Looking back on 2018: another great year

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2018 flew by! And we would like to thank all our members, partners and our dedicated IDnext team who made 2018 a great year. Let me give you a glimpse of our IDnext season.

IDnext golf event
Once again, a new edition of the IDnext golf event took place on the Rijswijkse golf [http://www.rijswijksegolf.nl/] course, on Friday 19 October, a beautiful autumn day.
The participants (IAM & Security experts and professionals sharing the same hobby) were expected in the afternoon. Once they had partaken of a refreshing beverage and a piece of cake, the teams were announced and off they went!
Tired but satisfied, everyone made it to the 9th hole, after which they all refreshed themselves avidly, drinking beer, soft drinks or wine and indulging in appetizers (‘bitterballs’ and such). Then, the tall stories about that day could be heard as well, and the participants showed they could laugh hard as well as play hard.

After a shower or a brisk wash, the group sat down to a lovely dinner. During dinner, the winner (Wessel Mienis) was announced. Subsequently, the conversations shifted from golf to resilience, identity solutions, trust frameworks, identity of things, security, and so on. Thus, satisfied, well-fed and new contacts richer, every participant walked back to his or her car to set off through the dark night to a well-deserved weekend. The event has given us a taste of ‘Fore’ !!
We are looking back on a successful day. Nearly all participants gave us feedback, saying they had considered it to be great fun as well as really useful. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s event – on 14 June 2019.

IDnext event 2018
In close collaboration with equensWorldline, a new edition of the annual IDnext event took place on 28-29 March 2018. This time, it was held in Utrecht (Netherlands), with a varied programme spread over two days. More than 100 participants (both domestic and foreign) came together to be inspired, to network and share the developments around the subject of 'digital identity'.

What did you miss?
A new edition of annual IDnext event in close collaboration with EquensWorldline took place on 28-29 March 2018. An unique and once only opportunity – “annual IDnext 'identity and payments' event”, which is Europe’s leading independent, interdisciplinary, unbiased and Europe-focused conference.
Worldwide experts, innovators and key players in the world of Digital Identity addressed the most relevant issues in the fields of security, mobility, privacy and much more – informing a highly qualified audience on the evolution of the digital identity upon which future developments will be built.
The un-conference format was also used again during this event. The strength of this format is that attendees can influence the event's agenda.
In addition, the meeting between knowledge experts, collaboration, interaction, discussion and creativity naturally results in the ability to listen and speak with experts and professionals and to participate in debates and discussions. For the Open Space format, the agenda is set on the day itself – in relation to the themes. The participants of the conference were invited to share via twitter, among others (with hashtag # idn18) with those who could not be there but were virtually present, and their tweets were used in various discussions on their opinions/views.
Opening of the event was by Robert Garskamp, the founder of the IDnext association. After a brief introduction, the event began with keynote presentations by Michael Salmony (executive advisor EquensWordline), Leo Whyte (strategic engagement director GSMA), Frabizio Sestini (senior expert – European Commission), Ian Glazer (Vice president identity product management – Salesforce). After these plenary sessions, the event continued with parallel tracks.

The IDentity.Next programme was divided into 6 tracks:
- Architecting a digital world for digital strategy for PSD/2
- GDPR has arrived, what next?
- Securing the digital economy
- eCitizen
- Privacy in a digital world – guiding the future
- Rethinking digital services – disruptive innovations

Each track consisted of presentations by (mostly) well-known speakers from the Netherlands and abroad, who are working within the world of digital identity, as Dave Birch (Consult Hyperion), Marie-José Hoefmans (Schluss), Hans Graux (Time.lex), Frank Voogel (Unisys), Jon Erik Setsaas (Signicat), Etienne Plouvier (EquensWorldline), Koen Pelgrims (Atos), Torsten Loddersted (Yes), Martin Sandren (Nixu), Allard Keuter (Dutch Payments Association), Henk Marsman (Rabobank) and many others. The presence of speakers from Australia, Germany, Spain, USA, Denmark and other countries made clear that this is an international conference.

