TechInAfrica – On April 15th, 2019, a digital identity app, Yoti launched a new Fellowship Program as part of its Social Impact Strategy. The program is designed for local researchers, innovators, and individuals with local knowledge of digital identity needs and identify the issues, challenges, and opportunity to make a positive impact worldwide.
The digital identity sector mainly focuses on the design, adoption, and use of large-scale digital identity systems. Through the program, Yoti is trying to use local knowledge and expertise of local issues to create the most useful identity solutions.
Explaining about the program, Ken Banks, Head of Social Impact at Yoti said, “We believe there’s tremendous potential in the use of digital identity at a grassroots level, particularly in the provision of social services to local communities. It’s vital, however, that we understand needs, perceptions, concerns, and opportunities before we offer solutions. This new Fellowship Programme is designed to help us do just that by engaging individuals within the very communities themselves to help us answer the questions which most matter to them.”
For those who are interested in joining the Yoti Fellowship Programme, you can submit your applications now until June 15, 2019. Applicants will get a notification about the result on a rolling basis on July 15, 2019. Three applicants will be selected to start the Fellowship Program soon after the closing date.
Emrys Schoemaker, the Research Director at Caribou Digital and a member of the Fellowship Program Judging panel commented: “It’s imperative that we include people in the digital identity debate who have knowledge of how its use might play out on the ground. We are at a crucial point in time in the development of digital identity solutions and this Fellowship Programme, with its very human-centered approach, has a very important role to play in ensuring we not only put people first but put them at the center of innovation.”
For further information about Yoti Fellowship Programme, please visit the Yoti’s blog here. If you have any questions regarding the Program, drop an email to [email protected] with the subject “Yoti Fellowship Programme”.