What a difference a year makes. At this point last year, who knew how the world would change in the face of a pandemic that would shift the way we conduct business and interact with loved ones and coworkers, alike. What we’ve seen in the digital identity space, though, is constant revolution and adaptation. With these breakthroughs and shifts in technology, insights and discoveries, along with consolidation, OWI has remained a valued source of information and aid.
With that in mind, OWI has also made sure its services shift to remain ahead of the changing digital identity landscape. As we build a nexus of insight and data for the entire industry, we also have developed a number of key ways to provide deeper access, resources, and networking.
The importance of guidance across industries and markets focused on growth strategy and transaction services has become increasingly vital to digital identity, both now and into a post COVID-19 world. It’s with that realization that we developed the Senior Advisory Board, which includes a group of executives with decades of experience in the digital space.
Along with the board, we’ve also welcomed Tushyati Maudgalya, former business consultant at McKinsey and BCG, as Managing Director of our advisory services, and Justin Jarae, former Senior Solutions Architect and Business Automation Practice Lead at Red Hat, as Chief Technology Officer. These moves empower the advice and guidance we can provide both our customers and the industry at large. It’s also a strategy steeped in technology, as we seek to unify advisory services with technology tools to ensure guidance has the support and reliability modern organizations expect in all areas of the business.
Of course, one of the best ways to move the industry forward is by fostering growth among entrepreneurs and new talent. These leaders need three things: funding, access to data, and guidance. To tackle the funding challenges, we’ve partnered with OWI Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused solely on digital identity.
To meet the other two needs – information and guidance – OWI launched the Digital Identity Standards, Technology, and Innovation Lab (DISTIL). The DISTIL community will convene through groups, classes, and networking opportunities via our new Immersive Experience Lab, Startup Accelerator Program, Working Groups, and Roundtables. To kick DISTIL off, we will convene the first Startup Accelerator Program on April 5, 2021. Applications will open in January with selected entrepreneurs to meet for a 12-week program with OWI Ventures, which also provides them with access to a community of over 300 digital identity experts and proprietary information through the Immersive Experience Lab. The selected startups will receive funding through OWI Ventures.
More information on how to sign up for this extraordinary opportunity, as well as details on the various aspects of DISTIL, will become available in the coming weeks.
These, again, are all ways we will look to support our clients and industry moving forward. And as the next year comes, and certainly new surprises await, we will ensure we continue to shift no matter what lies ahead.