We are delighted to announce and congratulate the finalists for the inaugural Mission Billion Challenge launched by the World Bank Group’s Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative.  We received over 170 submissions from more than 56 countries!

These six finalists will present their solution at the Mission Billion Challenge Pitch Event to be held during the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group on April 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C, where the selection of the final winners will be made.

More information will be shared about the April 12th event, including how to watch it live via video-streaming!

Sthan: Virtualizing Physical Addresses

Sthan is a solution that replaces postal addresses with a privacy-protecting reimagination of what it means to physically locate a person or a place. Sthan is an address in the format user-name@entity that maps to underlying address data attributes. It protects privacy by only resolving those attributes that are necessary in context to answer, “Where are you?”. Sthan has API endpoints for authorized entities to encode and resolve addresses at an attribute level, to create one-time tokenized addresses for sharing with logistics providers, and to give/revoke consent for others to know your address. See more

Audio Recorded Consent for Biometric Identification

This solution proposes a customizable audio-recorded consent solution alongside written text, with the aim of ensuring that individuals understand how their data is going to be used. The solution prioritizes informed consent as an important process and right, while also recognizing the operational and socio-cultural challenges of implementation in countries with low literacy. To build credibility and to improve accessibility in the consent capturing process, the audio-recorded consent message can be recorded in the voice of a local leader and in the local language. See more


A Toolkit for Gathering and Documenting Valid Consent

This solution aims to increase transparency and understanding in digital ID systems by making the consent transaction more salient and deliberate.  Individuals receive a call on their phone and listen to an explanation about the data collection task in their own language. Then by using a simple voice menu, individuals are asked to push a button on their phone and say the phrase “I, … give consent”.  The toolkit will consist of an interactive voice response menu and a blockchain supported registry that addresses the lack of transparency, information and documentation, as well as the difficulty individuals can face in revoking consent.  See more


Blockcerts: Recipient-Owned, Lifelong Digital Credentials

Blockcerts empowers people to own their official documents, share them with anyone, and verify them instantly by providing individuals with digital records for free. This solution uses blockchain and stores minimal data on-chain, no document data is stored on-chain, and uses one-way document hashing so that document contents cannot be reconstructed from on-chain data. In addition, Blockcerts provides an interoperability framework for records ownership, portability, and verification regardless of which chain is used. It also allows for cryptographic verification of issuer and recipient identity and free, vendor-independent records sharing and verification. See more

Solid: Decentralized, Inclusive and User-Centric Digital ID

Solid is an open source solution that uses existing World Wide Web technology and standards to create an inclusive, user-centric digital identity and data storage platform for universal deployment (much like the original Web).  Solid puts individuals in full control of their own Personal Online Data Stores (PODs), that can be securely accessed via any Web-connected device or browser.  PODs allow users to play an active, meaningful and dignified role in the management of their own identity data, and are designed using Linked Data, a method of publishing structured data so that it can be interlinked (connected) and become more useful to read, share, and understand. See more

IDLand: Digital ID System Game

IDLand is a social impact game to inform decision makers about potential issues that can arise when designing a digital ID system. Users take on the role of a decision maker on the verge of implementing a digital ID system, thinking through many of the critical decisions required when designing a digital ID system in order to understand the potential implications of these decisions. Users must make important decisions about the management of personal data records and consider issues regarding potential data breaches, exclusion of vulnerable groups and digital literacy. See more