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Developer Showcase Series: Jonas Snellinckx, TheLedger

By | Blog

This blog series serves to highlight the work and motivations of developers, users and researchers collaborating on Hyperledger’s projects. Next up is Jonas Snellinckx from TheLedger. Let’s see what he has to say!

What advice would you offer other technologists or developers interested in getting started working on blockchain? 

Blockchain isn’t like any other technology, it isn’t well researched, and it sure isn’t well documented. But let this not scare you. You are a pioneer in the era of a new internet.

Whether you have a computer science background or not, blockchain is a technology you want to get started with. I would not recommend focusing all your resources on one technology. Everything is still early, and there are so many good concepts and technologies out there. Just wait and follow the market. New technologies will arise, so there’s no reason to get tunnel vision and use one technology for all. This is not Java.

What project in Hyperledger are you working on? Any new developments to share? Can you sum up your experience with Hyperledger?

I’m currently working at TheLedger developing prototypes on mostly Hyperledger Fabric, but also BigchainDB. We are a consultancy firm, mostly doing prototypes, which means I’m fortunate enough to cycle through projects and learn new things at a quick pace. I have worked on numerous prototypes from KYC to competencies on the blockchain to a hackathon solution for diamond invoice financing to even a self-conscious house. You can learn all about our adventures and other Hyperledger Fabric related posts here: https://medium.com/wearetheledger.

I’m also maintainer of some boilerplates and tools for the Hyperledger Fabric network. You can find all our tools on https://github.com/wearetheledger , we have a bunch. We created a network boilerplate, backend boilerplate using nestjs and typescript, node utils to write nodejs chaincode at lightning speed and a mockstub to test nodejs chaincode. We vastly improved our workflow by using these tools, so I highly recommend looking at these.

What do you think is most important for Hyperledger to focus on in the next year?

I think Hyperledger Indy is a big one, I think self-sovereign identity will be more important in the future. Just overall making the projects more mature and listening to the needs of the community. I think Fabric is doing this pretty well already.

As Hyperledger’s incubated projects start maturing and hit 1.0s and beyond, what are the most interesting technologies, apps, or use cases coming out as a result from your perspective?

We recently talked about this at the office. Hyperledger Indy and Self-Sovereign Identity will be a big part once we get to integrate this with Hyperledger Fabric. There’s still some work to this, but this has so much potential. Blockchain is one thing, but SSI will have a whole other meaning to the ecosystem. This will also help some GDPR related issues.

What’s the one issue or problem you hope blockchain can solve?

I think I’m not the only developer who’s lazy. At school they told us a developer should be like this. This is why it frustrates me one has to do so much duplicate work to submit forms to difference instances for example. I just hope we get rid of this all this duplicate paperwork and do something useful with this saved time.

Where do you hope to see Hyperledger and/or blockchain in 5 years?

I don’t think we can even imagine the impact of blockchain in 5 years. There’s so many awesome ideas, and most of them are currently only in their concept phase. We’ll have to wait until things mature.

 

(10.2.18) Computerworld: The world’s two largest enterprise blockchain groups join forces

By | News

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a blockchain standards organization and Hyperledger, an open source collaborative under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, today announced they have joined each other’s groups.

The two groups said the joint associate membership will lead to an open-source, standards-based, cross-platform collaboration that can accelerate adoption of the distributed ledger technology for business.

More here.

Growing the Enterprise Blockchain Ecosystem Through Open Standards and Open Source Code

By | 网志

By Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger at the Linux Foundation

and Ron Resnick, Executive Director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Hyperledger today announce that we are formally joining each other’s organizations as Associate Members. This will enable more active and mutual cross-community collaboration through event participation, connecting with other members, and finding ways for our respective efforts to be complementary and compatible. The collaboration between our organizations will further accelerate adoption of blockchain technologies for business.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance sponsors the development of specifications and standards for enterprise blockchain networks, with a focus on those aligned with the broader Ethereum ecosystem. Hyperledger fosters the development of open source software for establishing, managing, and connecting enterprise blockchain networks. Thus, our two organizations have similar objectives, with highly complementary approaches to achieving them.

Our two organizations have similar objectives, such as broadening and strengthening the community around and the adoption of enterprise blockchain technologies. What we hope to get across to the public is that anyone who ever put a “versus” between EEA and Hyperledger got it wrong; it’s now conclusively “EEA AND Hyperledger.”

This relationship will enable Hyperledger developers to write code that conforms to the EEA specification and certify them through EEA certification testing programs expected to launch in the second half of 2019. As members of each other’s organizations, both communities will be able to collaborate across tens of Special Interest Groups, Working Groups, meetups and conferences globally, across hundreds of thousands of developers in both communities.

