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.

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.

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.

Dr. Kat Austen

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.

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.


Panic Button: Lessons for the Tech for Good Sector

  • by Jun Matsushita, 03 Sep 2017
  • Blog
  • panic button

This post is by Tanya O’Carroll, Adviser Tech and Human Rights, Amnesty International; Danna Ingleton, Adviser, Human Rights Defenders; and Jun Matsushita, Founder and CEO, iilab.

Making the decision to cease support for the Panic Button app was not an easy one, but it was also not an empty one. We believe that diving into the challenges we faced, and sharing them with our communities is key to building similar – and better – tools in the future. The challenges we faced are interlinked, and by no means specific merely to us.

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@mckinneyjames Countless innovations in health / education / safety / etc. were first tested / demonstrated in the social sector. I see this as yet another example

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Panic Button: Why we are retiring the app

  • by Jun Matsushita, 01 Sep 2017
  • Blog
  • panic button

This post is by Tanya O’Carroll, Adviser Tech and Human Rights, Amnesty International; Danna Ingleton, Adviser, Human Rights Defenders; and Jun Matsushita, Founder and CEO, iilab.

In 2012, Amnesty International, with support from our partners at iilab, The Engine Room and Frontline Defenders, began developing a tool that would provide human rights defenders with an alert system in their pocket: the Panic Button app. Now, we’ve made the decision to cease ongoing support for the app. Here, we share the lessons learned and what it means for the future of developing security tools for human rights activists. .

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Engaging communities in infrastructure design
  • Social Media
  • 21 Apr 2017
  • infrastructure engineering, co-design, community, water, food, energy, waste, nexus, prototype

Deep dive into Rainwater Harvesting

In this video, filmed during the third Engineering Comes Home co-design workshop, participants explored in more depth implementation of the chosen idea: rainwater harvesting.

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Engaging communities in infrastructure design

London community using our prototype Nexus Calculator

  • by Jun Matsushita, 26 Nov 2016
  • Blog
  • infrastructure engineering, co-design, community, water, food, energy, waste, nexus, prototype

Today, in an Estate near London Bridge in the UK, a community of inhabitants from an estate used our prototype Nexus Calculator to discuss various design options for food sharing, food growing, collecting rainwater or composting on the estate. This is the second time our team meets this community, as part of the Engineering Comes Home project in partnership with University College London and Open Lab at Newcastle University we blogged about a few months ago.

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Engaging communities in infrastructure design

Engineering Comes Home to test new paradigms in infrastructure engineering

  • by Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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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