Every day, vast amounts of audio (visual) data end up in the depths of the Internet, in archives, and unsorted on our cell phones and laptops. In this sea of data it becomes increasingly difficult to keep an overview. We want to change that!

We want to unleash the potential of audio(visual) data by facilitating their archiving and research with them.

As researchers ourselves, we have been confronted with the challenge of researching with audio(visual) media. We know how time-consuming and costly it is to work with them, because in order to get the information we needed, we either had to listen to everything ourselves, transcribe it manually, or have this done on assignment.

At the same time, we realized that there are already many technologies that can make this work easier, so we asked ourselves: why not put them at the service of knowledge production? 

So in 2020, we started to develop aureka.

We are Cecilia, Jan, Felix and Ana.

An international team with experience in software development and humanities.

Cecilia Maas

Product &
General Management

“As a historian I am motivated to help shape technologies that serve knowledge production and access to cultural heritage.”

Jan Ullrich

Requirements Engineering & Project Management

“As a political scientists I am interested in new forms of transmitting knowledge and accessing technologies

Felix Mertineit

Backend Development &
Deep Learning

“Knowledge & culture represent integral components of humanity. Broader access to these two is a constant driver of our development.”

Ana-Maria Tomi

Frontend Development &
UX/UI Design

“As a media computer scientist, aureka motivates me to develop an intuitive and transparent user  interface.”

How did we get here?

We were supported in the development of our software by the Berlin Startup Stipendium (09.2020-03.2021), the EXIST-Gründerstipendium (04.2021-03.2022), the Prototype Fond and digital.engagiert. As a spin-off of Freie Universität Berlin, we have been counting on the support of Profund Innovation and our mentors Prof. Claudia Müller-Birn and Katrin Glinka of the Human-Centered Computing Research Group since March 2021.