Panel Discussion: "Self-Sovereign Identities in Productive Systems - A Reality Check"

Panel Discussion: "Self-Sovereign Identities in Productive Systems - A Reality Check"

Panel Discussion: "Self-Sovereign Identities in Productive Systems - A Reality Check"

The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center hosted a panel discussion together with d-fine on self-sovereign identity (SSI) with Philipp Sandner (FSBC), Marc Henniges (d-fine), Felix Kohlbrenner (BMW Group), Franziska Muschik (Veridos), and Helge Michael (Lissi) as panelists. As more and more of our interactions take place online, SSI solutions are crucial in order to allow people to do so in a digital world with the same freedom and security as they do offline. Ensuring that your digital existence and identity are maintained independently of any (centralized) organization is pivotal for the further development of the ecosystem. The use cases for SSI are abundant. With SSI, challenges such as secure certification and easy validation, digital access management for buildings, or compliance in supply chain systems can be tackled. On the switch side, the application of self-sovereign identity solutions is in many cases still in quite early stages. What the limitations of SSI are, and which challenges need to be solved in order for them to be overcome for specific as well as more general use cases is still subject to discussion and investigation.

Watch this video on YouTube (ca. 67 min.).

About the panelists

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner has founded the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). From 2018 to 2021, he was ranked as one of the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. Further, he belonged to the “Top 40 under 40” — a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Since 2017, he has been a member of the FinTech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. He is also on the Board of Directors of FiveT Fintech Fund, 21e6 Capital and Blockchain Founders Group - companies active in venture capital financing for blockchain startups and crypto asset management.
The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, decentralized finance (DeFi), the digital euro, tokenization of assets and rights and digital identity

LinkedIn profile of Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner

Dr. Marc Henniges did his PhD in physics with a focus on the application of machine learning and now holds a manager position in the blockchain practice at d-fine. In this role, he has participated in several successful client projects, from tokenization to Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) and has gained experience in Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) as well as pay-per-use applications. He uses his comprehensive blockchain insights to help clients in structuring their blockchain-related enterprise - from project management to implementation.

LinkedIn profile of Dr. Marc Henniges

Felix Kohlbrenner is a Software Engineer at BMW Group, who loves to explore new technologies. He worked on Ethereum smart contracts to validate electric vehicle charging events and automated payment systems for vehicles as well as digital identities.

LinkedIn profile of Felix Kohlbrenner

Franziska Muschik is Business Owner Innovative ID Solutions at Veridos. Their mission is to deliver end-to-end solutions and services to meet every government identity need. These range from paper to security printing, electrical chip components, enrolment, personalization and issuance, mobile ID solutions, and border control solutions including eGates

LinkedIn profile of Franziska Muschik

Helge Michael is Head of Lissi identity at Main Incubator. Lissi deals with the topic of data sovereignty and develops software applications to enable this for companies and end users. 

LinkedIn profile of Helge Michael


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