It's Demo Day next week for Āhau, an exciting Māori blockchain startup I've been helping with.
Āhau is a cultural identity and community management platform that enables tribes to better stay connected with their people, and increase community involvement and activity.
Āhau have been working in the Centrality Accelerator powered by Lightning Lab, building a platform for tribal groups and indigenous peoples to address some of the major issues around tribal management, cultural heritage, and digital transitioning, while anchoring to matauranga Māori principles and values.
Āhau are using blockchain technology to provide tribal groups and individuals with ownership, access, management, and security of personal data.
Their kaupapa (mission) is to empower our communities and people to build stronger, healthier communities, and a stronger sense of identity and belonging amongst tangata (individuals), whānau (families) and communities.
With 700,000 Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand and 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide the potential for this solution to take off is exciting.