NGI Impact Stories – Interview: Markus Sabadello (Danube Tech)

In the heart of Brussels, the NGI Forum 2023 showcased the success of the “NGI Impact Stories” activity. This event shared inspiring stories of the NGI initiative, highlighting their commitment and achievements in making things faster and better.

These Impact Stories went beyond just talking about what was done; they showed how the NGI community works together and makes a more human Internet.

The most obvious and immediate benefit of NGI for innovators is the funding; there is no denying that. But it’s really also more than that. We have received valuable help with security scans, accessibility assessments, and open-source licensing recommendations for our project. If you add to that the opportunity to connect to other projects and to attend events like NGI Forum, then you get a great overall package.

Markus Sabadello

Initiatives like Transatlantic SSI Interop, PeerTube, E-Project, Tauri, and Open Food Facts were part of this, showing how NGI is changing how we use the internet. These NGI Impact Stories are built by people pushing boundaries to make an internet that focuses on everyone.

✨ Each story showed how technology and passionate communities unite, inviting everyone to make the internet better for us all.✨

Today, we will focus on one of these Impact Stories from the NGI Forum. In an engaging workshop session led by Thomas Wilczek from NGI Outreach Office partner #FundingBox, Markus Sabadello, our featured speaker, shared with the audience how the “Transatlantic SSI Interop” experiment could make different digital identity systems work together, no matter where you are.

Let’s think about this:

Projects like the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure (EBSI) and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), are working to make digital things easier for us. Within this context, these two stories happen at the same time:

✅ Eva’s Journey: A European student wanting a US visa, working with people in Europe and the US.
✅ Louis’s Aspiration: Someone from the US wanting to study in Europe, getting help from people in the US and Europe.

✨ After participating in various NGI programs (NGI AtlanticNGI eSSIF-LabNGI AssureNGI TrustNGI Zero), the “Transatlantic SSI Interop” experiment is a vivid example of its philosophy, moving towards a future where digital identity transcends geographical boundaries ✨

Are you Keen to learn more about this Impact Story, its challenges, and its forthcoming plans?
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