What is Open Space?
Esther Makaay (SIDN) was the facilitator of the Open Space sessions in the afternoon of Day 1. Open Space means that a discussion and networking meeting is held without an agenda upfront. In order to establish an agenda, all attendees could present topic proposals and explain their importance in relation to the themes at the IDnext event. The chosen topics were pinned on a wall in a timetable. Ultimately, the wall was the agenda for that afternoon, and all sessions were defined. At the end – the agenda could be considered as definitive. Each of the participants could decide what session to attend. Also, there was no limit to the (minimum and maximum) number of people per session. Each session had a discussion leader and a brief report of the session was created. Afterwards, this was shared in a plenary session.
The first day ended with a closing keynote presentation by Dave Birch. Dave is director at Consult Hyperion and an internationally-recognized thought leader in digital identity and digital money

Identity Innovation Award
The Identity Innovation Award ceremony also took place at the end of the first day. Good digital identity solutions are essential enablers of digital trust. We need solutions that are easy-to-use, privacy-friendly, cost-efficient and secure. This requires technological and business innovations in the world of digital identity. Through this award, IDnext and EquensWorldline recognize and support new innovations that shape the future of digital identities.
There was a jury headed by Catherina Garcia Hoogstraaten, André Koot (Nixu), Katryna Dow (Meeco and previous winner of the identity innovation award) and Afke Schaart (GSMA). Winner of the Identity innovation award was OpenID’s connect certification programme.
A standard is only as good as its implementations. Therefore, the OpenID Foundation purposefully established a lightweight, low-cost certification programme to help ensure that high-quality OpenID Connect implementations become the norm in the marketplace. Certification of Identity Providers was launched in early 2015. Lessons learned from a wide variety of development teams informed the certification of Relying Parties launched in late 2016. There are now 158 certifications of 51 implementations listed here, with more being added weekly. To date, 34 of the certifications are for Relying Parties, representing 12 different implementations. Each new certification makes it easier for those that follow and helps make subsequent deployments more available and more secure.
André Koot (Nixu and partner of IDnext) and chairman of the jury: “The significant global impact of the OpenID Certification programme was a reason for its selection for the Identity Innovation Award. It [the jury] recognizes that the innovative use of self-certification, with freely available testing tools, has resulted in substantial participation in the certification programme, improving the security, quality, and interoperability of OpenID Connect implementations worldwide”

Other nominees that were in the race for the identity innovation award 2018 were Staatsdruckerei, Asan Imza and Authada. Staatsdruckerei is a multi-platform app that helps governments generate new revenue streams and save costs by providing a modern and secure ID solution that is widely accepted by citizens and is easy to use, even across different jurisdictions and borders. Asan Imza ("Easy Signature" in Azeri) makes the lives of everyone in Azerbaijan easier and more secure. It offers citizens opportunities that didn't exist earlier, introducing them to the area of digital ID that leads to more innovation-driven society. And Authada creates innovative solutions for remote and POS identification and authentication via eIDAS notified schemes. Using the eID of the identity card and the NFC interface of smartphones, people are able to verify their identity to providers of various online services and sign contracts digitally within AUTHADA’s solutions.
On day two, there was another full programme with a wide range of topics. The day began with two plenary sessions divided in keynote presentation by Katryna Dow (Meeco), Ruben Horbach (Isobar), Jana Krimpe (Best solution and mobile identity), Andrea Servida (European Commission), Jacoba Sieders (ABN AMRO) and Freek van Krevel (Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations).
After lunch, multiple breakout sessions were held and was a good conclusion of (again) a good and qualified IDnext event,
IDnext advisory board.
We are also pleased to announce that our advisory board has extended its presence with another year. “As IDnextplatform continues to grow, the IDnext advisory board fulfil a vital function by providing strategic advice to IDnextplatform. We welcome our new members, who have won their spurs in this field, and we appreciate that they would like to share their experience and knowledge with IDnextplatform

Furthermore, let’s not forget the contributions of all IDnext adepts in our periodical IDnext newsletters and cooperation will all our partners.
As you know, IDnext is a membership organisation. Even though you can participate without becoming a member, joining our platform helps to enable IDnextplatform to engage in (innovative) project programmes, business development and other type of activities (e.g. events, master classes and workshops) to strengthen our mission in the world of Digital Identity.

IDnext is looking forward to 2019, and hopefully it will be another great year. I am looking forward to meeting you at one of our (partner) events.

One of the greatest joys of Christmas is having your whole family by your side to celebrate it with you. May 2019 be even more promising than the year before. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

Robert Garskamp