NotForgotten Digital Library LLC, the company behind the world’s first blockchain-powered digital time capsule, yesterday announced that it was a winner in the 2020 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. NotForgotten uses blockchain technology to create “digital time capsules” that allow individuals to record their life story and hand it down to descendants to eliminate “the fear of being forgotten”.
Digital Time Capsules
NotForgotten allows individuals to have a permanent record of their life story preserved for future generations, using a variety of technologies, including blockchain, to ensure that the information is verifiable and cannot be lost or accidentally destroyed.
The life stories are securely stored in digital time capsules for up to 300 years, using a combination of blockchain technology, personal genealogy records kept in climate-controlled storage facilities, and WorldCat, a global library of library collections. Time capsules can be delivered to family members in a luxury folder with pages including a family tree scrapbook, will-bequeath cards, and a certificate.
NotForgotten was named in the ‘Companies and Products’ section of the 2020 BIG Innovation Awards, an honor awarded to “organizations, products and people that are bringing new ideas to life in innovative ways.” Adrienne Liebenberg, Co-Founder of NotForgotten, stated in a press release how pleased she was with the award:
We are so proud to receive the 2020 BIG Innovation Award. Our efforts to help people capture their unique life stories has clearly paid off with this distinction. We’re excited to continue helping people preserve their unique memories for generations to come.
NotForgotten issues digital content in the form of a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain, with creators given a transaction ID for each piece of media published.
Blockchain may only make up a piece of the overall puzzle, but it plays a critical role in the quick identification and recovery of the time capsules, eliminating the risk of loss, mis-attribution of media, and time capsules ending up in the wrong hands. This project therefore represents another great use of blockchain technology and illustrates the sheer variety of ways in which it can be utilized.