What we stand for.

iilab - information innovation lab - stands for the respect and development of fundamental rights of communities everywhere around the world. We empower the social economy with innovation and technology.

Unlock Potential

Help bridge the gap between the current use of innovation and technology and their potential to create social impact.

Inspire Talent

Develop new skills for new tools, and help organisations and individuals shift their perspective and harness complex information ecosystems.

Make it Work

Unpack, open and innovate, share experiences and co-create sustainable social impact;

Our Team

We harness multi-disciplinarity, systems and design thinking to create services and products that improve the lives of citizens.

Jun Matsushita CEO, Founder

Jun has been advising international non-profits, humanitarian organisations and media organisations, in the use of innovation and technology for more than 16 years in Paris, New York and London. His technical expertise ranges from system and network administration, web and telephony platforms, to digital security and knowledge management.

Kat Austen Head of Research and Design

Kat is a person. She’s interested in lots of things and phenomena, how things are connected, and why they are connected. She likes patterns but doesn’t have to have them. In the temporal melting-pot of her life so far she has been a scientist, an artist, a journalist and a writer. She welcomes a humane and environmentally kind future.

Alex Shure Head of Engineering

Alex Shure is a skilled craftsman and inventor active in the field of open source hardware within many different projects. As a human-nerd-interactor he pushes open source beyond the world of software - to infinity and beyond, starting with Open Source Ecology Germany and the Open it Agency.

Pierre Lead Engineer

Pierre is a passionate software engineer who loves to apply his programming skills for the common good. He has 10 years experience working in the industry and for non-profit-organisations in the domain of argumentation technology and online participation platforms. His main technological interests are backend systems, functional programming and information security. Outside of work he enjoys reading books about political philosophy and walking in forests.

Lilas Duvernois Associate Researcher

Lilas is a researcher, passionate about the intricate ontologies at play between human actors and technology. She likes to question problems through different lenses. Previously she has worked as a consultant, as a radio journalist and co-directed an independent cultural magazine about gender issues. She writes as a freelance journalist about internet and society issues.

Our Contributors

We are stronger because we're part of the open source community. We're working with passionate and visonary developers, designers and thinkers from the open source and free culture movements.

elf Pavlik

#hacker / #elf - living strictly #moneyless and #stateless already for over 5 years! @hackers4peace @polyeconomy #WorldPeaceGame #ZeroWaste

Sam Muirhead

I make all sorts of videos – but I have a focus on using, explaining and promoting Free/Libre/Open Source Software, Free Culture, Open Knowledge and Open Source Hardware. In 2012/13 I lived a Year of Open Source, I’m part of the Open It Agency, and I also run post-production workshops with free software!


Read about iilab's projects in blog posts, engineering posts
and social media highlights.

Engaging communities in infrastructure design

Engineering Comes Home to test new paradigms in infrastructure engineering

  • by Kat Austen, 06 Jan 2016
  • Blog
  • infrastructure engineering, co-design, community, water, food, energy, waste, nexus, prototype

Sustainability. Resilience. Scarcity. Climate change. When it comes to resources recently we’re worrying that they are going to run out, and about the impact of waste from their consumption.

At iilab we’ve been working on understanding the systems around water with our mapping of the UK water systems and contributions to the Ofwat Resilience Task and Finish Group last year, and with Open Droplet. These projects look at water from a systems and from an end-user standpoint, aiming to see water resources and wastewater in a holistic manner.

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Water systems map

Ten recommendations to make the water sector more resilient - open data and citizen stewardship

  • by Kat Austen, 01 Dec 2015
  • Blog
  • water resilience, open data, citizen stewardship

How do we make a difference to water resilience? Today’s report, published by Ofwat and compiled by the independent Water Resilience Task and Finish Group, contains ten UK-focussed recommendations for improving water resilience.

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Countdown 2030 - Citizen Science Challenges and Opportunities

  • by Kat Austen, 30 Nov 2015
  • Blog
  • citizen science, embodied cognition, social development theory, human-centered design

Citizen science is a pretty wonderful phenomenon that is changing the dynamics of knowledge generation in the same way that open access is changing the dynamics of knowledge ownership. So how can we make it even better?

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Help us make a new tool to guide network mappers

  • by Kat Austen, 14 Aug 2015
  • Blog
  • influence mapping, network mapping, tools, human centered design

We are surrounded by complex systems and power structures, not least of which are the networks of links between people by which they change and are changed. Understanding these links can sometimes have important consequences - for instance if you see that a policy-maker has strong personal ties to a lobbying organisation, you may see their decisions in a different light.

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Flickr @benurs - https://www.flickr.com/photos/benurs (CC BY-SA 2.0)

How do we make UK water provision more resilient?

  • by Kat Austen, 28 Jul 2015
  • Blog
  • water resilience, Ofwat, governance, interdisciplinarity, perspectives, community, water, Open Droplet, policy

Open call for consultation from UK water regulator Ofwat as part of Kat’s work with the resilience working group

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Supporting decisions in a complex world

  • by Kat Austen, 18 May 2015
  • Blog
  • decision support, global systems science, influence mapping

As Adam Bly identified in 2012 at Ars Electronica: The Big Picture, complexity is the challenge of our time and what we need is an image that captures it. We think it is critical to develop the tools that will help reduce this complexity to its essentials, and make it easier to understand and more accessible. That way, we can face some of our time’s difficult challenges armed with the best information we can get.

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Nix + OSX + HaskellNG = Dependency Paradise ?

  • by Jun Matsushita, 27 Mar 2015
  • Engineering
  • functional programming, static site generator, haskell, hakyll, nix

I’ve recently started to learn Haskell and have been in the books for a few months, so didn’t yet have to experience the practical side of what comes with the workflow of working with Haskell.

I decided to try getting my hands dirty with a simple project, migrating the iilab website to the Haskell static site generator Hakyll. In this post I look at how I setup my development environment, and hope to ease the pain for others that are used to the simple npm install style workflows by looking at the latest in how to deal with Haskell dependency problems also known as “cabal hell”.

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  • Social Media
  • 15 Jan 2015
  • panic button, labtogether, betterplace

Panic Button @ Labtogether

In this video, Jun Matsushita addresses the role of the Open and Human Centered process that pervaded the Panic Button project since its start in 2011.

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Open and Human Centric technology - Presenting Panic Button at Labtogether

  • by Jun Matsushita, 06 Nov 2014
  • Blog
  • panic button, #labtogether, betterplace

Betterplace Lab invited iilab to present our work with Amnesty International on the Panic Button app at the Lab Together 2014.

The main focus of my presentation was the role of the Open and Human Centered process that pervaded the project since it started in 2011.

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