September 6, 2019
vol. 8
Reserve your ticket before it's too late
***Event update: We are thrilled to announce that Orange Silicon Valley is our newest sponsor for SSI Incubator's kickoff event and will be providing its beautiful office location in San Francisco for the event venue! Orange Silicon Valley is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators, serving more than 264 million customers across 28 countries. We are thrilled to have this innovative organization join Hyperledger as a sponsor of our upcoming event.***

Tickets are going fast! Reserve your spot to attend SSI Incubator's kick-off event on the evening of Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 pm PDT. Learn about current developments in the SSI world, the future of digital identity, and meet the early-stage identity startups in our Fall 2019 cohort.

Representatives from Blockstack, globaliD, Hyperledger, Microsoft, Sovrin, and uPort will discuss digital identity and more in a panel discussion titled "The State of Digital Identity: Bringing Blockchain, Decentralization, and Self-Sovereign ID to the Internet".

The event will be emceed by:
  • Dr. Phil Windley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sovrin Foundation
The panel will be moderated by:
  • Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Daniel Buchner, Decentralized Identity, Microsoft
  • Xan Ditkoff, Production Partner, Blockstack
  • Pelle Braendgaard, CTO, uPort (a ConsenSys formation)
  • Heather C. Dahl, CEO & Executive Director, Sovrin Foundation 
  • Greg Kidd, co-founder of Hard Yaka, co-founder & CEO of globaliD
Reserve your spot
SSI Incubator's Fall 2019 cohort
In case you missed last week's announcement, here are the fours startups which were selected to participate in the Self-Sovereign Identity's Fall 2019 cohort:
To find out more about these SSI-based companies, read the announcement.
A call for mentors and sponsors
There are multiple opportunities to participate in the SSI Incubator including:
  • Volunteer as a business/technical mentor to guide a SSI-based startup through its early development stages. The 12-week incubator is designed to get the incubator participants ready to present for the SSI Demo Day—the culminating event where they will showcase their SSI solution to a room full of investors. The SSI Incubator is looking for mentors who will share their expertise with the world's most-promising emerging early-stage SSI companies.
  • Become an SSI Incubator sponsor. The SSI Incubator is hosting a number of digital identity events in San Francisco this Fall and Winter including a SSI Demo Day in December. By becoming a sponsor of the SSI Incubator, you will be recognized as an advocate for SSI adoption and innovation among industry leaders.
Please contact to volunteer as a SSI Incubator mentor or sponsor.
Hot off the press
Must reads
Hear it from the experts
Deep dives
  • Blockchain trends in 2019: "CB Insights examined 18 of the biggest blockchain trends, covering everything from bitcoin mining to security tokens to smart contract platforms. Using the NExTT framework, we looked at the industry adoption and market strength of these trends, categorizing them as necessary, experimental, threatening, or transitory (NExTT)." —CB Insights
  • A comprehensive guide to self-sovereign identity: "With the emergence of SSI open standards, a new layer of the internet emerges for the identity of people and organizations. SSI represents a new paradigm -- it changes the identity game completely." —Heather Vescent and Kaliya Young
Quote of the week
“The Internet was built without a way to know who and what you are connecting to. This limits what we can do with it and exposes us to growing dangers. If we do nothing, we will face rapidly proliferating episodes of theft and deception which will cumulatively erode public trust in the Internet. ”

—Kim Cameron, Architect of Identity and Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft
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