In a refugee camp in Turkey…

...Khalid and Jimmy met Joram (alias), a Syrian engineer who is now a cleaner in a textile factory because he cannot prove his academic or professional experience. His documents were destroyed and the institutions that could confirm the authenticity of those documents are also gone.

In 2020 this is too common among the 1.2 billion people around the world who do not have an identifying document. And who, because of that, are unable to access services such as healthcare, education, banking or find a job. They are forced to live on the fringes of society, at risk of exploitation and trafficking.

1 billion

People without proof of existence.

237 million

Invisible Children (without a birth certificate).

1 million

Children were ID theft victims in 2017, costing families over $540 MM out-of-pocket expenses.

$3.92 million

Global Average Cost per data breach for companies.

In fact, identity is a problem for every single one of us.

When on paper it could be easily lost or destroyed. When digital it can be breached, hacked or leaked online. Sold on the black market and used for fraud. Vulnerable people like refugees are just the first to suffer the problems of identity.

A third of the refugees in Europe are children, and while they are lucky to get documented, hundreds of thousands in Syrian Refugee camps do not have birth certificates, and newborns in camps are unable to complete the birth registration process, due to economic, geographical and complex administrative barriers.

This and many more experiences of hardship that refugees suffer due to weak and outdated identity systems give Khalid Maliki and Jimmy J.P. Snoek the ongoing inspiration and motivation to lead Tykn’s vision of a future where identities are private and secure. Creating a future of opportunity through digital identity.

Awards & Achievements

Winning the Dutch edition of The Chivas Venture led us to the global finals that took place during The Next Web Conference 2019, in Amsterdam. Tykn placed in the Top 5 among 1000 companies.

Tykn also won the Spindle Innovation Awards (powered by Partos and Accenture) and became a semi-finalist in the Accenture Innovation Awards two years in a row.

On top of this, in 2018, we won Best ICO Pitch at the Blockchain Innovation Conference 2018 in June, as well as the B4H Shapers Award for Digital Identity, the NRC Live Tech Talks Awards and, most recently, the MENAFIF Innovation Prize from the AFIForum - Asia Financial Institutions Forum. Recently, we won the The Next Web's Sustainable Societies Pitch Battle.

We're committed to building a diverse and inclusive team

At Tykn, diversity and inclusion are not just part of our CSR. It's who we are. Currently, our team is composed of 6 different nationalities from 4 continents. But we're conscious that we still have more to do.

Diversity is especially important in the identity industry. According to Emma Lindley, founder of Women in Identity, there's evidence of bias in identity technologies. Researchers from MIT have found that a facial recognition system will have a less than 1% error rate when recognising a white male face. That error rate grows to 20% in case of a white female and 37% for a female face of color. It's possible that, although unintentionally, the people building identity technologies are taking their biases into the systems they build.

If our mission is to create a future of opportunity for all we must make sure that we are not transporting our unconscious biases to the digital identity systems we create. The way to make sure that happens is to have the most diverse team possible. We will always strive to have a diverse team thinking, building and testing the solutions.

Want to join us in our mission of creating a future of opportunity through digital identity? Check out our Careers page.

Meet Our Co-Founders

Khalid Maliki
Co-founder & COO

As a seasoned UX designer, Khalid co-founded Tykn after seven years of working for both governmental and commercial instances.

Jimmy J. P. Snoek
Co-founder & CEO

Jimmy J.P. is a musician, public speaker and serial entrepreneur, currently residing in The Hague, The Netherlands.