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Mozambique: How digital identities can help in case of a natural catastrophe

Last Thursday, cyclone Idai left a devastating trail in Mozambique. With more than 400 deaths accounted for, the International Red Cross estimates more than 400.000 people were left homeless. The United Nations is describing it as “the worst climate disaster ever in the southern hemisphere”.

The Red Cross teams on sight are distributing shelter supplies to affected families and chlorine tablets to purify the water. Diseases transmitted by contaminated water are one of the biggest concerns in case of a catastrophe where normal water supplies are interrupted.

“Many families have lost everything” according to the Red Cross spokesperson, Jamie LeSueur. If they also lost their documents or if the governmental identification processes have been compromised, not being able to prove who they are can cause irreparable damage to their short term survival.

Mozambique has the third highest smartphone adoption rate in the African continent (sources 1, 2 and 3) meaning that digital identities could play a pivotal role in easing people’s suffering in a natural catastrophe scenario. This is how:

1) Aid expedition

Humanitarian aid distribution – whether shelter, food or cash based assistance – requires a strong identification layer. How else could an NGO account for what aid has been distributed and to whom?

Current identity management systems are paper-based and make this process reliant on vouchers. Paper vouchers. This not only slows the aid distribution process – and in a scenario like this time is lives – but it also jeopardizes the quality of aid provided. If a citizen is to lose their voucher they would have to start the aid request process all over again. Worse: unfortunately it is quite common, in a scenario like this, that vouchers are stolen or subject to fraud. In a paper-based system, NGOs have no means to efficiently combat wrongful behaviours.

Digital identities will provide an efficient way for an affected person to request aid. A trusted organisation can quickly issue a digital credential that verifies that person’s identity and allows them faster access to their services. All vouchers are digitised and, alongside the identity credentials, are held in a digital identity wallet in that person’s mobile device. Digital vouchers can’t be lost or stolen and provide an NGO with important and reliable information about who has been aided.

Digital identities leveraging distributed ledger technology provide a private and secure channel to share and request personal data to and from an organisation.

2) Displacement to another city/country

In catastrophe scenarios like this, the people affected are often displaced to another city or country. They become refugees. Not being able to prove who they are prevents them from accessing services like healthcare, education or banking and excludes them from society.

Digital identities allow for a trusted organisation such as the government or an NGO to issue a digital credential attesting to that person’s identity. Through the use of distributed ledger technology that credential is verified with a signature from that organisation. A signature that cannot be deleted or subject to fraud.

When verifying a persons’ affected identity, the verifier does not need to verify the accuracy of the data contained in the credential. The verifying party will validate the issuers’ signature who issued and attested to this credential to then decide whether he trusts the issuers’ assessment about the accuracy of the data.

A process like this, that eliminates the possibility of identity fraud and where everyone in the network has the same source of truth about which credentials are still valid and who attested to the validity of the data inside the credential (without revealing the actual data) will speed and facilitate identification processes between governmental departments and between governments. Accounting for less bureaucracy, less need for data management and possible frauds.

Above all, this will ease people’s suffering as it will allow them to quickly access services, such as healthcare or banking, and be included in society again. Their identities and their access to human rights are protected. Right there on their mobile devices.

More on Tykn‘s digital identity platform here.


Digital Identity: Why use blockchain?

A distributed ledger (commonly called “blockchain”) enables everyone in the network to have the same source of truth about which credentials are valid and who attested to the validity of the data inside the credential, without revealing the actual data.

Tykn’s digital identity platform uses Sovrin. A global registry for public keys to verify offchain data with those keys.

Through the infrastructure of Sovrin, the verifying parties do not need to check the validity of the actual data in the provided proof but can rather use the Sovrin blockchain to check the validity of the attestation and attesting party (such as the government) from which they can determine whether to validate the proof.

For example, when an identity owner presents a proof of their date-of-birth, rather than actually checking the truth of the date of birth itself, the verifying party will validate the government’s signature who issued and attested to this credential to then decide whether he trusts the government’s assessment about the accuracy of the data.

