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Dr. Melanie Stilz


Postdoctoral Researcher

Technische Universität Berlin
Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies
Chair Arbeitslehre / Technik und Partizipation
Secr. MAR 1-1
Marchstr. 23
10587 Berlin

Room MAR 2.037

Ph.: +49 30 314-73363
fax: +49 30 314-21120

Consulting hours by agreement

Division director Technology and Learning

Responsible for the Lab Technology, Digitization and Education

Project Lead "Digitale Welten als Schulfach" (Digital Worlds as a school subject)    

Curriculum Vitae

She studied European Ethnology and Computer Science at Humboldt University Berlin and FU Berlin as well as in Cluj Napoca and Budapest. From 2005 until 2010 she worked for the ‘Zentrum für internationale und interkulturelle Kommunikation (ZiiK)‘ (eng.: Centre for International and Intercultural Communication) at TU Berlin, mostly involved in projects dealing with Afghanistan. From 2009 - 2014 she was PhD student at the ‘School of Communications - Dublin City University (DCU)’, Ireland.


Since 2011 she is working on a freelance basis as a consultant and researcher in the field of computer science, education and development cooperation as well as in evaluation of media projects. Previous cooperations include One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Afghanistan, Ustad Mobile (Mobile Literacy), GIZMICTParliamentwatch and others. 

She is also co-founder of  Konnektiv, Agency for Education and Development.

2011 co-founder of Digital Unite e.V. (->2016 renamed Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)

2012 co-founder of Konnektiv, Büro für Bildung und Entwicklung.

2014 coorganizer of MeshCon conference on technology, hacking and fashion at TU Berlin

2014/2015 coorganizer of Raspberry Jam Berlin

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Research priority

  • Computer science in education and society

  • ICT4D (information technology in the field of development cooperation)

  • Digital media in the field of development cooperation

  • Maker culture / DIY

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Open education and research

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Publications and Talks (selection)

FabLabs und Offene Werkstätten als außerschulischer Lernort“ (mit Jana Mennicke) in: Orte und Prozesse außerschulischen Lernens erforschen und weiterentwickeln. Tagungsband zur 6. Tagung Ausserschulische Lernorte 2018. Publikation vsl Q4 2019

Digitale Welten - Unterricht 4.0 in der beruflichen Fachrichtung Ernährung und Hauswirtschaft“ in: Fachzeitschrift Haushalt in Bildung und Forschung (HiBiFo). Publikation vsl Q3 2019

2019 „Neue Arbeit und ihren Auswirkungen auf die berufliche Bildung in der deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit" (with Prof. Marius Busemeyer). Thesenpapier im Auftrag der Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) und des Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung.

2019 „Tech for Good: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen digitaler Instrumente in der Entwicklungszusammen­arbeit von Nichtregierungsorganisationen“ (with Julia Manske) Discussionpaper comissioned by VENRO

2018 „Fachliche Bildung in der digitalen Welt“. Co-author of the Positionpapier of Gesellschaft für Fachdidaktik, 2018

2018 „Fab Lab Education in German Academia“ (mit Oliver Stickel, Anke Brocker, Antje Möbus, Iris Bockermann, Jan Borchers and Volkmar Pipek) in: Proceedings from the Fab14 + Fabricating Resilience Research Papers Stream, (pp. 39–46). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Creating 010, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

2018 „Fab Labs and Interdisciplinary Academic Teaching: A research agenda“ (mit Oliver Stickel und Volkmar Pipek) in: FabLearn Europe'18 Proceedings of the Conference on Creativity and Making in Education.

2017 „MuC-Makerspace: Academic practices in (community) innovation and (digital) fabrication“ (mit Volkmar Pipek und Oliver Stickel) in: Conference Proceedings, Mensch und Computer

2017 „The Day the World Forgot the Internet“ trendradar_2030, betterplace lab

2016 "Peace Tech – From Hacker Camps and Peace Building in South Sudan to Global Maker Networks in Latin America, Africa and Asia" Workshop at the FifFKon 2016, Berlin

2016 "Configuring the users adapting the system: participation and ICT4D in Afghanistan" Talk at the Development Studies Association conference 2016, Oxford UK

2016 "ICT-based inclusive education" study commissioned by GIZ

2015 "Whose Technology for Whose Development?" talk at the NatureCultures Lab, University of Bremen, Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research

2015 "Negotiating New ICTs in the Education Sector in Afghanistan - Participation, Adoption and Appropriation" PhD Thesis, Dubin City University

2013 “IKT in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit” Buchkapitel, “Einführung in die Entwicklungspolitik”; Hartmut Ihne, Jürgen Wilhelm (Hrsg.)

2012 “Participation as if people mattered - Negotiating Technology for the Afghan Education Sector”, Berlin Conference: Evidence for Sustainable Development

2010 “Medien, Technik und Entwicklung – 50 Jahre 'Modernisierung' “Fachgruppe Informatik und Dritte Welt (Hrsg.): Newsletter No. 23.

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Winter term 2016/2017

Introduction to microcontrollers and Arduino

Summer term 2016

L 545 Digital Technologies in the classroom

Summer term 2015

L 379 / AL-WP3 CNC- driven models and machines

Winter term 2014/2015

L 401 / AL-WP3/WP4 Digital Technologies in the classroom

Winter term 2014/2015

L 208 / AL-WP1 Electrical Engineering

Guest session on online security and cryprography, summer term 2015

L 251: Information and Communication Technologies in Work and Career

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