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Hyperledger Goes Virtual at Consensus Distributed 2020

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Hyperledger members, staff, and booth visitors spanning Brazil, US, UK, and Russia during our virtual Consensus booth

Consensus and NY Blockchain Week is usually one of the busiest weeks of the year in the blockchain industry. Multiple evening talks and events, sandwiched with Mother’s Day, and a deluge of big industry announcements means that you are guaranteed to run into friends and colleagues from around the world–everyone comes here.

This year, however, with the Covid-19 pandemic epicenter in New York City, the event had to shift to a virtual format…and fast. We have been present at every Consensus since Hyperledger was launched, and this year wasn’t going to be any different. Hyperledger sponsored a virtual booth with the added feature of a live Zoom room each day, where the public could hop in and chat with booth representatives, just like at a physical conference. Attendees came by to say hello, share what they’re working on, and learn directly from our member companies about the exciting projects our community is building–much like passing by our booth at the Hilton Hotel (although without the shaking of hands). Conversations dug deep into visitors’ interests: “It was great to connect with other Hyperledger members and hone in on the specific questions of booth visitors” Chris Kelly from IntellectEU, a Hyperledger member company, told us after the event.

Visitors had an opportunity to learn about many use cases our members are addressing. Oracle shared use cases on food safety and honey supply chains, while PwC talked about their smart credentials initiative leveraging Hyperledger Indy. We also saw great presentations from IntellectEU on tokenization with Hyperledger Fabric and heard how Soramitsu is tackling the current hot topic of central bank digital currencies in Cambodia using Hyperledger Iroha. Xooa showed how their solution allows users to deploy a network in minutes, and Smart Block Laboratory demoed how interbank payments and cryptoinvestor networks can be built online. BondEvalue presented the world’s first blockchain-based bond exchange. Don’t worry if you didn’t have a chance to be with us. All the member demos are on our YouTube channel.

Also new this year, CoinDesk added a Foundations program to the agenda. As part of this new program, Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf and technical leaders from Intel, Accenture, and IBM teamed up on a Changelog presentation covering the latest updates on Hyperledger technologies, including our newest project Hyperledger Cactus. Rafael Figueroa, attorney in New York City, reached out to us after watching the Changelog session, “it was so exciting to see Hyperledger working on so many projects that are at the forefront of these new technologies. I thought the Hyperledger speakers were very knowledgeable about their area of expertise and approachable.”

Here are the videos from Hyperledger’s sessions at Consensus:

Changelog with Brian Behlendorf of Hyperledger

Speakers: Arnaud Le Hors, Chair of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee (TSC), Dan Middleton, Head of Technology for Intel, Jonathan Hamilton from Accenture, James Wester, Research Director of Worldwide Blockchain Strategies at IDC

Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf in:

Programmable Money and the Future of Enterprise Blockchain

First Principles for a Decentralized Future” panel – Hosted by World Economic Forum

It goes without saying  that a virtual format is very different from the experience in New York. There is nothing better than being in an iconic city meeting people as a session wraps up, walking up to speakers to connect, and running into colleagues over buffet lunch. Nevertheless, our meeting schedule was fully booked, and the video conference format allowed us to delve deeper into learning more about each other. There was another surprising effect of going virtual: more global participation in the event. The conference was free and the lack of travel made it more accessible, and thus inclusive, for people who would have never been able to come. Elisa Cardamone from member company Blockforce, which is based in Brazil said, “The experience was amazing! Even virtually, we had the opportunity to learn more about different projects around the world and to establish strong connections with incredible people. In Brazil, the blockchain market is still not so consolidated, so it is very gratifying for us to participate in a global meeting together with the Hyperledger team. It was a time of great learning and networking!”

Randhish Raghavan, a computer architect from member company Mindtree, shared how the connections for partnerships “gave us the opportunity to display our solutions and focus areas to a wider audience.”

Consensus had more than 22,000 registered attendees. Our booth was busy with more than a dozen members signed up for the virtual office hours. As always, it is very important to us that visitors hear about Hyperledger straight from our members. And it pays off: “the networking sessions through the Hyperledger booth [were] very insightful, as it allowed me to better know and understand the mission, purpose and partnership strategy,” summarized Gaston Tchicourel who works with the World Bank.

