Highlights from the biggest annual gathering of global Hyperledger community
SAN FRANCISCO and PHOENIX, — Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today announced highlights from Hyperledger Global Forum 2020. The event, which is the biggest annual gathering of the global business and technical community driving Hyperledger development and deployment, put members front and center with an opening key panel on Blockchain in Action featuring the latest on production deployments from American Express, Honeywell and newly announced member Walmart. Additional keynotes slated for today by Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum, and (via video) Don Tapscott, co-author, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, and co-founder, Blockchain Research Institute, further underscore the growing global impact of enterprise blockchain technologies. (See a live stream of today’s keynotes here.)
Since the Hyperledger community gathered for the last Hyperledger Global Forum in December of 2018, the multi-venture, multi-stakeholder effort hosted at the Linux Foundation has almost doubled its numbers of projects to a total of 15. Many projects also hit key development milestones, including the release of Hyperledger Fabric 2.0, Hyperledger Iroha 1.0 and, just last week, Hyperledger Besu 1.4. Hyperledger Indy also graduated to active status. Fifty five organizations, including Cargill, ConsenSys, Microsoft, Salesforce and Tech Mahindra, joined Hyperledger over the last year.
Additionally, over half of the companies named in the most recent Forbes Blockchain 50 are using Hyperledger technologies. Three of them, Honeywell, IBM and Microsoft, joined Forbes’ Michael Del Castillo on stage to discuss the business processes and technology infrastructures they’ve rolled out leveraging Hyperledger platforms.
“In just over four years, the community and ecosystem that have grown around Hyperledger and driven enterprise blockchain technology has been remarkable,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “The rapid pace of innovation and adoption in the last 12 months laid the groundwork for the many successes we are celebrating and next steps we are discussing here at Hyperledger Global Forum. By bringing the technical, academic and government leaders of this market together here in Phoenix, we are fueling the next wave of DLT-powered technical and business advancements.”
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 Hyperledger members’ news:
Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP) & Digital Asset – recently announced commercial support for executing DAML smart contracts on Hyperledger Besu through BTP’sSextant for DAML product. DAML, the open source smart contract language created by Digital Asset, now enables application portability across three major Hyperledger frameworks: Besu, Fabric and Sawtooth. Sextant for DAML now supports both Hyperledger Besu and Sawtooth, as well as Amazon QLDB and Aurora cloud databases, allowing the same distributed application to be easily deployed across all four platforms. Learn more: https://blockchaintp.com/sextant/daml/
Chainstack – has become the first-ever managed blockchain service provider to launch support for the newly released Hyperledger Fabric 2.0. Deploy multiple high-performing cloud-based Fabric 2.0 networks in under five clicks across a variety of deployment configurations, complete with channels, multiple organizations, peers, ordering service and more. Chainstack’s new managed Fabric service is the simplest way for developers and enterprises to start building solutions on top of the latest version of Fabric 2.0. Find out more: https://chainstack.com
Chainyard – has added Saudi Aramco as a Founding Buyer to the Chainyard Trust Your Supplier ecosystem, a Hyperledger Fabric network for Supplier Information Management, to represent the oil and gas Industry. This brings the consortium to more than 20 major enterprises. Most of these organizations are in pilot stage with two organizations in production and actively onboarding suppliers to the network. Learn more here: https://www.trustyoursupplier.com/#
Circulor – worked with fellow Hyperledger member Daimler to successfully pilot a new approach to CO2 tracking in Daimler’s electric vehicle battery supply chain. Under the umbrella of Daimler’s “Ambition 2039” to become carbon neutral along its entire supply chain, the pilot represents the first time the dynamic measurement of carbon-use has been attributed to the actual flow of materials through the complex web of participants along the electric vehicle battery supply chain. The insights will help Daimler engage with its supply chain to improve sustainability measures. The Circulor traceability platform, built on Hyperledger Fabric and hosted on Oracle, was used as the foundation, with new capabilities built to enable the carbon tracking. Having successfully concluded the pilot, both Daimler and Circulor are now working together on a plan to efficiently scale this to their entire battery supply chain. Learn more: https://www.daimler.com/sustainability/resources/blockchain-pilot-project-supply-chain.html
Government of Bermuda – announced the second Bermuda Tech Week will take place October 12-16, 2020. Based on the success of the inaugural event in 2019, the Government of Bermuda aims to make Tech Week an annual event on the country’s calendar. Bermuda Tech Week is a gathering for local and international thought leaders to discuss emerging trends and technologies such as blockchain, digital assets, insurtech and artificial intelligence, among others, in a country with a welcoming, stable and well-regulated environment. Click here to view highlights from last year’s event and for more information, please contact [email protected].
