The third Hyperledger Global Forum (HGF) is coming up quickly (June 8-10). While this year HGF will be virtual, we’ve gathered in the past in Basel, Switzerland, and Phoenix, Arizona, and are looking forward to meeting in person again in 2022.
One of the big goals for this year is to make Hyperledger Global Forum as successful and welcoming as past events, even in its virtual format. To help keep us our eyes on that prize, we asked speakers from past events about their involvement and experience at previous HGFs. (We’ve heard from so many HGF speaking alums that we’ve created a three-part “Road the Hyperledger Global Forum” series. See Part I here and stay tuned for Part III.)
The great thing about our community is that it’s home to a mix of technologists, developers, business users and innovators from starts-ups, enterprises, solution providers, research labs and universities from around the world. And they all have a voice at Hyperledger Global Forum.
Read on to learn what brought this group of past speakers from our extensive community to HGF and what made the event stand out to them. They also share updates on their projects and use cases and on the trends and technologies on their radars now.
Tell us a little bit about why you chose to speak at HGF and what your goal was.
Anthony Lusardi, Digital Asset/Daml: “I was demonstrating some technology we’re developing at DA that allows for seamless interoperation of applications across different distributed ledgers. The goal was to expose the audience to this new possibility.”
Michal Piechocki, BR-AG (Business Reporting – Advisory Group): “We believed from the beginning that our participation will be a bi-directional exchange. The opportunity to bounce our ideas with such a group of experts were coupled with our belief that blockchain should solve real economy problems. And we brought a major one to the table: how do you identify that an individual claiming credentials related to a business is officially entitled to act on its behalf? This issue extends into a broad regulatory set of use cases. We were thrilled to witness an audience eagerly debating pros and cons of the presented solution. Further discussions on all relevant topics including privacy only enriched our takeaways.”
Rajesh Dhuddu, Tech Mahindra: “My goal was to tell attendees and others about blockchain chain use cases that have not only attained scale but also delivered good impact for the common man on the street.”
Fernando Martin Garcia Del Angel, Aabo Tech: “I was interested in sharing my experience, success stories, and pitfalls of implementing blockchain technologies on government applications in Mexico. I also wanted to give a third-country perspective on the challenges of implementing bleeding-edge technologies and the ways the open-source community could make accessing documentation easier for these communities.”
Tell us a little about your experience speaking and attending HGF.
Hart Montgomery, Fujitsu Laboratories of America: “The best part of HGF–both speaking and attending–is getting feedback from the community. Are we building the proper tools that solve the problems people want to solve? Are there bottlenecks stopping development or adoption? These are some of the important questions we can find the answers to in the community.”
Isaac Kunkel, Chainyard: “The speaking engagement was good from all aspects. The facility and logistics were good. Audience (more than 125) was good. We had more than one dozen people stick around for questions and post-event engagement. Happy to say we can trace a direct thread back from a large project directly to HL Global Forum speaking opportunity.”
Manjunath A C, Intel Technology: “It was really a proud moment for me to be delivering the talk at such a huge event that is a gathering for attendees from across geographies. I learned about various Hyperledger projects and business use cases built upon them that would be difficult for me to explore all by myself. It was also a platform to exchange our thoughts or views on technologies.”
Phil Windley, Brigham Young University: “I enjoy that while everyone is interested in using ledger technology, there are lots of different use cases and I can broaden my knowledge about how people are using them.”
What is the most memorable part of attending and speaking at HGF?
Anthony: “Talking with attendees. I got to learn a lot from them and I even met someone who we took on as an intern at DA and they’re now working for us full time!”
Fernando: “Getting to know so many wonderful people inside and outside of the community and being able to learn from their experience.”
Michal: “Meeting the experts at tables in breakout/lunch/vendors area. Open-minded conversations providing motivation, context, discussing difficulties and exploring possible solutions felt invigorating proving that HGF is a true open source community.”
Waaleed El Sayed, sonono: “The huge public that attended my talk!”
How has your project/use case with Hyperledger tech progressed since you spoke at HGF?
Kari Korpela, DBE Core Ltd: “Just recently we have launched our solution DBE Core Platform (Hyperledger combined with Open Peppol UBL standard) and a user interface DBE Core Portal. Additionally, we established DBE Lab as a testbed for integration (Linux Foundation member). We were here chosen as one of the most promising blockchain companies in Europe by Blockpool 2020-2021.”
Manjunath: “Since the HGF participation, Avalon has made significant progress with respect to scalability by segregating the key generation mechanism from workload execution. Wipro demonstrated a POC for cold chain for pharma use case in association with quorum blockchain. Other POCs with reputed organizations are still undergoing.”
Rajesh: “Progressed very well. Forbes recognized Tech Mahindra for its implementation and impact in 2021 Forbes Blockchain 50 companies.”
Waaleed: “I won the implementation for new projects: one for the government of Basel in Switzerland and another one from Siemens Switzerland. I also give training to prepare developers for CHFA & CHFD certifications.”
What new enterprise blockchain topics, technologies or trends are on your radar?
Hart: “More efficient zero knowledge proof systems, faster consensus algorithms, and post-quantum cryptography are some things that interest me.”
Isaac: “IOT/AI/ML/Blockchain intersection, healthcare industry applications, supply chain transparency/security are getting more attention.”
Kari: “Hyperledger for supply chain data exchange”
Phil: “New SSI technologies for creating faster, decentralized solutions to the problems of internet identity”
Hyperledger Global Forum, taking place June 8-10, will provide an opportunity to learn and understand various aspects of the ecosystem, including technical roadmaps, milestones and the latest uses and applications across industries and markets for Hyperledger projects and other related technologies.
To register for the virtual event, go here.