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The OpenID Connect Certification program wins the 2018 Identity innovation Award. The price for the best new concept or product was awarded during the IDnext18 conference in Utrecht. The OpenID foundation purposefully established a light-weight, low cost certification program to help ensure that high-quality OpenID Connect implementations became the norm in the marketplace.

A standard is only as good as its implementations. Therefore, the OpenID Foundation purposefully established a lightweight, low cost certification program to help ensure that high-quality OpenID Connect implementations became the norm in the marketplace. Certification of Identity Providers 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.

The opinion of the award committee: The significant global impact of the OpenID Certification program was a reason for its selection for the Identity Innovation Award. It recognizes that the innovative use of self-certification, with freely available testing tools, has resulted in substantial participation in the certification program, improving the security, quality, and interoperability of OpenID Connect implementations worldwide’ 

Staatsdruckerei, Asan Imza and Authada were the other nominees for the identity innovation award 2018. Staatsdruckerei is a multiplatform app that helps governments to generate new revenue streams and save costs by providing a modern and secure ID solution that is broadly accepted by citizens and can be easily used, 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 provides of various online services and sign contract digitally within AUTHADA’s solutions

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. With this award IDnext recognize and support new innovations that shape the future of digital identities.

The award committee members consists of Katryna Dow (Meeco), Andre Koot (Nixu), Catherine Garcia Hoogstraten (The Hague University of applied sciences) and Leo Whyte and Afke Schaart (GSMA)




The award is part of the annual IDnext conference. This year the event will take place on 28-29th March in Utrecht, organized by the IDnextplatform, which focuses on developments in digital identity. The conference brings together experts, professionals and industrial parties to discuss the latest developments in the field of digital identity.