Staff Access Hackathon

Evernym's Developer Toolkit
Organized by INTEROPen

21-22, September 2020

Supported by NHSX and NHS Digital
Credential issuance and verification, made easy

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.

Get started with free Verity access

This event has ended, but you can still request free access to Verity through our Developer Plan.

What do verifiable credentials mean for healthcare?

Improved Staff Mobility

Dramatically reduce the time it takes to onboard and mobilize staff.

Reduced Administrative Costs

Cut down the time and resources spent verifying staff qualifications and patient vaccination statuses.

Better, More Secure Communication

Build a secure, private, and trusted connection with each of your patients. and employees

No More Passwords

Create better staff and patient experiences by eliminating cumbersome passwords.

Reduced Barriers

Break down silos and streamline the exchange of information between patients, hospitals, insurers, and families.

Improved Health Outcomes

Spend more time caring for patients and less on paperwork and assurance requirements.

Learn the basics: What is self-sovereign identity?

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.

Recommended watching:

Watch the recording of one of our recent webinars, where Evernym’s Andy Tobin provided a detailed introduction to self-sovereign identity:

Dive into the tech: What is Verity?

Verity is Evernym’s flagship digital credential platform designed for enterprise-grade stability, performance, and scale.

Verity makes it easy for organizations to:

  • Issue digital verifiable credentials directly to SSI-based wallets.
  • Verify credentials held in SSI-based wallets simply and easily.
  • Integrate with back-end systems, using REST APIs and SDKs in three popular languages.
  • Build for scale, with enterprise-grade architecture designed to support millions of users.
  • Future-proof your credential architecture, through built-in compliance with emerging open standards, including Hyperledger Aries, W3C DIDs, and W3C Verifiable Credentials.

You can access Verity by registering a free Developer Account or through the resources made available for the NHS Hackathon.

Recommended watching:

To learn more about building on Verity, check out our recent product demo webinar:


If you run into any questions throughout the hackathon, please shoot us a note or use the Intercom live chat function in the bottom right.