We cannot wait to see you all in person, shake hands, and have chats over coffee. For now, to make sure the world recovers quickly, we will see you all online at many of Linux Foundation’s  conferences and will welcome our members at our virtual Member Summit in September.  

Where to find Hyperledger at Consensus: Distributed

By Blog, Events, Hyperledger Avalon

Consensus: Distributed is coming up quickly. This free, virtual version of the annual conference starts on Monday, May 11, and runs until May 15. Sessions will run round the clock to make sure there’s content for every market and every timezone.

Hyperledger will be front and center in discussions around enterprise blockchain. In addition to a Hyperledger virtual booth, members like PwC, Oracle and Cognizant will be available via online office hours for more intimate networking and one-on-one meetings. We will also have a playlist of virtual member demos to check out. 

Further, Hyperledger is part of Foundations, a new program within Consensus designed to put the spotlight on thriving blockchain ecosystems. The focus will be on Hyperledger on Wednesday, May 13, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. During this session, Executive Director Brian Behlendorf will talk about the State of Hyperledger. Brian will be joined by Arnaud Le Hors, Chair of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee (TSC), who will give a brief update on technical milestones. This Changelog talk will be followed by a Q+A with James Wester, Research Director, Worldwide Blockchain Strategies at IDC. 

We’ll then transition the conversation to Hyperledger Avalon, one of the latest projects to join the greenhouse. Avalon aims to address concerns around confidentiality and blockchain transactionality. Dan Middleton, Head of Technology for Intel’s Blockchain and Distributed Ledger program and a member of the Hyperledger TSC, will provide a quick introduction, speak to the traction, and explain how others can contribute to this up-and-coming project. Finally, Jonathan Hamilton from Accenture will join for the last 10 minutes to provide an exclusive peek at a brand new project, just accepted into Hyperledger. He will speak to the intention behind the project, the process of getting it from a lab to an official project in the greenhouse and its future at Hyperledger.

Other Hyperledger sessions you definitely don’t want to miss: Brian will take part on the State of Enterprise Adoption workshop at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 12, and join the panel First Principles for a Decentralized Future for a conversation about the World Economic Forum’s Center “Presidio Principles” at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 13.

Keeping the Conversation Flowing (Virtually) at Consensus: Distributed

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In a year where events are reinventing themselves on the fly, we at Hyperledger are doing all we can to keep important conversations going around enterprise blockchain. As such, we’re excited to once again be sponsoring Coindesk’s annual conference, which has gone virtual and will now be a free event, running from May 11-15. At Consensus: Distributed Hyperledger’s executive director, Brian Behlendorf, will take the online stage at a few key sessions, including a State of Enterprise Adoption panel on the afternoon of May 12.

Hyperledger will also be part of Foundations, a new program within Consensus designed to put the spotlight on thriving blockchain ecosystems. Join Brian and others from the Hyperledger community for an hour of content focused solely on exciting updates within the ecosystem as well as that latest on Hyperledger projects. 

The multi-part session will include a Changelog presentation from Brian in which he presents the state of the ledger for Hyperledger, as well as member updates, followed by a Q+A with an industry analyst. Then the conversation will switch to a deep dive into a few key projects led by those on the front line, driving the development efforts.

The Hyperledger Foundation session will take place on Wednesday, May 13, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. For those who are already actively engaged in the community, this is a great opportunity to be part of the conversation about what comes next for Hyperledger. And for those who are looking to learn more about Hyperledger, this is the chance to hear straight from the community leaders about the impact of this open source effort to advance enterprise blockchain. 

You can also drop by Hyperledger’s virtual booth to browse resources, as well as connect with staff and community members directly. 

Don’t miss out: register for Consensus: Distributed today and join us May 11-15. 

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

By Blog, Events, Hyperledger Aries

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.

Hyperledger Bootcamps: A Hands-on Way to Grow our Contributor Community

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Here at Hyperledger, one of our favorite ways to grow our contributor community is our Bootcamp series of events. We’ve worked with Meetup groups, project maintainers and members around the world to hold these hands-on introductions to our technologies. From São Paulo, Brazil, to Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada, we’ve helped hundreds of developers, designers, project managers and more up the Hyperledger learning curve with our Bootcamps.

