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Here you can write your application for PPI board member. To submit your application copy-paste the table or write an e-mail with the information to and we will add you to the list. ( we do have temporarily problems with wiki, so we are glad to help)

Sponsors - According to IV (4) (b) and V (2) (b) of the PPI statutes candidates to any body of the PPI must be proposed by an ordinary or observer member of the PPI. If you submit your application please add your sponsor. One member can support multiple candidates and the person applying for a position doesn't necessarily need to be a member of that organization. If you don't have a sponsor before the conference you still might be able to convince a delegation on the spot.

Please use the following template:

Name and nicks YOUR NAME

Chairperson (2 positions)

Name and nicks Gregory Engels
Sponsor Pirate Party of Germany
member of Pirate Party Pirate Parties of Germany, Hesse, Kazakhstan, Russia, Luxembourg and Sweden
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  • I have studied Physics (with specialization in atomic physics)
  • since 1998 I am running a company that provides consulting services for Lotus Notes customers. (Mostly managing big multi-national migration projects)
  • In my field, I am considered to be a "guru" - I am IBM RedBook author, member of the Penumbra partnership and a frequent speaker at international Lotus Notes conferences.
  • I am married and have two children

Pirate Qualifications:

  • Member of the City Council of Offenbach am Main and leader of the first parliamentary Pirate Group ever
  • Candidate for the upcoming European Parliament elections for PP-DE (List position 6)
  • Judge in the Court of Arbitration in the Pirate Party of Hesse 2011-2012
  • Main organizer of the PP-DE GA in Offenbach (1500 attendees)
  • Co-Chairman Pirate Parties International April 2010 till March 2011 and from April 2012 on.
  • International Coordinator for Pirate Party of Germany since 2009
  • PPI Statutes Task-Force leader 2009-2010
  • Campaign manager foreigners elections City of Offenbach 2010 - achieved 4.2% for the Pirate Party, resulting in a win of one seat.

Other Memberships

  • Chaos Computer Club Frankfurt (C3F2M)
  • Humanistische Union (HU)
  • Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV)
  • Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobilclub (ADAC)
language(s) I am fluent in English, German and Russian
motivation and political background I would like to repeat at large what I have said in my last year presentation:

The coming year is a turning point for the Pirate Movement. Pirates have entered into Parliaments, and we are seeing its gain momentum that many have not dreamed of even a year ago. New Pirate Parties are being founded and old ones experience a land rush like growth. But this dynamics also bring new challenges. We need a shift in professionalism inside our structures and inside PPI to make sure that the Pirate Movement will survive this growth. We need to reach out to our allies to face the growing global threats that are threatening to all of us - things like CEEP, TTIP, TTP, and new challenges like IPRED. We need to support PPI's members on the international level. And we need to focus on the whole world, not just our neighborhood - because this world is interconnected and bad legislation in any part of it will in the end be everyone's problem, if we remain motionless.

I am running for reelection as PPI Co-Chairman on the post. Being on the post has turned out to be rather an obstacle for a Pirate than an advantage. We have struggled a lot to unwind a chaos left over by the previous administration and, even that we were partially successful, some of more important issues remain unsolved. We have started a lot of projects and I really would like to execute them to a level of completeness where it is easy for the next board to take it over and not going through the same struggles that we had to face.

Contact data I can easily be reached at a number of channels - see my profile page in the German Pirate-Wiki

You can also ask me public questions on Formspring

Name and nicks Patrick "Argure" Godschalk
Sponsor TBA
member of Pirate Party Piratenpartij (The Netherlands)
  • I'm very good at telling when someone is actively bullshitting this organisation.
  • I'm also very good at getting those people to stop doing that.
  • I'm Dutch, which means I'm always either drunk or high - and therefore good fun! This is obviously a lie.
  • I realise that I can just write whatever the bloody hell I want in here since most people won't even check these.
  • On that note, I have a PhD in creativology.
  • I'm not at all narcissistic or cynical. I do not know the meaning of sarcasm.
  • I will love you long time. ( ⊙‿⊙)
language(s) C, Perl, zsh. I also do Python when I'm feeling masochistic. Oh, and I can say ARRRR really loud!
motivation and political background See, this is where it gets interesting. I actually have a serious motivation for doing this, despite the cynical and somewhat humourous first paragraphs here. And that motivation is simple.

It's an important one so let me place it on it's own line just so people read it better:

You do NOT. Fucking. "Announce". A GA *TWO WEEKS* before it actually starts.

I mean come on, this is some A+++ stand-up bullshit going on here that I expect from 'liberals', but not from a Pirate Party. Or at least, I don't want to expect this. So, my motivation for my candidature is simple.

  1. I refuse to acknowledge the validity of this GA in the interest of the member parties that are not the in-crowd of Gregory Engels.
  2. If this GA still happens, elect me to the board in whatever position and I will immediately move to declare this GA null and void.
  3. After which, I will immediately step down as board member because I have no actual interest in being one.

If I am unable to declare the GA null and void, I will simply not do anything as a board member other than righteously 'abuse' this position to actually fucking *inform* the member parties of shit like this. And any other board member who in that case would have a problem with this can cordially go fuck themselves.

And yes, in case it needs explaining, despite writing this on a cynical and highly frustrated note, - I am *dead serious* about this candidature with this specific motivation.

Contact data Argure on IRC. If you're wondering which network, I'm on pretty much most of them, just pick one at random. You can also mail me at but honestly, I read my mail maybe once a week at most.

Board members (5 positions)

Name and nicks Denis 'SciFi' Simonet
Sponsor Pirate Party Switzerland
member of Pirate Party Pirate Party of Switzerland
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  • I work as a software engineer for a company which integrates FOSS and I am a Bachelor in Computer Science
  • PPI board member since 2012
  • Chairman of Pirate Party Switzerland from the foundation in 2009 until March 2012
  • Founder member of the Swiss Privacy Foundation
  • Spokesperson for PP-CH
  • International Coordinator for Pirate Party of Switzerland
  • Many other activities, also see my page on wikipedia
language(s) Swiss German, German, French, English, a bit Italian
motivation and political background I already was a board member for two years now and I offer my time for another period. I won't do treasurer nor CAO. But I'd be happy to continue visiting organizations such as the WIPO or the WTO, help organizing the next ThinkTwice and help in other ways where my spare time allows me to do so.
Contact data
  • Skype: SciF0r
  • Twitter: SciF0r
  • Jabber:
  • E-Mail:

Name and nicks Patrick "Argure" Godschalk
application/contact data See above

Alternate Board Member (4 positions)

Name and nicks Patrick "Argure" Godschalk
application/contact data See above

Court of Arbitration (3-7 positions)

Lay auditors (3 positions)