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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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Hyperledger Announces Global Forum Schedule & Keynotes

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Enterprise blockchain production use cases, business leaders & technical experts to take the stage in Basel, Switzerland

SAN FRANCISCO – (August 29, 2018) Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry business blockchain technologies, today announced the full schedule and initial keynote speakers for its inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum. The event will take place December 12-15, 2018, in Basel, Switzerland. Confirmed keynote speakers to date include:

    • Alexis Gauba, Co-Founder, Mechanism Labs and She(256); R&D, Blockchain at Berkeley; R&D, ThunderCore
    • Leanne Kamp, Founder & CEO, Everledger
    • Bruce Schneier, Fellow and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Frank Yiannas, Vice President, Food Safety, Walmart

“From tech and commerce giants and global policy groups to start-ups, blockchain creates new opportunities for collaboration, efficiency, transparency and, ultimately, growth,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “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.”

Hyperledger Global Forum will cut through the hype and focus on adoption, spotlighting real uses of distributed ledger technologies for business and how these innovative technologies run live in production networks across the globe today. Attendees will see first-hand how the largest organizations in the world go beyond experimentation to lead blockchain production applications with measurable impact.

Attendees will walk away from the event with a clear understanding of the Hyperledger business blockchain projects, how they differ from other ledger platforms, and how to contribute and determine which one best suits an existing architecture. In addition to a line-up of business and technical experts and leaders, the forum will feature demos and presentations from organizations taking the lead in speeding blockchain to market, including Diamond Sponsor, Accenture, and Gold Sponsors, Cisco and IBM.

Hyperledger Global Forum Agenda Highlights:

Business track

  • Financial Inclusion: How DLT Provides Hope For 1.7 Billion Unbanked People – Matthew Davie, Kiva
  • Verifiable Organizations Network: A Production Government Deployment of Hyperledger Indy – John Jordan, Province of British Columbia & Stephen Curran, Cloud Compass Computing, Inc.
  • Creating a Blockchain Platform for Our Citizens and Companies – Gorka Oteiza, Lantik, S.A.
  • Blockchain is Reshaping the Supply Chain Ecosystem – Roberto Mancone, we.trade
  • Teaching Blockchain to University Students and Professionals – Approach, Experiences and Reflections – Imre Kocsis, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Technical track

  • Wrangling Hyperledger: Usability Lessons Learnt the Hard Way & Proposal For Steps Ahead – Sudheesh Singanamalla, Microsoft Research
  • How Consumers Are Taking Ownership of Their Digital Identity – Julie Esser, CULedger & Drummond Reed, Evernym
  • Blockchains in the Cloud – Nodes, Clusters, and Distributed Systems – Casey Kuhlman, Monax
  • Cryptography, Security Modelling, Privacy, and Confidentiality in Hyperledger – Hart Montgomery, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
  • Case Study: Santiago Stock Exchange Blockchain Lending Repository. How to Get a Blockchain Project in Production – Marco Alarcon, Bolsa Comercio Santiago

Production demos

  • Fighting Counterfeits from the Ledger – Benjamin Djidi, Amazon
  • The Industry Convergence of Automotive and Blockchain – Jason Bennick and Wes Reid, Dealer Market Exchange
  • Securing Cross-Border Exchange of eHealth Data in the EU through Blockchain – Ioannis Komnios, EXUS Software Ltd
  • Lessons from 2008 Financial Crisis: Combining AI and Blockchain for Loan Securitization – Siddhartha S & BS Anil, Intain Technologies

View the full schedule for Hyperledger Global Forum: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/hyperledger-global-forum-2018/program/agenda/

Prices to attend to Hyperledger Global Forum will increase after September 30, register today to save: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/hyperledger-global-forum-2018/attend/register/

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/.

 

Sneak Preview of Track Sessions for Hyperledger Global Forum! See Who’s Speaking

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Announcing a Preview of Sessions for Hyperledger Global Forum.

Join us at Hyperledger Global Forum to see real use of distributed ledger technologies for business and to learn how these innovative technologies run live in production networks across the globe today. The first two days will feature a forum with keynotes, breakout sessions, and a technical showcase. The following two days will feature hands-on tutorials and workshops. Connect with your peers, network, and learn directly from leading experts and project maintainers on how to better your skills with blockchain, DLTs and smart contracts. Here’s a sneak peek of some sessions that will be in the business and technical tracks!