The next Hyperledger Bootcamp will be in Moscow, Russia, on October 14th and 15th at Deworkacy Red October. The event will be hosted by Norilsk Nickel, which became a member of the Hyperledger consortium in June of this year.

Like all of our Bootcamps, this is a community-led event. After kicking off with an overview of the key projects, attendees will break out into groups to follow their own technology interests, diving straight into tutorials or getting started documentation and then starting to contribute to the projects with bug fixes, documentation and even developing use cases.

It’s important to note that these events are not just for coders! Contributors can help by creating documentation, writing use cases, serving as group organizers, and, of course, reporting and fixing bugs. The goal is to get community members up to speed on how to contribute. Most of the participants are fairly new and we understand that contributing to your first project can be a bit daunting. Bootcamps takes the fear out of the process. For existing contributors and maintainers, they are also the ideal place to recruit more help for your project or group.

Head to our wiki to find out how to get involved or help bring a Bootcamp to your community. 

To read this post in Russian, visit this page: https://wiki.hyperledger.org/display/RU/Blog+Post

Hyperledger Adds Alibaba Cloud, Citi, Deutsche Telekom, we.trade and 12 more New Members at Hyperledger Global Forum

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More than 260 members now support the leading open source blockchain project

SAN FRANCISCO AND BASEL, SWITZERLAND – (December 12, 2018) Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today announced Alibaba Cloud, Citi, Deutsche Telekom, we.trade and 12 more organizations have joined the project. This news came during day one of the inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum in Basel, Switzerland.

“We are starting Global Forum off with a bang with this impressive line-up of new members,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “The growing Hyperledger community  reflects the increasing importance of open source efforts to build enterprise blockchain technologies across industries and markets. The latest members showcase the widening interest in and impact of DLT and Hyperledger.”

Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes multiple enterprise blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. These projects are the result of the hands-on, collaborative efforts of contributors around the world who strive to develop and maintain the code for the frameworks and tools as well as provide governance and organizational resources.

Hyperledger enables organizations to build solid, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases. The latest general members to join the community are: Alibaba Cloud, BlockDao (Hangzhou) Information Technology, Citi,  Deutsche Telekom, Guangzhishu (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd, Guangzhou Technology Innovation Space Information Technology Co., Ltd, KEB Hana Bank, HealthVerity, MediConCen, Techrock (formerly Walimai), we.trade and Xooa.

Hyperledger supports an open community that values contributions and participation from various entities. As such, pre-approved non-profits, open source projects and government entities can join Hyperledger at no cost as associate members. Associate members joining this month include Association of Blockchain Developers of Saint Petersburg, Business School of Hunan University, Sun Yat-sun University and Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

New member quotes:

Alibaba Cloud

“We are delighted to join Hyperledger,” said YI Li, Head of Alibaba Cloud Application Service. “As one of the world’s top three IaaS providers, Alibaba Cloud strives to provide the best service possible with the highest regard for all customers. Alibaba Cloud‘s Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) is dedicated to providing a worldwide beneficial and trusted infrastructure. While concentrating on the underlying technology, we would also like to invite more partners to join us and co-create a greater blockchain business world.”

BlockDao (Hangzhou) Information Technology

“We are honored to join the Hyperledger community, it is an important symbol of BlockDAO’s development route,” said Jerry Li, COO, BlockDAO. “BlockDAO is an independent blockchain technological community supported by OSChina, that aims to provide community services with code examination and development to blockchain projects. We will provide code support and security for the development of the blockchain industry. We’re very excited to now be a part of Hyperledger.”

Citi

At Citi, we’re constantly evaluating how emerging technologies could solve real problems for our clients and create new growth opportunities in the wider business ecosystem,” said Beth Devin, Head of Innovation Network & Emerging Technology at Citi Ventures. “We believe blockchain has the potential to drive new forms of efficiency and develop new markets, and are pleased to join the Hyperledger project to advance our exploration.”

Deutsche Telekom

“Developing our wholesale roaming application on Hyperledger Fabric came as a natural choice,” said John Calian, SVP and Head of T-Labs. “Hyperledger Fabric offers business customers, like Deutsche Telekom and our related partners, a permissioned and open source development ecosystem that integrates production-ready identity management as well as refined confidentiality concepts for multi-stakeholder environments. That is exactly what enterprise customers require to transform their decentralized visions into reality and this is why we are happy to become part of the Hyperledger community.”

