Announcement | Self-Sovereign Identity
Northern Block is thrilled to be joining Accelerate@IATA 2022

Mathieu Glaude

September 12, 2022

Northern Block has been selected as part of 16 startups to join Accelerate@IATA’s 2022 cohort, a travel tech startup accelerator jointly run by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Plug and Play. 

The program is designed to give airlines and new entrants to the aviation industry an environment to connect and reach the pilot stage. Airline members and the value chain will have the opportunity to identify focus areas and select and engage with solutions providers/startups. 

Northern Block is part of the third theme of the program which is “Customer as the Reference”. We will be participating with six other startups to help airlines create more personalized offers and orders. We are excited to be working among a great group of airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Royal Air Maroc, Copa Airlines, Korean Air, International Airlines Group (IAG), and Japan Airlines

As the aviation industry is in a post-covid boom, there are many opportunities to leverage DigitalTrust and Self Sovereign Identity to bring the aviation industry to the next level.  

If you’re interested in exploring SSI use cases in Aviation and/or Transportation, schedule a call with us to discuss!

About Accelerate@IATA 🚀  

Accelerate@IATA is a travel tech startup accelerator designed to support airlines through open innovation. This program gives airlines and value chain partners access to startups and leading-edge technologies, to facilitate projects, pilots, and implementations between the partners and the startups.  

Each year, Accelerate@IATA plans to accelerate ~5 startups per batch, 20 – 30 startups per year. Every batch will be selected by IATA and member airlines based on industry priorities.

During the program, startups have access to IATA Subject Matter Experts and Plug and Play’s mentor network, giving them a true innovation mindset to help them improve their solutions and scale to meet industry demand. 

“We are super excited to join the Accelerate@IATA, ” said Khalid Maliki, COO at Northern Block. IATA is spot on for our activities, it will help us access an incredible network of talented people within the Aviation industry and two critical markets, Europe and MENA. We are looking to improve the overall travel experience through our SSI solutions”  

About Northern Block 🛸

Northern Block is a fast-growing startup in the interoperable re-usable digital identity space, considered a global leader that facilitates digital transformation through self-sovereign identity (SSI) technologies, standards and principles.  

Through its leading Orbit Enterprise SSI Platform and Orbit Edge Mobile Wallet, Northern Block will make you successful in bridging traditional infrastructures to decentralized credential ecosystems with simple yet effective workflows and integrations.  

NB is involved in various facets within the three largest Canadian provinces’ digital trust infrastructure programs. Some of our work includes the deployment of the Pan-Canadian Verifiable Data Registry test network, development and open source contribution of multiple Aries RFCs and Indy-related open source code repositories, citizen wallet foundational work, citizen wallet design and implementation, Aries test harness and framework development, etc. 

What’s next ⏭️

Northern Block will be participating in an internal PoC at IATA, more about this to come. Besides that we are truly honoured to be selected to pitch on stage at the IATA’s World Financial Symposium (WFS) that will be held in Doha, Qatar between 19 and 22nd September. This year’s theme is “Reshape Airline Resilience“.  

Media Contact

Daniela Gutiérrez            

Marketing and Communications Manager  

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