About us

ICT4D.at – A World of Equal Opportunities for All

Our Mission
Through knowledge, tools and networks we empower people to develop the skills they need to achieve their full potential.

Our Core Values

  • Community
  • Interdisciplinary & Co-creation
  • Respect & Tolerance
  • Honesty & Trust
  • Passion & Creativity

Vision Meeting Pictures

Members of General Assembly 2020General Assembly 2020

Members of ICT4D.at at the Vision MeetingVision Meeting 2019

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Vision Meeting 01Vision Meeting 2016

Team meeting 2014Vision Meeting 2014

Team meeting 2011

Vision Meeting 2010

Our members

Paul Spiesberger, Chairman

Paul Spiesberger graduated as a computer scientist with a focus on media informatics from the Vienna University of Technology. He works with INSO (Research group Industrial Software) as a researcher and lecturer in the field of mobile technologies and ICT4D. Nowadays, he is employed as a software developer for mobile technologies within a fast growing Austrian company.
In the past he won several national and international awards for his work at Os – a collective to tackle social issues with ICTs. Since 2014 Paul is the chairman of ICT4D.at and engages himself in his spare time by using his skills for the common good. He recently started his PhD studies in the same context. Paul was born in Pinsdorf, Austria in the year of 1988.

Sanja Cancar, Chairwoman

Sanja studied information management and business process re-engineering. She is a researcher and information specialist. Her special interests are social entrepreneurship, equal rights, accessibility to knowledge, information and data literacy. Environmental and human rights issues are close to her heart.

Founding Members

Florian Sturm

born in 1984, working in the business intelligence sector and as social media consultant. Has a Master in Business Informatics from the University of Vienna and is especially interested in ICT4D research and applications. He has experience with Java EE programming, web design (AJAX, CSS, XML, web services) and various CMSs (Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal).

Martin Tomitsch

born in 1978, interaction designer, is especially interested in the application of interactive technologies in unsought contexts to improve everyday situations. He has a PhD in Informatics (in the area of human-computer interaction) from the Vienna University of Technology. He has taught courses on user interface design and usability engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. Since 2009 he is working as lecturer in design computing at The University of Sydney. His interests include prototyping, evaluation, and contextual user studies.

Martin Konzett

born in 1978, is a software architect and software developer focusing on web / mobile applications. As an early adopter he mostly worked with start-ups in various industries. He also lectured Web Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. In ICT4D, he dedicates most of his efforts to initiatives in software engineering, entrepreneurial incubation and arts.

Directing Members (in alphabetical order)

Álvaro Valverde

Alvaro is a development economist with experience working for national and international NGOs and think tanks across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. His development experience includes program design and implementation, policy, research, and strategy in the following areas: ICT4D, Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods, Knowledge Exchange and Extension, Private Sector Engagement, and Women Empowerment. He also counts with relevant private sector experience, working for IBM in business operations & consulting roles, and also advising Telefónica Movistar on the development of new mobile services. Alvaro graduated in Business and Economic Administration and holds a Masters degree in Globalisation and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

Anders Bolin

born in Sweden 1973. Working as an independent film producer and publisher for UZI Magazine and is a freelance editor. Educated at the Swedish School of Television in Gothenburg, Documentary film in Umeå, Media and Information Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Gothenburg. Working in Final Cut and DVD Studio Pro.

Chloé Zimmermann

Graduated in Paris from the university of fine arts as a licensed architect with a mention research, Chloé Zimmermann’s career combines several experiences in international architecture offices, as well as in research laboratories or as a guest designer in Europe (Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Italy, etc.). Her work has been exhibited and published in different countries in Europe and Turkey and awarded by several institutions and companies. In 2015, she was a finalist of the international competition Lexus Design Award among 1 232 candidatures from more than 70 countries. She gained experience in teaching in India at a rural engineering college. All of these experiences sharpened an original and critical positioning regarding the topic of Smart City that she particularly affections. Chloé was born in France in 1991.

Fritz Grabo

born in 1979, working as a software engineer and lecturer with a focus on Java EE and Web Programming since several years. Has a degree in Media Technologies from the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and is currently working on another master thesis for his studies at the Vienna University of Technology. Now looking forward to procras^D^D^D to use his technical and educational know-how in a more social context.

Georg Steinfelder

Studied Graphic and Communication Design in Vienna and works as a designer in the print and online sector since 2012. Engaged in app developing projects and main organiser of the most recent ICT4D.at project called “Nimble Building Days” which aimed to improve the situation of refugees in a spare Red Cross home. Currently trying to start a career as social entrepreneur. Georg was born in 1988 in Kirchdorf an der Krems, Upper Austria.

Isabella Wagner

graduated in the field of Media Management and is now studying Science-Technology-Society and International Development at the University of Vienna. Her contribution is from a sociological and media science’s point of view, but she also offers support in PR issues and fundraising. Alongside she works for the international exchange organisation YFU and at the Centre for Social Innovation ZSI as a fellow researcher.

Jason Knueppel

born in 1978, currently working as a .Net developer in the hospitality industry in Zell am See, Austria. His continuing interest in working in developing countries has gotten him involved in ICT4D and is currently responsible for the coordination of teachers for the Zanzibits project.

Joanna Knueppel

born 1978, Honolulu, Hawaii, is currently studying Business/Accounting at the University of Innsbruck and is interested in the financial management of NGOs. In the US she worked as an Immigration Advisor and a Tax Advisor for non-residents. She served two years with the US Peace Corps in Guyana as an Education/Program Coordinator.

Margarete Grimus

Margarete Grimus has more than 35 years of experiences in teacher education (University of Teacher Education in Vienna, Austria). She was responsible for teacher education in ICT as well as media in education for teachers of primary and secondary level. Her research focuses strongly on integration of learning with digital devices at all levels of education as well as curriculum development in European countries.

Oliver Stern

born in 1969, Oliver is working as a marketing-consultant for software-application and telecommunication solutions and a co-founder of the open-source-software-society „Bootlab e.V. (www.bootlab.org)“ in Berlin/Germany, famous for several media-projects in the last decade. He studied economics/social sciences in Germany and wrote his master-thesis on „Values of ICT-Systems in Tourism“.

Paul Pöltner

born in 1981, is employed as a junior tax consultant at TPA Horwath and is currently working on his PhD at the University of Technology, Vienna. His field of research is the Future of Internet from the technical and business point of view.

PJ McDonagh

Wolfgang Tertinek

Born in 1981, Wolfgang has worked as a software engineer in various industries for almost 10 years. He currently studies Computer Science at Graz University of Technology with a main interest in Open Online Learning and Open Educational Resources. Wolfgang has been a .NET developer in most of his professional life, but also likes to explore new programming languages and technologies.

Worlali Senyo

born in 1983, Worlali grew up in and is currently working in Accra, Ghana, as a Research Analyst providing market intelligence, research, and consultancy on key aspects of Ghana’s ICTs and business markets. He is also an advocate for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), believing it will result in faster technology development through collaborative innovation and ultimate economic development for all. He intends to enroll in a distance learning MSc. Informatics program in Sweden.