Guangzhishu (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd

“Joining Hyperledger is a milestone for Guangzhishu (Beijing) Technology. Our anchor project, the Points (PTS) platform, is a fintech project that builds a secure, fast and scalable blockchain-based data collaboration protocol for better credit scoring and inclusive finance,” said Sarah Zhang, Founder & CEO of Guangzhishu (Beijing) Technology. “We are very excited to be part of the Hyperledger community, and looking forward to working with the platform to shape an enterprise-grade secure and extensible data collaboration protocol that enables more users to access low cost and high quality financial services.”

Guangzhou Technology Innovation Space Information Technology Co., Ltd

“If the birth of the Internet has triggered an intelligent revolution, then blockchain is the new engine of this intelligent revolution,” said Sandy Xie, CEO of Guangzhou Technology Innovation Space Information Technology Co., Ltd. “We are happy to participate in building and developing the Hyperledger community. With the application of blockchain technology, we are dedicated to solving the bottleneck of the existing intellectual property industry. The birth of Flying Pard IP Trade Blockchain will change the ecosystem of present industry.”

KEB Hana Bank

“KEB Hana Bank has three perspectives on blockchain — globalization, standardization and collaboration networks. We look forward to creating new business opportunities based on standardized technology as part of Hyperledger’s global community,” said Jun Seong Han, deputy president of KEB Hana Bank. “Demand for mobile payments, such as mobile wallet, is increasing due to the rapid growth in cross-border payments. To support such demand, we need a new payment hub that can connect them globally. In response, KEB Hana Bank is creating the Global Loyalty Network (GLN), with a number of banks and payment providers. What’s most important for this project is a global standard technology, so we are joining Hyperledger for blockchain technology that our partners around the world can accept seamlessly.”

HealthVerity

“HealthVerity is honored to join Hyperledger to help build and advance the development of open source blockchain technology within the healthcare industry,” said Andrew Kress, CEO of HealthVerity. “We’ve successfully used Hyperledger Fabric as part of HealthVerity Consent, our platform that allows organizations to aggregate and manage all individual consumer and patient preferences in one central location to comply with evolving privacy requirements. As we continue to transform how the modern healthcare enterprise makes critical and defining decisions, we look forward to the support and technical foundation from the Hyperledger community.”

MediConCen

“By joining Hyperledger, we are pushing the boundaries of technology and applying blockchain to make an impact on how insurance and finance are operated,” said David Liu, CTO of MediConCen Limited. “We believe any successful blockchain solution would require a combination of domain knowledge, understanding of regulations and technical knowhow, and partnership. With the strong support of our partners, we co-developed our first medical blockchain ecosystem with leading insurers in Hong Kong powered by Hyperledger Fabric.”

Techrock (formerly Walimai)

“We are excited to join the Hyperledger family and take part in the opportunity to collaborate with this forward-thinking and passionate community,” said Edward Tsang, Chief Technology Officer, Techrock. “The performance, reliability and scalability of Hyperledger is exactly what we need to take our blockchain-based anti-counterfeiting solution to the next level and deliver on our vision of creating a world free of counterfeit consumer goods.”

We.trade

“We.trade has used Hyperledger for the development of its robust, enterprise grade, production ready trade platform, which is currently licensing to banks in the market,” said Roberto Mancone, Chief Operating Officer of we.trade. “Our role now as new member of Hyperledger is to continuously contribute to the development of blockchain solutions through distributed ledger technology and smart contracts, fostering innovation in the field of trade, finance, logistics, insurance, manufacturing and all those industries that will converge toward the development of efficient new business models.”

Xooa

“We firmly believe that the arrival of Xooa marks a turning point for the adoption of immutable ledgers. Our goals is to transform blockchain by making it appealing to all developers,” said Assaf Kalderon, VP of Business Development at Xooa. “Xooa’s platform-as-a-service provides both a trusted datastore and a trusted network. It removes the need to manage blockchain infrastructure, enabling organizations to realize business benefits from trusted and immutable ledgers faster than was ever possible. We are thrilled to join the Hyperledger community and help broaden the adoption of Fabric-based applications.”