Business Track Sessions Preview:  

  • Financial Inclusion: How DLT Provides Hope For 1.7 Billion Unbanked People – Matthew Davie, Kiva
  • Verifiable Organizations Network: A Production Government Deployment of Hyperledger Indy – John Jordan, Province of British Columbia & Stephen Curran, Cloud Compass Computing, Inc.
  • Creating a Blockchain Platform for Our Citizens and Companies – Gorka Oteiza, Lantik, S.A.    
  • Panel: Blockchain is Reshaping the Supply Chain Ecosystem – Moderated by Roberto Mancone, we.trade
  • Teaching Blockchain to University Students and Professionals – Approach, Experiences and Reflections – Imre Kocsis, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Technical Track Sessions Preview:

  • Wrangling Hyperledger: Usability Lessons Learnt the Hard Way & Proposal For Steps Ahead – Sudheesh Singanamalla, Microsoft Research
  • How Consumers Are Taking Ownership of Their Digital Identity – Julie Esser, CULedger & Drummond Reed, Evernym
  • Blockchains in the Cloud – Nodes, Clusters, and Distributed Systems- Casey Kuhlman, Monax
  • Cryptography, Security Modelling, Privacy, and Confidentiality in Hyperledger – Hart Montgomery, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
  • Case Study: Santiago Stock Exchange Blockchain Lending Repository. How to Get a Blockchain Project in Production – Marco Alarcon & Andrés Araya, Bolsa Comercio Santiago

Stay tuned. We will announce the full agenda next week! 

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Keynote Sneak Peek for Hyperledger Global Forum – See Who’s Speaking

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Check Out the Initial Lineup of Blockchain Leaders Speaking at Hyperledger Global Forum.

Attend Hyperledger Global Forum to see real uses of distributed ledger technologies for business and to learn how these innovative technologies run live in production networks across the globe today. Hyperledger Global Forum will cut through the hype and focus on adoption. Attendees will see first-hand how the largest organizations in the world go beyond experimentation to lead blockchain production applications with measurable impact. Make your plans now to attend the premier blockchain event of 2018.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Alexis Gauba, Co-Founder, Mechanism Labs and She(256); R&D, Blockchain at Berkeley; R&D, ThunderCore
  • Leanne Kemp, Founder & CEO, Everledger
  • Bruce Schneier, Fellow and Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School

Stay tuned. We will announce additional keynote speakers as well as the full agenda later this month!

What makes attending Hyperledger Global Forum so valuable?

  • Live Demos & Roadmaps: Get an inside look at live demos and roadmaps showing how the biggest names in financial services, healthcare, supply chain and more are integrating Hyperledger technologies for commercial, production deployments.
  • Collaboration & Leading Experts: Collaborate face-to-face, network, and learn directly from leading experts and project maintainers on how to better your skills with blockchain, DLTs and smart contracts.
  • Gain Knowledge: Learn how to leverage and adopt DLT and smart contracts technologies when the market demands, contribute code and documentation, increase your blockchain development skills, and keep up-to-date with these leading technologies. Get an understanding of the Hyperledger greenhouse of multiple blockchain projects, how they differ from alternative ledger platforms, and how products and services built with Hyperledger technologies can scale in highly regulated, enterprise-level environments.
  • Hands-on Workshops: Learn how to install, contribute to, and build products and services on top of Hyperledger open source business blockchain frameworks.

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Last Chance to Speak at Hyperledger Global Forum | Deadline is This Friday

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Share Your Expertise and Learnings with Over 1,200 Global Attendees – Users of and Contributors to – Hyperledger Projects.

Hyperledger Global Forum is the premier event showcasing the real uses of distributed ledger technologies for businesses and how these innovative technologies run live in production networks today. Hyperledger Global Forum unites the industry’s most respected thought leaders, domain experts, and key maintainers behind popular frameworks and tools like Hyperledger Fabric, Sawtooth, Indy, Iroha, Composer, Explorer, and more.

The Hyperledger Global Forum agenda will include both technical and enterprise tracks on everything from Distributed Ledger Technologies to Smart Contracts 101; roadmaps for Hyperledger projects; cross-industry keynotes and panels on use-cases in development, and much more. Hyperledger Global Forum will also facilitate social networking for the community to bond.

Learn more about submitting a proposal, review suggested technical and business topics, and see sample submissions. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, July 13, so apply today!

