The Hashgraph Association, the non-profit organization accelerating the broad adoption of the DLT ( Distributed Ledger Technology) network Hedera globally, has today announced a co-funding initiative with UAE based Seagrass, a climate action company and subsidiary of E.ON, one of Europe’s largest operators of energy networks and energy infrastructure. 

This initiative facilitates the building of the Seagrass Wallet, a proof-of-concept Web3 identity wallet that provides users with a decentralized digital identity and wallet that relates to their carbon projects. 

Seagrass which is based in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) financial centre UAE holds a license to arrange trades in environmental instruments from ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority. Seagrass chose the UAE because of its position as the cross roads and stands where carbon credits are originated as well as demanded.

Seagrass aims to unlock the potential of the carbon markets and transform carbon finance, which can make an important contribution to the net-zero transition. This collaboration supports its goal of bringing together supply from certified projects with large-scale demand from buyers with ambitious climate strategies on a centralized marketplace driven by technology, transparency and integrity.

The Web3 identity wallet provides transparency on environmental, economical and project data to buyers and developers. Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) architecture enabled by Hedera ensures users will have a decentralized digital identity and crypto wallet that is compliant with European standards. This leading-edge Web3 digital wallet creates, stores, and presents digital identities with verifiable credentials, alongside the storage and exchange of assets.

The digital identity would put users who had been onboarded by Seagrass in charge of their credentials, potentially allowing them to save time and reduce costs by interacting with other market participants without having to go through fresh due diligence or know-your-client checks.

The proof-of-concept has been designed to be compatible with Seagrass Carbon Map, a live application available to buyers and sellers on the Seagrass marketplace that provides users with sophisticated data on the impact of nature-based projects and enables deep, ongoing engagement between project developers and carbon credit buyers. Seagrass Wallet is currently in testing and will be made available to clients in 2024.

Thomas Birr, Chief Strategy and Innovation officer at E.ON and Managing Director of Seagrass’ shareholding company, said: “We’re proud to be partnering with The Hashgraph Association and Hedera on the use of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to unlock opportunities in the carbon markets via Seagrass.  I look forward to seeing its implementation and use in 2024.”

Kamal Youssefi, President of the Board of The Hashgraph Association, said: “As we build a vibrant innovative ecosystem for startups, enterprises, and government institutions around the world, we simultaneously focus on the realization of a net zero carbon future. Combining the power of Hedera’s DLT with Seagrass’ commitment to scale the carbon markets via liquidity, integrity, and digital access for all, it also builds value on the wider engagement with E.ON.”

As per a recent announcement, WorldCoin, blockchain and AI based digital identity protocol World ID has launched one of its orbs in Dubai UAE, at Crypto Oasis Centre.

World ID according to WorldCoin ia a more human internet with global proof‑of‑personhood. Privacy‑First. Self‑custodial. Decentralized.

Worldcoin is dramatically increasing access to World ID—the digital identity protocol powered by the Worldcoin ecosystem. The project will increase the number of available Orbs to 1.5K throughout the summer and fall in more than 35 cities around the world. One of those cities listed is Dubai UAE.

The World ID Orb will be located at Crypto Oasis Innovation Hub, Gate C, Floor 1, Office 176, DIFC

Over the last six months of its beta phase, the Worldcoin project has verified the uniqueness and humanness of more than 40,000 individuals per week. The availability of 1.5K Orbs will more than 5x sign up capacity globally and enable millions of additional people to join the 2 million who have already signed up for World ID.

In countries like Spain, where more than 150K people have already verified their World ID, the project will scale its existing operations up to 3x in the coming months. In other countries such as France and Brazil, for a limited time pop-ups will allow people to locate a nearby Orb and sign up for World ID.

To review, the Orb, which was originally developed by Tools for Humanity (TFH), is the first custom biometric imaging device built for the Worldcoin project to verify humanness and uniqueness in a secure and privacy-preserving way. Anyone with a World ID-compatible wallet, such as TFH’s World App, can sign up for World ID at an Orb by visiting a Worldcoin Operator location or community specialist to access an Orb.

