help you with any questions you may have on the Fellowship.
089 - 68999283

Any questions on the Media Tech Lab?