Hi Kate Rushton thanks re: Citi award. We were also voted the 6th most disruptive company in the world in the Disrupt 100 list recently: http://www.disrupt100.com/company/675/
Here is some beneficiary feedback: 1. Ms A. Hall - the workers of HIB® has been such a blessing and Godsend for me and my family because I was sleeping on the floor for almost a year as I could not afford to buy back furniture AND pay to have my home repaired. 2. Ms C. Jefferson - hearing from HIB® and receiving this furniture has renewed my faith in people. I did not expect to get much items plus it's brand new. From the bottom of my heart I thank you. 3. Gary and his wife and 3 children lost their home and car in the 2013 EF5 Tornado which killed 24 people and injured hundreds other. SVDP provided Disaster Case Management and gave the family new furniture through our House in Box Program for a home they found to rent.
When Gary came to pick up his furniture and saw the new beds and linens, he began to cry. He said to our COO, Elizabeth Disco-Shearer: "Ma’am I am so grateful for St Vincent de Paul and the House in a Box Program. My family and I survived the tornado hiding in our bathtub with a mattress over our heads. I was so scared and prayed for God to save us. We survived, but my children have been sleeping on the floor at a friend’s home. Now they will have their own beds to sleep in. I cannot thank you enough for giving us hope for the future."
Thanks for the expert feedback. Here are some responses to your questions:
Blockchain is the ideal solution for this use case as it enables the products and services to be distributed in a completely transparent manner. This is very important for charities and NGOs where funding is often provided by public monies. With a digital identity, entitlements like 'House in a Box' can be sent directly to individuals enabling them to retrieve the products quickly. This is very important in times of natural disasters.
Re: Data integrity - We never take ownership of personal data. This is always controlled by the beneficiaries and can only be shared when they decide to. The only thing that we see is the transactional data.
There are no scalability issues with our platform. We have tested to handle thousands of transactions per second with our custom blockchain (aka permissioned ledger). We don't use the Bitcoin blockchain for the transfer of value or transaction processing.
We see our business model evolving so that the majority of applications that interact with our digital identity are created by 3rd party developers. We have built APIs that make this happen. This means that we will have an additional revenue stream from the creation of applications and a percentage of transactions that pass through these apps.
This idea considers users needs as it speeds up the process for them to obtain goods and services that they need quicker and faster than ever before. We are designing for situations that people don't even have an internet connection i.e. plastic card with QR code which represents a Digital Identity and can be used at location to obtain goods.
We will bake user feedback into the program by conducting surveys, collecting feedback from Saint Vincent de Paul, the beneficiaries and stores where house in a box is distributed.