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September 27, 2019
vol. 11
Tech deep dive at SSI Incubator
This week at the Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator, our five teams attended 'identity school' with Nathan George, CTO of the Sovrin Foundation. Nathan sat down with each team and help them evaluate and improve the technical foundations of their SSI solutions.

After this incredible, tech-focused week, the teams are ready to demo, network, and learn at the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW), surrounded by the experts in the field. If you plan on attending IIW, please come find us on Tuesday! 
In case you missed it, last week we had our kickoff event: "The State of Digital Identity: Bringing Blockchain, Decentralization, and Self-Sovereign ID to the Internet". We would like to thank the speakers and the sponsors, Hyperledger and Orange Silicon Valleyfor a wonderful evening. Stay tuned for our upcoming events!
Hot off the press
Deep dive
  • The CIO’s guide to blockchain: "The third phase of blockchain will combine blockchain-complete solutions with complementary technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and decentralized self-sovereign identity (SSI) solutions." —Gartner
Must reads
Hear it from the experts
  • The GID Report #7 — Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator edition!: "I had the pleasure of interviewing all five startups, and the amount of passion for identity in the room was visceral. There is a movement around identity bubbling and you can feel it in your bones. It’s happening." —globaliD
     
  • Sovrin at Rebooting the Web of Trust IX: "While there is still much to be done to achieve interoperability, significant progress was made on key topics such as the DID resolution specification, Aries Encryption Envelope JWE Compliance, and identifying overlap between projects and areas for future collaboration." —Daniel Bluhm, Associate Software Engineer, Sovrin Foundation
     
  • Does your phone know where you live?: Exploring data trails as a tool for property rights​: "The financial inclusion sector is already relying on digital footprints to offer banking services to populations previously deemed un-creditworthy. The humanitarian sector, meanwhile, is turning to social media and cell phone data to locate disaster survivors. Can these models be applied to land and property rights?" —New America
Quote of the week
“There is not one transformational governance idea on digital services that does not involve identity.”

—Robert Devries, CIO Government Services Integration Cluster, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
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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