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Navigation and self managed secure identity and personal information tailored to migrants & refugees.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Legal identities for migrants & refugees is lacking and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) states that in today’s modern world, lacking proof of identity can limit a person’s access to services and socio-economic participation, including employment opportunities, housing, a mobile phone, and a bank account. Next to food, water and shelter, the next two most important things is an ID and navigation - where you are and going. Ask a migrant and most will tell you it is legal and financial hell without identity. Digital IDs are a double edged sword - crucial for making progress on the migration journey, but an be a security risk under some situations such as fleeing a conflict and you don't want everyone knowing who you are nor where you are. Also, fleeing conflict may prohibit liquidating assets. What if you could navigate, retrieve records and money and present an ID without fear of hostile repercussions? Now a migrant can with WhoWhereAmI. Also, people on the move without planning struggle to navigate their travel. The WhoWhereAMI service includes a way for migrants and refugees to locate themselves and allow only trusted others to find them. The WhoWhereAmI service encrypts everything so only the owner of the ID can access it, or provide access to someone else they trust. Automated biometric [fingerprint, eye, facial] identification is the process of using a computer to match fingerprints against a database of known and unknown biometric [fingerprint, eye, facial]. Automated biometric [fingerprint, eye, facial] verification is a closely related technique used in applications such as attendance and access control systems. On a technical level, verification systems verify a claimed identity (a user might claim to be John by presenting his PIN or ID card and verify his identity using his fingerprint), whereas identification systems determine identity based solely on biometric [fingerprint, eye, facial].

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The WhoWhereAmI service is global, migrants and refugees in any region can benefit.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The WhoWhereAmI service builds a bridge between migrants and refugees and their legal and financial world, between their place of origin and destination.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Beyond basic needs, the most critical need is access to finances, income, services and goods.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Currently, many migrants and refugees struggle to prove who they are, access personal information, navigate.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

National Geographic special edition on forced migration. Bothers me to see people who want to move forward, but are stuck without an ID.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

“We're like snowflakes. Each of us is unique, but it's still pretty hard to tell us apart.” TONY VIGORITO Many migrants and refugees could gain access to more resources if they could prove who they are. A secure digital ID will empower individuals and organizations.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Amazon AWS will host the service. Also, biometric companies who provide devices on the ground level.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name


Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

I'm a migrant from Canada to the U.S. I am a naturalized U.S. citizen. My family migrated to the U.S. without major problems. I've had the typical struggle with language, acceptance, adapting to a different culture. I have a reference and feel for those whose migration was more painful than mine.

Type of submitter

  • We are not yet a registered organization but plan to register in future

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State

Kennesaw, GA


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