Prof. Dr Michael Granitzer has been the chair of data science at the University of Passau since 2017. His research interests are applied machine learning, web information retrieval and natural language processing. He has published over 190 mostly peer-reviewed works, including journal publications, book chapters and books in the above-mentioned fields. Currently he is coordinating the OpenWebSearch.eu project. For more details, see
Alex Grech is a strategist, change consultant and academic. Over the past 30 years, he has worked with multinationals, governments, NGOs and startups in sectors ranging from ICT, telecoms and neuroscience to culture, education and public policy. Following an early career in multinationals, Alex has advised organisations including the ILO, UNESCO, the European Commission, RISE, the Mastercard Foundation, Ericsson, the World Bank, the Pan-African Consortium on the Digitalisation of TVET and the Ministry for Education in Malta.
Alex is the founding Executive Director of the 3CL Foundation, a knowledge hub for a global network of institutions and educators interested in the rapid deployment of EdTech programmes based on action research, advocacy and praxis. He is a member of the strategic committee of DC4EU, a large scale EU-funded project piloting the EU Digital Identity Wallet in both the educational sector and the Social Security domain, and leading strategic communications. Alex teaches new media at the University of Malta within the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, with research interests in digital and media literacies, blockchain & self-sovereign identity, social media and power. He holds a PhD in Internet Computing from the University of Hull and is a Chartered Accountant by profession. His book Media, Technology and Education in a Post-Truth Society was published by Emerald. His latest publication, a Manifesto for Young People on Information, is being translated in several languages.
Adriana Groh is a co-founder of the Sovereign Tech Fund, a new programme with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action set up to invest in open digital infrastructures. Previously, she developed a project on digital sovereignty, participation and data commons at The New Institute in Hamburg, and was director of the Prototype Fund, an innovation fund of the Open Knowledge Foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Her interest lies in applying democratic principles to the field of innovation and digitalisation, which led her to co-initiate several tech projects, such as a chat app for the 2017 and 2021 federal elections in Germany and the #WeVsVirus Hackathon 2020 which saw close to 30 000 participants involved.
The Sovereign Tech Fund supports the development, improvement and maintenance of open digital infrastructure. Our goal is to sustainably strengthen the open source ecosystem. We focus on security, resilience, technological diversity, and the people behind the code.