Michael Gegg

Michael Gegg was selected for the 2019 European Press Prize shortlist with ‘Radmesser

Michael Gegg is 30 years old and lives in Berlin. Since the beginning of 2019, he is a data-driven, investigative journalist at the recently established Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab in Berlin. He is engaged with technically demanding data acquisition, analysis and visualization based on sensor journalism, webscraping, machine learning and data science. In 2018, he became one of the founders of the “Radmesser” project. In this context, he developed the Radmesser sensor and app, which allowed 100 Berliners to measure the overtaking distances of cars while riding on a bicycle.

Before working on journalistic projects, Michael Gegg studied theoretical physics in Berlin and Ann Arbor, USA and finished his PhD in quantum optics in 2017. He is interested in opinion creation in the digital age, climate change and how new technologies can be beneficial for society.