Hi, I’m Helge

Helge Fahrnberger

Helge Fahrnberger

Hi, I’m Helge Fahrnberger, owner and head of Toursprung, the company behind Maptoolkit, Printmaps and other digital maps products, and co-founder of Bikemap and a couple of other companies. On Twitter I am @helge.

I teach taught Online Journalism at the University of Vienna and at the FHWien and I founded the Austrian media watchblog, winner of the Open Society Award 2011 and named Blog of the Year by Radio FM4 twice.

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I volunteer at the NGO Laafi. We are a circle of friends, building rural hospitals (like this one and this one) in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Less for charitable reasons, more as an extended form of travelling.


Back the early 2000s I was head of product development of, for a period of time the hottest shit around, with 6 million users.


Please get in touch for media inquiries and feel free to use one of these printable pictures: Portrait (Credits: Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek) and torso shot (Credits: Lisa Lux).

Some articles I wrote: Der Standard / Kommentar der Anderen (2015), Die Presse / Gastkommentar (2019), Falter / Gastkommentar (2009), BIORAMA / Gastkommentar (2019).

Some media appearances: Der Standard/Kopf des Tages: 2009 & 2019, Falter/Hero der Woche, ZIB 24, Ö1 Nachtquartier, Die Presse, ORF Report 1/2

Me, elsewhere

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  flickr   wikipedia
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About this site

In one way or the other I’ve been blogging since late 1999 (see my 10 years posting) and on different domains and software platforms. This site was/is my notebook, public voice (not so frequently anymore for lack of time) and technological playground. Most of my posts are in German meanwhile.

Picture of me on this page: Lisa Lux.