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Diwala

About us

Who are we?

Diwala is a Norwegian-based company that is focused on building opportunities for youth, addressing the global issue of identity theft and certification fraud. Today, displaced individuals and people in emerging markets are challenged by high costs and slow manual processes to verify the authenticity of their skills, identity and credentials. As a result, these individuals have to deal with tedious and out-dated credentialing processes, and are in some cases forced to repeat years of education. This leads to both loss of productivity and inflated unemployment.

Imagine that you had to flee your own home because of war. Like Aıscha Najjar, a Syrian doctor turned refugee immigrated to the United States to pursue her dream of work & a safe home. Yet, due to loss of information, she was forced to repeat medical school in the United States. If she had a verifiable skill identity, she might have had the privilege of practicing medicine without any questions. Aıscha`s story amongst others epitomizes the challenge Diwala is addressing. 

To tackle this challenge, Diwala has created a platform that enables schools and NGOs to issue skill-based identities, backed by blockchain technology. A skill-ID is a digitally verified record of a person’s educational and work history. Diwala is building an ecosystem of trust, by enabling educational institutions and organizations to safely and digitally issue and verify credentials. This will, in turn, save all parties time, money and build a bridge for global work opportunities for untapped talent.

Complementing the platform, Diwala has built an app that allows students to easily receive, store and share credentials of both soft and hard skills. By utilizing a decentralized identity management tool, Diwala’s application will also give people ownership of their data information.

Diwala is currently executing pilots regularly, to optimize the features and security of the platform in both Kenya and Uganda. Working with their implementation partner Clarke University in Kampala, Diwala recently issued the first set of skill-identities to both students and administrators.

These are the first ever digitally verified certificates backed by decentralized identity and blockchain in Africa

  • Technology
  • Seed
  • People: 1-9
  • Founded: 2018

Technology

Software Stack

(10)
  • Node.js
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • React Hooks
  • PostgreSQL
  • React Native
  • TYPESCRIPT
  • intercom

DevOps

(5)
  • Docker
  • CI/CD
  • Github
  • Circleci
  • Github Actions

Infrastructure

(3)
  • Google Cloud
  • KUBERNETES
  • Google Functions

Tools

(1)
  • Google Anlaytics

Ops

DevOps
Dedicated Ops team

Time to deploy

More than 5 hours
Less than 1 hour

Benefits

Culture

(3)
  • Remote Working
  • Flexible Working
  • Daily Stand Up

Health & Wellness

(1)
  • Team Workouts

Vacation

(1)
  • Unlimited Vacation Policy

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  • People: 1-9
  • Founded: 2018

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How we work

We have a cascading setup where we set some milestones for the company for our quarters. Then seperate this into OKRs that is trackable and measurable, that is the weekly drive. When starting to tackle the product work we do userstories together with the OKRs and milestones, which is specific initiatives on the OKRs, for driving that result forward.

Then when we are tackling a specific initiative, we run an early exploration phase, with tools such as, blueprinting, POCs, improvement proposals, ideation, information architecture and database overview to find the right place for that user story.

Then it moves into design implementation, setting it into more concrete structure of what we already have on the platform.

After that we do the tech implementation of the feature to get it launched.

So there is no waiting going on here! We have design running ahead and initiating processes and early exploration to always work on the future milestones, as well as technology, exploring in POCs and hackathons.