Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
The emerging themes for IIW #11 are:
- Personal Data Ecosystem
- Federated Social Web
- User-Centric Identity applied (OpenID, OAuth, XRD, SAML, InfoCard, Activity Streams, etc.)
- Vendor Relationship Management
- Active Clients (tools in the browser and other clients)
- Identity in the Cloud
The Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) is a working group of the Identity Commons and has been convened in California semi-annually since 2005. The 10th IIW was held this past May and had the largest attendance thus far.
We listened to feedback from IIW attendees who missed the space it created to innovate and get work done – we agree with you. Phil wrote a post about the shift in September during IIW-East in DC.
We can stand still and serve as a workshop for introducing newbies to Internet identity or we can move forward as the conversation shifts to the interesting questions that Internet identity brings up. We’re choosing the later path. IIW can’t serve both groups effectively and ultimately we’re rather be a smaller workshop closer to the “get your hands dirty” attitude that has characterized IIW from the start.
This is not to say that first timers are not welcome, but that people shouldn’t expect a lot of “getting up to speed” type sessions. Come and work.
Internet Identity Workshops focus on “user-centric identity” addressing the technical and adoption challenge of how people can manage their own identity and data across the range of websites, services, companies and organizations with which they interact.
Our events have a blend of technology and policy discussions where everyone from a diverse range of projects doing the real-work of making this vision happen, gather and work intensively for two days. It is the best place to meet and participate with all the key people and projects going on in the field.
The event has a unique format – the agenda is created live the day of the event. This allows for the discussion of key issues, projects and a lot of interactive opportunities with key industry leaders.
We collect proposed topics from attendees as they register you can see the current list here on our wiki.
How does it work?
After the brief introduction on the first day, there are no formal presentations, no keynotes and no panels. After introductions we start with a blank wall and, in less than an hour, with a facilitator guiding the process attendees create a full day, multi-track conference agenda that is relevant and inspiring to everyone there. All are welcome to put forward presentations and propose conversations.
We do this in part because the field is moving so rapidly that it doesn’t make sense to predetermine the presentation schedule months before the event. We do know great people who will be there and it is the attendees who have a passion to learn and contribute to the event that will make it.
The event compiles a book of proceedings with all the notes from the conference. Here are the proceedings from IIW7, IIW8, IIW9 & IIW10. BTW these three documents are your key to convincing your employer that this event will be valuable.