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TuringCerts: UC Berkeley X HKUST Website: https://certs.turingchain.tech/en Slidedeck: http://bit.ly/turingcerts-deck-v4-pdf-regular Demo kit: http://bit.ly/turingcerts-demokit ### INTRO A privacy-first diploma validation on the blockchain that makes verification easier for hiring. ### MAIN IDEA By leveraging the incorruptible, traceable, cost-effective, and borderless characteristics of blockchain technology, TuringCerts is capable of redefining traditional educational certificates and eventually enabling unified and sustainable records tracking for the educational industry. TuringCerts not only ensures full data coverage, control, and maintenance for users but also promises a rigorous privacy policy and upholds the highest trust of the source as well as the dignity of authorized certificates. ### Traction We have beta-tested the certificate issuing service in 12 universities and government agencies: including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UNLV, HKUST, National Taiwan University, National Taipei University of Science and Technology, and dozens more. ### TOP 3 KEYS 1. Personal Milestone Book-keeping 2. W3C DID Protocol for Virtual Identity 3. GDPR Principle of Least Privilege ### Fundamental Phase TuringCerts, which is in its fundamental testing phase, is being executed on the second generation blockchain - Ethereum, and are being supervised and operated by multiple sophisticated Smart Contracts. On top of that, IPFS is utilized to parallel store digital images of certificates in large sizes. ### Advanced Stage TuringCerts has built high-level strategic cooperation in regard to technical infrastructures with National Cheng Kung University and BiiLabs. On the other hand, it is actively collaborating with the world-renowned IOTA Foundation for in-depth global adoptions. In order to achieve low latency and cost-effectiveness, TuringCerts is currently being migrated to the IOTA blockchain and connected to the open-source TangelID acceleration layer. ### (1) How to ensure uniqueness and authenticity? 1. TuringCerts adopts Decentralized Identifier Standard (DID) proposed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). 2. TuringCerts provides each certificate holder with a unique identifier via a hash value to prevent being tampered with. 3. Its anti-counterfeiting feature is the cornerstone that leads to sustainable certificate storage and tracking ecosystem. ### (2) How to safeguard user privacy? TuringCerts adopts the “BlockCerts” developed by MIT Media Lab's early open-sourced certificate infrastructure, which is inspired by the “EU GDPR's Least Privilege Principle” so as to grant the verification party with least yet most sufficient information. In addition, TuringCerts utilizes an asymmetric encryption scheme such as RSA, which guarantees high privacy even during information transfer. ### (3) How to sustain TuringCerts's footprint as a global leader? TuringCerts is affiliated with the Xcelerator from UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab, from whom will continuously on-board and integrate the latest technical breakthroughs in Silicon Valley. This collaboration enables TuringCerts to maintain its industry-leading technology evolutions and security characteristics. Finally, TuringCerts is being supported by its geographical advantage and relevant user pool to conduct social experiments in Hong Kong and Taiwan campuses. ### Why did you pick this idea to work on? Video: [http://bit.ly/turingcerts-elevator-pitch](http://bit.ly/turingcerts-elevator-pitch) When I was applying for graduate schools in the US, it took me several weeks sending my transcripts, graduation diploma, certificates, and a variety types of documents from one place to another: Taiwan to Hong Kong, and Hong Kong to the US. The verification fee and post-office fee are not low, which creates an unnecessary time and financial burden for all the hundreds of millions of international students every year. Right at the time when I got in UC Berkeley, I made up my mind to solve this for all the student generations since this was a troublesome pain to me. ### Do you have domain expertise in this area? I worked on blockchain research several years ago during my study in Hong Kong (HKUST) and published three blockchain papers in ACM MobiSys'18, the CPE Journal 2018, and IEEE DappCon'19. The ACM paper even received the best paper award in Munich, Germany. I invited the co-author of the three papers to co-found the idea and work on a probable solution that has been protected by our patent filing. The father of the co-founder is a senior HR manager in a top-tier company, who advising us on proceeding the product into the HR management system that creates huge cost-down and fewer workloads for the process of candidate background screening. The HRs and the admission offices of universities saved a significant amount of efforts on making calls and sending emails only for background checking.