Currently and in the future orbs will be available in Dubai, Kampala, Nairobi, in the MENA region. As for the Americas, it will be available in Bariloche, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Los Angeles, Mar del Plata, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, San Francisco, and São Paulo

In Asia the orb is and will be available in Bangalore, Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo. While in Europe it will be available in Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Lisbon, London,Madrid, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Porto, Sevilla, Valencia,  and Warsaw

On July 24, the OpenAI CEO Sam Altman announced the launch of the Worldcoin protocol and the WLD token after years in development.

Altman claims that Worldcoin could eventually pave the way for AI-funded universal basic income — all while “preserving privacy.”

Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, the startup has already raised close to $250 million as it begins to roll out its new global initiative. Prior to Monday’s debut, the company has already experienced a significant wave of interest, with over two million users participating in its beta version.

UAE based NEXT IT & Systems partners with U.S. based IDD Lab  to revolutionize solutions for multiple industries by leveraging  Blockchain Technology. NEXT IT & Systems, a prominent software development group, has joined forces with IDD Labs, a leading blockchain technology group based in USA, to develop cutting-edge blockchain solutions aimed at enhancing identity across diverse sectors, including supply chain, KYC/AML, payments, and more.

IDD Labs, a software technology group with specialization in blockchain, played an instrumental role in launching the identity-based Accumulate network, which went live November 2022, and is a hard fork of Factom – a blockchain network which has been running successfully since 2016.

“As the CEO of Next IT & Systems, I am thrilled about our partnership with IDD Labs,” says Shaik Hamdan. “This collaboration represents a pivotal moment in our journey towards revolutionizing the market and driving the widespread adoption of cutting-edge technologies. By combining our expertise, we are confident that we can achieve remarkable breakthroughs that will reshape industries and empower businesses on a global scale.”

“With our combined capabilities, we will develop game-changing solutions that redefine industry standards,” serial entrepreneur Mr. Hamdan continues. “Our focus will be on delivering innovative products and services that enable businesses to gain a competitive edge. By harnessing the power of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and other cutting-edge technologies, we will empower our clients to unlock new levels of efficiency, security, and profitability.”

Mr. Hamdan concludes by expressing his confidence in the partnership’s potential to make a lasting impact. “The journey ahead is one of immense opportunity, and I am excited to embark on it together with IDD Labs. By leveraging our collective strengths, we are confident that we will create a lasting legacy of innovation and transformation. This partnership will not only benefit our respective companies but also elevate the entire industry to new heights.”

Michael Creadon, president of IDD Labs added, “We are thrilled to partner with Shaik and his NextUAE team. Along with NextUAE and our friends at Leonard Mcdowell who brought us together, we share the vision and desire to change the world for the better. Counterparties across every border, corporation and industry in the world need better information about who they are transacting with on a daily basis. Regulators demand this; so, too, do clients and shareholders. The tools we will jointly design, build and take to the market will serve as the base layer to move “identity as a service” in to the big leagues”.

Accumulate disrupts the blockchain landscape as the first-ever blockchain organized around decentralized digital identities. With its cutting-edge technology, Accumulate enables the construction of complex organizations and data structures through interconnected identities and human-readable URLs. The platform also introduces a groundbreaking security architecture, empowering users to rotate, backup, and recover keys seamlessly, while offering enterprises advanced access controls for digital asset management. By transcending the limitations of traditional smart contracts, Accumulate paves the way for unprecedented possibilities in various industry verticals.

UAE based International Financial Centre (DIFC), has launched its “DIFC Metaverse Platform” and the first phase is a metaverse accelerator program where it will choose 50 metaverse projects to help develop the metaverse sector in UAE.

The platform is part of a comprehensive strategy being developed by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to accelerate Dubai’s status as a global metaverse leader.

The DIFC Metaverse Platform is aligned with the Dubai Metaverse Strategy, which aims to add $4 billion to Dubai’s GDP, support 40,000 virtual jobs by 2030 and attract 1,000 companies specialized in blockchain and metaverse technologies. The platform also supports the objective of the recently launched Dubai Economic Agenda D33 to generate economic value worth AED100 billion from digital transformation annually.

The Metaverse Accelerator Program, the first initiative to be launched under the umbrella of the platform, will start accepting applications this month. In the coming years, the program seeks to attract more than 500 applications, identify 50 of the most promising graduates from the program and stimulate investment opportunities that will help the sector grow.

