The Internet Identity Workshop, better known as IIW, is an un-conference that happens at the Computer History Museum, in the heart of Silicon Valley, every Spring and Fall. It started in 2005 and we’ve had 16 so far. Number 17 is coming up soon: October 22-24, 2013. REGISTRATION OPEN. Number 18 is May 6-8, 2014. If you want to join the e-mail list that gets announcements about IIW please do so on this page.
IIW has always had an identity focus, but the topics are chosen by participants — so they can be anything. Here were just some of the issues we worked on at the last IIW, in May:
- Personal clouds
- Better “social” login
- Authentication (e.g. Oauth2)
- Data portability
- Legal issues
- Business issues
- Cultural and social issues
- Cool new and old devices
- Trust frameworks
- VRM (vendor relationship management)
- Government intiatives (e.g. NSTIC)
And “worked” is the right verb. IIW is a high-leverage event: ideal for developers and other interested parties that want to move both code and conversation forward. Many initiatives and standards have been on many tables at IIW over the years. OAuth and OpenID are two of them. The Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, ProjectVRM and many other .orgs (as well as .coms) either grew directly out of IIW, or in soil enriched by conversation and hackery at IIW.
IIW is cheap, as conferences go. ROI is maximized by absence of speeches, keynotes, panels and vendor-driven agendas. While attendees are from a Corporate participation is by humble sponsors who like what IIW does for the world — and to supply the free meals and an all-day espresso bar.
All topics are discussed in breakout rooms and tables, with a full gathering of participants at the start and close of each day. Notes of each breakout are kept, and learnings are published in our wiki.