Aries Connectathon: A Community-Driven Event for Identity Projects at Hyperledger

With three identity specific projects, Hyperledger is now home to a dynamic and growing community with hundreds of unique contributors and maintainers. The first identity-focused project was Hyperledger Indy first launched in 2018, then Hyperledger Ursa later that year. In early 2019, Hyperledger Aries launched to create a shared, reusable, interoperable tool kit for the exchange of verifiable credentials across systems and networks. We’re now thrilled to announce the Hyperledger Aries community will be meeting December 3-5, 2019 in Provo, Utah, for an in-person connectathon.

The goal of this event is to increase communication, interoperability, and support across the many Aries compatible projects. Like the previous, more informal, connectathon held earlier in 2019, this is a community-led event. Some of the focus will be on certain Aries projects currently in development within the community including, but not limited to: 

  • Aries Cloud Agent – Python, developed by the government of British Columbia
  • Aries Framework DotNet, the Open Source foundation for StreetCred’s mobile app
  • Mattr Global’s Open Source Mobile Agent (OSMA)
  • Aries Framework Go, developed by SecureKey
  • LibVCX based projects, supported by Evernym

The Sovrin Foundation, a leading contributor of Indy, Ursa, and Aries projects, is hosting the Aries Connectathon.

After kicking off with an overview of the key topics at this architecture and design focused event, attendees will focus their work on collaboration across Hyperledger Aries compatible codebases with test suites, tools, and direct interoperable interaction. This includes DID Communication, Verifiable Credential Exchange, DID Exchange, and other protocols targeted for wider adoption. Time spent at this community event will primarily be workshop related, supported with speakers and discussions on relevant topics.

It’s important to note that this is primarily a coding event; however, all contributors, maintainers, and community participants from any project interested in these topics are welcome to attend. Most of the participants at this event will already be active participants in the Hyperledger community and should be ready to hit the ground running. The Aries Connectathon is a great place to roll up your sleeves and get to work!

Hyperledger and Streetcred have already generously offered sponsorship to help cover some of the costs of the three-day event. Many event sponsorships are still available. 

Please see the event wiki to register and find out how to get involved.

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