HeHop wins the "BlockchAngel" Challenge, an app that allows victims of violence to capture and generate evidence of abuse through blockchain
With one winner and three projects recognized as the best value, the IDB Lab and everis foundation's "BlockchAngel" Challenge within the framework of LACChain, which seeks blockchain-based solutions to mitigate domestic violence affecting women, children and the elderly, concluded.
With the participation of more than 50 projects from 16 countries, HeHop wins the grand prize of the BlockchAngel Challenge 2020 with an application that allows victims of violence to capture and generate safe evidence of abuse through blockchain.
The proposal, which takes its name from Help for Hope, could become, with the support it will receive from the organizers of the Challenge, an ideal solution to fight a phenomenon that leaves figures like these: nearly 8,000 women have been murdered in the last two years in Latin America and the Caribbean, 300 million children are victims of violence, around 15 million teenagers have experienced forced sex and, additionally, there is a growing number of older adults who are abused in the family environment.
With this app, victims will be able, for example, to register from their own mobile phone any aggression, and this registration would have legal validity, one of the differential points of the product since in most cases of domestic violence, the evidence ends up being rejected, and the aggressor, in absolute impunity. In fact, "80% of cases of domestic violence that are reported do not continue due to lack of evidence. Our app allows us to capture and save files to be used as legal evidence through blockchain technology", says Sandy Becky, co-founder of HeHop.
At the ceremony to announce the winners, Irene Arias Hofman, General Manager of IDB Lab, gave special recognition to all the finalists and stressed that "innovation is a powerful tool that can transform the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, and blockchain technology can be a great ally that provides unprecedented opportunities to vulnerable populations, so we will support the winning projects to generate large-scale impact in combating violence against children, women and the elderly". The event was virtual and open, in which the winner of the challenge and the three projects best evaluated by the jury were announced, including two Spanish projects and one Latin American project.
Noemí Sanín, president of the everis foundation, pointed out that "we wanted to make blockchain technology that "guardian angel" that anonymously, invisibly and permanently protects victims of domestic violence. Because that is also the mandate of our foundation: to seek technological solutions, based on talent, innovation and entrepreneurship for the most pressing problems of society".
Recognition to three best valued projects:
- Resiliencia sin violencia, Mexico, is a digital tool that provides a documentary backup in trials using blockchain technology to keep a reliable and unalterable record of the evidence, even recording micro aggressions.
- Panoptico Guardian, Spain, introduces an innovative solution that, through the use of technology, registers in the cloud, reports and manages online crimes with legal validity. And, thanks to an audio and video system, it can be delivered to the competent authorities.
- PRO@ME, Spain, offers "protection against violence only with voice". Unlike other existing projects, it is based on an integrated system via a call centre that can interact with video, voice and geolocation anonymously.
The pilot experience will be implemented together with the winner and the three best evaluated projects, in the first instance, with the collaboration of the Mi Sangre Foundation, co-founded by the artist Juanes, to try to alleviate these existing social problems in all corners of the world, and especially in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
In addition, the winning project and the three best rated projects will receive an acceleration package, consisting of business, technical and technological support from the Organisers.
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