LimeChain – is partnering with ReMeLife to create the first blockchain-based healthcare Membership Community helping to provide care support, personal data management, rewards for caring, self-care management, and community engagement. Network participants will be incentivized to perform beneficial actions for healthcare patients. ReMeLife addresses maintaining care in the community, loneliness, community engagement, data ownership and portability, GDPR compliance and CQC reporting, consumer engagement and self-care management, whilst achieving cost savings and efficiencies for consumers and care businesses. Utilizing an Ethereum-based network, like Hyperledger Besu, allows LimeChain to seamlessly create the smart contracts for the tokens out-of-the-box, future proof the network for future scaling while helping participants avoid user inconveniences like transaction fees and gas. Learn more about LimeChain here: https://limechain.tech/
LedgerDomain – will soon release a groundbreaking study as part of the FDA’s DSCSA Pilot Project Program with UCLA Health. The study, currently in peer review, reveals how blockchain would save the US pharmaceutical industry over $180 million each year, along with reducing counterfeits and hidden costs worth billions of dollars. The study features a blockchain-based mobile app, BRUINchain, which was used by real caregivers delivering critical life-saving medications at one of the busiest hospitals in the United States. Learn more: bruinchain.com
Loyyal – announced it has signed a three-year commercial production vendor agreement with The Emirates Group. Loyyal’s blockchain-enabled loyalty and rewards platform, now in production at Emirates Skywards, brings new transparency, efficiency and cost savings to the award-winning loyalty program of Emirates and flydubai with more than 25 million members. Since moving into production, Loyyal’s Hyperledger Fabric-based platform has yielded several positive results including improved transparency between Emirates Skywards and its partners; enhanced security; reduced instances of fraud; improved traceability and reporting capabilities; and the elimination of redundant reconciliation processes. Learn more: https://loyyal.com/
Oracle – now offers customers a variety of options to deploy blockchain networks. Oracle Blockchain Platform Enterprise Edition, based on Hyperledger Fabric, enables flexibility and additional data privacy options by providing an option to deploy blockchain nodes on premises in customer’s data centers or on 3rd party clouds, while still connecting to Oracle Blockchain Platform nodes provided as a managed PaaS offering in Oracle Cloud. Blockchain networks need to be flexible enough to cater to organizational policies and global regulations. Where the nodes are deployed can be subject to legal regulations, such as data residency or data sovereignty. Learn more: https://blogs.oracle.com/blockchain/multi-cloud-and-hybrid-blockchain-networks-with-oracle-blockchain-platform-enterprise-edition
Samsung SDS – announced enhanced features for Nexledger Universal, the blockchain platform list in the Forbes Blockchain 50. Nexledger Universal powered by Hyperledger Fabric can speed up transaction throughput by up to 15 times through “Accelerator.” It also offers “Interoperability” support for public and enterprise blockchain technologies. Moreover, it provides secured data lifecycle management especially for private data and large files by blockchain. Discover more on https://samsungsds.com/
Smart Block Laboratory – announced the release of the CRYPTOENTER©, a blockchain infrastructure for digital banking. The project organizes a single digital space for transmitting financial messages, and it finally removes the existing differences between fiat money and cryptocurrency. The technological basis of the project is a cloud platform for the blockchain economy “Rubicon Blockchain.” It was developed by the Smart Block Laboratory based on Hyperledger Fabric technology hosted by the Linux Foundation. CRYPTOENTER© combines the functionality of interbank payment systems, acquiring services, electronic payment systems and phone payment solutions. The ecosystem of the project allows participants to develop economic ties between countries, making instant cross-border payments and exchange transactions with a low commission, implement p2p lending and other opportunities of the digital economy. CRYPTOENTER© is located in the IBM solutions catalog here.
Sovrin Foundation – announced a new strategic membership initiative aimed at growing the vital and diverse community supporting the Sovrin Network, a decentralized global public network enabling self-sovereign identity on the internet. As a successful implementation of Hyperledger Indy, the Sovrin Network is now built, functional and in use, enabling verifiable credential exchange for many products and services worldwide. To date, the Foundation has laid the essential groundwork required for a successful, trustworthy global Network for identity. This includes: (1) designing and implementing proper, open governance, (2) building an active open source developer and web standards communities, (3) supporting effective network operations, and (4) building and establishing the Sovrin brand and reputation. Currently, over 400 members help support these activities. This Sovrin Membership is not only helping facilitate the growth of Hyperledger Aries, a project focused on interoperability among identity networks and solutions, but also responsible for the latest community-driven reports on data protection regulation, guardianship in blockchain, and the use of distributed ledger technology in the humanitarian sector. The newly announced Sovrin Membership Campaign will further support the growing global use of the Sovrin Network and adoption of self-sovereign identity. Learn more: https://sovrin.org/join-sovrin/
Xooa – recently announced several milestones including: (1) developing a Know Your Customer (KYC) smart contract implemented on Hyperledger Fabric that vastly simplifies the implementation of blockchain-based sanctions compliance, on-boarding, and due diligence processes, then leveraging this prebuilt smart contract to win a KYC enterprise blockchain project; (2) partnering and natively integrating with four major blockchain-as-a-service cloud providers; and (3) becoming a Hyperledger-Certified Service Provider. Learn more: xooa.com
New Hyperledger Training and Certification Offerings
In addition, Hyperledger and the Linux Foundation Training announced the launch of two key technical talent development offerings. First, enrollment is now open for the new Certified Hyperledger Fabric Developer (CHFD) exam. This two hour, live system (no multiple choice) exam is the latest in a series of training content and certification exams aimed at onboarding the next generation of technical talent for professional blockchain technologies. Anyone who registers for the CHFD exam before March 11 will receive a 50% discount off of the $300 full price.
Secondly enrollment is also now open for a new professional certificate program – Developing Blockchain-Based Identity Applications. This program, offered through the edX training platform, is geared towards developers interested in building and deploying applications using the new “self-sovereign” paradigm for digital identity. It explores the possibilities for issuing and managing secure digital identities and credentials offered by Hyperledger Indy, Aries, and Ursa, for building applications on a solid digital foundation of trust.
Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, healthcare, supply chains, manufacturing and technology. Hyperledger hosts many enterprise blockchain technology projects including distributed ledger frameworks, smart contract engines, client libraries, graphical interfaces, utility libraries and sample applications. All Hyperledger code is built publicly and available under the Apache license. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.
About Hyperledger Global Forum 2020 (March 3-6, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, #HyperledgerForum)
Hyperledger Global Forum is a unique opportunity for users and contributors of Hyperledger projects from across the globe to meet, align, plan and hack together in-person. Open to members and non-members alike, attendees have the chance to talk directly with Hyperledger project maintainers and the Technical Steering Committee, collaborate with other organizations on ideas that will directly impact the future of Hyperledger, and promote their work among the enterprise blockchain community.