KNOW 2019 Day 2 Recap
Monday at KNOW 2019 took a new angle on the future of trust with a Vegas twist. Illusionist and New York Times crossword puzzle constructor, David Kwong, kicked off day two with mind-bending puzzles and incredible tricks – and an important message about how easily we can be fooled.
From there, attendees headed into the expo hall, where 70 exhibitors demoed new identity tech and forged new partnerships.
KNOW 2019 was also proud to host a Women in Identity meet-up during lunch. Identity maven Bianca Lopes joined self-sovereign identity expert Heather Vescent for a frank talk about the future of diversity in our industry, followed by some great networking in a packed house.
Afternoon programming continued with our first-ever formal debate – pitting two teams of experts in KNOW 2019’s very first debate! The topic under question was “should facial recognition be the future of biometrics.” The lively discussion featured competing perspectives on which biometric modality will win the race to the future.
Monday afternoon featured the annual KNOW Startup Pitch Competition. Nine innovative identity companies duked it out in front of expert judges from Airbnb, Stripe, PTB Ventures, Experian, and OWI for a chance to win $15,000 in cash prizes and a chance to meet with the Airbnb Trust & Safety team.
The day ended with a bang, with our afternoon keynote featured Roger Dingledine, president and co-founder of the Tor project, who asserted strong perspectives on the importance of privacy specifically for consumer-focused projects. “Technology is neutral” is bullshit. Technology is inherently political.” Roger’s candor was a breath of fresh air in the keynote room as his sentiments were well-received.