EEA community members working on specifications and standards can turn to Hyperledger to collaborate on software implementations of those standards. Those could be done as lightweight efforts in Hyperledger Labs, or proposed as top-level projects to the Technical Steering Committee for approval to join the other 10 Hyperledger projects. Our cross-cutting working groups on identity, architecture, performance/scalability could also be leveraged. Both organizations host Meetups and events around the globe, adding to the opportunities for collaboration.

There is already work underway that shows our alignment. In 2017, Hyperledger launched the Hyperledger Burrow project, an Apache-licensed implementation of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bytecode interpreter. Earlier this year, Hyperledger Sawtooth added support for the EVM as a transaction processor, bringing smart contracts developed for the Ethereum mainnet over to Sawtooth-based networks. That effort, dubbed “Seth,” is now in active use, and the developers anticipate submitting it for conformance testing to the EEA Spec 1.0 as soon as possible. Likewise, support for the EVM is now available in Hyperledger Fabric.

As a further example, there is currently a working group on Trusted Execution Environments in EEA, and a prototype implementation of those proposed standards, called “Private Data Objects,” being built as a lab at Hyperledger. Hyperledger Labs provide a channel for innovation and testing of ideas to experiment with new frameworks and modules before achieving MVP or stable code.

This concept of simultaneously developing community-driven open standards and production-quality open source reference implementations is a best practice of Internet-scale software development work. Previous examples include the IETF and Apache working on HTTP, and ECMA and Mozilla working on JavaScript.

Down the road, we hope this mutually beneficial relationship will encourage Ethereum developers to consider submitting their enterprise projects to Hyperledger and Hyperledger project maintainers to consider taking de-facto interfaces appropriate for standardization to the appropriate EEA working groups. This relationship will also enable Hyperledger developers to write code that conforms to the EEA specification and certify them through EEA certification testing programs expected to launch in the second half of 2019.

Both organizations will continue to work with other standards bodies, and other open source communities. By working together, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Hyperledger will bring substantial benefits to developers and enterprises, and accelerate the adoption of enterprise blockchain technologies.

 

Thanks,

Brian & Ron

 

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Hyperledger to Advance the Global Blockchain Business Ecosystem

By | Announcements

Through Joint Associate Memberships, EEA and Hyperledger Will Collaborate to Meet Global Demand For Enterprise Blockchain

NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO – Oct 1, 2018 –The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the global standards organization driving the adoption of Enterprise Ethereum, and Hyperledger, The Linux Foundation open source collaborative effort advancing cross-industry blockchain technologies, today jointly announced they have become Associate Members, respectively, within each other’s organization. The open-source, standards-based, cross-platform collaboration between the two organizations will contribute to accelerating mass adoption of blockchain technologies for business.

With hundreds of member companies combined, the EEA and Hyperledger communities represent a wide variety of business sectors from every region of the world.

Hyperledger Executive Director, Brian Behlendorf, and EEA Executive Director, Ron Resnick, have jointly authored a blog post (see Hyperledger’s blog or EEA’s blog) to announce this partnership.

“This is a time of great opportunity,” said Resnick. “Collaborating through mutual associate membership provides more opportunities for both organizations to work more closely together. In addition, Hyperledger developers who join the EEA can participate in EEA Certification to ensure solution compliance for projects related to the Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification.”

As members of each other’s organizations, the leadership of both organizations will be able to collaborate across tens of Special Interest Groups, Working Groups, meetups and conferences globally, across hundreds of thousands of developers in both communities. EEA community members working on specifications and standards can turn to Hyperledger to collaborate on software implementations of those standards.

“Great open standards depend upon great open source code, so this is a natural alliance for both organizations,” said Behlendorf. “Standards, specifications and certification all help enterprise blockchain customers commit to implementations with confidence since they have better assurances of interoperability as well as multiple vendors of choice.”

More About EEA and Hyperledger Work Underway

In 2017, Hyperledger launched the Hyperledger Burrow project, an Apache-licensed implementation of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bytecode interpreter. Earlier this year, Hyperledger Sawtooth added support for the EVM as a transaction processor, bringing smart contracts developed for the Ethereum MainNet over to Sawtooth-based networks. That effort, dubbed “Seth,” is now in active use, and the developers anticipate submitting it for conformance testing to the EEA specification as soon as possible. Likewise, support for the EVM is now available in Hyperledger Fabric.

