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August 30, 2019
vol. 7
SSI Incubator's Fall 2019 cohort
Have you heard the news? Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator (SSI Incubator) announced the names of the four startups selected to participate in the world’s first incubator for digital identity. The four companies are:
These companies were chosen from almost 100 applicants for an intensive 12-week program focused on fast-tracking technologies that use self-sovereign identity to transform the way we verify identity and handle data online.
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 kick-off event and a SSI Demo Day. 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.
Upcoming event: The State of Digital Identity
SSI Incubator is holding its kick-off event on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00 pm PDT in the heart of San Francisco. Learn about current developments in the SSI world, the future of digital identity, and meet the early-stage identity startups in the Fall 2019 cohort.

Representatives from the world's leading digital identity protocols and systems 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
  • 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
Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort hosted by the Linux Foundation, is sponsoring the event. There is availability for one more organization to be a co-sponsor. For sponsorship inquiries, contact info@ssiincubator.com.
Reserve your spot
Hot off the press
Must reads
  • The vision for a truly trustworthy internet: "The internet needs global governance models to establish domain-specific (i.e. jurisdictional or industry) governance bodies to manage how trusted internet identities will be established, operated, and made accountable. They do not exist today, but as part of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group, we are building the template." —The Sovrin Foundation, Aug. 30, 2019
     
  • Sovrin backed incubator selects four blockchain identity startups: "The first of its kind, the SSII will fund each of the four selected firms to the tune of $180,000 and run a 12-week program, which aims to fast track their identity-focused projects." —Ledger Insights, Aug. 28, 2019
     
  • The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem: "With data, the devil is in the defaults — companies know a vanishingly small number of people will ever adjust settings. And how can we exercise a choice if we don’t even know what’s happening with our data?" —The Washington Post, Aug. 26, 2019
     
  • Don't trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, boffins warn: Zuck & Co know that hash is king: "Facebook has positioned Libra as solely a financial endeavor, but the project has implications in every aspect of civil and social life where reputation matters, the academics argue."  —The Register, Aug. 22, 2019
     
  • A guide on identity management with blockchain technology: "The existing model of identity management is not scalable or secure....Blockchain tech offers a solution to this through self-sovereign identity." —CryptoTraderNews, Aug. 16, 2019
Hear it from the experts
Deep dives
  • Distributed and self-sovereign identity solutions: Part 1, technology overview: "The new report explains how distributed ID (DID) and self-sovereign identity solutions (SSI) will cause the consolidation of the two platforms that financial institutions implement separately today for identity and authentication." —Mercator Advisory Group
     
  • Identity management with blockchain: The definitive guide (2019 update): "A digital identity management system where organisations store the minimum necessary personal data of their users means less personal data management and less bureaucracy. Reducing data management costs and increasing the efficiency of identification processes. All while putting people’s privacy and security first." —Tykn
Quote of the week
“The benefits of self-sovereign identity are clear, and major platform providers, including IBM, Microsoft, and Mastercard, have announced adoption of this model, which returns control of identity to the individual.”

—Tim Sloane, VP, Payments Innovation, and Director, Emerging Technologies Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group
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