FedEx bets on blockchain as it becomes Hyperledger member

Blockchain has big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics, FedEx says

Blockchain consortium, Hyperledger, has announced 14 new members, including BetaBlocks, Blockchain Educators, Cardstack, Constellation Labs, Elemential Labs, FedEx, Honeywell International., KoreConX, Northstar Venture Technologies, Peer Ledger, Syncsort and Wanchain. This means that more than 270 organisations are now contributing to its open source distributed ledger frameworks and tools.

Pre-approved non-profits, open source projects and government entities can join Hyperledger at no cost as associate members. Newbies this month include Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, Canada, and the Government of Bermuda.

“Our community ranges from technology giants and industry leaders to startups, service providers and academics,” says Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “We are gaining traction around the world in market segments from finance to healthcare and government to logistics. This growth and diversity is a signal of the increasing recognition of the strategic value of enterprise blockchain and commitment to the adoption and development of open source frameworks to drive new business models.”

“We believe that blockchain has big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics,” says Kevin Humphries, Senior Vice President, IT, FedEx Services. “We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Hyperledger community as we continue to explore the applications and help set the standards for wide-scale blockchain adoption in our industry and others.”

Global Forum

Hyperledger recently announced the full schedule and initial keynote speakers for its inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum. This will take place from 12th-15th December in Basel, Switzerland.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Alexis Gauba, Co-Founder, Mechanism Labs and She(256); R&D, Blockchain at Berkeley; R&D, ThunderCore
  • Leanne Kamp, Founder & CEO, Everledger
  • Bruce Schneier,Fellow and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Frank Yiannas, Vice President, Food Safety,Walmart

Global Forum agenda highlights


Business track

  • Financial Inclusion: How DLT Provides Hope For 1.7 Billion Unbanked People – Matthew Davie, Kiva
  • Verifiable Organisations Network: A Production Government Deployment of Hyperledger Indy – John Jordan, Province of British Columbia & Stephen Curran, Cloud Compass Computing
  • Creating a Blockchain Platform for Our Citizens and Companies – Gorka Oteiza, Lantik
  • Blockchain is Reshaping the Supply Chain Ecosystem – Roberto Mancone, trade
  • Teaching Blockchain to University Students and Professionals – Approach, Experiences and Reflections – Imre Kocsis,Budapest University of Technology and Economics


Technical track

  • Wrangling Hyperledger: Usability Lessons Learnt the Hard Way & Proposal For Steps Ahead– Sudheesh Singanamalla, Microsoft Research
  • How Consumers Are Taking Ownership of Their Digital Identity – Julie Esser,CULedger & Drummond Reed, Evernym
  • Blockchains in the Cloud – Nodes, Clusters, and Distributed Systems – Casey Kuhlman, Monax
  • Cryptography, Security Modelling, Privacy, and Confidentiality in Hyperledger – Hart Montgomery, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
  • Case Study: Santiago Stock Exchange Blockchain Lending Repository. How to Get a Blockchain Project in Production – Marco Alarcon, Bolsa Comercio Santiago


Production demos

  • Fighting Counterfeits from the Ledger – Benjamin Djidi, Amazon
  • The Industry Convergence of Automotive and Blockchain – Jason Bennick and Wes Reid, Dealer Market Exchange
  • Securing Cross-Border Exchange of eHealth Data in the EU through Blockchain – Ioannis Komnios, EXUS Software
  • Lessons from 2008 Financial Crisis: Combining AI and Blockchain for Loan Securitization – Siddhartha S & BS Anil,Intain Technologies


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