Hence, the validation of a proof is based on the verifier’s judgement of the reliability of the attestor.

Leveraging the Sovrin blockchain establishes trust between the parties and guarantees the authenticity of the data and attestations, without actually storing any personal data on the blockchain.

This is crucial as a distributed ledger is immutable, meaning anything that is put on the ledger can never be altered nor deleted, and thus no personal data should ever be put on the ledger.

Sovrin is a global platform, with 60+ trusted Stewards (like IBM, CISCO and Tykn) operating the network, covering every continent (except antarctica).

Learn more about Tykn‘s digital identity platform here.

2018. Tykn’s Best Year Yet.

2018 was honestly Tykn’s best year yet. The product we have been working so hard on is finally in use (but it’s a secret, so we can’t talk about it just yet!) and the global movement we kickstarted to make sure identities are private and secure is growing faster and stronger everyday.

Khalid, Tey and I talked about our highlights of the year, and here they are:

Jimmy J.P. Snoek

Photo Source: FONK Magazine

Note: If this reads like it’s come straight out of the press release, spoiler: spot on (because contracts).

In January, the 510 data team of the Netherlands Red Cross and Tykn.tech announced their cooperation at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami.

510 and Tykn.tech are researching how blockchaintechnology can make cash distributions both safer and more efficient. The use of blockchain can, among other things, reduce the logistical challenges where cash distributions are involved. This makes the situation safer for both Red Cross field staff and those affected by the disaster. The aim is to develop a system with a digital wallet that can be used to transfer money faster to those affected in a disaster area. With this money, those affected can purchase necessities like food, water and other relief goods.

The Antwerp Bid

The Municipality of Antwerp was looking into a Self Sovereign Identity solution for their digital identity infrastructure. Making that procurement and competing with large corporations in this space was a great experience and a great test for the team.

Khalid Maliki

It was an honour winning the Blockchain Innovation Conference and receiving the award from the hands of His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn. The jury’s words fill us with gratitude and gives us even more strength to pursue our mission of making sure identities are private and secure. They said:

“The thing we really like about this idea is that they are not only leveraging blockchain to make some profit but actually to improve the world and make the world a better place. It really touched our hearts from a business perspective as well as from an ethical perspective”

United Nations

Another highlight from 2018 was mine’s and Jimmy’s presence at the United Nations. We had the chance to address different UN agencies and partners who are researching into innovative applications for distributed ledger technology and be part of a panel about the present and future of identity. It was amazing to see blockchain and identity getting so much spotlight on a stage as big as the United Nations.

Tey Al-Rjula

Definitely winning The Chivas Venture Award Netherlands. And on the International Day of Human Rights of all days. The Chivas Venture is a competition that awards start ups who are working to make an impact in the world. Tykn was among the five Dutch finalists and we won! The Jury unanimously voted on Tykn as the winner of the Chivas Ventures NL, based on the criteria of social impact createdscalabilitybusiness-model, and financials.

I feel that all the nominees should be winners. Because we are all working for a better future. A sustainable future with less garbage, clean air, and most importantly for me as the founder of Tykn: a low barrier to identity. An identity that is inclusive to all. Portable, private and secure.

But most importantly…

…we all feel that we are growing a great team and each day closer and closer to our goal. That’s the biggest prize or highlight of all.

Thank you

To all the amazing people that support us in this journey everyday. We will work harder than ever to make you proud.

Learn more about Tykn’s Digital Identity platform here.

Why We Use Sovrin

Sovrin is a Self-Sovereign Identity network based on a public permissioned blockchain.

Let me explain.

In a public blockchain anyone can read and write on the ledger.

The difference is that in permissionless blockchainsanyone can be a validator nodeon the network.

validator node is an entity that verifies the transactions happening in a blockchain. For example, in the bitcoin blockchain anyone can be a validator node (the so called “miners”).

With permissioned blockchains, as the name says, one requires a permission to be a validator node.

That brings us back to Sovrin.

