Recap Annual IDnext Event 2018

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A new edition of the annual IDnext event in close collaboration with EquensWorldline took place on 28-29 March 2018. An unique and once only opportunity – the "annual IDnext 'identity and payments' event", 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.

Moreover, the un-conference format was used again during this event. The strength of this format is that there attendees can influence the event's agenda.  In addition, there were the mutual gathering of knowledge experts, collaboration, interaction, discussion and creativity. This naturally creates the possibility to listen and speak with experts and professionals and to participate in debates and discussions. Also, the Open Space was a specific format, allowing participants to exert their influence on the agenda. This agenda was jointly set on the day itself – in relation to the themes. The conference participants were invited to share, via twitter among others (using hashtag # idn18) to those who could not be there but was virtually present and the participants' views and opinions were then used in the various discussions. 
The 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). Following these plenary sessions, the event continued with parallel tracks.

The programme for the IDentity.Next event 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 home and abroad, working within the world of digital identity, as Dave Birch (Consult Hyperion), Marie Jose 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. It is clear that it is an international conference, as it presented speakers from Australia, Germany, Spain, USA, Denmark and other countries.

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. No agenda upfront, an agenda should be established. In order to do this, all attendees could present topic proposals and explain their importance to discuss what issues / developments they want to present in relation to the themes within the IDnext event. The chosen topics were pinned on a wall in a timetable. Ultimately, the wall became the agenda for that afternoon and all the sessions were defined. At the end – the agenda could be considered as definitive. Each of the participants could decide what session to attend. Moreover, there was no limit to the (minimum and maximum) number of people per session. Each session did have 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 recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money

The Identity innovation award ceremony also took place at the end of the 1st 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. By means of this award, IDnext and EquensWordline recognise and support new innovations that shape the future of digital identities.
There was a jury headed by Catherina Garcia Hoogstraaten, Andre Koot (Nixu), Katryna Dow (Meeco and previous winner of the identity innovation award) and Afke Schaart (GSMA). Winner of the Identity innovation award award is the OpenID 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.
Andre Koot (Nixu and partner of IDnext) and chairman of the jury stated: “What the jury finds interesting is the significant global impact of the OpenID Certification programme. This was a reason for its selection for the Identity Innovation Award. It recognises 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 – mza and Authada –were the other nominees for the Identity Innovation Award 2018. Staatsdruckerei is a multiplatform app that helps governments 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 before, introducing them to the area of digital ID that leads to a 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 again a full programme with a diversity of topics. The day began with two plenary sessions divided into keynote presentations 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 planned, which completed (once again) a good and qualified IDnext event.