School of Engineering teachers and researchers win IN3+ Award with IDINA project

The IDINA project, Non-Authoritative Inclusive Digital Identity, led by INESC TEC and promoted by researchers João Marco Silva, Vítor Fonte and António Sousa from HASLab, professors of the Department of Informatics of the School of Engineering of Uminho won the IN3+ Award, whose objective is to support the generation of new national and international ideas.

This project aims to develop a platform that can be implemented and used in countries that do not have central state identification systems (civil registry infrastructures) for all citizens. According to the United Nations, this a reality limits access to the most essential services and the exercise of full citizenship for more than a billion people around the world. To overcome this limitation, “IDINA aims to develop mechanisms that allow representatives of credible institutions, such as schools, health institutions, and local authorities to certify the birth and life events of a citizen, such as vaccination and health care, food assistance, or schooling,” explains João Marco Silva, a researcher at the HASLab – High-Assurance Software Laboratory.

The IDINA project is the winner of the IN3+ Award, promoted by Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda S.A. (INCM), whose objective is to support the generation of new ideas, national and international. The project will receive 600 thousand euros to improve the solution presented and apply it at a real scale, contributing to innovation in the supply of products and services that will reach everyone and society.

The award was presented March 29, at 11 a.m., in an event broadcast online, attended by the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa.

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