Another example of EEA and Hyperledger’s collaboration is the EEA’s Special Interest Group on Trusted Execution Environments, and a prototype implementation of those proposed standards, called “Private Data Objects” being built within Hyperledger Labs. This project is a best practice example of internet-scale software development work, combining community-driven open standards and community-developed, production-quality open source reference implementation. The effort mirrors work such as the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and Apache working on the web’s underlying protocol HTTP, or ECMA International and Mozilla working on JavaScript, a standardized, multi-platform language used by developers worldwide for web design.

Down the road, this mutually beneficial relationship will encourage Ethereum developers to consider submitting their enterprise projects to Hyperledger and Hyperledger project maintainers to consider taking de-facto interfaces appropriate for standardization to the appropriate EEA working groups. This relationship will also enable Hyperledger developers to write code that conforms to the EEA specification and certify them through EEA certification testing programs expected to launch in the second half of 2019.

“As a founding member of both Hyperledger and EEA, we’ve been proud to participate in the incredible growth of both communities. This is a logical next step that will strengthen the industry as a whole, expand each organization’s reach and benefit from the collaboration across ecosystems, while supporting each organization’s distinct mission,” said David Treat, Managing Director at Accenture.

“For anyone who ever put a ‘vs.’ between Ethereum and Hyperledger, this collaboration shows it’s now ‘Ethereum AND Hyperledger,’” said Behlendorf. “We expect developers building Enterprise Ethereum-related technologies to be motivated to submit projects to Hyperledger, and we hope that project maintainers will consider taking de-facto interfaces that are suitable for standardization to the appropriate Special Interest Group at the EEA.”

 

About The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is the industry’s first global standards organization to deliver an open, standards-based architecture and specification to accelerate the adoption of Enterprise Ethereum. The EEA’s world-class Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification and forth-coming testing and certification programs will ensure interoperability, multiple vendors of choice, and lower costs for its members – the world’s largest enterprises and most innovative startups. For additional information about joining the EEA, please reach out to membership@entethalliance.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/.

(10.1.18) InfoQ: Implementing Privacy by Design in Hyperledger Indy

By | Hyperledger Indy, News

In a recent Hyperledger blog post, Daniel Hardman talks about Hyperledger Indy and its ‘Privacy by Design’ approach to address decentralized identity management. Unlike many systems that add privacy to their product or service after the fact, Hyperledger Indy has been built using a privacy first approach. As the world shifts to more regulation, including GDPR and ePrivacy requirements, Indy can minimize the amount of details a user shares when having their data validated by a third-party system.

More here.

(9.26.18) CoinDesk: FedEx Joins Hyperledger in Blockchain Consortium’s Latest Expansion

By | News

Global shipping giant FedEx has just become one of the 14 newest members to join the Hyperledger consortium.

Hyperledger announced that FedEx, Honeywell International, as well as a number of crypto startups, have become the newest participants in its mission to to build blockchain platforms and applications for enterprises, according to a press release on Wednesday.

More here.

Hyperledger Continues Strong Momentum with 14 New Members

By | Announcements

More than 270 organizations now support leading open source blockchain project, including FedEx & Honeywell International Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO – (September 26, 2018) Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today announced 14 members have joined its growing global community. More than 270 organizations are now contributing to the growth of Hyperledgers’ open source distributed ledger frameworks and tools.

“Our community ranges from technology giants and industry leaders to start-ups, service providers and academics,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “We are gaining traction around the world in market segments from finance to healthcare and government to logistics. This growth and diversity is a signal of the increasing recognition of the strategic value of enterprise blockchain and commitment to the adoption and development of open source frameworks to drive new business models.”

Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Hyperledger enables organizations to build robust, 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: BetaBlocks, Blockchain Educators, Cardstack, Constellation Labs, Elemential Labs, FedEx, Honeywell International Inc., KoreConX, Northstar Venture Technologies, Peer Ledger, Syncsort and Wanchain.

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 Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, Canada, and the Government of Bermuda.

New member quotes:

BetaBlocks

“We are proud to join Hyperledger and thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented individuals in the distributed ledger space,” said Antonio Manueco, CTO of BetaBlocks. “At BetaBlocks, we educate and help entrepreneurs build the next generation of amazing companies using blockchain through our co-building program. It is important for us to support The Linux Foundation and Hyperledger in order to help the open source community continue building world class software. We are looking forward to collaborating with some of the other important members of these great organizations.”

Blockchain Educators

“Blockchain Educators is excited to join the Linux Foundation and Hyperledger,” said Thomas Rivera, CEO of Blockchain Educators. “We firmly believe blockchain technology will usher in the next generation of business activity and that Hyperledger is at the forefront. Blockchain Educators is fully dedicated to increasing awareness and enhancing blockchain education for beginners, entrepreneurs, corporations and developers. We look forward to working closely with Hyperledger and its community members.”