The Metaverse Accelerator Program will run over a period of six months, during which the cohort of start-ups will be introduced to training and workshops to upskill and reskill themselves in both technical and intrapersonal aspects of the metaverse. The program also aims to facilitate partnerships between start-ups and corporates to create proofs-of-concept and new metaverse solutions.

The program demonstrates DIFC’s commitment to support innovative metaverse start-ups by introducing them to the region’s largest players. The program also helps them explore partnerships, gain exposure to investors, access a regulatory sandbox and obtain marketing support. 

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Higher Committee for Future Technology and Digital Economy, stated that the UAE adopts advanced technologies in its aim to keep pace with global changes, reflecting the directives of its leadership, in transforming the country and Dubai to become a leading hub for utilizing the best technology and developing capabilities.

H.E Al Olama added that this Metaverse platform is the first in a series of initiatives that aim to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global platform for the latest digital trends and accelerate the pace to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Metaverse Strategy.

Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “The Dubai government has shown great foresight in introducing a metaverse strategy that has the objective of making the emirate a global hub for technology and innovation. The development of the integrated DIFC Metaverse Platform will accelerate the achievements of Dubai’s aspirations in this sector. The initiative is a natural extension of our Innovation Hub proposition that has shaped the technology and innovation landscape in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.” 

The DIFC Metaverse Platform includes three key initiatives. The first is an accelerator program with a dedicated physical studio for metaverse technology that will promote the development of a creator community and venture building. The platform will also address the metaverse policy development and legislation on open data, digital identity and company law frameworks in the metaverse. Further, the initiative will foster the development of a metaverse community that will explore ways to enhance the metaverse experience for customers.

Ahmed al Marjeby and Mahmood al Lawati have developed a blockchain enabled digital identity platform out of Oman. Nashid, the blockchain enabled digital identity platform is aimed to mitigate the risks of identity fraud. Nashid has also secured a pre-seed investment as part of the Techween program from Oman Technology Fund

As per the news, Oman based Nashid will allow users to access services digitally without visiting any service provider ever again.

In 2020 alone, identity theft and fraud cost over $700 billion in losses worldwide

The platform will allow the creation of a secure digital version of one’s identity and their attributes. The need for in-person verifications will cease, usernames and passwords will disappear, and a frictionless, online-only user journey will take place.

Nashid is powered by the Blockchain to maintain the truth of all digital interactions with high levels of online security and credibility. It also is fueled by encryption models of hash functions, digital signatures, and verifiable data structures and proofs to ensure security and uses asymmetric Cryptography to keep identities private using decentralized Identifier (DID) standards, and DID communications and methods

Marjeby, co-founder and CEO of Nashid, earlier founded two tech startups in the e-commerce and blockchain technologies, while Lawati, co-founder and CTO, has previous experience of founding a property tech startup.

In an interview, Lawati said, “Nashid as a digital identity platform powered by blockchain that allows service providers to verify new and existing customers digitally. Nashid also creates secure and reusable digital identities that are portable and verifiable. This mitigates risk of identity fraud, automates businesses’ ability to verify users digitally, and removes the need for in-person identity verifications.”

According to Lawati, Nashid is an enterprise-ready platform for businesses and a wallet app for end-users. The enterprise element allows service providers, banks and finance companies, telecommunications service providers, healthcare, aviation and oil and gas companies,  to verify users’ identities with seamless integration to their legacy systems and business processes.

Marjeby told LaraontheBlock when asked about what blockchain they were using, ” Apart from the platform itself, we are building our own blockchain governed by rules and parameters suitable for the Identity space and local regulations. Currently we are still in the final testing phased as we optimize and prepare for onboarding.” 

 End-users’ wallet app will ensure users have control and ownership of their identity information, and establish a clear ‘consent-based’ model of data exchange, which complies with local regulations and personal data protection laws.

 Lawait adds, “Nashid participated in the pitch competition at COMEX in June 2022 and was chosen as a Top 10 project by a powerhouse investment committee. Later, it secured a pre-seed investment as part of the Techween programme of Oman Technology Fund.”