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week, the Future in Focus series is getting an inside look into how
blockchain technology can revolutionize current certification systems.
We’re featuring Italy-based Sapiens Project, a blockchain-based notary
system. With Sapiens Project, people will own and have full control over
their certificates and records in a format that enables easy sharing.
We had the chance to speak with co-founder Matteo Ferrari to learn a bit
more about the project.
Please tell me a little more about the history of Sapiens Project and
your relationship to blockchain technology. Why did the founders decide
that the world needs Sapiens Project?
I’m Matteo, a software engineer passionate about new technologies. I
became aware of Bitcoin and blockchain technology in early 2011, but
like many others, I was initially skeptical. However, at the end of
2011, I had a revelation about the potential of blockchain technology.
Since then, I have appreciated, studied, and spread the word about the
technology. I’m mainly a C++ developer, so I’ve deeply studied the
Bitcoin codebase. Today, I use all my free time to study Bitcoin, the
blockchain revolution and work on my projects on Lisk.
Project is an ambitious idea that dates back to May 2016, when I
decided to channel my passion for Bitcoin and blockchain into creating
something to solve practical issues that are present today. People
deserve to own and have full control over their certificates and records
in a format that enables easily sharing. For this use-case, the
blockchain can act as a secure and trustless notary system. Sapiens
Platform will support schools, universities and companies, to share
their resources and services with a decentralized, cost-effective and
secure solution. Users can build a career with collecting badges and
certificates. These are the core values behind Sapiens Project.
J: What issues does the academic and certification system market currently face?
The current certification system relies on paper and a centralized
database, making it an insecure and not instantly verifiable system.
It’s like an auto-certification process where the counterpart needs to
trust what they receive — or alternatively, make many phone calls or use
a mail-in order to verify the authenticity of the certifications.
Consequently, these are issues that everyone with a curriculum vitae
will face. This all had me thinking about creating a solution using a
blockchain-based protocol — at that moment, Sapiens Project was born.
J: What problems will Sapiens Project solve?
Digitized academic credentials enable accessibility, shareability,
verifiability and traceability of achievements and professional
certifications. Anyone with access to the Internet can build his own
academic credentials and/or verify others’ careers. Sapiens Platform
will provide the tools to issue and verify academic records,
professional certifications, achievements, licenses and more. All of
these aspects are embedded in a secure shell provided by blockchain
technology. Sapiens Platform will also provide a service to create an
online marketplace of courses and a Reputation Platform; imagine a
LinkedIn-like service where all the certifications are issued and
verifiable through Sapiens Platform.
J: Who do you have plans to collaborate and work with to achieve these goals of creating a better world?
Sapiens Project will be a community-driven project with rewards for
every contribution with Sapiens Tokens (XSP). This will help attract new
developers and involve them in the project. Contributions will bring
value to the project, and, consequently, value to tokens. It’s a
self-powered machine. The underlying Sapiens Token (XSP) will fuel the
Sapiens platform. Collaborations with universities will be also
important. Collaborations could help bring to life real world use cases,
attract new developers and educate students about this new
J: Where do you envision Sapiens Project will be in five years?
I hope that five years from now, Sapiens Project will be a successful
project driven by the community, serving as the main entry point for
professionals and employers to eliminate the barriers that currently
exist in the certification world.
J: How do you anticipate blockchain technology will change the world? What is its potential?
Distributed and trustless systems are powerful tools that will allow
for a change in the current power equilibrium in every realm. In
existence of centralized systems for thousands of years have led to
monopolies of high power concentration. We are here to change this — and
that is why, for me, this is a real revolution; a revolution driven by
an infallible and unstoppable technology.