Guest Blog: Rachelle Sellung’s Experience as a 2022 Kim Cameron Award Recipient

When I found out that I was chosen to be one of the Kim Cameron Award winners from the OpenID foundation, I was truly humbled. While I did not know Kim Cameron personally, I knew of his work and his incredible impact as a visionary in the Identity space.

With that, I am grateful for my work and research in Identity to be recognized with this award and encouraged to continue further. In addition, I was granted the opportunity to be able to get to know many different people from all corners of the identity ecosystem at the European Identity and Cloud Conference 2022, in Berlin. As a researcher that focuses on Stakeholder and Socio-economic research in Identity, this was even more exciting to meet and learn from those participating directly in the ecosystem. For the rest of this blog, I wanted to share some of the highlights of this experience so far.

The EIC 2022 kicked off with the OpenID Workshop opened with presentations that reflected and showcased their key work these past few months. It was particularly exciting to see how the GAIN project has developed this past year since the White Paper was published at the last EIC 2021, where I co authored along with 150+ others in the field of Identity.

In addition, it was interesting to see what inspiring projects are going on around topics that are particularly important for my research in Verifiable Credentials and Trust Frameworks. At the conference, the OpenID for Verifiable Credentials white paper was released. This was very exciting to learn more about as it is related to my previous and current research regarding SSI, Verifiable Credentials, and digital wallets. Regarding Trust frameworks, I was able to reconnect with OIX and hope to continue and extend our work in the Inventory of Trust Frameworks, Schemes and Lists that we started in the LIGHTest, EU project.

One of the most rewarding experiences that I had was the opportunity to meet and enjoy many conversations with people the Identity Community. It was enlightening to explore outside of “my bubble” and to hear and share insights with other experts from the industry, academia, and non profit’s backgrounds. Another highlight was the Women in Identity networking event and presentations. I am looking to participate more in the German Speaking chapter (DACH) region of the Women in Identity. It is very inspiring to have this space in the Identity community for women.

In a matter of a few days, I heard many inspiring presentations, had many interesting conversations, and met many wonderful people in this field at the Conference. It has already led to multiple conversations of working together regarding future stakeholder research that will hopefully be useful and support the identity community.

Rachelle Sellung
Senior Scientist
Fraunhofer IAO