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Empowering Through Identity

IOM tells the stories that matter and helps provide the mobile innovation solutions that empower women and their communities globally.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Storytelling is a powerful medium that help bridge the disconnect between the audience and the story. It always starts with the story. When discussing the topic of identity, In One Minute has realized that how the world perceives you and how you want to be identified have been two separate narratives. These are the stories we believe that matters and explore. Our call to action for these stories included uncovering how might we empower with accessible innovation? During our time at the UN with ID2020, we found that more than 1 billion people globally have no access to their identity. That means they will have issues accessing proper healthcare, education, work and free flow of movement. This is unacceptable in today’s accessibility to technology and connectivity. How can we give you access and control over who you are and do it efficiently and effectively. That is what we, at In One Minute, plan to accomplish. Whether you are a refugee or stateless woman in Jordan, you live in a rural community of Nigeria looking for financial inclusion, or a homeless woman in the US, this solution will help accomplish the same goal no matter the location or situation. Who you are matters and you should have control over that information. Empowering women will empower communities.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Beneficiaries include women from various demographics like: refugees, stateless, homeless in age ranges from young girls to women. Our project in Jordan focuses on refugees and stateless women that are seeking access to education and work. We are currently working on pursuing a project in Nigeria with the Edo women to empower them with financial inclusion, education, and access to work. Updates to comes soon. Our project in the US will include the homeless population of women that have lost their assets, which include the identification. This will help them gain housing, access to work, healthcare and basic needs. More updates to this coming in the next few months. By focusing on women, we find that we empower their communities. So we commit that the communities we choose to start our projects, we focus on the women, but provide solutions to their communities.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Our idea is a long-term solution that thrives with collaboration from established institutions that are providing short-term results. By bridging together our skillsets with the community and established local organizations we can all thrive. We start with the story and we collaborate to provide an innovative mobile solution. Our first initiative with digital identity will encompass a wide array of solutions no matter the region or demographic. We are using new technology that is now being explored (blockchain). Our team and founder have been involved for years in this field and have access to some of the experts that will help get our projects from idea to completion.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

In One Minute tells the stories that matter and uses mobile solutions to empower women globally. See more at Also, FB link:

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

During my time reporting in the Middle East about the refugee crisis, I met a family in 2014 the camp that was the inspiration to start In One Minute. In 2017, I returned to the camp and found that family. They introduced me to women at the camp that we interviewed and captured their stories. Before I left, the daughter of the family, handed me the diary and the key to her diary to tell her story. She is the subject of our first immersive project. We plan to empower her and her community.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The growing gap between the audience and the stories we see in the news, I have found to be caused by a term "psychic numbing." The growing disconnect from the stories that matter the most has led to decrease of empathy and lack of trust. Trust, Empathy and Transparency are the core tenants of In One Minute. As long as we stick true to our tenants we can help bridge the gap to the issue we are seeing with the disconnect and promote the trust and transparency needed to empower women and their communities globally.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We are blessed to have the support of organizations and advisors that are helping us implement and connect with women globally. We are making a public announcement in the coming weeks and will update this portion also. Please stay tuned.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Within our project in Jordan, we are collaborating with a local organization, locals and women within the community that we are helping. We are now starting a conversation with organizations in Nigeria and looking to finalize and implement the start of a project in the coming weeks. In the US, we are currently speaking with cities, organizations, and women on telling their stories and bridging together all initiatives to provide innovative solutions.

Geographic Focus

Women that are refugees, stateless, identified as homeless, or in need of access to their identity.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The majority of these projects will need a 12-18 month time period to go from ideation to results. Each region will range depending on start date, but the first 6 months will result in the first round of information that will help dictate the importance of digital identity for empowerment.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Fascinating and worthy project! Not only am I now thinking about digital identities and the impact of them to communities and people everywhere but your inclusion of blockchain tech as outreach is commendable. Thanks for submitting this.