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LocalTrail Takes On Farm-to-Table Supply Chain with Hyperledger Fabric and Composer

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Pictured left to right: Brian Behlendorf, Rachel Black, Paco Garcia, Piers Powelesland, Saif Abu Hashish, Kevin Kim and Tracy Kuhrt

With the goal of highlighting the value of blockchain beyond payments and digital currency, the Consensus 2018 Building Blocks Hackathon challenged teams of developers to tap into the robust programming capabilities of technologies to build applications with use cases in industries ranging from capital markets trading, food supply chain, digital rights management, new peer-to-peer insurance models, and the internet of things. Participants were able to build on top of any blockchain protocol including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger etc.

The Winning Team: Localtrail

The process of establishing a data trail of the food from farm-to-warehouse-to-market-to-retailer is very manual and incentivizes dishonest behavior. There is no effective way of trustlessly knowing if food is coming from the place that retailers say it is. The team behind LocalTrail, Rachel Black, Paco Garcia, Saif Abu Hashish, Piers Powlesland and Kevin Kim took on the challenge of providing transparency in the food and dairy supply chain. They’re aim was to make it possible to track the provenance of groceries and meals, as they reach the consumers’ plate. The end result was Localtrail, a community-first, transparent blockchain solution that tracks produce from farm to supply center to the end user, bringing accountability and trust to the farm-to-fork social movement.

To build the solution, the team used Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Composer and Tieron’s Chainpoint Node API. They coded in React Native and JavaScript.

According to Piers Powlesland and Rachel Black from the Localtrail team:

“Given the task of providing a supply chain system that would connect many small businesses we wanted to minimise the need for expensive infrastructure, and since the target sector was agricultural we also wanted to provide a system that would be easy to learn and use for non technical people. Consequently we decided to make the system available via a mobile app due to the ubiquity of mobile devices and people’s familiarity with them. We used react-native to build the app so that we could target both Android and iOS with a single app, and also have the option of turning it into a desktop web-app with minimal adjustments.”

“For the server-side blockchain implementation we chose Hyperledger Composer. Its user friendly graphical interface, allowed us to dive in and get started straight away, and its modeling language mapped well to our problem domain. It also helped a lot that the perishable-network sample project demonstrated a system very similar to the one we wanted to create. Furthermore Composer’s ability to automatically generate a REST api from a contract, meant that integration with our react native front end was a straightforward and familiar process.”

The Value Chain for Localtrail

The users of the Localtrail application include farmers, who grow the food, package it, and enter data; warehouse employees, who scan, perform QA check and ship to a market; market employees, who scan and perform QA check and sell to retailers; retailers, who scan and perform QA check, and serve food to end consumers; and the end consumers, who view the data from the process.

Congrats to the Localtrail team for creating an application that showed the power blockchain can provide within the food supply chain by improving transparency and trackability. We’re excited to see where they take this application. You can get the Localtrail code at https://github.com/piersy/LocalTrailHyperledgerComposer and https://github.com/rachelyoti/food-app-front-end.

You can also plug into the Hyperledger community at github, Rocket.Chat the wiki or our mailing list. As always, you can keep up with what’s new with Hyperledger on Twitter or email us with any questions: info@hyperledger.org.

One Year Later: Interoperability & Standardization Shine at Consensus

By | Blog, Events, Hyperledger Burrow, Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Quilt, Hyperledger Sawtooth

Image: The Hyperledger booth at Consensus 2018

Interoperability and standardization took center stage (literally) last week in New York at Consensus, when organizations like FedEx explained that both Ethereum and Hyperledger technology power their logistics solution and that it was a goal of theirs to be agnostic when choosing ledger technologies. Then there was the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, which announced their 1.0 specification that many blockchain developer communities, including Hyperledger Sawtooth, plan to be compatible with in the near future.

It seems as though our hard work at Hyperledger has been paying off and Executive Director, Brian Behlendorf believes we’re now seeing evolution beyond the basic technology questions to more involved discussions about scale, interoperability and governance. In fact, he met with Steven Norton of The Wall Street Journal during Consensus to discuss just that. Brian told Steven:

“Now that we have running systems and there is real value on these different networks, figuring out how to wire them together is a greater priority now than it was a few years ago. But even outside the blockchain space, interoperability is always a process, never a destination. People are starting to finally ask how do we get out of a simplistic mode of saying everyone should all be on the same public ledger, and instead get to a more sophisticated set of questions, like what does interoperability actually mean. It might mean wiring these things together with common software underneath. It might also mean common software on top.”

