Microsoft Changemakers Film featuring HB Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium — November 21, 2022 — Today, HB Antwerp and Microsoft announced the release of the latest short film from Microsoft’s Changemakers series, offering a glimpse into the revolutionary business model and ecosystem of HB Antwerp, a technology-driven, mineral infrastructure company that is radically reshaping supply chains, beginning with how people experience natural diamonds. The film traces HB’s partnership with Microsoft as together they utilize cutting-edge technology to reinvent the diamond supply chain, prioritizing transparency, sustainable practices, and economic fairness.
A key feature of the film, and the product of collaboration between HB Antwerp and Microsoft, the HB Capsule is an Internet of Things (IoT) device that uses state-of-the-art, blockchain technology, and data analytics to track every stage of a natural diamond’s journey – down to the most minute interaction.
“We are delighted to see the release of the Microsoft Changemakers film, which illustrates how HB Antwerp is working to bring greater clarity and accountability into the journey of natural resources,” said Shai de Toledo, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of HB Antwerp. “The HB Capsule is the embodiment of HB’s commitment to shed light on our end-to-end supply chain and create greater value for mining communities. In partnership with Microsoft, we have created something truly one-of-a-kind that has incredible potential, for the diamond industry and beyond.”
The HB Capsule is just one of many proprietary technologies that HB Antwerp is leveraging to offer unparalleled transparency into the lifecycle of a diamond, promoting ethical production and paying tribute to the provenance of the natural diamonds. At HB Antwerp, the rarity and beauty of a diamond is not just about its sparkle, but about truly understanding – with clarity – how it evolved and came to life.
H.E. President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana previewed this Changemakers movie at an event organized by HB Antwerp on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. President Masisi’s reaction reflected pride and hope: “This is the relationship that we want. We want maximum value from what is ours, and I pray that my people will be involved in every step of the innovations.”
The full Microsoft Changemakers film can be viewed here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/industrysolutions/our-stories/hb-antwerp?rtc=1
About HB Antwerp
Founded in 2020, HB is pioneering a mineral infrastructure that redefines the way minerals are sourced, transformed, and distributed. HB’s closed-loop ecosystem introduces a comprehensive digital trail across the complete value chain, from raw minerals to finished results, ensuring verifiable and immutable data.