Welcome to Unlock 2023

Unlock is a civic summit showcasing the latest trends at the nexus of activism, media and technology in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It all happens in Prague May 25-26, 2023.

We’ll take inspiration from the courageous example of Ukrainian journalists and activists, hear from people making a real difference in difficult circumstances across the region, learn by doing with a content challenge, form new connections, launch colabs and expand our definition of the possible.

Apply for the chance to join us along with 200+ leading campaigners, activists, journalists, tech experts, social entrepreneurs and others.

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We welcome applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

People attending
Prague, CZE
May 25–⁠26, 2023

Who is Unlock for?

Unlock is for anyone trying to make a positive change in their community, society, country or region. This includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Civil activists
  • Creative minds in technology
  • Social business entrepreneurs
  • Journalists
  • Content creators
  • Innovators
  • Artists


The full programme is coming soon. In the meantime, here are some example topics we’re working on:

  • Decolonising perspectives: how language helps shape collective and individual identity
  • Сreative ways to fight corruption
  • Energising and engaging your volunteers: lessons from Ukraine
  • Being an activist in times of war
  • Integrating technology into your work
  • Solutions journalism powered by AI
  • Crypto fundraising in authoritarian countries
  • Digitalisation of art space to promote civic values
  • Mediathon

    For creative minds...

    Take part in our content creation challenge. Work in teams to produce captivating videos, inspiring podcasts, thought-provoking digital artwork or any other innovative format that won't leave anyone indifferent to your cause.

    Sounds good but need some help?

    Don't worry, Unlock will be full of experts ready to guide you and provide the necessary equipment.

    Sign up in the application form.


This year we’ll welcome over 30 speakers. Check this space for updates.

Liza Vetrava

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Alexey Kartynnik (It Beard)

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Savia Hasanova

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Murad Nabiev

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Rufina Bazlova

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Tigran Amiryan

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Elena Briciuc

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Erik Abdykalykov

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Assem Zhapisheva

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Artur Atayan

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Emma Antoniuk

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Daniyar Amanaliev

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Duman Smakov

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Aisana Ashim

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Mariam Naiem

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Temirtas Iskakov

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Financial support

Good news! We are able to cover the costs of attending Unlock for a limited number of attendees (flights, accommodation, etc.). Need some help to cover the costs? Indicate it in the application form in section III. If you are eligible we will contact you individually.


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