The discussions around interoperability were a significant contrast to what we saw one year ago at Consensus, when many were just trying to wrap their minds around the technology capabilities and experimentation was in full swing. The idea of different blockchains interacting with one another still seemed like several years away. At that time, we only saw a glimpse of potential possibilities for interoperability when the HACERA team created a fun chess game called Dutchess at the Building Blocks Hackathon that used a combination of technologies like Ethereum, Solidity, Quorum, and Hyperledger Sawtooth.

Jonathan Levi from HACERA explaining different technologies powering Dutchess

At Hyperledger, we envision a world of many chains, some public like the crypto-currencies and some permissioned like you will see in healthcare settings. That’s why we focus on developing the common frameworks for building all kinds of chains. Our diverse developer communities remain diligent in helping the industry advance interoperability above the layer of the DLT, and are on constant look out for simple and open cross-blockchain approaches. An early example of this was the integration between the Hyperledger Sawtooth and Hyperledger Burrow projects last year. As a result of that integration, simple EVM smart contracts can be deployed to Hyperledger Sawtooth using the “Seth” (Sawtooth Ethereum) Transaction Family.

“This integration validates that positioning and establishes a strong upstream-downstream relationship between the Sawtooth and Burrow projects. Successful open source endeavours are community driven, collaborative efforts and this linkage between the Hyperledger Sawtooth and Hyperledger Burrow teams reinforces that ethos.” – Adam Ludvik, Bitwise IO & Casey Kuhlman, Monax  

Building on that development, the Hyperledger Sawtooth community released a feature called Dynamic Consensus, which goes beyond pluggable consensus to allow networks to change consensus on the fly. Hyperledger Sawtooth supports three consensus protocols right now and two more are in development. Also in development, is a change to the Sawtooth consensus API that will allow consensus providers written in a variety of languages. This follows a similar pattern to Sawtooth’s support for smart contracts in a variety of languages. This expands the breadth of possible consensus algorithm andprotocols that can be easily coupled to Sawtooth. A more recent example is the Hyperledger Fabric community, which has been working hard to create a bridge to the Ethereum community, so that developers can write EVM smart contracts on Fabric. The hope is that our community will continue to tighten integration and interoperability across Hyperledger projects and beyond, allowing a greater number of available options for developers. We hope that even more developers can start to think out of the box, connecting blockchains, and doing it securely. The problem of working with more than one technology stack is no longer a technical one.  

Community Architect, Tracy Kuhrt presenting at the Hyperledger NYC Meetup after Consensus

Hyperledger was established to bring together related, and even competing, technologies with the expectation that the common governance will lead to interoperability and gradual consolidation. Interoperability will be essential to the widespread adoption of blockchain technology because that is what will help the blockchain business ecosystem standardize and thrive. As Brian mentioned to The Wall Street Journal, standards are hard, but getting everyone to agree will end up being the bigger challenge:

“I think the tech is ready for the volume of transactions people want to throw at it and the flexibility of programming models that they want. It’s really the governance. It’s hard enough for one organization to launch any new product. Getting multiple parties to agree on anything — like a time of day for a meeting, let alone a common application — will end up being a bigger challenge. Standards are hard. These things are alive and humming like a benzene ring. They depend upon everybody running the right thing at all times. That I think operationally will be the big challenge.” – Brian Behlendorf

We look forward to the rest of 2018 and all the progress to be made with interoperability. We hope you join us in the effort by contributing to Hyperledger projects.

You can plug into the Hyperledger community at github, Rocket.Chat the wiki or our mailing list. As always, you can keep up with what’s new with Hyperledger on Twitter or email us with any questions: info@hyperledger.org.

Enterprise Blockchain Demos & Presentations at Consensus

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Next week we will be busy at Consensus, happening in New York May 14-16. Consensus is a great event for our members to set the stage and speak to what’s happening in the Hyperledger community, as production blockchain deployments have been heavily increasing. Many members will demonstrate applications of distributed ledger technology for financial services, supply chain, identity management and various other use cases.

These demos highlight true collaboration and maturity of Hyperledger technologies across many industries. As we head farther into 2018, we’re excited to see how these frameworks continue to evolve and improve business processes across many other industries.