Join industry peers in helping build and shape the ecosystem for blockchain technologies, use cases and applications. More information on joining Hyperledger as a member organization can be found here: https://www.hyperledger.org/members/join.

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

Inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum Showcases Strong Community Momentum

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Deployments, demos, project releases and member news underscore the fast growth and evolution of Hyperledger ecosystem

SAN FRANCISCO AND BASEL, SWITZERLAND – (December 12, 2018) Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today kicked off the first day of its Hyperledger Global Forum. The event has drawn more than 650 attendees from as far as Australia and Argentina for an extended conversation about the state of open source enterprise blockchain and vision for the Hyperledger community and technologies.

Headlined by keynotes like Leanne Kemp, CEO of Everledger, Hyperledger Global Forum addresses a wide range of business and technical topics. Key topics include use cases, production blockchain deployments and live demos of Hyperledger in a range of new systems. Hands-on workshops and technical talks will serve as fuel for the community development at the core of Hyperledger.

For Hyperledger, a project of The Linux Foundation that started less than three years ago, the event is a time to reflect on milestones. Hyperledger has surpassed 260 members, with more than a dozen new members including Citi and Alibaba Cloud announced today. In the last year, Hyperledger launched its 11th project, Ursa, and released development updates to the Hyperledger Burrow, Hyperledger Fabric and Sawtooth frameworks. Additionally, Hyperledger and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance jointly announced membership in each other’s communities as a way to further bolster enterprise blockchain adoption.

The scale and diversity of the community coming together for Hyperledger Global Forum is a testament to the momentum and evolution of enterprise blockchain,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “With a line-up of more than 260 member organizations, hundreds of code contributors, tens of thousands of community participants and 11 million lines of code, Hyperledger’s community and technologies are a driving force in the increasing pace of adoption of distributed ledger technology. Whether on the technical or business front, the discussions are now about the very real implications and impact of DLT deployments, and the next three days will only advance those conversations.”

Member News

As part of this global gathering of the Hyperledger and blockchain community, a host of members are announcing or showcasing new products, service offerings and milestones. Below is a recap of recent members’ news:

