About

 

Bitae Technologies (formerly known as A4ED Tech) was started by Shanna and Gemma while studying at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Combining their experiences in refugee policy and entrepreneurship, they entered their idea in a year-long grant competition and an international policy competition, winning both in spring 2018.

In summer 2018, they moved to the Columbia Startup Lab to officially launch the business and build the platform.

Bitae [bee-tah-y]: noun

We chose the name Bitae to convey our vision of a new curriculum vitae, a blockchain-backed digital backpack for a new generation.
 
 Bitae Technologies (formerly known as A4Ed) accepting the first place award at the Global Public Policy Annual Conference. Left to right: Merit Janow (Dean of SIPA), Shanna Crumley, Gemma Torras Vives, and Corey Way (Associate Dean for Student Affairs).

Bitae Technologies (formerly known as A4Ed) accepting the first place award at the Global Public Policy Annual Conference. Left to right: Merit Janow (Dean of SIPA), Shanna Crumley, Gemma Torras Vives, and Corey Way (Associate Dean for Student Affairs).

 
 

A passion for inclusive, secure and human-centered technology to solve humanitarian challenges. 

Shanna and Gemma bring a combined background in data protection, refugee policy, UN innovation and strategic management. They met during a course on technology and governance, where they presented similar projects on refugee education and youth employment. They combined forces to enter their idea in the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator, the SIPA Dean's Challenge Grant competition and the Global Public policy conference.


 
 
 Shanna and Gemma receiving the first place award for the year-long SIPA Dean's Challenge at the Startup Columbia Festival. (2018)

Shanna and Gemma receiving the first place award for the year-long SIPA Dean's Challenge at the Startup Columbia Festival. (2018)

 Gemma and Shanna visited Jordan twice to talk with stakeholders and learn about the education and livelihoods priorities for organizations working in the region. (2018)

Gemma and Shanna visited Jordan twice to talk with stakeholders and learn about the education and livelihoods priorities for organizations working in the region. (2018)

 Teaching in a refugee camp in Greece influenced Bitae's education priorities. (2016)

Teaching in a refugee camp in Greece influenced Bitae's education priorities. (2016)