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December 6, 2019
vol. 20
What is the mission of SSI Incubator?
Upcoming event
The Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator (SSI Incubator) invites investors and enterprise partners to come to "The Future of Digital Identity, Blockchain, and Investment in Self-Sovereign Identity" and see what the five startups in our inaugural cohort have been building the last 12 weeks. The startups are looking for investors who have resources that can help them take their companies into their later stages.

This evening brings together some of the most exciting work being done in decentralized technology and specifically explores the current work being done in self-sovereign identity. 

When: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00pm PST
Where: AWS Loft, 525 Market Street, #2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

The following startups will be presenting:
Domi Labs (Berlin) - Secure digital passports for landlords and tenants that would create a fairer rental market.
HearRo (Los Angeles) - A blockchain powered phone system using secure digital identities to deliver better customer service.
MetaDigital (Toronto): An intelligent healthcare platform to eliminate medical prescription and insurance claim fraud with real-time digital verification.
Spaceman ID (Chicago) - Tools for companies to easily implement private, secure, and portable digital credentials.
Xertify (Bogotá, CO) - A network where people and institutions can exchange trusted personal information based on blockchain technology.
In addition to the startups' demonstrations, event speakers include:
Greg Kidd, Co-founder of Hard Yaka and Co-founder and CEO of globaliD, will kick-off the evening with some opening remarks about the investment opportunity within the rapidly growing global blockchain identity management market.

Following his remarks, Darrell O'Donnell, CTO of CULedger, will take the stage with Heather C. Dahl, CEO of Sovrin Foundation, in a fireside chat to discuss CULedger's success with its deployment of SSI solutions in the credit union industry. Their conversation will cover:
  • Finding inspiration in SSI: Hear about what motivated CULedger to pursue work in decentralized identity 
  • Bringing SSI to market: A discussion on the specific technology associated with SSI and its value prop
  • The road ahead: Looking forward at the future of CULedger’s work in SSI, next steps in their product development and funding
We welcome investors, entrepreneurs, and digital identity experts and enthusiasts to join us for SSI Incubator's culminating event of the year.
Reserve your spot
Hot off the press
Deep dives
Must reads
  • Why SSI Incubator: An inside look at the program and startups: "The SSI Incubator is designed to remove barriers to startup financing and success within the self-sovereign identity (SSI) industry. More than just seed funding and high-profile pitching opportunities, participating startups also receive co-working space, educational workshops, mentorship, and networking events with some of the most influential voices in the decentralized identity community today." —Hyperledger, Dec. 6, 2019
     
  • What will 2020 hold for banking and financial services?: "In 2020, we will see the U.K. government step their efforts up, and laggard financial institutions who have not yet made the move to digital will begin to adopt identity verification technologies. This will ensure that both government and the big banks are ready for the decade of digital identities." —Forbes, Nov. 29, 2019
     
  • Can blockchain help Uber solve its 'fake driver' problem?: "Using Uber drivers as an example, Ali suggests that they could verify themselves by taking a selfie, a facial scan, and sending the biometric imprint to Uber. The company need not hold the data in order to verify identity. Instead, algorithms would confirm the authenticity and the likeness of the image, and record it on a tamper proof blockchain." —Decrypt, Dec. 3, 2019
     
  • How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020): "Blockchain will more quickly take root in financial services for security and management of identities—first for businesses and later for consumers." —Computerworld.com, Dec. 2, 2019
     
  • This is how we evolve digital trust with MyData: "To take MyData forward, Tieto has teamed up with others to found a Finnish self-sovereign identity network named Findy that aims to solve the challenge of being able to trust information exchanged online. Findy stands for Finnish Indy network, a collaboratively governed and operated decentralized identity network. In addition to Tieto, the current list of founding members of the initiative includes Nordea Bank, OP Bank, Asiakastieto Group, Accenture, Nixu, Suomen Tilaajavastuu and KELA." —Tieto, Nov. 27, 2019
Hear it from the experts
  • KNOW Identity Forum recap: Building for the future of digital identity: "In our modern economy, the relationship between identity and payments is inextricable. The digital economy is dependent on the secure exchange of value from one party to another. Correctly identifying digital identities at scale, however, remains an ongoing challenge for digital marketplaces, platforms, and businesses." —KNOW Identity
     
  • How decentralized technology will change people’s lives in the next 10 years: "We are removing companies like Facebook, Google, and other players from the picture and directly empowering users so that they can be in control of their own information." —Muneeb Ali, CEO & Co-founder, Blockstack
     
  • Fireside chat: Decentralized identity: "We very much believe having a good, robust identity framework is very important to be able to get real blockchain applications working." —Pelle Brændgaard, CTO, uPort
     
  • Recent revisions to the Sovrin Governance Framework: "The latest revision of the Sovrin Governance Framework is aimed squarely at showing how the Sovrin identity metasystem is compliant with GDPR and other privacy regulations. Compliance is an important part of adoption and creating 'identity for all'." —Phil Windley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sovrin Foundation
     
  • Peer DIDs: A secure and scalable method for DIDs that’s entirely off-ledger: "In many ways, peer DIDs are to public, blockchain-based DIDs what Ethereum Plasma or state channels are to on-chain smart contracts—or what Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is to on-chain cryptopayments. They move interactions off-chain, but offer options to connect back to a chain-based ecosystem as needed." —SSI Meetup
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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