Self-Sovereign Identity implies that the identity holder owns his identity. There is no centralised storage of identity. It’s his. It’s in his possession in a wallet in his devices. But how could we then trust that this identity is authentic?

That’s where the blockchaincomes in.

Regarding digital identities, no personal information should ever be stored on a blockchain.

Given it’s immutability — nothing can be modified or erased — what would happen if, in 20 years, someone can breach that blockchain?

That’s why the only thing stored on the blockchain are pointers (called Decentralised Identifiers or DIDs). The credentials that the citizen is holding will have an Issuer ID attached. Only the pointers, which are the Issuer ID alongside the key from the authority who issued the credential, are stored on the blockchain. Anyone looking to verify that citizen’s identity will only have to:

  1. check if there’s a match between the Issuer ID on the blockchain and the Issuer ID attached to the credential.
  2. check the key of the issuer (say, a government) who attested to the validity of that credential.

Even if the blockchain is breached, the theft of those Credential IDs poses no harm to the citizen. No one can do anything with them.

Nonetheless, given how serious the matter of identity is, Sovrindecided that only permissioned entities should be able to run nodes on it’s blockchain. Those entities are known as Stewards.

Stewards are responsible for validating identity transactions to ensure consistency about what is written on the ledger and in what order. Tykn is one of those Stewards who are allowed to run validator nodes. Along with IBM, Cisco, T-labs and two dozen others (with the aim of having up to 300 Stewards within the network in the long run for optimal decentralised governance).

Sovrin also uses digital standards such as w3c (the specification of the Decentralised Identifiers — the pointers — that is being created by the World Wide Web Consortium). We believe that the creation of one standard is paramount to achieve interoperability between all the players in the identity space.

Sovrin enables trust to exist in the digital world using distributed ledger technology and allows users to have control over their own data in a secure and private way. Although the network is still in development it has a reliable infrastructure and is backed by big companies. Which we see as proof of it’s stability and future potential.

That is why we believe that Sovrin is the ideal partner in our mission to provide access to human rights through digital identities.

Learn more about Tykn’s Digital Identity platform here.

5 Answers From The UN Panel on Digital Identity

Held by the UNOPS and the Consulate General for the Kingdom of The Netherlands in New York, the Digital Identity panel was moderated by Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage from Pels Rijcken on September 26th 2018 and had the presence of five professionals — Olivier Rikken (AXVECO), Giulietta Marani (ICTU), Mariana Dahan (WIN), Jeroen van Megchelen(Ledger Leopard) and our very own Jimmy J.P. Snoek — who are exploring the possibilities of digital identity and blockchain. I selected one key answer from each of them.

Where are we in the topic of digital identities?

Regarding decentralised digital identities, we are completely at the beginning. Which is a pity because a lot of the use cases for blockchain highly depend on trustworthy digital identities.

— Olivier Rikken (Director of Blockchain and Smart Contracts, AXVECO)

Where can blockchain add value to this discussion?

The blockchain works in two steps. The first is adding the blockchain to the normal process. So, let me first have the ability to get the actual passport or the verified claim of the passport on your mobile phone and on the blockchain, and then we learn to work with it. Then we have the second step: implementing it completely decentralised. In our opinion you have to learn by doing.

If you take a look at the internet, for example, before the internet we centralised around databases. The internet came and the databases were decentralised. The next step is that we want to have insights on who is doing what with our data. And that is what blockchain is adding. With an immutable record that we can check.

— Jeroen van Megchelen (CTO, Ledger Leopard)

What if someone needs to change this immutable records? Like transgender people.

When you mix identity and blockchain and you get that immutability part people think “oh no, what if I have to change something?”. What about transgender people and what if they transition and they want to have their documents changed?

This is why, in terms of immutability, and in terms of putting anything on the ledger, no Personal Identifiable Information should ever be put on a ledger.

For one, it’s not compliant with any regulation right now. And two, it’s just an incredibly stupid idea because we don’t know where it is going. Imagine if we put all our Personal Identifiable Information on a ledger and in 20 years someone breaches that ledger. We’ll have Equifax times ten. That’s a horrible idea.

