AID:Tech was featured on SAS News website: sbs.com.au. SAS is Australia’s only multicultural & multilingual public broadcaster. The article discusses how AID:Tech have pioneered the use of blockchain technology to deliver food to Syrian refugees in Lebanon is exploring opportunities to team up with Australia’s foreign aid program.
Joseph Thompson, our CEO, told AAP (via SAS feature) during a visit to Canberra. “We’re marrying identity with money for people who don’t have access to financial products, documentation or bank accounts”.
“The shopkeeper has a cheap mobile phone, so when he scans the QR code it brings up a picture of the refugee.”
They also write about how Joseph co-founded the business after a disappointing experience fundraising for a charity in 2009. The money didn’t end up going to where it was intended – children needing reconstructive surgery.
He spoke at a European Union-Australia Leadership Forum workshop on digital technology and development in Canberra this week and also had preliminary talks with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovation hub.
Here is a link to the article: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/03/30/blockchain-tech-could-boost-australian-aid