Hyperledger members will showcase the following demos and presentations at the Hyperledger booth (#315):

Monday, May 14

10:20am: IntellectEU – Enterprise Blockchain integration with IoT devices and back office systems by Hanna Zubko, CEO and Paulo Rodrigues, Global Business Developer Manager and CEO Portuguese Offices

This presentation will cover a real customer case leveraging Blockchain technology to offer a new insurance product: a flexible pay per mile insurance based on the real car mileage and condition, calculating the insurance premium rate and quoting the offer based on the accumulated data received from the IoT device installed in the car. This pilot project is based on Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 and IntellectEU’s Catalyst integration solution. Catalyst serves as a hub for connecting the insurance database, emulated IoT device, end user application and the ledger itself. Catalyst listens to the changes on all data sources and based on the business rules applies the corresponding logic.

12:30pm: SecureKey – Using Hyperledger Tracking to Make Frictionless Digital Identity Possible by Matt Jaksic, Business Development

SecureKey will demonstrate Verified.Me, its digital identity network launching later this year that will put consumers in control of how they validate their identities. Collaboratively created by leading organizations across many different sectors including Canada’s leading banks, Verified.Me will enable consumers to privately, securely and conveniently share information from trusted providers such as banks, telecommunications companies and governments. The platform is designed to empower the consumer by giving them the ability to explicitly choose what information to share, when to share it and with whom. Come see how Verified.Me can change the way we get things done faster and securely online, in person and on the phone!

1:00pm: Thales eSecurity – Enterprise ready high security blockchain by Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer and John Velissarios, Managing Director at Accenture

Accenture has developed an enterprise ready blockchain solution with enhanced cryptographic security from Thales eSecurity Hardware Security Module. It provides an immutable audit trail proving hardware, software and documentation authenticity and compliance across supply chains. Using CryptoSeal and FPGA fingerprinting technology, they are able to give materials in the supply chain a unique identity to prove authenticity. This combination of technologies allows someone to securely and transparently track all kinds of transactions, between OEMs, suppliers, manufacturers and customers. This dramatically reduces time delays, added costs, and human error that affect the surety of transactions underpinning our supply chains today.

3:00pm: Omnitude – Seamless Blockchain Integration by Martyn Brougham, COO Americas, and James Worthington, Blockchain Consultant

Omnitude is a middleware plug and play blockchain built on Hyperledger Fabric, for use across the whole spectrum of enterprise and eCommerce platforms and allows eCommerce businesses to adopt blockchain quickly and efficiently, without needing to replace current systems. The presentation will show how Omnitude allows eCommerce and enterprise businesses to adopt blockchain quickly and efficiently, without needing to replace current systems.

3:50pm: DLT Labs – DLT Wallet by David Freeman, Director

DLT Labs will be showing off their DL Digital Wallet, a sophisticated peer-to-peer network powered by Hyperledger Fabric, offering security, efficiency, and convenience for an overall improved customer experience. DL Digital Wallet facilitates seamless account overview, accommodates company loyalty programs and management, and is integrated with leading e-payment service providers. The cost of each transaction is fixed irrespective of value transferred and received and is significantly less costly than other charges by any payment network today.

Tuesday, May 15

10:20am: ScanTrust – “Cambio” Your Coffee: Using Blockchain to Drive Ethically Sourced Coffee by Tobias Kars, VP of Product & Delivery and Nathan J. Anderson, CEO/Co-founder

As tech-savvy and socially conscious consumers seek more information about the sustainability of the products they consume, businesses need to adapt and find ways to track their relationships with suppliers and communicate this to their customer base. This demo highlights how ScanTrust and Cambio Coffee, a leading Asian direct trade specialty coffee company, leverage Hyperledger Sawtooth to deliver greater supply chain transparency within the coffee industry and bring to light trusted product information.

12:30pm: Soramitsu – Hyperledger Iroha by Makoto Takemiya, Co-CEO

Hyperledger Iroha 1.0 is close to being released and has many new features and architectural differences from previous versions. In particular, a new consensus algorithm, YAC, has been developed that allows for full Byzantine fault tolerance. Predefined commands to perform common tasks, such as creating and transferring assets, allow programmers to quickly build applications on top of Hyperledger Iroha. Come by to see what’s new with Hyperledger Iroha!

1:00pm: Evernym – Verifiable Credentials with Hyperledger Indy and the Sovrin DLT by Drummond Reed, Chief Trust Officer and Judd Bagley, Sr. Communications Director

Evernym will share a live demonstration of the use of Verifiable Credentials on the Sovrin DLT, powered by Hyperledger Indy. The demo will include a brief overview of key concepts, then show actual business cases for how a self-sovereign identity owner can be issued verifiable digital identity credentials into a mobile digital wallet and then present them to relying parties who can verify them by checking public keys on the Sovrin ledger. The result is much simpler, faster, more secure, and more privacy-respecting digital identity as well as powerful new types of decentralized online relationships. Evernym personnel will be in attendance for Q&A during and after the demonstration.