So where we want to move towards is having control over our own data. In a way where the only thing we put on a ledger are the pointers. Even if there were a breach you still can’t do anything with that data. With that, making revocations on a network is a lot simpler. Because you are not trying to change something that is inherently immutable.

— Jimmy J.P. Snoek (Co-founder, Tykn)

What do governments need to assure for us to have this digital identity?

For now, the government should be the one that verifies identity. Because for a lot of people — I remember my parents using online banking for the first time — going digital was very scary. If you have your identity going digital it will be very scary too. In the beginning we will have to help people see what the possibilities are. Government could have a control in that. 
We need a lot of examples that it can work and that it is safe.

— Giulietta Marani (Senior Advisor, ICTU Foundation)

What are the risks of having a digital identity database? How do we minimise the risks?

One of the biggest steps forward that we made in the past years was the awareness. When we started, I remember being one of the lonely voices talking about the importance of it, I think we did not realise at that time the complexity of the identityconcept in general.

And all of these risks were distant to us. We did not see them as being real and obvious. It was only after some high profile privacy and security breaches that happened and affected so many of us rather unexpectedly. Like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s scandal, the Equifax breach in the US, or in India, the biggest identity program, called Aadhaar, which is still today facing some security challenges.

I think we started to realise we needed to do things differently and try to look for solutions. Which is where blockchain came in as a potential solution. But it’s definitely not the only one.

In the end what we are trying to solve are big humanity challenges. Not just a single company’s agenda.

— Mariana Dahan (CEO, World Identity Network)


Learn more about Tykn’s Digital Identity platform here.

Facebook Got Hacked and This Is What Hackers May Know About You

From now on, heist films will be increasingly less thrilling. Identity is the new gold. And who wants to see George Clooney break into data servers?

Last week, hackers stole the access to 50 million Facebook accounts. But, as you’ll see during this article, the hack is not constrained to Facebook and may be more far reaching than initially thought. What can the hackers know about you? And even if you weren’t directly affected, is there a reason to be worried?

A few years ago, Facebook decided to solve a problem. When you on-boarded a website or application you had to register every single time. You had to create a unique set of credentials (“login details”) for every website you registered in. That constituted a terrible user experience.

In the “offline world”, a passport is an official document issued by a government, attesting the holder’s identity and authorising them to travel to and from foreign countries. One authority grants you one credential that allows you entry in multiple places. In the internet world Facebook decided to be that authority and create the passport you use online.

Do you wish to login using Facebook?

That passport is called Facebook Connect. Facebook Connect is a set of API’s that allows users to login to third-party websites and applications using their Facebook account. Several hundreds (thousands?) of services, from small to large, such as Expedia or Tinder, outsourced their registration processes over to Facebook. It made registrations much quicker and easy. You wouldn’t need to input your name, e-mail, age or upload photos, for example, in each new service. Less clicks, less passwords to memorize, less friction for users.

Those publishers accepted Facebook as an authority validating those users identity. The users trusted Facebook as an authority certifying their identity before those services.

Identity is the key word here.

According to Darrell O’Donnell, a digital identity expert, Facebook and Google “are the organisations with both scale and financial reasons for hosting that expensive database”.

They are in the data business. The more they know about you, the better they can serve you ads, the happier paying advertisers will be.


The Honey Pot

Hackers exploited three bugs — a vulnerability that has been reported as existing since 2017 — to steal 50 million users’ “access tokens”. The entry keys to an account on Facebook. By that point, hackers could already have control over a person’s Facebook account. But the breach does not stop there because, due to Facebook Connect, hackers could also access all the websites that person uses Facebook to log in to.

In a study by The University of Illinois, researchers found, in controlled experiments, that hackers, exploiting those vulnerabilities, could read a person’s messages on Tinder (without them appearing as “read”), could see a person’s passport number and payments on Expedia and access real time-tracking on the Uber app and even tip the driver. (Source)

That is one problem of granting “control of digital identities to centralised authorities of the online world” (Christopher Allen).

