Jaisen Mathai

Preserving digital memories on the web

So, what's the big idea?

Jaisen recognises the importance of preserving media for posterity, be that personal or societal. His fellowship focus was Trovebox, a web service and open source software that facilitated the easy archiving and affordable storage of photos and videos without vendor lock in.

We support this because by not paying proper attention to the preservation of media assets, we are disposing so easily of our history, bit by bit. This erodes our ability to take stock of who we are and where we came from.

Jaisen Mathai's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Iyad El-Baghdadi
Shawn Ahmed

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.


Fellow contribution: $27,275.00
Our contribution: $402,628.50
Total funds: $429,903.50


Fellow contribution: $5,737.31
Our contribution: $190,016.69
Total funds: $195,754.00
Office space
Total funding to date: