Academic Credentials on the Blockchain
Blockcerts Wallet is part of a larger open source project started by MIT in 2016. The app is an easy-to-use platform for digital credentials to be shared and verified on the blockchain.
At heart, the blockchain is a ledger that records transactions. In the case of money, it records the financial transactions: who sent it, received it, and the amount received. Blockcerts applies this idea to academic and professional credentialing, which records the same basic things: issuers, receivers, and valuable content.
Developed by Learning Machine, Blockcerts Wallet users manage blockchain-based credentials issued to them by governments, academic institutions, and professional organizations. Learning Machine approached us with the MVP of an existing app, and they needed to take it to the next level quickly.
The potential Blockcerts Wallet offers is profound. Users can receive, own, and share official records in a format that is cryptographically-signed and independently verifiable using the blockchain.
Government employees can securely store and share their records, employers can quickly verify a job candidate’s qualifications, university registrars can reduce their administrative burden, and international refugees can verify their identity amidst the chaos of relocation.
The setup is simple. Just as you would add friends to an app, a university student, for example, can add their school via an invite. Once the invite is accepted, a key associated with the student is established. They can now receive credentials via the app, which they own forever.
This app was designed and developed at Small Planet, Brooklyn.
Joana Lehman, Nicole Da Silva
Lucia Jiwon Kim
Rocco Bowling, Quinn McHenry