Category: awamo

FutureID3: Biometrics & automated decision making

Picture courtesy of Mia Harbitz

It has been a pleasure to be part of FutureID3 at Jesus & St. John’s Colleges at Cambridge as a speaker, thanks for having me.

Part of the journey were many interesting and meaningful insights into biometrics in ID registration, automated decision making, its applications in the field, policy making, but also its societal effects, and challenges. Highly recommended to anyone who engages in that area.

My part was about the relevance of social acceptance of variables in credit scoring, and their actual predictive power when calculating a credit score. An appendix to that was about how we apply some of the resulting principles at awamo in East Africa.

Overall a very interesting event, with lots of insights from recent research, and the actual field applications, with lots of inspiring participants from all over the world. Special thanks go Keith Breckenridge from University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) for organizing the event, and to Simon Szreter for giving us the grand tour on Jesus & St. John’s Colleges.

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Africa: Next Generation Economy

Hard to believe, but this actually is one of the fastest growing markets and economies in the world. By 2050, there will be ~2.5bn people living in Africa. Most of them will be young, and comparably poor, and they will strive for a better life. Time to work on improving their life and economic perspectives on-site. Finally, it feels good to work in exactly that area. And yes, you can do business there!

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Kudos to THE DevOps team!

Guys, it’s a pleasure to work with you! You have contributed so much to awamo’s solution and you are so much committed to our project and our company. Great to have you guys on board! We’re working on the “guys” thing, promise 😀

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