  • AAIS (American Association of Insurance Services) – the only national not-for-profit insurance advisory organization, launched a pilot of openIDL (open Insurance Data Link) to transform insurance regulatory reporting on the IBM Blockchain Platform, which is powered by Hyperledger Fabric.
  • Altoros – released a distributed application built on top of Hyperledger Fabric. The blockchain-based trading platform is a marketplace for peer-to-peer trades of any standardized financial instrument or commodity. It allows users to see the full history of bids, offers, and deals in a single interface. The solution acts as a common immutable and transparent source of “truth” while keeping sensitive information private through the custom functionality of Hyperledger Fabric. Tailor-made reporting feature provides a one-stop guide to pricing and volume trends during the whole trading day which helps save time and increase the efficiency of trading activities. Learn more: https://www.altoros.com/blockchain-finance-demo-otc.html
  • Bitmark – announced the Bitmark Health App to help institutions and researchers crowdsource health data and track the chain-of-consent from individuals for its use. By pairing the Bitmark blockchain with Hyperledger Indy, the app enables the secure, verified digital identification of health companies and institutions—such as medical research, trial matching, university labs, big pharma—while still maintaining the privacy of, and chain-of-consent from, each patient. Learn more: https://bitmark.com/products/bitmark-health.
  • Blockchain Technology Partners – recently launched Sextant™, its powerful blockchain management platform, on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace for Containers at AWS re:Invent. Sextant utilizes a carefully curated Hyperledger Sawtooth distribution – built, tested and maintained by BTP – to deliver one-click deployment of enterprise-grade Sawtooth networks. Sextant is cloud-first, and Kubernetes is the logical choice for production-grade orchestration. Under the covers Sextant automatically generates Kubernetes manifests so that Sawtooth can either be deployed on existing Kubernetes clusters or on brand new ones deployed by Sextant on AWS using Kubernetes Operations. BTP’s announcement can be found here.
  • Blockdaemon – just announced Kinetic Ledger, which provides a tamper-evident seal cryptographically for users’ data. Using flexibly permissioned channels provided by Hyperledger, Blockdaemon’s new offering is in private beta testing using Fabric to provide any number of independent, single purpose ledgers. Blockdaemon became a member of the Hyperledger community in May and has been working closely with members to simplify the process of deploying nodes and creating scalable enterprise blockchain solutions. Learn more about Kinetic Ledger at kineticledger.com.
  • Circulor – recently launched the world’s first blockchain mine to manufacturer traceability system for raw materials used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles. The Hyperledger Fabric-based system is already tracking tantalum, used into capacitors, from mines in Rwanda.  A large proportion of these raw materials, like tantalum and cobalt, are mined by hand in Africa and are associated with human rights abuses. Learn more: https://www.circulor.com/
  • DLT Labs DLT Labs has announced DL Gateway Fabric™ a development sandbox to set up and manage a blockchain network using Hyperledger Fabric. It can help accelerate the understanding and adoption of blockchain within an organization through a powerful load balanced REST API that interacts with the blockchain. It enables enterprises to build and test scalable applications without any installation or maintenance of blockchain infrastructure.
  • Filament – launched Blocklet™ for Trusted Vehicle Applications (TVA), the industry’s first end-to-end automotive blockchain platform that allows vehicles to participate directly in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs). The new solution supports Hyperledger Fabric and Hyperledger Sawtooth frameworks. It includes Filament’s Blocklet hardware technology as well as cellular connectivity, environmental sensing and access to vehicle diagnostics, making it possible for automotive, freight and transportation companies to create new, large-scale connected-vehicle services and smart contract applications on top of a trusted blockchain foundation. Learn more: https://filament.com/products/
  • KoreConX – created its own globally-compliant Security Token Protocol, the KoreToken, which is powered by Hyperledger Fabric. The feature is now available at the all-in-one platform that has been the trademark of its services. The company also organized the first KoreSummit, an event dedicated to educating the business industry about Blockchain and Security Tokens.
  • KrypC – developed an end-to-end production grade application in the area of BFSI, the first trade finance e-marketplace for banks. It is powered by Hyperledger Fabric and proprietary components of KrypC and enables all the banks, FIs, and treasuries to exchange information and assets with others, selectively, securely and efficiently. TradeAssets is in production with more than 15+ banks onboard. Some of the other success stories are in the area of microfinance and travel Insurance, also tokenizing the bill of lading and secured movement of cargo tokens for Maersk, which will set a new standard in an interlocking e2e supply chain.
  • Monax – announced that the Monax Platform is now in private beta. The Monax Platform is powered by Hyperledger Burrow and is a contract lifecycle management tool that allows consumers to easily procure lawyer-tested agreements and stay in full control of their business contracting. Harnessing a unique combination of active agreements, blockchain technology and a business process modelling engine, the platform is designed to move business legal obligations into the networked world. Learn more: www.monax.io
  • OracleTo support customer production launches on its Blockchain Cloud Service (powered by Hyperledger Fabric), Oracle recently upgraded its platform to add:
    • A rich set of REST APIs for events subscription and integration
    • Support for SQL-based rich data queries in smart contracts
    • The first-ever Analytics/BI integration for transaction history
    • Identity federation capabilities
    • Support for third-party certificates for blockchain client organizations

In customer trials, Oracle has demonstrated a hybrid blockchain joining OBCS and Hyperledger Fabric nodes outside of Oracle Cloud. The company also announced Oracle Blockchain Application Cloud, a new suite of business-ready SaaS applications that enhance traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain.

  • SecureKey – Will launch its innovative and in-demand Verified.Me network to Canadian consumers in early 2019. Verified.Me is a blockchain-based digital identity network built upon Hyperledger Fabric 1.2, enabling consumers to stay in control of their information by choosing when to share information and with whom, reducing unnecessary oversharing of personal information. Learn more: https://verified.me/
  • Soramitsu and NSD (Moscow Exchange Group) – Jointly launched a new product named D3Ledger, a global distributed digital depository platform based on Hyperledger Iroha. Its main objective is to provide safekeeping of digital assets for large institutional investors in collaboration with regulating partners. A pilot deal was made earlier this year when AddCapital Investment Fund moved an undisclosed amount of Ethereum inside D3ledger’s custody. D3ledger peer network consisted of three nodes for this pilot transaction: KDD (Slovenian CSD), National Settlement Depository and Lykke. A new BFT consensus – YAC – will allow D3ledger to operate at 2000tps by Q1 2019.
  • Sovrin Foundation – announced Sovrin Network 1.6, a decentralized global public network enabling self-sovereign identity on the internet and a successful implementation of Hyperledger Indy. The Sovrin Network is designed to bring the trust, personal control and ease-of-use of analog IDs (like driver’s licenses and employee ID cards) to the internet. This 1.6 update will support the growing global use of the Sovrin Network and the adoption of self-sovereign identity. Learn more: https://sovrin.org/.
  • Swisscom – announced a 100% Swiss infrastructure for blockchain applications along with Swiss Post. The two companies are building a simple, secure and sustainable infrastructure for blockchain applications in Switzerland and will present it to the public for the first time at Hyperledger Global Forum. They will also make the infrastructure, which is powered by Hyperledger Fabric, available to other companies for their applications. The market launch for the first pilot applications is planned for the second quarter of 2019.

