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November 8, 2019
vol. 17
Upcoming events
The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator and the Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator (SSI Incubator) are co-hosting a networking meetup at UC Berkeley and invite mentors, lecturers, investors, partners, and other startups to meet the cohorts, teams, and communities of both incubator programs.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Where: Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, 2227 Piedmont Avenue, Rm 122 at California Memorial Stadium, Plaza Level, by Gate 2, Berkeley, CA 94720

All are welcome to come and engage with the local incubator scene!
Register now
Serial investor and entrepreneur Greg Kidd and the SSI Incubator Fall 2019 cohort will speak and present at an upcoming evening event in downtown San Francisco. Greg will discuss blockchain identity in a fireside chat and panel. The five startups in the SSI Incubator will pitch what SSI products and solutions they have been developing the last few weeks. 

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Where: UC Berkeley Extension, 160 Spear St, 6th Floor (609) San Francisco, CA 94105

Use promo code "SSI100" to receive a free ticket. Come meet Greg, the SSI Incubator startups, and learn about the future of digital identity!
Reserve your seat today
Hot off the press
Deep dives
  • Decentralized digital identity: A primer why "Bring Your Own Identity" is a trend to watch: "As a new model for identity emerges, this report defines decentralized digital identities and sets the stage for how they'll emerge. CIOs and digital leaders should read this report to better understand the potential of digital identity and how companies should be thinking about its potential for disruption." —Forrester
     
  • 2019 market guide for identity proofing & corroboration: "Seeking high confidence in the identity of customers continues to be an imperative. The identity of customers, both new and returning, can be proven with different degrees of confidence, depending on the effort and cost spent, and the use cases in question. There is usually no 'one-size-fits-all' approach." —Gartner
Must reads
  • Why a place like Bangladesh needs effective digital identity: "With its potential for portability, digital ID presents one possible solution for helping to cope with the challenges of mass internal migration and the wider need to provide proof of ID." —THINK Digital Partners, Nov. 4, 2019
     
  • Categorizing verifiable credentials: "On the other hand, these five dimensions–schema, rendering, holder perspective, correlation, and payment–have important implications for any plan to adopt verifiable credentials." —Evernym, Nov. 7, 2019
     
  • Money20/20: My five key takeaways: "Clearly, the payments space is evolving quickly—and I have so many questions: Are payments innovators paying close enough attention to the decentralized digital identity management movement in their payments innovations and ecosystem building?" —Forrester, Nov. 5, 2019
Hear it from the experts
  • FATF releases guidance on global digital IDs as use cases grow: "The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) wants financial institutions to prepare for the global expansion of digital identification systems. FATF published its draft guidance on digital identity Thursday, for governments, regulated entities and other stakeholders to enforce anti-money laundering (AML) and counter financing terrorism (CFT) regulations." —Coindesk
     
  • 3Box: Generating bottoms-up demand for self-sovereign identity: "This talk will focus on the intersection of a long-term vision for self-sovereign identity with market realities and demands today." —SSI Meetup
     
  • IBM: Decentralized identity places an individual in control: "Decentralized identity is based on privacy by design principles, whereby users can be in control of their identity, manage their own identity, maintain the right to be forgotten, and only provide information or share information that they desire, when they desire, and with whom they desire." —Dan Gisolfi, CTO Trusted Identity and Distinguished Engineer, IBM
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 info@ssiincubator.com to volunteer as a SSI Incubator mentor or sponsor.
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