Victoria Wenzelmann

Main focus: Social-digital Innovation

Twitter handle: @myamy_vicy


Languages: German, English

City: Berlin, Siegen

Country: Germany

Topics: agile, kanban, blockchain, maker movement, tech4good, digital divide, maker culture, coworking, co-creation, mobile labs, social-digital innovation


Victoria Wenzelmann is one of the Co-founders and Directors of GIG Global Innovation Gathering e.V. a network of tech and social innovators to connect, share and create together. In 2013, she co-organized AfricaHackTrip, a journey of nine European web developers and designers to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania to connect local tech ecosystems.
Victoria holds M.A. degrees in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies and pursues her Doctoral degree in Information Systems and New Media at University Siegen. Her research focuses on ecosystems for social and technological innovation, (mobile) labs and learning rooms, as well as participatory design.
She has been a Systemic Organizational Consultant since 2012 and an Agile Coach since 2014. She consults NGOs, start-ups, established businesses and international organizations. Her work revolves around social and technological innovation and connecting the necessary actors and ecosystems for positive social change with the help of technology. In that realm, Victoria particularly looks into agile product and process management, as well as systemic organizational design – among others, in Germany, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Botswana, Palestine and Zimbabwe.
From 2008 till 2012, she managed the family-owned medium-sized metal production company. She also writes the weekly column AppDate in the nationwide newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

We are what we create together: #weareGIG

This talk tells the story of the GIG network and its members, how we started as a small track at re:publica 2013 and grew to become not only a re:publica sub-conference, but also a network of trust that realizes projects around the globe together: from #i4Policy to the Labmobile, from PeaceHackCamps to Precious Plastics machines, from student exchange programs to hub sustainability. We aim for impact not exit!

This talk is in: English
Blockchain: a disruptive technology for global economic inclusion?

Blockchain technology offers an enormous opportunity in 2018: Its decentralized, secure and transparent system of storing and making transactions supports a range of services. There are many opportunities but equally many unanswered questions when it comes to the future of blockchain technology in developing markets and beyond, though. This session brings experts from technology, finance, and grassroots community activism together to discuss a way forward with blockchain technology where no one is left behind.

This talk is in: English
Autonomous, distributed, collective - Use Cases for the Blockchain beyond Fintech

What are use cases for the blockchain beyond digital currencies? Land rights ledgers, anti-corruption tools, smart contracts...There are many possibilities, and as GIG we want to explore a few of them from all over the globe. We want to discuss critical questions, but also the potential that the blockchain has for collective yet distributed actions, like co-creation and co-manufacturing.

Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation series

From the circumpolar high arctic to the African savannah digital technologies and networks affect all areas of human interaction. They are not just physical or economic drivers but change social interaction and basic societal structures. Key components of this changing (global) society are increasing opportunities for open innovation and knowledge-sharing. In the Workshop Series “Digital Alternatives and Social Innovations” open culture advocates, researchers and social activists discuss the opportunities these shifting paradigms present.

Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation looks at the need to re-think international development taking into account these rapidly evolving scenarios. The continually expanding tool-kit of open resources for development actions employing ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development), open data and collaborative citizen driven initiatives are moving faster than the policies to implement them.

The notion of Doing Development Differently aims, by applying and linking the use of open data and open technologies, to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, harnessing these new technologies to strengthen governance. Such ‘open development strategies’ base themselves on the key elements of collaborative enterprise and technological possibilities inherent to the open source movement. They range from open source software (FOSS) to up-cycling and DIY practices, from open educational resources (OER) to comprehensive open data repositories, from crisis mapping, witnessing and citizen journalism to the creation of globally interactive open knowledge and resource commons. The work of Canadian and German organisations and grantees in these area such as the IDRC-funded SIRCA program, the Humanitarian Open Street Maps Team (HOT), or the Open Institute’s open governance initiatives illustrates both the potentials and urgencies of taking a decidedly open approach.

re:publica 2014 - Driving Global Innovation

In this session, the initiators of the AfricaHackTrip, GeeksGoneGlobal and the FounderBus will compare their experiences related to the synergies of travel and innovation, and discuss the role that travel-based learning initiatives have in the cross-polenization of the global innovation ecosystem.

AfricaHackTrip - 9 Hackers, 4 countries, 5 weeks. Exploring East African Tech Scenes.

After reading about the African tech-hub boom, a group of European designers and developers decided it’s about time to connect our communities beyond the continents. We spent 5 weeks in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, met hundreds of local creatives in 8 hubs, made loads of friends during our barcamps and hackathons, and kicked off continuous exchange. In this session, we want to share our impressions, future plans, and introduce you to exciting places, people and projects.
Curiosity required. Be a part of AfricaHackTrip