To learn more about Hyperledger and enterprise blockchain technologies, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

 

Tackling Diversity, Interoperability & Developers at Hyperledger Global Forum

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Guest post: Alissa Worley, Accenture

As the business blockchain community convenes in Basel in a few weeks for the first Hyperledger Global Forum, the blockchain team at Accenture would like to share three things that really excite us about this technology and market.

1. Diversity and inclusion

To achieve its breakthrough potential, blockchain desperately needs more talent and more diversity. We’ve been talking about this for a long time and working hard to make blockchain a diverse and inclusive career path.

If you share our passion for and commitment to this cause, please join us on the evening of December 11 for a fun and inspiring Diversity and Inclusion in Blockchain reception. Find all details and register here.

2. Interoperability

Interoperability has emerged as a hot topic across the industry. Multiple DLT platforms are gaining traction in the market and different verticals and ecosystems are gravitating towards different platforms. Concern about picking the ‘wrong system’ or looking ahead to perceived challenges to connecting blockchain-based ecosystems that may be on different platforms has been a hindrance in moving the technology forward.

Accenture has developed and tested two technology solutions that enable two or more blockchain enabled ecosystems to integrate.  

The Accenture solutions show that blockchain platforms from Digital Asset (DA Platform) and R3 (R3 Corda) as well as Hyperledger Fabric and Quorum can integrate to securely orchestrate business processes.

Accenture’s business and technical experts will be at Hyperledger Global Forum to discuss interoperability and many other topics. You will find us in our booth and giving demos in the Demo Theater.

Accenture’s Dave Treat will keynote on the topic of DLT Path to Production at Scale. Dave will discuss how enterprises are pushing the boundaries of the technology and proving it can more than meet the demands. He’ll also cover technical advancements like interoperability and business models like multi-stakeholder governance.  

Schedule a meeting with any of our experts by sending an email to blockchain at Accenture dot com. Please specify the nature of your interest so we can try to connect you with the most appropriate member of our team.

3. Developers! Developers! Developers!

The Hyperledger community is one that is becoming more and more robust every day in terms of the number and backgrounds of developers actively contributing. At Accenture, we think that is very important and pertinent to a thriving technology ecosystem. But with being an open source project, there are challenges in knowing who is doing what exactly with the technology. There are so many interesting projects and developments under way! In fact, to further explore what can be built with Hyperledger technologies, we’ll be hosting our second Blockchain for Good hackathon on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, immediately following Hyperledger Global Forum. This year, we are focusing on Sustainable Supply Chain. Mentors and judges from Accenture, Hyperledger and leading sustainability organizations will work with hackers during this two-day sprint. The hackathon is open to in-person and online participation, but spots are limited. Find out more and register here.

In conclusion, Accenture has its sights set on being the preeminent independent advisor, implementer and operator of enterprise blockchain systems. Greater diversity, breakthrough innovation, and practical solutions to global challenges like sustainable supply chain are key pillars to achieving this vision. Our team of experts will descend on Basel to roll up our sleeves and work with the entire community on these and other important topics.

We look forward to connecting with you there!

