Announcing KNOW 2019 Award Winners!
And the KNOW Award goes to….
The KNOW Awards recognize the most compelling startups, individuals and identity innovations of the year. This year, the awards were presented on Tuesday, March 26th in Las Vegas at the KNOW 2019 conference. Hosted by our very own Jennie Berry and Kaelyn Lowmaster, it was an afternoon of many memorable moments. For example, for the first time, OWI was proud to have an Outstanding Industry Leadership – Women in Identity Award to acknowledge the incredible contributions women have made to the identity industry. We also saw the introduction of new award categories including Enterprise of the year.
The full list of winners was:
- CEO of the Year: Blake Hall, ID.me. Blake Hall receives this award for his strong subject matter expertise and exceptional leadership. Most notably, Blake led his company, ID.me, to be the first IAL2 approved credential provider certified by Kantara in 2018.
- Rising Innovator: Katherine Noall, Sphere Identity. Katherine Noall receives this award for her work in leading Sphere Identity to the market launch of their consumer application and business platform, in addition to her tireless advocacy and educational efforts across the digital identity space.
- Outstanding Industry Leadership – Women in Identity: Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine. Natalie Smolenski receives this award for her work as a social scientist and venture funded start-up executive in the identity space. Her research and writing has appeared in Scientific American, The Economist, and in her seminal 2016 Edu-cause essay book. Natalie speaks widely on matters of self-sovereign identity to audiences around the world.
- Enterprise of the Year: Okta. Okta receives this award for their outstanding product development and notable leadership team. Since their IPO in 2017, Okta has built over 5,500 integrations and strengthened its Okta Integration Network.
- Company of the Year: IDology. IDology receives this award for their long-time dedication to building trust between companies and customers at onboarding with their identity and age verification offerings.
- Startup of the Year: Smile Identity. Smile Identity receives this award for their use of computer vision and machine learning to authenticate and verify users in Africa.
- Trailblazer: Sift. Sift receives this award for building a community of over 34,000 sites and apps to monitor 16,000 plus unique fraud signals and deliver fraud decisions to organizations in near real-time, building Trust and Safety across the internet with a minimum of additional friction.
- Greatest Social Impact: Sovrin Foundation. The Sovrin Foundation receives this award for their work on administering the governance framework for the Sovrin Network, a decentralized global public network enabling self-sovereign identity on the internet
Congratulations to all our finalists and winners! We’re looking forward to watching what you do next as this thriving community continues to grow.