Welcome to Evernym’s developer toolkit for INTEROPen’s NHS Digital Staff Passport Hackathon.
Evernym is the supplier of the digital credential technology and mobile app being used in the existing NHS Digital Staff Passport program. Our friends at Sitekit have embedded our Verity credential exchange platform into their hospital credential issuing and verifying solution that has already been tested, released, and deployed to NHS hospitals as part of the program. Doctors and other staff use our Connect.Me app to obtain and use their staff passport credentials.
Evernym is a pioneer in verifiable credentials and self-sovereign identity. We created Sovrin, and wrote most of the code that makes up Hyperledger Indy, Hyperledger Aries, and Hyperledger Ursa. We are the people that brought you decentralized identifiers (DIDs), and we contribute heavily to the open standard communities on DIDs and Verifiable Credentials at the W3C.
Our main business is the provision of our world’s leading credential platform, Verity. As a hackathon attendee, you’ll be able to use Verity and our pre-defined schemas to quickly build your own digital credential solutions that will integrate with the NHS digital staff passport.
Our software is used in digital credential projects around the world, with use cases as diverse as doctor identity, supply chain certification, financial services authentication, portable identity across online gaming environments.
Self-sovereign identity (SSI) is an approach of identity management that puts the user in the driver’s seat, giving her for control over control of her data and how it is used.
It’s the inverse of how we interact with today’s digital world, where our data is stored across hundreds of company servers, to be used however that company sees fit, with or without our consent.
Yet, it’s far from a new concept. We’ve had self-sovereign identity for over 2,000 years in the physical world, tracing back to the first known ‘passport.’
In the physical world, we are by-and-large the owners of our identities. We carry with us a wallet that contains a series of form of ID, like driver’s licenses, insurance cards, and student IDs. We call these paper credentials and use these to prove our identity when we open a bank account, order a drink, and book a hotel in-person.
These credentials are verified by the trusted authorities that issued them, perhaps a government office or a university. And, we can use them wherever, whenever, and however we want, without the issuer having to approve or be involved. We don’t have to have an ID card for every organization that needs to verify our identity; we have one that’s universally trusted.
Self-sovereign identity is the simple notion of taking these physical wallets and paper credentials and making them digital. Just as you can you walk into any business and flash your passport as proof of your identity, SSI allows you to visit any website or any access control system and flash a digital credential to prove your identity—in a way that’s far more secure and privacy-protecting than usernames and passwords, and far more trustworthy and tamperproof than today’s analog equivalents.
Verity is Evernym’s flagship digital credential platform designed for enterprise-grade stability, performance, and scale.
Verity makes it easy for organizations to:
You can access Verity by registering a free Developer Account or through the resources made available for the NHS Hackathon.