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We are Kitchen Budapest.

The Open Innovation Factory of Telekom Hungary.

Kitchen Budapest was founded in 2007 by a collective of media artists, theoreticians and coders from miscellaneous backgrounds. As one of the first media labs in Hungary, KiBu found its primary mission to instigate digital literacy and DIY techniques on the local scene. Ever since, KiBu has been actively present as an internationally recognized innovation lab with young researchers and developers forming its team.

In 2017 KiBu has shapeshifted to become the Open Innovation lab of Telekom. 
We support enterprise growth through activating and involving external innovation capabilities to solve business and technological challenges.

KiBu incorporates three functions including research and development (prototyping, testing, service design, UX/UI design), education (next generation programs) and industry collaboration.

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We Connect

KiBu has taken up a strong intermediary role between several agencies, scenes and individuals. We connect corporate demands with creative supplies, theoretic bias of academic education with tools of the maker culture, talented young people with professional support, global innovation with situated, everyday use. KiBu has long been working within an international network of media labs and bears established contacts with the local universities integrating technical knowledge with creative skills.

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We Create

KiBu is a place where ideas come alive. Material instantiations of great ideas are the first steps in the making: via 24 hour hackathons, pressure cooking sessions we try and test methodologies, concepts, objects, services. KiBu has a well-equipped workshop area to enable wide-ranging projects to be manufactured, programmed or constructed from 3D printers to strong server parks to run high fidelity renders. The prototypes are publicized at Demo Day, our biannual showcase event.

Our Team

The KiBu team is made up of an eclectic group of designers, coders, IT specialists, art historians, sociologists, business developers etc.

  • Judit Varga
    Judit Varga
    Managing director
  • Attila Nemes
    Attila Nemes
    Strategist
  • Anna Wessely
    Anna Wessely
    Research Lead
  • Benjamin Balla
    Benjamin Balla
    Product design
  • Lili Eckhardt
    Lili Eckhardt
    Events & Service design
  • Orsi Forster
    Orsi Forster
    Business development
  • Gabor Labbancz
    Gabor Labbancz
    Developer
  • dr Manuéla Lukács
    dr Manuéla Lukács
    Legal & Finance
  • Sándor Makra
    Sándor Makra
    Electrical engineer
  • Patrik Makrai
    Patrik Makrai
    Apps & UI/UX Design
  • Richárd Nagyfi
    Richárd Nagyfi
    Research and development
  • Szilvi Német
    Szilvi Német
    Communication
  • Gábor Pribék
    Gábor Pribék
    Media design
  • András Purcl
    András Purcl
    Graphic design
  • Filip Ruisl
    Filip Ruisl
    Interaction design
  • Zsanett Szarka
    Zsanett Szarka
    Research
  • Bálint Zsiga
    Bálint Zsiga
    Service design