Call for Nominations for the 2009 IDDY Awards Now Open

Kantara Initiative expands the Liberty Alliance Identity Deployment of the Year Award program, announces new categories and judging criteria

June 30, 2009 – Kantara Initiative, the global identity community working to solve harmonization and interoperability challenges among identity-enabled enterprise, Web 2.0 and Web-based applications and services, today announced the call for nominations for the 2009 IDDY Awards. This year’s IDDY Award (IDentity Deployment of the Year) program features deployment and proof-of-concept categories and has been expanded within Kantara Initiative to recognize identity-enabled applications and services built using any open identity technology. The call for nominations will close on August 3, with awards presented on September 15 at CSO magazine’s Digital ID World 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.

The IDDY Awards shine a spotlight on the individuals and organizations responsible for building and deploying identity-enabled applications for people, communities, businesses and governments. The 2009 Deployment category recognizes applications that are in use today. The Proof-of-Concept category highlights working proof-of-concept applications. Nominations for both categories can be based on, or include any identity technology such as Activity Streams, APML, CX. IGF, ID-WSF, iNames, Information Cards, MicroFormats, OATH, OAuth, OpenID, OpenSocial, OPML, PKI , Portable Contacts, RDF, RSS, SAML, WS*, XACML, XDI, XRD, XRI, XMPP extensions, etc.

“Now in its fourth year, the IDDY Awards program continues to evolve to reflect the changing digital identity landscape. The 2009 program provides individuals and organizations working across the identity ecosystem with new opportunities to join the growing list of IDDY Award recipients,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of Kantara Initiative. “With the expanded scope of technologies being considered, we’re excited about the variety of new applications and services helping to advance the next generation of digital identity solutions that this year’s program promises to highlight.”

About the IDDY Awards
The annual IDDY Awards program was launched by Liberty Alliance in 2006 to recognize excellence in digital identity management. The 2009 program has been expanded to reflect the Kantara Initiative mission of fostering cross-protocol harmonization and interoperability. Previous winners of the IDDY Award include Aetna; Citi; Deutsche Telekom AG; eBIZ.mobility; EduTech, for the New York State educational agencies; NTT Labs; Rearden Commerce; the UK Government Authentication Gateway; UNINETT and the New Zealand Government. Nomination forms and more information about this year’s program is available at http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/display/GI/IDDY+Awards+2009.

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