Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's international broadcaster. Founded in 1953 as a traditional radio station, DW has steadily evolved into a modern digital media operation in the last two decades.

DW Innovation is the moniker of two interoperable institutions under its roof: DW Research and Cooperations Projects (DW ReCo) and DW Lab.

DW ReCo is a reliable and highly experienced partner for media research and innovation projects. Its expertise covers many fields at the crossroads of journalism, IT, and media science: data-driven journalism, drone journalism, immersive journalism, content personalization, content verification, distributed ledgers, human language technology–the list goes on. DW ReCo develops media use cases and dissemination concepts. It provides multimedia content and creates user interfaces, it validates and evaluates. With increasing frequency, DW ReCo also launches finished software products.

DW Lab is a special place for media experiments within DW. The lab team develops innovative ideas in digital journalism – and invites colleagues from all DW departments to bring them to fruition. Once a topic and a technology have been picked, an interdisciplinary team gets together for a workshop. Over the course of a couple of weeks (sometimes a couple of months), the "labsters" then create a working prototype – which may subsequently become a part of DW's programming or infrastructure.

DW ReCo and DW Lab frequently cooperate and also switched staff in the past.