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying About Hacks on Identity Hoarders and Love Self-Sovereign Identity

Putting it simply: Self-Sovereign Identity is an identity you own. It’s yours. You hold it and you decide who gets to “see” it and what of it they get to “see”.

Example: you have a credential in a digital form. A passport, let’s say. You will hold this credential in a wallet on your device (a mobile phone, perhaps). This credential has a Credential ID attached to it. The same Credential ID is stored on a blockchain alongside a signature from the authority who gave you your passport. A signature that proves that passport is credible.

Important: only this Credential ID is on the blockchain, not your actual passport data.

Once on the blockchain it becomes immutable. No one can alter that Credential ID.

When I travel and show my digital passport to the airport security they check the Credential ID on my passport and verify if it’s the same Credential ID that is registered on the blockchain. They also check the signature attached to the ID which shows, for example, that the Government signed off on it. If there’s a match in the ID’s my identity is verified. Hooray!

But let’s bring this use case down to our Facebook problem: If the context is one of an app, say Tinder, the app would check the Credentials in my wallet (name, D.O.B, etc) but never store them itself. Avoiding the honey pot problem. There is no centralised storage of identity that may be subject to breaches. Meaning that for hackers to steal 50 million accounts they would have to hack those 50 million accounts individually.

This wallet/credential would be interoperable also solving the problem of having to re-register to every new service with new credentials. I could use the same credentials in my wallet to all services/apps.

According to Darrell O’Donnell, companies are realising the major liability that is storing personal data of customers (or employees). Every breach, loss or theft of personal data may turn into significant lawsuits and fines. Which may mean that, in the near future, companies will also start working their way into Self-Sovereign Identity solutions.

Facebook released a statement staying that “has so far found no evidence that the attackers accessed any apps using Facebook Login.” Although that is quite different from saying that they found evidence that no attackers accessed any apps.

Learn more about Tykn’s Digital Identity platform here.

Self-Sovereign Identity Explained in 10 Quotes by 3 Industry Experts

The idea of Self-Sovereign Identity is not an easy one to grasp. So here are 10 quotes from 3 Self-Sovereign Identity industry leaders that might help you get a better understanding of the concept.

The Status-Quo of Identity

“SSI is the newest of the three models of digital identity. In the oldest model, known as the traditional or “siloed” model, a centralized organization issues or licenses a digital credential to an individual to access its services. The individual needs a unique set of credentials for each entity that she interacts with, making for a poor overall user experience.

This hassle led to the emergence of a second model known as the “federated model”. In this model, a third-party identity provider (“IDP”) provides the individual with digital credentials for signing on or logging into various other services through a “single sign-on” or “social log-in” button. The IDP then “federates” this login to the particular entity or service that the individual is trying to access (e.g. “login with Facebook” or “login with Google”).” (Source)
 — Elizabeth M. Renieris (Global Policy Counsel at Evernym)

Elizabeth M. Renieris

“Before blockchain we had to create massive databases that you left to others — it’s painful. That’s why you see “Login with Facebook” and “Login with Google” everywhere — they are the organizations with both the scale and financial reasons for hosting that expensive database.” (Source)
— Darrell O’Donnell (Technology and Strategy Advisor at Continuum Loop Inc.)

Granting control of digital identity to centralized authorities of the online world suffers from the same problems caused by the state authorities of the physical world: users are locked in to a single authority who can deny their identity or even confirm a false identity. Centralization innately gives power to the centralized entities, not to the users.” (Source)

— Christopher Allen (Blockchain & Decentralized Identity Architect)

“While this approach solves some of the customer experience problems associated with the siloed approach, it requires the need to trust the IDP as a middleman between the individual and the organization whose services she is trying to access.” (Source)
— Elizabeth M. Renieris

What changed with Blockchain?

“At its core, blockchain/DLT is designed to solve the “double spend” problem, i.e. the fact that digital information is very easy to copy and reproduce. In the case of a real world asset like money, the problem can be framed as — how do you prevent someone from spending the same money twice?

