An Introduction to Decentralized Identity and Hyperledger Indy

Hyperledger Seattle
Hyperledger Seattle
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ATLAS Workbase

500 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109 · Seattle, WA

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Welcome to the HSM 2018 Summer Series!

We have another great presentation to share with you, presented jointly with the Cryptocurrency Traders of Seattle (


HSM welcomes Drummond Reed, Chief Trust Officer of Evernym, Inc., to speak on decentralized identity.

Whether it's called “decentralized identity”, “blockchain identity”, or “self-sovereign identity”, the intersection of blockchain technology and identity management is one of the hottest topics in the blockchain space. In this talk, Drummond will first explain how and why blockchain is, in fact, a watershed in Internet-scale identity management. He will then cover the four core emerging open standards in decentralized identity:

-- DIDs (Decentralized Identifiers)
-- DKMS (Decentralized Key Management System)
-- DID Auth,
-- Verifiable Credentials

Moving from protocol to implementation, Drummond's talk will then introduce the Hyperledger Indy project and explain its origins at Evernym and the Sovrin Foundation. Drummond will explain how the Indy Node code is a permissioned blockchain optimized for decentralized identity, and why the Indy Agent code for decentralized agents is even more important to decentralized identity that Indy Node. Drummond will conclude by touching on the business drivers for decentralized identity, including passwordless authentication, reduced fraud, frictionless data sharing, next-generation relationship management, and GDPR compliance.

HSM Star Rating for technical content: 1 Star (*)


4:00 - 4:30 pm
- Welcome
- Social Networking
- Community Announcements

4:30 - 5:00 pm
- Presentation: "An Introduction to Decentralized Identity and Hyperledger Indy"

5:00 - 6:00 pm
- Q&A Session
- Open Discussions

--Beverages and snacks will be served--


Drummond Reed has spent over two decades in Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym acquired Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. Drummond is a Trustee and Secretary of the Sovrin Foundation, where he serves as chair of the Sovrin Trust Framework Working Group. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Decentralized Identity Foundation and co-editor of the DID (Decentralized Identifiers) specification in the W3C Credentials Community Group. He has served as co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee since 2004, the semantic data interchange protocol that implements Privacy by Design. Prior to starting Respect Network, Drummond was Executive Director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange. He has also served as a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation, ISTPA,, and Identity Commons. In 2002 he received the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was cited as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.


Numerous local area parking options are available. Details here: and here:


Please thank our HSM sponsors in helping to make this presentation possible:

- Thank you to Evernym, Inc. ( for sponsoring this HSM event

- Thank you to ATLAS Workbase ( for providing the venue for this HSM event


The HSM Star Rating (0 - 4 stars) is used to help gauge the level of technical content expected for a given presentation, and is as follows:

4 Stars: extremely technical content to be presented
3 Stars: very high technical content
2 Stars: moderate technical content
1 Star: low technical content to be presented
0 Stars: a non-technical presentation