Our Developer Showcase blog series serves to highlight the work and motivations of developers, users and researchers collaborating on Hyperledger’s incubated projects. Next up is Dawn Jutla, CEO of Peer Ledger. Let’s see what she has to say!
What advice would you offer other technologists or developers interested in getting started working on blockchain?
Working with an emerging technology is a hell of a lot of fun – especially when the vision for the platform involves plug and pay components. Like Lego bricks, such a blockchain platform enables us to shape software that is only limited by our imaginations. I’d advise others to:
- Focus on their vision, and when executing don’t fret about paucity of documentation. Instead expect it, and enjoy the collaboration and dedication of the community who will answer your developer questions at all hours of the day or night i.e. 24×7.
- Keep track of all major blockchains. You never know when you can customize and apply solutions from one to another. In fact, many people are thrilled to see their concepts diffuse out. Acknowledge their work.
- Embrace rapid change as a constant for the next few years. Be ready to do continuous integration and deployment.
- Manage everyone’s expectations. If you want to go into production, expect to do extra work to stabilize pieces of the underlying open source code base. Emphasize to your early adopter customers the many advantages (e.g. establishing IP to extract higher rents, setting standards) of being early to innovate with an emerging technology.
Give a bit of background on what you’re working on, and let us know what was it that made you want to get into blockchain?
My company, Peer Ledger, creates and markets two blockchain products: a Blockchain Identity Bridge portal that extends users’ identities across existing systems and blockchain software, and a MIMOSI blockchain platform product that enables organizations to add new capabilities like track and trace and proofs around responsible sourcing and sustainability. Specifically, MIMOSI’s beachhead is managing risk around conflict minerals. However, it may be used as an important tool for minimizing and eliminating harmful substances from goods and services, and for other sustainability purposes.
My company’s employees and I got into blockchain for a myriad of reasons, the primary one being our fundamental understanding of the disruption and efficiencies that the technology will bring to organizations and people worldwide.
What project in Hyperledger are you working on? Any new developments to share? Can you sum up your experience with Hyperledger?
In Hyperledger, we worked with Hyperledger Fabric 0.6 and 1.0. l like many elements of Fabric’s high-level design. We have had a very good experience with the helpfulness of its development community.
What do you think is most important for Hyperledger to focus on in the next year?
It would be useful to tidy up some of its concepts around channels and privacy. I would like to see an alternative for private transactions, for example building on the Quorum architecture, to be embedded, released, and maintained in the open source code.
As Hyperledger’s incubated projects start maturing and hit 1.0s and beyond, what are the most interesting technologies, apps, or use cases coming out as a result from your perspective?
My opinion is that the clinical trials use case is the most important with the most potential for breakthrough benefits for the quality of human life. Intuitively, securely connecting scientists in drug companies directly with permissioned electronic patient health-care data could lead to new cures and treatments.
Use cases for social good will likely be the most impactful, and purposeful. For example, our conflicts mineral use case has significant potential to improve the quality of workers’ lives in conflict areas, as well as manage risk, and thus it is of considerable interest to many stakeholders.
What’s the one issue or problem you hope blockchain can solve?
Adoption of blockchain will automatically take security mechanisms mainstream and increase the resilience of important systems, while dramatically decreasing the number of workflows, and hence time and costs, and simultaneously improving data quality and proofs. Blockchain is a blockbuster technology.
Where do you hope to see Hyperledger and/or blockchain in 5 years?
In 5 years, Hyperledger and blockchain likely will be well in its early majority phase, and on the verge of going mainstream.
What is the best piece of developer advice you’ve ever received?
Box issues, isolate them, re-imagine, and solve.
What technology could you not live without?