Accelerating open source & positive impact
OuiShare Fest Forward is a 3-day accelerator for collaborative, open source projects with high social impact.

Discover the projects

Low Tech Lab is a collaborative research platform about low-tech. The project aims to build a worldwide community of inventors and handymen who create, cooperate and share knowledge about low-technologies solving 50 identified challenges from energy to nutrition.

Part-up is a platform for matching people to temporary teams. Part-up helps you find and build the best team for your project, startup, community or organization. Organizations can get their own tribe on part-up.com to become decentralized collaborative organizations (DCO) and allow for bottom-up collaboration within, on the edge of, or outside of the current organizational boundaries.

Science4Sustainability helps to link what science knows with what business does, by linking experts and scientists to social entrepreneurs. They were able to identify suitable experts to help social entrepreneurs by promoting their stories on social media (Twitter & Facebook) and via a simple Wordpress platform. Since then, they received increasing inquiries by other social entrepreneurs, by scientists and universities.

About the Accelerator

Taking place during the 3-days of OuiShare Fest Paris, Fest Forward will accelerate 3 open source projects with a high, measurable positive impact in the areas of sustainability, social development or decentralized governance.

Fest Forward aims to help projects overcome challenges in areas such as strategic and product design, business models, community building and scalability by leveraging the creativity and expertise of the high profile participants of the conference OuiShare Fest.

Building on the experience of POC21 and the OuiShare Awards, the Fest forward will provide the selected projects with visibility, tangible results and valuable connections with innovators, thought leaders and entrepreneurs from our international community.


There are only two application requirements:

  1. The initiative has the potential to create a measurable positive impact on society or the environment
  2. The initiative is Open Source

OuiShare Fest Forward is open to applications from, among others:

  • startups, non-profits and public initiatives
  • hardware and software projects
  • large and small teams
  • new and established initiatives

Selection criteria

  • Selection Criteria Impact
  • Replicability
  • Team
  • Challenge
  • Synergy

The members of the selected initiative will get free access to the Fest. International applications are more than welcome!

OuiShare Fest Forward do not cover flight tickets to Paris.

Process & Deadlines

Applicants are asked to:

  • explain their project and the positive impact it creates
  • explain the challenge they would like to address during the 3-day accelerator and the ideas they have to solve it.


The Fest Forward Jury consists of a committee of experts, partners and OuiShare Connectors

The committee pre-select projects and chose one of the three final nominees. The two others are selected by the community.

  • Benjamin Tincq
    POC21 co-founder
  • Manuella Cunha
  • Simone Cicero
    Program Curator
  • Justyna Swat
    POC21 co-founder
  • Esra Tat
    OuiShare Awards Coordinator
  • Alyzée Lozac'hmeur
    Cofounder @SenseCube & Associate @MakeSense
  • Guillaume Rivet
    Project Manager @SenseCube
  • Experience

    To make the OuiShare Fest Forward experience as valuable as possible for its participants, the accelerator program is modular and will be adapted to each project and its challenge. Based on the project needs, we will do our best to provide the necessary materials, tools, and expertise.


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