Raúl Krauthausen has been working in the internet and media world for more than 15 years, as a disability-rights activist, communicator and Design Thinker. The internet is his second home. He was born in Peru, went to school in Germany, graduated from high school in 2001 and then worked at apparat Multimedia GmbH, argonauten G2 GmbH and NEUE DIGITALE GmbH, creating online concepts. In 2002 he began studying for a masters degree in Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Together with his cousin Jan Mörsch, he founded an activists’ network, “Sozialhelden”, in 2004 with the aim of calling attention to social problems and motivating people to change their way of thinking. He has become best known for his invention “Wheelmap”, a crowdsourced, online world map for accessible places and his protest against various German laws affecting people with disabilities. Raúl has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2011, was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his social engagement in 2013 and in 2018 he received the Grimme Online Award for his “personal achievements”.