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Dutch Blockchain Coalition wins Identity Innovation Award 2023 and Esther Makaay receives the Identity lifetime achievement award.

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Utrecht, December 5, 2023 – Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC) has been declared winner of the Identity Innovation Award 2023 at the IDnext event. DBC received the award for the Decentralized Identity Interop Profile that they developed so that decentralized solutions can communicate with each other. During the event, the Identity lifetime achievement award was also presented to Esther Makaay for her years of dedication to the identity community and IDnext.  

Identity Innovation Award

The annual Identity Innovation Award is presented to the developers of a solution that will shape the future of digital identities. Concepts, products and projects are all eligible for recognition. Assessment of the nominations takes account of technological and commercial innovativeness, respect for privacy, potential impact, and added value for users and other stakeholders.  

DBC winner of Identity Innovation Award 2023.

From left to right: Robert Garskamp (oprichter IDnext), Alexander van den Wall Bake (Lead SSI Dutch Blockchain Coalition) 

 This year’s nominees for the Identity Innovation Award were:  

 Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC)  

An increasing number of organizations are recognizing the potential of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) and are developing ideas and pilot projects. However, the significant fragmentation of Identity systems and chains has resulted in the emergence of multiple decentralized solutions that cannot communicate with each other. Interoperability is essential and should be ensured at the outset of various developments. This can be achieved by adopting the same set of standards, known as a Technical Interoperability Profile. Therefore, the DBC created the Decentralised Identity Interop Profile. 


Truvity built the Truvity platform, an API that people can use to create products powered by Self Sovereign Identity with developer documentation support and an entire demo environment showing a familiar use case (covid travel pass). This is just the beginning though, as they will be expanding their product well beyond its current functionality so that people can create eIDAS 2.0 compliant Identity products and simplify how companies/individuals build trust with each other. Not only for consumers to take back control of their identities but more importantly to handle complex b2b business processes, an underrepresented problem area. provides an unified platform for verifying identities, signing documents, and authenticating customers. It makes it easy to accept various digital wallets on your website or online service. With the upcoming EU regulation, soon there will be at least 27 different digital ID wallets available on the market. IRCS, or Intermediary Relying party Credential Service provider acts as a trusted intermediary between a relying party (such as your business) and an Identity wallet provider (such as a government agency or bank). 

 Previous Innovation Award winners include eHerkenning, Ziggur, the OpenID Foundation, Asignio and DuckDuckGoose.  

Identity lifetime achievement award

The Identity lifetime achievement award is only presented to someone who has made an exceptional and long-standing contribution to the identity community and the IDnext network. 

From left to right: Esther Makaay (Business & eID Analyst/Architect at Signicat), Robert Garskamp 

The awards were presented yesterday at the IDnext event. At the event, a strong line-up of experts explored the subject of digital identities: how is the field developing and why is it important to think carefully about the approaches we adopt? The event in Utrecht involved presentations and debates on all aspects of digital identification. Details are available here: Annual IDnext program – IDnext. 


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