The Opportunity

In 2016, DARPA wanted to find a solution on how to use blockchain to move classified information securely for government and military purposes. This problem has bedeviled governments for a very long time. DARPA has a long and productive history in seeding the research that has resulted in important technological discoveries, including the internet, GPS, graphical user interfaces, the computer mouse, and voice assistants, such as Siri. DARPA believed that using a new technology, called blockchain, might be the key to solving the challenge of classified information exchange and they issued an RFP to this effect.

It was at this time that Joel Neidig, the Director of Research and Development at Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO), approached Ian Taylor, a research professor at the University of Notre Dame, to submit a proposal to the DARPA project to create a secure, unhackable messaging and transaction platform on blockchain for the United States military. Together they developed a plan and submitted a proposal. DARPA awarded a grant to ITAMCO and the Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame to develop a solution to this problem.

However, it quickly became apparent to them both that the knowledge and expertise needed to build a Web3 application on blockchain was extremely difficult, even for a Ph.D computer scientist! Ian and Joel recognized a real opportunity to create a simple yet powerful interface to the Web3 world. The vast opportunity of this new web world was obvious, but the ability to take advantage of it was very limited.

The Solution

The right development platform would be one that is simple, chain agnostic, powerful, portable, and secure to create a pathway to all that Web3 might offer. So they pivoted and built that product, SIMBA, a SIMplified Blockchain Applications platform.

Many are now adopting SIMBA Chain’s technology. SIMBA is now used for NFT marketplaces by sports franchises and clubs, enterprises such as Boeing, Mantech, and Toks, and by every section of the U.S. Department of Defense.

SIMBA Chain co-founders Joel Neidig and Dr. Ian Taylor