Do you know what Hyperledger is?

Fig. 1 The current Five Hyperledger Projects and Tools

Running the Hyperledger meetup in Barcelona I realized that there is huge confusion about what Hyperleder is, surprisingly, also between who is using its frameworks and tools. So I use to ask this question and understood that clarification is always needed.I admit that the ecosystem is extended and is getting bigger so a little confusion is justified.

I started my studies and career in computer science on Linux and Unix in a culture of collaboration and open source software, and only after many years, I realized, that this type of culture is often misunderstood. Many have the idea that technology comes from the supremacy of proprietary software. An idea not only wrong by design (since technology is a collaborative effort) but also obsolete with Tech giants moving to open source and getting rid of their licenses like Microsoft, IBM and others.

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain infrastructure technologies for enterprises. It is not a company, it is a foundation hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology

Linux Foundation has developed Linux and Apache for 20 years. It has dedicated to building sustainable ecosystems around open source projects to accelerate technology development and commercial adoption. It is the home of Linux software that is the largest and most pervasive open source software project in history. The Linux Foundation is a non-profit technology consortium founded in 2000 as a merger between Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group to standardize Linux, support its growth, and promote its commercial adoption. It also hosts and promotes the collaborative development of open source software projects.

The Linux Foundation has seen patterns on how to build communities from their experience of 20 years and decided to build, in December 2015, Hyperledger, an open community dedicated to distributed ledger technology.

From a technical standpoint, Hyperledger it is a decentralized infrastructure community hub of developers and companies for open source industrial distributed ledger. They are building frameworks of private (not public like Ethereum and Bitcoin) blockchain (from the permissionless private, permissioned public, to permissioned private kind of spectrum) and doesn’t have a cryptocurrency.

Hyperledger Momentum 2018

Hyperledger believes that technology is made by the community and the idea is that developers, stakeholders and vendors, from everywhere in the world can contribute to a piece of code. The goal is to become the default decentralize infrastructure for enterprises, although the+260 members are represented by a mix of enterprises, startups and universities. The list of members includes Tech giants like Airbus and Daimler, IT-companies like IBM, Fujitsu, SAP, Huawei, Nokia, Intel and Samsung, financial institutions like Deutsche Börse, American Express, J.P. Morgan, BBVA, BNP Paribas and Well Fargo, as well as Blockchain startups like Blockstream, Netki, Lykke, Factom, Everledger, Bloq, Scun Trust, Consensys and many others.

Hyperledger also collaborates as a member of other foundations like MOBI, Ethereum Alliance, Decentralized Identity Foundation, Sovrin Foundation and others. As well as Universities, Yale, UCLA, Berkeley, and others. Check the member's list here.

For more information about Hyperledger, please visit:

Meetup page Hyperledger Barcelona:

Hyperledger Meetup groups have an informal relationship with Hyperledger and make up a key part of the Hyperledger ecosystem. Participation in a Hyperledger Meetup group is open to anyone — employees of a Hyperledger member company, Hyperledger contributors and developers, and people just passionate about blockchain technology.

We use to do a meetup one a month. If you are in Barcelona in one of those days and would like to speak please reach out.

Otherwise, just pass by and say hi!

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