About us

Our Mission

Tur an Tur – Digital Factory is a Germany-based non-profit, founded by the refugee association ‘Tür an Tür’ and researchers from the Technical University of Munich.

We aim for inclusive digital answers to the humanitarian challenges of our time. We thrive on challenges to make the various opportunities of digitisation available to the most marginalised people.

We are your professional partner who helps in the conceptual design phase of projects with digital solutions, as well as during implementation. Our staff has backgrounds in IT, economic, and intercultural communications. Primary partners or customers are non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and public administrations. The key to our success lies in these partnerships and we would be delighted and excited for you to reach out to us.

Fulfilling Our Mission

Diminishing Information Poverty

The Digital Factory’s roots lie in the project Integreat, a multilingual information platform from municipalities for refugees and migrants. Integreat is Open Source and its content Creative Commons licensed in order to be scaled and replicated easily for even more newcomers. 

Diminishing information poverty is the greatest field of expertise of us, underlined by similar information platforms in different settings with the projects Malte for refugees in camp-like settings in Germany in cooperation with the Malteser and the Aschaffenburg App as a city-specific information platform in cooperation with the municipal administration. 

Based on the same technological foundation another use case for homeless people and people threatened to lose their home is being prototyped as well.

Digital Education Support

Education is a key for successful integration and to build a good livelihood in general. Therefore, education is a focus area of our efforts. 

Germany is well known for its dual vocational training system as a valid alternative to academic studies. The sustainable mix of practical training and theoretical education is widely recognised as a successful education track. 

Germany, among other European countries, faces a shortage of qualified workers due to demographic developments. Labour migration is considered to be indispensable. To support these efforts and especially migrants during their integration into the labour market we develop Lunes, a digital vocabulary trainer for highly specific vocabulary of various professions. Open Source as usual. 

Other projects and activities in the field of education include the development of training platforms such as “Bunter Ball” to provide trainers with lectures and exercises or setting up communication and teaching platforms such as Big Blue Button for remote lectures and collaboration.

Internet Access for Refugees

Starting in 2016 our organisation has taken over the task to build infrastructure for local refugee accommodations in our HQ-city Augsburg. Residents were able to access the internet for a fraction of all other alternatives. We have connected almost 1.000 refugees across seven accommodations. The Digital Factory advances the funds to establish the infrastructure while some of our staff is engaged on a voluntary basis.

Internet access opens up participation opportunities. During the pandemic it was essential for refugee children to participate in remote lectures. Additionally, we collect hardware to support students from elementary, secondary and vocational schools to secure education access for as many refugee children as possible.

All projects share Open Source licensed source code, Creative Commons licensed content, impact orientation, collaboration across sectors and borders and overall transparency.

Organisation and Shareholders

The Integreat project preceded the foundation of our non-profit organisation by almost a full year. Integreat was not meant to become a social business, it was just an idea brought to life at a time where information would be able to help thousands of people in dire need of help. 

Two institutions supported Integreat from the start who would then come together to found the Tur an Tur – Digital Factory as non-profit limited liability company (that is something which is possible in Germany): The refugee and migrant support association Tür an Tür and the chair for information systems from the TU Munich. Equal managing directors of the Digital Factory are Daniel Kehne and Fritjof Knier. The main shareholder of Tür an Tür – Digitalfabrik is Tür an Tür – miteinander wohnen und leben e.V., which holds 70% of the shares. The association is represented externally by the five-member board of directors. The remaining 30% is held by individuals (at the time all at the TUM chair for information systems. These are Prof. Dr Helmut Krcmar (14% of the shares) and Dr Maximilian Schreieck (8%) from the Chair of Business Informatics at the TU Munich, as well as Prof. Dr Manuel Wiesche (8%) from the Chair of Business Informatics at the TU Dortmund University.

If you landed on this website but were looking for the German Website of “Tür an Tür” please click here: www.tuerantuer.de

Our Team

The Digital Factory has 21 employees who work together with around 15 volunteers. All of our staff works part-time. While some are studying at the same time others have another job fulfilling their individual purpose on multiple paths. Strength in numbers and limited hours per project continuously allow volunteers to join our activities which is of high importance for us as this is how everything started. 

Activities outside of Germany are coordinated by Sven Seeberg and Fritjof Knier. Both of them have been founding members of the Integreat project and the first employees of the Digital Factory. They will happily answer your questions and spin ideas together with you. Reach out to us anytime via knier@integreat-app.de or for both via info@integreat-app.de

Impact

Two years into our work we were able to establish Clara Bracklo as our Chief Impact Officer to both design pathways and strategies to change systems through digital solutions and monitor our activities if they remain aligned with our objectives. While impact orientation was already part of our DNA at the beginning, the institutionalisation has lifted our work on the next level. 

Clara summarises our activities and resulting impact in yearly impact reports which also include our financial statements as we are fully committed to not only be transparent with our source code but all of our organisation’s activities. 

Impact Reports are available in German only, shorter impact summaries are available in English as well. 

  • Impact Summary 2019 (in English): Download
  • Impact Report 2019 (in German): Download
  • Impact Summary 2018 (in English): Download
  • Impact Report 2018 (in German): Download

Research

Scientific evaluation and research contributes to the development of new concepts and the continuous revision of existing Digital Factory projects. Independence and transparency are paramount. Through the close connection with research institutions, scientific findings flow into the development of the Digital Factory projects. For example, the system architecture in the Integreat project could be designed to be flexible and scalable right from the start. Conversely, the Digitalfabrik projects allow conclusions to be drawn about certain concepts in business informatics research, for example the design of digital platforms.

On this page you will find current research results of the Chair of Business Informatics in the context of the Digital Factory.

Rosenbaum, Janine; Zepic, Robert; Schreieck, Maximilian; Wiesche, Manuel; Krcmar, Helmut: Barriers to Mobile Government Adoption: An Exploratory Case Study of an Information Platform for Refugees in Germany. European Conference on e-Government, 2018, Santiago de Compostela.

Schreieck, Maximilian; Zitzelsberger, Jonas; Siepe, Sebastian; Wiesche, Manuel; Krcmar, Helmut: Supporting Refugees in Every Day Life – Intercultural Design Evaluation of an Application for Local Information. Twenty First Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), 2017, Langkawi.

Schreieck, Maximilian; Wiesche, Manuel; Hein, Andreas; Krcmar, Helmut: Governance of nonprofit platforms – Onboarding mechanisms for a refugee information platform. SIG GlobDev Ninth Annual Workshop, 2016, Dublin.

Schreieck, Maximilian; Wiesche, Manuel; Krcmar, Helmut: Governing nonprofit platform ecosystems – an information platform for refugees. Information Technology for Development 23(3), 618-643, 2017.