Validated ID offers security trust services to the processes of electronic signature and digital identity management.

Can you tell us how the idea for your startup began?

Validated ID was created in 2012 by several enthusiasts from the world of digital ID and electronic signatures. Between us all we had over 50 years’ experience within the field of ID and signature systems. We had worked on countless authentication and signature projects, often complicated in nature, and as a result got to work in deploying services that put simplicity first, whilst maintaining the highest levels of technical and legal security. A clear business plan was drawn up, not merely for a product, but for a service. We knew exactly what we wanted to achieve and where we were starting from. And we knew we could do it. Then, some years later, the first Rebooting the Web of Trust was born. It was led by a group of thinkers and experts in digital identity, and they challenged the centralized way of dealing with identity and personal data. That was totally aligned with our own beliefs, and so we decided that we would also be part of that change. That is how we decided to create ViDChain.

What are you passionate about achieving?

Since the beginning of the online revolution, the secure validation of the real identity of people in the digital environment has presented itself as a problem – both for users, who have seen their privacy and control over their personal data eliminated and for companies, who are constantly suffering the cost of inefficient identification and repeated security breaches. To help to solve this, we are participating in the development of standards, participating in opensource communities and creating new enterprise service: VIDchain, which enables users themselves to own, control and manage their identity by means of a digital wallet (mobile app), which acts as a digital record or container of identity attributes and transactions.

” VIDchain, which enables users themselves to own, control and manage their identity by means of a digital wallet (mobile app)”

Who are the team members and what backgrounds do you have?

Santi Casas—CEO & co-founder: Over 25 years of experience in the ICT sector promoting pioneering initiatives. He is a regular speaker at seminars on digital identity, electronic signature, electronic invoice or electronic administration, and has participated in various international standardization groups such as OpenID, OASIS, ETSI or CEN. Former TSP Ancert CEO and DocOnTime Deputy CEO. Ivan Basart—CTO & co-founder: Over 20 years of experience in digital security and trusted third party services. He has extensive experience in digital signature, PKI Planning, PKI Management, digital certificates, time stamping, administration of Certification Authorities, smart cards, and electronic invoicing systems. Former TSP Ancert CTO, PKI Expert at Wisekey, G&D and British Telecom. Pol Fañanás—Strategy & Finance Manager: Business graduate from the University of Barcelona (UB) and Computer Science postgraduate in Blockchain Technology by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Former Transaction Advisory Services consultant at EY and Associate at Kantox. Albert Solana—Product Manager: Computer Science at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). MBA at ESADE and New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Former Director at Conento, Business Development at Synergic Partners and tech consultant at RocaSalvatella. Xavier Vila—Product Manager: Telecommunications Engineering at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master of Information Security at Télécom Paris. Former CTO & co-founder at Mammoth Hunters, Senior PKI consultant at Firmaprofesional and Security Engineer at Schlumberger.

Which is the use-case that you have presented for the Blockchers Acceleration Programme?

The objective of the collaboration is twofold: first, improve digital identity verification in education (more efficient virtual campus on boarding workflow, trustful and secure digitalization of academic records, better background checks, superior interaction between students and public/private entities, etc), by making use of Verifiable Credentials and Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs); and second, prove that this system is scalable and interoperable with other DLT networks, thus other Self-Sovereign Identity systems. So, we will be providing a self-sovereign identity service to Factory Matters, who provides a digital learning content service to its clients through an LMS based on OpenEdX.

“Validated ID will be providing a self-sovereign identity service to Factory Matters”

Why did you choose it?

We already knew Factory Matters, we were aware of their education project based on what they call “factories”, and that they were delivering OpenBadges in order to certify the credentials. We met again sometime later while we were showcasing our first proof-of-concept about ViDChain in Education. Mozilla was abandoning its OpenBadges service and the interest around Self-Sovereign Identity was growing. So, we thought that it would be a nice fit to work together in order to bring SSI and Verifiable Credentials into schools and universities. First, students would be able to use SSI credentials to benefit from easier mobility and cross-border services across EU by allowing them to interact with multiple education centres for enrollment and homework. And finally, as any new applied technology, Decentralized Identity needs mass adoption to gain traction, and young people are more provable to become early adopters of new proposed solutions, even more if mobile devices are used as part of the pilots.

What are you most excited about taking part in the acceleration programme?

The possibility to create our first proof of concept with real users and real data.

“We are all passionate about what we do. It’s wonderful how easy is to start a discussion about identity, without knowing when it is going to end”

What unique aspects does your company have to offer to the blockchain ecosystem in Europe?

As previously mentioned, we are participating in open forums like DIF (Decentralized Identity Foundation), ESSIF (the European Self-Sovereign Identity Framework) and INATBA (International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications) to help shape and to facilitate the adoption of decentralized identity technology.

Can you tell us something that you appreciate about your company?

We are all passionate about what we do. It’s wonderful how easy is to start a discussion about identity, without knowing when it is going to end.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

Offering ViDChain to all our customers, all around the world, and in the forefront of digital identity, helping people to better control their data and governments and companies to provide more privacy respectful services.