Turning back to identity — once digitized to constitute “online” or “digital identity,” that identity becomes a digital asset. So what is identity theft or fraud? Fundamentally, it’s someone other than you trying to “spend” your identity or, put differently, more than one party trying to use the same identity twice. Viewed this way, it’s clear that identity fraud is simply a double spend problem.

This is where the promise of blockchain and blockchain-based self-sovereign identity solutions come into play.” (Source)
— Elizabeth M. Renieris

“But what does blockchain allow here? First off it allows a globally shared ledger so we can all see it. We also can agree that the information on this ledger hasn’t been messed with (i.e. what’s there can’t be changed — it is immutable), and anyone can use it. It also allowed a very subtle, but crucial shift — you and I could actually own our own digital identity.” (Source)
 — 
Darrell O’Donnell

So what is Self-Sovereign Identity?

“Self-Sovereign Identity is the next step beyond user-centric identity and that means it begins at the same place: the user must be central to the administration of identity. That requires not just the interoperability of a user’s identity across multiple locations, with the user’s consent, but also true user control of that digital identity, creating user autonomy. To accomplish this, a self-sovereign identity must be transportable; it can’t be locked down to one site or locale.” (Source)
 — 
Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen

“It’s about you controlling your digital identity. Meaning you control what you share (or don’t share) with the various companies and people you deal with.” (Source)
 — 
Darrell O’Donnell

“The individual sits in the middle of her data ecosystem and exerts sovereign or individual control over each transaction or exchange of personal data relating to her. Moreover, rather than concentrating control of data stores and silos in the hands of a few large corporates, in the SSI model, data collection, storage, and processing are decentralized across a flat data ecosystem.” (Source)
 — 
Elizabeth M. Renieris

“In 10 years nobody will care that the advent of self-sovereign identity created a seismic shift in both technology and the balance of power. What they will care about is that their lives have been improved. They won’t talk about privacy, security, and other things that we talk about.

And somebody, in 10 years, is going to say “Really? You let a big company control your identity and monitor everything you did? Why would you do that?”.” (Source)
 — 
Darrell O’Donnell

Darrell O’Donnell

Thank you to Elizabeth M. RenierisDarrell O’Donnell and Christopher Allen for the work they are producing to advance Self Sovereign Identity! Make sure to follow them on Twitter!

Learn more about Tykn’s Digital Identity platform here.

SR. SOLIDITY DEVELOPER

Senior Solidity Developer
About the role:

Tykn is looking to hire a Senior Solidity Developer to accelerate the scaling of the company! 

Do you have a proven track record in solidity smart-contracts development and are looking for a new challenge? Look no further!

Responsibilities Requirements
  • – The (re)evaluation and (re)design of the system architecture, which is based on Solidity smart contracts.
  • – Ensure the validity of the system by testing the code.
  • – Ensure resiliency, privacy and upgradeability in the code that is built.
  • – Work within Agile and DevOps frameworks.
  • – Guide in the alignment with overall architecture design together with the rest of the technical team.
  • – Assist in bug-fixes and other problem-solving processes.
  • – Provide detailed technical information at e.g. conferences or meet-ups
  • – In-depth understanding of Blockchain technology
  • – 2+ years experience in developing Ethereum smart contracts written in Solidity.
  • – High level of experience of working in Agile projects with highly automated DevOps.
  • – Experience in system testing
  • – Experience in collaborating with User Interface developers.
  • – Experience in incident and problem resolution in production environments.
  • – Enthusiasm for working in a space full of unknowns, pivoting as needed, and being comfortable with not knowing the end state is a must.
  • – Teamwork, flexibility, initiative, communication and organisation competencies are required.
  • – Experience of full-stack development, especially with Angular and Node, is an advantage.

