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Allows people to empower their rights to know their biological identity as well as reunited families, bringing high level security and privacy. Problems are scaled globally, our solution as well.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

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Proof of Concept/Prototype achieved

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Impact Areas

Orígenes has a direct impact on SDG 16.5, presenting an alternative to reduce different types of corruption. Adoptions outside the institutional entities,the sale of children, organ trafficking and children disappear at birth where a family is informed of their death without their parents being able to validate the act by recognizing the baby. The fact of having a progenitor-child DNA registry greatly hinders the possibility of fraudulently changing the data of a child and carrying out any type of corruption or crime. Orígenes allows taking action on events that occurred in the past. Anyone who for any reason has doubts or feels the need to validate their genetic origin must be able to register on the platform in order to close their need. In many countries like Argentina, due to political crises, society has lost confidence in the governments. Consequences like acts of corruption were easily achievable, e.g. delivery of kidnapped children to other families. Creating a feeling that maximizes a sense of insecurity. Venezuela is going through a situation of instability and violence, where the most vulnerable are always children. There is statistical evidence that historical events of social impact are repeated in different places and times. Origenes has an impact on SDG 16.9. The platform provides a decentralized, low cost identification system, where a person is registered only once. The most accurate biometric data to guarantee this is the DNA that remains unchanged throughout our lives. On the other hand, biometric systems which use fingerprints or the study of the iris do not have this characteristic of immutability and do not allow to identify a person's lineage. Optionally, it is possible to save documents associated with the person, such as a birth record, guaranteeing that if there is a change in a document, the platform must allow the event to be audited.

Quantifiable Impact?

The size of the global direct-to-consumer genetic testing market is expected to grow more than 60% in the next two years. At leading DNA-Lab companies, there are AncestryDNA:15 millions , 23andMe:12 millions , Myheritage:3.9 millions respectively. Argentina, journal Infobae estimated that there are 3 millions people who doubt biologic identity. In 2019 there were 20.000 paternity test. In the USA there are 300.000 paternity tests per year to include or exclude a male as the biological father of a child. On the other hand, Global statistics indicate that there are 79.5 M people displaced from their homes for different reasons. 45.7 million are Internally displaced and 26M Refugees. Around 40% are less than 18 years old. At June 18th , 2020, there are 4.5 million people who left Venezuela in the last 8 years, 1.8M of them are in Colombia, including 720.000 children.

Problem - Gap

Process to reunite a person with its biological family has many barriers. Long time and costs either psychological or economic do not guarantee to achieve this. Nowadays, in order to match, two persons must do a DNA exam at the same lab. So they should know each other in any way or exist by coincidence in the lab that allows them to match. Whoever makes a DNA test share its personal data with the lab, and the anonymity of information is not guaranteed. High data bases, where DNA-personal data are located, are sold to the chemistry industry. Babies disappier at born time for human trafficking, organ trafficking as well as adoptions out of legal regulations, where biological parents are not identified but families spend all life long seeking. On the other hand, events such as political, economic, social crises, armed conflicts produce mass movements and displacement of populations. Separated families where either abandoned or unaccompanied children are most vulnerable to different types of violence. Families are divided, creating a ripple effect, where children can often face a lifetime of mental health challenges.

Use Case: Why use blockchain or other technologies?

Aeternity (AE) protocol. A public open source blockchain for scalable and secure smart contracts. Reference implementation is written using the functional language Erlang. Smart Contracts are compiled to bytecode, executed by virtual machine Fast Aeternity Transaction Engine (FATE). Code in Sophia functional language. Each operation has a “gas cost” associated with it. Consensus protocol is Bitcoin-NG and Cuckoo Cycle . Decentralized trusless distributed ledger use Proof-of-work (PoW) for leader election. Use cryptographic EdDSA. Allow 117 transactions per second with blocktime of three seconds and low latency. All objects addressable within the blockchain are identified by 256 bit numbers. In order to remember, it is possible to use a name, using extension .chain. e.g. origenes.chain AE coin is a native currency, required for any operation at Aeternity blockchain named “gas fee”. In addition a Sender can attach arbitrary binary payload that may register a hash or file on the blockchain. Transactions are authenticated vía digital signatures, using Ed25519 or by user specific logic in generalized accounts. Reply transactions are avoided via incresing nonce.

Team Members

Diego Zuppardi: Co-founder of Orígenes. Entrepreneur, founder of freedom, I have taken active part in nonprofit organizations such as CDI, ANMYPE, Espacio Motivarte, ONG Otoño. I was a member of the honorary committee Pro export (Uruguay XXI) and nowadays of Pro Certification (MIEM-ANMYPE-CIU) +27 years of experience with IT support. Carlos Ons: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlosons/ Co-founder of Orígenes. MBA, +20 years work experience in operations at different companies. Management of core business systems +3 years leading engineering team. PMP certification course, agile methodology SCRUM.


Applicant's Name

Carlos Ons, Project Management, co-founder



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Concept Definition

Support of B4H Goals

External Funding If Any

The project is self-funded till this stage.

Development Stage and Next Steps

August 2019, Orígenes project starts. August 2019 - November 2019: International challenge by Universidad ORT, named “desafío blockchain”. We validate the idea and business model. December 2020: Marketing plan starts promoting Orígenes at press media and LaBitConf Uruguay. January 2020: At Uruguay, Government Agency AGESIC, has expressed interest in our idea / project and we started the path of agreeing with a State unit to sponsor and support. Have started contact at “Instituto del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay”, INAU. March 2020: Commercial agreement with biotechnology laboratory, GENIA. Understand international standards and techniques in order to develop algorithms that allow DNA matching. Low cost in DNA test, allowing a competitive service. April 2020: Make Orígenes well known by presenting technology and social events related to children. May 2020: Prototype developed by Inmind, software factory with deep experience in blockchain solutions. August - September 2020: Competition by Social Media Lab ORT and United Nations Uruguay to present solutions aligned to SDG. From the UN, shows interest and agrees to Origenes' press diffusion. Next milestones: 1) Expand marketing plan, seeking for agreements with Civil Society Organizations linked to the Declaration of Child Rights. 2) Continue the Public Relationship strategy, press releases to raise awareness and sensitize public opinion through influential media outlets. 3) Sales plan to get other customer´s segments and DNA lab agreements. 4) Design and execute Kickstarter campaign. 5) Go to live production version 6) Look for a Sponsor (private or public) who would finance DNA samples to feed Orígenes with real life records: KPI starts business with at least three sponsors. 7) Seek an investor for business growth and expand operations 8) Define processes that optimize operations, targeting customer satisfaction. 9) Human Resources plan

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