Cardstack

“To achieve broad adoption of blockchain technologies, we need to focus on orchestrating cohesive experiences on top of decentralized protocols as well as cloud services, so new value networks can form over existing data assets and market relationships,” said Chris Tse, Founding Director of Cardstack. “We are honored to join the Linux Foundation and Hyperledger to contribute open source software, compile architecture patterns, and share solution templates to bring real use cases to the marketplace. Since 2017, we have been developing on the Hyperledger Sawtooth platform with our client-partner dotBC and their network of music industry innovators to architect and develop a new decentralized media rights registry. Cardstack is excited to leverage other Hyperledger projects and share our experience building decentralized ecosystems with our open-sourced framework and tools.”

Constellation Labs

“We are honored to be a part of the premier organization in technology and the blockchain space. Constellation is working with the Hyperledger community to explore new architectures and frameworks that will usher in a new era of applications built on distributed ledger technology,” said Benjamin Diggles, VP of Business Development at Constellation Labs. “Contributing to this project will be imperative to our focus of applying blockchain scalability to real-world, viable enterprise use cases.”

Elemential Labs

“We’re excited to join Hyperledger and bring blockchain infrastructure to the Indian growth story,” said Raunaq Vaisoha, CEO at Elemential Labs. “With our membership, we look to offer additional value to our customers.”

FedEx

“We believe that blockchain has big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics,” said Kevin Humphries, Senior Vice President, IT, FedEx Services. “We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Hyperledger community as we continue to explore the applications and help set the standards for wide-scale blockchain adoption in our industry and others.”

Honeywell International Inc.

“Honeywell Aerospace, whose solutions are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft in service today, is pleased to join Hyperledger,” said Sathish Muthukrishnan, Chief Digital and Information Officer for Honeywell Aerospace, “We look forward to leveraging the blockchain technology to solve critical customer needs and enable our position as a leading Software-Industrial Company through the Power of Connected.”

KoreConX

“In Hyperledger Fabric, we found a credible blockchain platform designed especially for financial transactions,” said Oscar A. Jofre, CEO of KoreConX. “This is a highly professional community of technologists who are thoughtful and focused on creating enterprise-class applications, keeping safety and security foremost. A number of respected financial institutions are also building applications with Fabric, which raises our level of confidence and comfort.”

Northstar Venture Technologies

“Northstar is thrilled to join Hyperledger and The Linux Foundation,” said Dean Sutton, CEO of Northstar Venture Technologies. “Having direct access to the Hyperledger resources and community is of great value in our work with enterprise, financial services and capital markets organizations. We look forward to being active contributors to this open standard of ongoing innovation and bringing new platform solutions to market for Northstar and our clients.

Peer Ledger

“Peer Ledger is the creator of the MIMOSI blockchain application for Responsible Sourcing and an Identity Bridge product, which provides identity resolution services among identity systems and multiple blockchains. With MIMOSI, we showcase how the highly modular Hyperledger Fabric can be implemented using a hybrid governance model, providing subscribers with the now-accustomed convenience of zero installation, while still using the Fabric’s distributed consensus mechanism correctly to ensure data consistency and to detect and prevent double spend. No blockchain outside the Hyperledger family would allow us as much flexibility around implementation governance,” said Dawn Jutla, CEO at Peer Ledger. “Hyperledger Fabric’s flexibility and its community of developers enabled our firm to produce this sophisticated blockchain-based SaaS for Responsible Sourcing in under two years. We are thrilled to join and to contribute further as a member of the Hyperledger community.”

Syncsort

“We see blockchain emerging as a next-generation platform with tremendous potential that can be enabled by data integration and data quality,” said Tendü Yoğurtçu, CTO, Syncsort. “Connecting blockchain to existing infrastructure and legacy platforms across the enterprise is consistent with Syncsort’s leadership in Big Iron to Big Data, making enterprise-wide data accessible to next generation platforms and applying it to pressing business use cases. We are excited to join Hyperledger and to identify areas where Syncsort can contribute to maturing the platform and making its benefits more achievable for our customers.”

Wanchain

“Wanchain is honored to join Hyperledger and become a part of this ecosystem to advance an open standard for distributed ledger technology,” said Jack Lu, Founder and CEO of Wanchain. “Wanchain is working to bridge blockchains and connect the world’s digital assets. We are excited to collaborate with member organizations and enterprises to further develop and advance the industry as a whole. The Wanchain team is looking forward to cooperating with such a diverse and global community of industry leaders and contributing our insights on cross-chain technologies.”

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/.