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### Team Member #1 Name: Hu Yao-Chieh (Jeff) Year: 23 Major: UC Berkeley - Master of Engineering - IEOR FinTech Email: jeffhu@berkeley.edu Role: Co-founder and CEO Introduction: Yao-Chieh Hu (Jeff) is currently the co-founder and CEO of Turing Chain. He is one of the first scholars in Asia to be invited to the UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab. He previously worked as Head of Blockchain at New York's news media blockchain Blackbird.AI. He has published three blockchain papers in ACM, IEEE and international journal CPE, and was awarded the Best Paper in CryBlock’18, Germany. He has won more than 20 international technology and science awards such as Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017. - Research scholar at UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab - Ex Lead NLP Dev at J.P. Morgan - Ex Head of Blockchain at Blackbird.ai - Author of three blockchain publications at ACM MobiSys, IEEE DappCon, and the CPE Journal Site: [https://yhuag.github.io](https://yhuag.github.io/) ### Team Member #2 Name: Lee Ting-Ting (Tina) Year: 21 Major: HKUST - Bachelor of Engineering - Computer Science Email: tleeae@connect.ust.hkRole: Co-founder and CTO Introduction: Ting-Ting Lee (Tina) is currently the co-founder and CTO of Turing Chain Limited. She is one of the first scholars in Asia to be invited to the UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab. She previously worked as a data scientist at Microsoft X HSBC Asia Pacific and the writer of the year at Medium in Technology and Investment aspects. She has published three blockchain papers in the ACM, IEEE and international journal CPE, and was awarded the Best Paper in CryBlock’18, Germany. In addition, she has won the VXCTF Cybersecurity Competition, the FinTech Up-Town competition 2018 in Korea, ETNet e-commerce competition 2019 in Hong Kong, and more than 20 international technology and science awards. - Research scholar at UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab - Ex AI Consultant at Microsoft APAC - Top 20 Medium Chinese Writer - Author of three blockchain publications at ACM MobiSys, IEEE DappCon, and the CPE Journal Site: [https://tina1998612.github.io](https://tina1998612.github.io/) ### All other team members Chief Blockchain Engineer: Mathew Liu Senior Mobile Developer: Yuhao Chen Senior Full-stack Developer: Henry Yang Graphic Designer: Yun Fu UI/UX Designer: Lena Chen Blockchain Researcher: Brandon Yeh ### How long have the founders known one another and how did you meet? Hu Yao-Chieh (Jeff) and Lee Ting-Ting (Tina) have known each other for nearly three years. They co-founded Turing Chain Limited in 2018 as CEO and CTO respectively. They are now the first scholars in Asia to be invited to the UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab. They were respectively previously working as Head of Blockchain at New York's news media blockchain [Blackbird.AI](http://blackbird.ai/) , lead trading bot engineer at J.P. Morgan Hong Kong, Writer of the year at Medium in Technology and Investment aspects, and lead AI consultant at Microsoft X HSBC Asia Pacific. They have co-authored and published three blockchain papers in the world's most prestigious conferences ACM, IEEE and international journal CPE, and was awarded the Best Paper in CryBlock’18, Germany. In addition, they have won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 Hong Kong, known as Olympiad of Software, the FinTech Up-Town competition 2018 in Korea, ETNet e-commerce competition 2019 in Hong Kong, and more than 20 international technology and science awards. ### How are you connected to the University of California? The CEO is a Master of Engineering student at UC Berkeley IEOR FinTech; the technical startup mentor at SCET Xcelerator. Both the co-founders, CEO & CTO, are research scholar at Berkeley Blockchain X-Lab.

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