Simprints Technology


SimPrints is a nonprofit technology startup from the University of Cambridge building biometrics for beneficiary identification in developing countries. They partner with impact organisations like BRAC, Mercy Corps, Watsi, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and Gavi to reach those who are currently “falling through the cracks” of service delivery. Their goal is to radically disrupt the inaccurate way we currently track progress towards the SDGs, instead building a world where every person—not guesswork—counts in fighting poverty globally.


Toby Norman is the Chief Executive Officer of Simprints Technology and is passionate about bringing cutting-edge technology to solve challenges in global health and international development. He holds a PhD in Management from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar, and BA in Biology from Harvard University. He has been recognised as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, TechCrunch: Best Tech leader, a 2017 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee, and most recently, a 2018 GLG Social Impact Fellow.


Simprints has collected over 135,000 fingerprint images from Zambia, Benin, Nepal and Bangladesh in the largest academic study of fingerprints globally conducted with the University of Cambridge and ARM. This enormous data set enabled Simprints to create a world-class algorithm.