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Information Sciences Students at The University of South Carolina Build A Digital Identity Blockchain Providing Validated Identities for All

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The ValidIDe Project announces today the launch of its Indiegogo Fundraiser Campaign ( providing Perks to contributors in support of developing the ValidIDe digital identity blockchain network.

Whether online or in the real world, there's no simple way to verify who you are or who you claim to be other than your driver's license. By having to give that document out, sometimes you are revealing all your personal identity information (PII) when it isn't necessary.

Imagine a solution where restaurants, bars, banks, governments, employers, hospitals, and others all have an accurate way to verify your identity and you don't have to worry about who is looking over your shoulder. Your personal information that isn't needed is safe and secure and the information that you do need is at your fingertips.

Students in the School of Information Sciences at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) have designed such an application that leverages the emerging technology of Blockchain. This creates an immutable (i.e., unhackable) record that provides the user absolute control over how their identity is used and shared.

"Right out of our course on Blockchain, our students created an idea, the ValidIDe app, to secure their digital identity. We have been working for nearly three years to assure that South Carolina has passed the laws required to create a prominent business environment where startups such as these can leverage the latest in emerging technology to create a company that will have a direct impact on employment and services in the state," said Dr. Gordon Jones, Professor of Blockchain at UofSC.

The ValidIDe Project is currently developing an application that you and your receiver can both place your full trust in because you know that, once the information is validated, it is impossible to hack and alter it.

"One of the primary factors of ValidIDe is to make sure that you are always in control of the information you want to share. When I need to prove my age, I don't need to share my actual birthdate, just the fact that I am of age to buy. This way, I don't have to worry if that waiter now knows my name and where I live," said Erica Barnette, a co-founder of the ValidIDe Project and senior in the iSchool at UofSC.

To create your digital ID, you'll be able to download the ValidIDe app from Apple Store or Google Play. From there, you will set up an account indicating which state you have a driver's license or official state identity in.

You will then use the ValidIDe virtual facial scan on your smartphone while the ValidIDe machine-learning algorithm compares the facial scan to your driver's license or identification card photo on file with your resident state.

Once your profile has been validated by ValidIDe and saved, advanced blockchain security features help identify that your ID is legitimate. When you need your ID, simply click on the ValidIDe app and show it to the waiter, airport TSA agent, or whomever.

Because ValidIDe is a startup created by students out of UofSC, the group wants to introduce the project to the world through an Indiegogo Fundraiser Campaign. This allows contributors to be able to support the project by pre-purchasing reward Perks. Funds raised will go directly to developing the applications and the ValidIDe blockchain network with verification services for Charter members.

We encourage and ask everyone reading this message to learn more and contribute to our Campaign website at:


The ValidIDe Project is a startup created by students from the University of South Carolina. We believe that all people should own their Personal Identity Information (PII), be in control of who accesses it, and benefit from its use by any government, private enterprise, and other third parties. We verify the identity of individuals based on the strength of a collection of evidence so they may share their Personal Identity Information when required. This is executed through a process directly conducted by humans as a service and a digital process conducted by the latest in technologically advanced tools such as our Service With A Tool or the ValidIDe SWAT. Learn more at:

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Sara Himebauch


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Introducing STiKidotz Customizable 3D Pixel Art Stickers for Imagination and Family Game Time

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Dotz Company, LLC today announced a new product for all ages. STiKidotz(TM) are customizable, re-stickable, brightly colored 3D art pixel stickers that you can design and redesign yourself. The stickers' base are made from soft silicone, a material that is flexible and bendy and can be cut into any shape. The designs are created on the sticker's base using colorful dotzPIXELS(TM). These small pieces come in a 4x4 perforated dotzBLOK(TM) that can be easily separated into the dotzPIXELS(TM) that precisely fit on the sticker.

Each sticker base is backed by a non-toxic adhesive, specially formulated to allow you to stick your design on any smooth surface. It can be removed and repositioned without leaving any residue behind. The sticker can be used on walls, windows, lockers, car bumpers, refrigerators, photo frames, signage, cabinets, mirrors, bath tub, tiles and more. The stickers can also be used outdoor. The stickers are currently available in 8 colors and the dotzBLOK(TM) comes in 12 colors.

STiKidotz(TM) was created by entrepreneur CK Tan and his daughter Yannie Tan, who dreamed of creating an innovative and fun pixel art product that all ages would love and that families could enjoy making together.

"While technology is a useful and necessary part of all our lives, we saw dotzPIXELS as a way to create a fun, creative, family bonding experience outside of a digital environment," said Mr. CK Tan.

In the process, the two savvy inventors also discovered that STiKidotz(TM) are a fun and engaging way to practice fine motor, design, graphing, visual, spatial and creative world-building skills.

"STiKitdotz would have great success in the classroom," added Tan. "In fact, we eventually expect to see them used as part of a STEAM-related curriculum."

As an established games and toys business, The Dotz Company, LLC, is sponsoring the development of STiKidotz(TM), and will help bring it to market.

The STiKidotz(TM) Indigogo campaign launches August 1, 2017. As safety is a priority, and the funds raised will be used for color and material safety testing for the silicone and the adhesive, production-ready prototypes, molds, future developments, packaging and more in order to help make STiKidotz(TM) a reality and available to the public.

STiKidotz(TM) is patent-pending and proudly assembled in USA.

For more information and to contribute to the campaign, visit:




Sara Keith

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