 

New Keynote Speakers Announced for Hyperledger Global Forum

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With over 75 sessions, keynotes, hands-on technical workshops, social activities, evening events, and more, Hyperledger Global Forum gives you a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Hyperledger community, make new connections, learn about the latest production deployments, and further advance your blockchain skills. In addition to previously announced keynote speakers, new keynote speakers include:

  • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety, Walmart
  • David Treat, Managing Director, Accenture

Session Highlights Include:

Technical Track:

  • Approaches to Consortia Governance and Access Control in Hyperledger Fabric Applications – Mark Rakhmilevich, Oracle
  • Chaincode Best Practices – Sheehan Anderson, State Street
  • Lessons Learned Creating a Usable, Real-world Web Application using Fabric/Composer – Waleed El Sayed & Markus Stauffiger, 4eyes GmbH

Innovation Theater Track:

  • MyCuID: Blockchains, Credentials and Credit Unions – Julie Esser, CULedger
  • Live Demo of Omnitude ID Utilizing Hyperledger Indy, Fabric, and Sovrin – James Worthington, Omnitude
  • Giving Money Identity and Purpose – Raj Cherla, Spoole Systems Pvt Ltd

Business Track:

  • Panel Discussion: Hyperledger in Supply Chains – Kari Korpela, Lappeenranta University of Technology; Petr Novotny, IBM Research; Yu Zhang, Huawei and moderated by Allison Clift-Jennings, Filament
  • Panel Discussion: Where Are We Now with Identity? – Daniel Haudenschild, Swisscom Blockchain AG; James Worthington, Omnitude and moderated by Heather Dahl, The Sovrin Foundation
  • Financial Inclusion: How DLT Provides Hope For 1.7 Billion Unbanked People – Matthew Davie, Kiva

Take a look at the full schedule!

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Schedule Live for Hyperledger Global Forum! See Who’s Speaking

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The Schedule for Hyperledger Global Forum is Now Live!

Join 1,200+ developers, vendors, enterprise end-users, and enthusiasts of business blockchain technologies at the inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum to see real uses of distributed ledger technologies for businesses and to learn how these innovative technologies run live in production networks across the globe today.

The schedule offers 75+ keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions where you can learn directly from leading experts and project maintainers on how to better your skills with blockchain, DLTs, and smart contracts.

“Hyperledger Global Forum is the first chance for the worldwide community to come together for an extended conversation about where and how to maximize the value of blockchain technologies using Hyperledger frameworks and tools. The packed schedule features a broad range of content and connections for business and technical audiences. This event is a must for anyone eager to understand blockchain implementations in real production settings, best practices and lessons learned.”

                  – Brian Behlendorf, Hyperledger Executive Director

Business Track Session Highlights Include:

  • Investigations in a Decentralised Landscape. (When Blockchains Go Bad!) – Simon Dyson, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit
  • Blockchains for Business: From Huh to Hype to Meh – Casey Kuhlman, Monax
  • Think Tank: Real Estate Applications of Blockchain Technology – Haider Nawab, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Understanding Digital Tokens: Market Overviews & Proposed Guidelines for Policymakers & Practitioners – Perianne Boring, Chamber of Digital Commerce
  • Cryptoeconomics of Enterprise Blockchains – John-Paul Thorbjornsen, CanYa

Technical Track Session Highlights Include:

  • Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day – Creating an Enterprise Blockchain Application – Chris Spanton, T-Mobile
  • Using Hyperledger Fabric to Secure High Value Asset Documents – Al Brandt, BlocLedger
  • Running Hyperledger Sawtooth in Production – Duncan Johnston-Watt, Blockchain Technology Partners
  • Transparent Forest and Nature Management in Flanders (Belgium) Using Hyperledger Fabric – Daan Poron, Kunstmaan | Accenture Interactive
  • Approaches to Consortia Governance and Access Control in Hyperledger Fabric Applications – Mark Rakhmilevich, Oracle

Workshop Highlights Include:

  • Deploying Hyperledger Fabric with Kubernetes/Helm – Alejandro (Sasha) Vicente Grabovetsky & Nicola Paoli, AID:Tech
  • Hands-On with Verifiable Organizations Network Based on Hyperledger Indy – Stephen Curran; CloudCompass Computing, Inc. & John Jordan; BC.gov
  • Overview: Agents and Hyperledger Indy – Kyle Den Hartog, Evernym and Stephen Curran, CloudCompass Computing, Inc
  • Hands On with Smart Legal Contracts from the Accord Project – Matt Roberts & Dan Selman, Clause

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