BTP & Hyperledger are on the move!

Exciting times ahead for both Blockchain Technology Partners and the Hyperledger community

People who know me well will know that I am fond of quoting the last few lines of Thom Gunn’s poem On the Move -

At worst, one is in motion; and at best,
Reaching no absolute, in which to rest,
One is always nearer by not keeping still.

It might seem ironic that I keep returning to this poem given the restless nature of the quote but each time I do I see it in a different light.

What struck me as I read it this time was its applicability to our activities as an open source community. At our worst we can be incoherent, aimlessly thrashing around, but at our best, when we truly collaborate, we can make great progress by not standing still.

Of course Thom would have put it far more eloquently but leaving that to one side and zeroing in on the Hyperledger community what evidence do I have that we are heading in the right direction?

Hyperledger is proactive

Based on my recent personal experience I can say that we are definitely not standing still and that we are a very proactive community — as soon as Julian Gordon (VP Asia Pacific, Hyperledger) got wind that I was coming to Hong Kong he got in touch with the local organisers who rapidly pulled together a Hyperledger HK Meetup giving me the opportunity to introduce Hyperledger Sawtooth and share our experiences working with this project.

Not content with this, the Hong Kong organisers then got in touch with their counterparts in Singapore which meant that I was able to reprise my talk at a Hyperledger Singapore Meetup last week.

Thanks to Edmund To and Michael Edge in Hong Kong and Suji Thampi in Singapore for organising these meetups.

Hyperledger is collaborative

Clearly synchronicity is a thing because no sooner had we at Blockchain Technology Partners adopted Kubernetes as the logical substrate for our Hyperledger Sawtooth platform than everywhere we looked there were meetups and discussions on this very topic.

Not only that but many members of the Hong Kong Hyperledger community are also members of the local Kubernetes community and so our visit was bookended by a Hong Kong Kubernetes meetup and a follow on workshop both exploring Hyperledger Fabric on Kubernetes.

Given the strength of collaboration between these two communities I predict that it won’t be long before we are back out there to do a similar workshop focusing on our experience deploying and managing Hyperledger Sawtooth on Kubernetes. However, when we do I will make sure that our Chief Strategy Officer Kevin O’Donnell is with me so that we can do this topic justice and sign up folk to our BTP Platform early access program.

Hyperledger is on the move!

The examples above are a microcosm of what is happening throughout in the Hyperledger community. But for the community at large there are two key events taking place in the next few months that we think will be key in shaping its destiny and optimising its value over the next year and beyond.

First up is the Hyperledger Member Summit. Now in its third year this will take place in Montreal, October 1 & 2.

Hyperledger ​Member ​Summit ​is ​the ​premier ​event ​of ​the ​year ​for ​our ​community, ​bringing ​all ​our ​stakeholders ​together ​face-to-face ​to ​learn ​and ​collaborate ​with ​each ​other, ​across ​both ​technical ​and ​business ​topics.

We will be participating in a panel discussion but more importantly spending time with our peers as we tackle both technical and strategic challenges. A good example of the latter is how do we position the various frameworks within the Hyperledger greenhouse which currently looks like this.

It will also be a chance for us to thank Chris Ferris for his tremendous contribution as TSC chair as he passes the baton to Dan Middleton.

This summit will be followed by a two day Hackfest, October 3 & 4, which is open to the public with the exception of press and analysts.

Hyperledger Hackfests are regular gatherings for developers working on the different projects hosted at Hyperledger. The primary goal for a Hackfest is to facilitate software development collaboration and knowledge sharing between participants, with an eye towards reflecting all ideas and conclusions back outward to the public open source community afterwards. A secondary goal is to bring new contributors and passive observers up the learning curve on the different technology platforms, and the cross-cutting issues affecting multiple projects (such as identity, security, development process, etc). Often the most useful outcome, however, is the strengthened personal relationships between the participants.
Hackfests are public meetings, anyone is welcome to attend and participate no matter what their skill level, though the discussions will presume a significant familiarity with blockchain technologies and software development concepts.

Then in December we get together in Basel for our very first Hyperledger Global Forum, December 12–15. This is a step change in our engagement with the wider world.

Developers, vendors, enterprise end-users, and enthusiasts of business blockchain technologies will converge in Basel, Switzerland December 12–15, 2018 for the inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum. The first two days will feature a forum with keynotes, breakout sessions, and a technical showcase. The following two days will feature hands-on tutorials and workshop events. Come join us in Basel!

BTP is on the move!

I am writing this en route to Shanghai where I am looking forward to doing some sightseeing, having only been there briefly once before when I spoke at Cloud Foundry Summit Asia 2015. Besides exploring the Bund and Shanghai new and old I am also looking forward to meeting members of the local Hyperledger community for a couple of hours to shoot the breeze. Then I head to Singapore for a second round of business meetings and Round 15 of the current F1 championship.

It’s interesting to look back at my keynote at Cloud Foundry Asia where the topic was From Plaything to Production. The technology may have changed but the song remains the same as Kevin and myself will be talking about the challenges of Running Sawtooth in Production at the Open Source Summit Europe, October 22–24. This is in Edinburgh this year.

We are also sponsoring a Hyperledger Scotland Meetup, October 23, which will be colocated with the summit. We’ve volunteered to show attendees the sights and sounds of Edinburgh at night. Once home to Burke and Hare we have assured everyone that the locals are much friendlier these days!

For those of you who can’t make it to Edinburgh Kevin and myself will be presenting an updated version of our session on Running Sawtooth in Production in Basel where we will also be a sponsor. We look forward to meeting many of you over the coming months.

Finally I am excited to report that we have joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. As with Hyperledger I am a repeat offender having joined the CNCF while running Cloudsoft and the timing is spot on as we prepare to launch the BTP Platform in the AWS Marketplace.

Acknowledgement

Thanks to the Poetry Foundation for its great work making these poets and their poems accessible to us. In fact reading On the Move in its entirety I was struck by the similarity between its notions of impermanence and transience and Philip Larkin’s poem The Whitsun Weddings which, while quite different, riffs on the same ideas.

As you can see once you start exploring their site it is hard to stop. Case in point I’d completely forgotten Days by Larkin. So on point!