2:10pm: Oracle – Hyperledger Fabric in Enterprise-Grade Cloud by Deepak Goel, Sr Director, Software Development

Oracle’s blockchain cloud service, built on Hyperledger Fabric, provides a hardened enterprise-grade platform for building blockchain applications and enabling existing enterprise applications to use distributed ledgers and trusted transactions. In this demo, they will show how it enables rapid experimentation and provides a production-ready blockchain infrastructure to realize successful use cases in production environment with high availability, enterprise security, dynamic scalability, and ease of operations built into the platform. They will walk you through the tools in the operations console and demonstrate how Hyperledger Fabric configuration, operations, and monitoring has been simplified and how developers and IT operations can be more productive leveraging Oracle’s blockchain cloud service as their Hyperledger Fabric platform.

3:50pm: Greenstream Technology – Blockchain Meets Cannabis: Emerging Tech for an Emerging Industry by Manu Varghese, Chief Product Officer and Jim Anastassiou, VP Engineering

Greenstream Network is an industry-wide gateway solution that will allow Licensed Producers, Retailers, Regulators and other industry stakeholders to communicate, interoperate and transfer assets and value through the Canadian cannabis ecosystem. The emerging Cannabis ecosystem faces a plethora of challenges like Trace and Track of the goods through the supply chain, auditing and compliance issues, process integrity, slower payments and challenges with respect to identity validation. Greenstream provides three key solutions: Supply Chain Integrity, Payments and Settlements Engine and Self Sovereign Identity. The Greenstream ecosystem is based on a permissioned DLT model and uses Hyperledger frameworks such as Hyperledger Fabric, Burrow and Indy to achieve specific objectives. This talk outlines the options considered and the factors evaluated; challenges faced and the learnings learned etc.

Wednesday, May 16

12:15pm: B9lab – Someone needs to build it: closing the Hyperledger talent gap by Elias Haase, Founder

Every day, B9lab gets requests for Hyperledger Fabric developers, from concept-phase startups to major enterprises. However, as these requests grow, so does the need for thorough vetting and certification in the Hyperledger talent market. How do you know if the developers you are hiring are as good as they say they are? Come see this presentation to find out!

12:45pm: REMME – REMME WebAuth – passwordless authentication powered by blockchain by Alex Momot, CEO

REMME WebAuth is a first and one of the basic DApps in the REMME ecosystem. This demo will demonstrate how users (employees or clients) could log in into the browser service via REMME in one click. REMME is an access management solution that obsoletes passwords. For each device users generate certificates. Once it is installed on a device it enables one-click authentication on the service that has REMME integrated with. REMME WebAuth could be integrated with any service, from crypto exchange to big enterprises’ intranets or web services.

1:45: Altoros – Decentralization of P2P Securities Transfer Implemented on Hyperledger Fabric by Greg Skerry, Blockchain Solution Architect, Trainer

This presentation will cover details of a working blockchain project implemented for a National Settlements Depository Institution: decentralized platform for peer-to-peer securities transfer and keeping the records of securities owned by each holder. The solution developed on the Hyperledger Fabric framework keeps an immutable, auditable chain of records reflecting securities ownership transfers. This presentation will focus on the product functionality: how the platform works; how it can be adapted for transferring different types of assets or rights, incl. intangible assets.

In addition to these demos and presentations, several Hyperledger members including MedicalChain, Embleema and Change Healthcare will participate in the “State of Blockchain in Healthcare” panel at Consensus 3:10pm on May 15.

You can also join Hyperledger on the last evening of Consensus from 6-8pm at the Meetup: “The Hyperledger Greenhouse: Meet Developers Building Blockchain Frameworks” to get a chance to network and hear directly from developers of several Hyperledger frameworks! Tracy Kuhrt, Community Architect at Hyperledger, will provide an overview of the frameworks and tools that you can leverage for your enterprise blockchain solution. Then breakout sessions will give you the opportunity to have a deeper discussion to learn more about Hyperledger Fabric, Sawtooth (Seth), Indy and more. Please bring your burning questions about how to get started and participate in the Hyperledger community.

Be sure to follow Hyperledger on Twitter for the latest updates at Consensus. We look forward to an exciting week and seeing everyone there!