We offer:

A friendly and modern workplace in the center of the city of Leiden, The Netherlands. The office building houses various amenities, including a gym, wellness area and swimming pool overlooking the city. We work with one of the largest NGOs in the world, creating the impact needed in the identity space for social and economic inclusion. You will be working with dynamic professionals and ego-free team players who value taking initiative and spearheading development processes. You can count on a competitive salary, creative freedom, and plenty of ways to increase your skills in an inspiring international environment. We also always have international events and trips planned throughout Europe, the U.S. and MENA region, where the team is usually present. We are impacting the lives of billions of people, hence changing the meaning of being a “billionaire”!

So are you the next Solidity Dev. Billionaire? Please apply by emailing your resume with cover letter to: jobs@tykn.tech


Note: this position requires you to be on location Monday to Friday at least for part of the day to make sure everything is handled. This is not a remote role.

Tykn Wins “Best ICO” at the Blockchain Innovation Conference!

It has now been a week since the Blockchain Innovation Conference 2018, and we are still equal parts ecstatic and humbled for having been allowed to receive this award, and from such a prominent member of the Dutch Royal family no less! As special ambassador of Startup Delta, an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to support Dutch startups, Prince Constantijn of Orange-Nassau was the presenter of this year’s first place award, and in handing over the prize, he called Tykn an “example to Dutch startups”. What an honour!

Left to right: Katja Bouman (Mathematician & Back-end Developer), Khalid Maliki (COO & Co-founder), Tey Al-Rjula (CEO & Co-founder), and HRH Prince Constantijn of Orange-Nassau.

This fifth iteration of the BIC was held at the headquarters of Rabobank in Utrecht this year due to the overwhelming demand following last year’s edition. As part of this year’s event, themed “From Proof of Concepts to real world solutions”, an ICO competition was held, where a commission of 7 ICO veterans judged 7 selected Dutch ICOs, being: Attrace: affiliate marketing on the Blockchain; Trustier: a tool to measure, share and transfer trust; Careerchain: open industry standard for sharing career histories; Mijn Vastgoed: Real Estate investments for everyone; Fissacoin: a party coin for large events; iCasting: putting talents and clients in control of their transactions, and last but not least of course: Tykn: The Future of Resilient Identity!

Adding to his previous statement, the Prince stated: “If I am to be standing on stage at the Blockchain Innovation Conference again next year, I hope Tyknwill have made a great impact on people in need”. Since we will be heading to 
St. Martin in September with the 510 Data Team of The Netherlands Red Cross to integrate and test Tykn’s distributed identity attestation system “Ana” for The Netherlands Red Cross’ Cash Based Assistance project there, we are confident to make this come true!


Learn more about Tykn’s Digital Identity platform here.

Tykn at the World Blockchain Forum in Dubai!

On April 14–19, several members of the Tykn team ventured down to Dubai with the aim of laying the foundation for a future potential established presence in the UAE by meeting with government representatives, as well as generating leads for our future funding rounds. For this, of course, there is no better place than Keynote’s World Blockchain Forum!

Left to right: Jimmy J.P. SnoekKhalid MalikiWeiwu Zhang & Randa Rifai

Attending the event were Co-Founder & COO, Khalid Maliki; Business Development Lead, Jimmy J.P. Snoek, and Compliance Officer (Lebanon), Randa Rifai; accompanied by Blockchain Architect Weiwu Zhang, on invitation by the organiser of the forum, Dr. Moe Levin, Strategic Advisor to Tykn.

On the first day, Khalid presented Tykn’s distributed identity attestation authority system, ANA, to large-scale investors, entrepreneurs & government officials alike, and the attention and interest it garnered was truly overwhelming! The event allowed us to make many wonderful and exciting connections, with many of whom we will be discussing our contribution to the identity & humanitarian aid space within the UAE and other parts of the globe on the short term!

In the meantime, the team is working hard on the writing of both a white and two yellow (technical) papers (to be released in July) explaining the magic of ANA, and to have her test-ready for our upcoming pilot in St. Martin together with the 510 Data Team, for The Netherlands Red Cross.

To get a taste of what the World Blockchain Forum in Dubai was like this year, check out Keynote’s highlight video below! The next iteration of the WBF will be in New York on June 11–13.

Learn more about Tykn’s Digital Identity platform here.