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Regina Sipos


Research Associate

Technische Universität Berlin

Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies

Work, Technology and Participation
Sekr. MAR 1-1
Marchstraße 23
10587 Berlin

Room: 2.037



Talk times: by arrangement

Short Introduction/Resume

Regina Sipos studied Communications, Dutch Philology and Master of Education in Budapest and Antwerp. She founded and set up the first cooperation platform and incubation program of the United Nations for grassroots social-tech projects. She supported the AshokaFoundation between 2016-17 with their digital fellowship strategy and founded her social startup, the Social-Digital Innovation Initiative in 2016. She is a freelancer supporting the utilization of digital technologies, technology transfer and development cooperation and is a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights. The topic of her PhD is “Social Innovation in Critical Technical Practice”.

Fields of interest

  • Non-market, community-driven social innovation
  • Grassroots and local solutions and their relationship to global networks
  • Open source technology and critical maker culture
  • Appropriate technology for social innovation
  • Sustainable Social Enterprises
  • Maker Culture, Hacker- Maker- and Innovationspaces
  • Critical Technical Practice
  • Open Education, Open Knowledge
  • IT in Education and Society

Current Position

Scientific Staff Member with teaching obligations and PhD Candidate

Technical University Berlin

Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies

Work, Technology and Participation

Past Positions

  • 2016 – : Founder and Director, Social-Digital Innovation Initiative, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 –2017: Manager Ashoka Digital, Ashoka Germany gGmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • 2009 –2015: Innovation Program Manager, International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland


  • 2004 – 2009: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary and internship with Erasmus in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Master’s degrees in:

o   Communications

o   Dutch Philology

o   Master of Education


  • 2002 – 2003: Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium, Beckum, Germany
  • 1999 – 2004: Szent Istvan Gimnazium, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1991 – 1999: Hungarian-English Bilingual Elementary School, Budapest, Hungary

Teaching and Lecturing

Design Thinking Methods: L 550 Arbeitslehreprojekt mit Schulbezug - Gesamtseminar: ARTE (SoSe 2018)

Design Thinking Methods: L 550 Arbeitslehreprojekt mit Schulbezug - Gesamtseminar: ARTE (Summer Semester  2018) L 544 Digital Technology and Information Technology Transformation (Winter Semester 18/19) 

L 553 Past and Future of Technology (Winter Semester 18/19)




2018 Chaos Communication Congress (December, Leipzig): The Critical Making Movement. How using critical thinking in technological practice can make a difference.

2018 Prototype Fund (November, Berlin): Jury member for round 5 topic “Maschinen lernen lassen / Technologien für die Zukunft”. Initiative by Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e. V. and Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).

2018 Entrepreneurship Summit (October, Berlin): Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

2018 CyFy Conference (October, Delhi): Women and the Gig Economy


2018 Hive Europe (June, Berlin): Tech as a Vehicle for Economic Development

May 2018, Berlin, re:publica: Activating Local Networks

April 2018, Berlin, Persist* Summit: Open Source for Non-Profits

February 2018, Brussels, FOSDEM: Cooperative Communities

December 2017, Budapest, Hungarian Social Impact Day: Hungarian Social Impact Ecosystem

June 2017, Moderation of ‘Hofgespräch’ Starke Frauen, Starke Wirtschaft: Digitalisierung: Chance für Frauen oder Dreifachbelastung?

May 2017, LinuxWochen Linz Closing Keynote: Beyond the Next Unicorn

May 2017, Re:publica: Can I be Social, Digital and Not Starve?

September 2016, QtCon, Berlin: Building a Sustainable, Impactful and Open Social Business

November 2015, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest: Creative Economy – Why Become a Social Entrepreneur?

June 2015, ITU: Youth and ICTs – Panel discussion

May 2015, Re:publica: Fighting Chronic Disease with Digital Innovation

April 2015, ITU Girls in ICT Day: How Can STEM be Social?

September 2014, Ars Electronica Festival: Young Innovators Competition and Future Innovators Summit


Life Long Learning: Protection from the Negative Effects of Industry 4.0 (Ami megvéd az Ipar 4.0 negatív hatásaival szemben: tanulás). Budapest, Hungary. Elektronet, 2018/5.

Digital Innovation Made in Africa For Sustainable and Inclusive Development. GIZ. Berlin/Bonn, Germany. 1st Edition, November 2017.

Better, Faster: About the 150 Years Old ITU’s Conference in Budapest (Jobbat, gyorsabban: A 150 éves ITU budapesti konferenciájáról). Budapest, Ungarn. Elektronet, 2015/7.

Time for Ideas. ITU News, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013/4.


The Social-Digital Innovation Incubation Program Toolkit. Tools for Bringing Social and Open-Source Tech Together. OER. Berlin, 2018.

Innovation Hubs as Political Actors in the Global South – working title

Social Innovation of Networked Local Solutions: Open Cooperativism and Massive Small Change – working title

The Critical Making Movement: How Using Critical Thinking in Technological Practice can Make a Difference – working title. Proceedings from Chaos Communication Congress, December 2019. 


Fellow, Centre for Internet and Human Rights, Viadrina Universität


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