Indeed we won!

Here’s the link, and here’s the text:

Additionally, we have awarded two special prizes for the initiatives we considered groundbreaking. The VRM project lead by Doc Searls is from our point of view a very innovative approach to bring the concept of user-centric identity to customer management. During the VRM Unconference 2008 this topic has been intensively discussed for the first time in Europe. The second special prize goes to open source projects Higgins and Bandit, which we consider the most important open source initiatives in the field of Identity Management.

And here’s Bart Stevens’ blog post with photographic proof as well.

Big thanks to Joerg, Martin and all the folks at Kuppinger Cole for hosting and for welcoming all the participants from the VRM crew to EIC2008.

We have many more events coming up. In addition to regularly (and irregularly) scheduled ones in the U.K and elsewhere in Europe (need to get everything on the wiki), we have the VRM sessions at the next IIW, plus the first VRMW (VRM Workshop, unless we come up with a better name for it) at Harvard on 9-10 July. Mark your calendars.

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  1. jason bogovich’s avatar

    Doc, congrats! I just found VRM a few minutes ago. I don’t know why I haven’t been reading your feed as much as I used to.

    I’ve been talking a lot @ work about our needs to manage our vendor relationships better, and empower and hold responsible our employees more, in an effort to reduce vendor lock-in & better satisfy the users of a company’s technology.

    Google is a great case study in what happens when you put the power of open source and business objectives in the hands of your company architects & engineers.

    If VP’s are responsible for business results why are engineers not responsible for more of the infrastructure and those types of results. Much of it’s engineering but a lot of it is emerging standards/blueprints like these.

    I’ve always said that a relationship doesn’t start or end with a transaction, it’s so very true. I love that feeling when there is a project for something you’ve felt for a long time, many times it takes a person like you–or Chris Saad for instance–to get it moving.

    Thanks again & bravo!

    P.S. Looking forward to diving into the VRM concept more later today.)

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