About KILT Protocol

KILT Protocol was initially developed by BOTLabs GmbH, which was founded by Ingo Rübe and the German publishing house Hubert Burda Media in Berlin, January 2018.

KILT uses blockchain technology to represent digital identity without intermediaries. It provides a secure way to create, issue, and verify digital credentials.

KILT – Represent Your Identity Without Revealing Your Identity

You can tell a lot about a person in Scotland by looking at their kilt! But while the individual pattern can represent the “clan” or affiliations of the wearer, it doesn’t reveal private details, like their name or address. Similarly, KILT Protocol provides a way to represent your identity without revealing things you prefer to keep private. KILT brings the old process of trust in real-world verifiable credentials (passport, driving licence, certificate, etc.) to the digital world, while keeping your data private and in your possession. KILT can also be used to create identifiers for machines, services and anything that identities can be built on.

KILT is a blockchain protocol for issuing self-sovereign, revocable, verifiable credentials and decentralised identifiers.

KILT is the brainchild of Ingo Rübe. In 1995 Ingo founded his very first startup, Network Department, which in 2000 was merged with the IT Department of Fresenius AG to form today’s Fresenius Netcare GmbH. With subsequent experience as IT Project Director at Axel Springer, CTO of Burda Media (where he initiated the open-source Content Management System “Thunder”), and Board Member of the Drupal Association, he is well aware of the need for reliable and verifiable identity solutions in the business world and beyond.

Recognizing the potential of blockchain to address issues in the current system where users have lost control over their own data, he set out to create solutions that could be standardized and implemented by corporates and entrepreneurs worldwide.

After an intense period of research and creative exchange among KILT’s interdisciplinary team with expertise in Computer Science, Mathematics, Law, Economics, Digital Media and Philosophy, in Spring 2018 the idea of the open-source KILT Protocol was born. The KILT Team represents many countries across the globe including Austria, Croatia, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, and the United States.

KILT is a blockchain protocol that enables innovative, industry-agnostic business models around identity. The protocol was developed by BOTLabs GmbH, the company Ingo founded with the German publishing house Hubert Burda Media, with Swiss publisher Ringier AG joining later as a shareholder.  

BOTLabs is proud to be a member of several ground-breaking blockchain organizations and programs, including INATBA, Blockchain for Europe, Decentralized Identity Foundation, Substrate Builders Program, Blockchain Bundesverband, and BerChain.

In 2018, KILT was an early adopter of Substrate, a modular system powered by Parity Technologies that makes it easy to build customized blockchains by using pre-built components. Substrate also allows seamless integration with Polkadot, a ground-breaking “blockchain of blockchains” developed by Parity that overcomes the previous problems of security, scalability, and interoperability that have hampered blockchain adoption so far.

Founded by Ethereum co-founder and former CTO Gavin Wood, Polkadot is paving the way for a new era of innovation. KILT is building on Polkadot because it is the only technology to date that combines low fixed and definable network costs with aspects of the tamper-proof “trustless” nature of blockchain. As a parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem, KILT can provide a standardized “source of truth” for businesses that build on the protocol.  

KILT has created an open source JavaScript Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables developers to quickly spin up applications for issuing, holding and verifying credentials. These applications can be built according to the needs of the company or entity without requiring blockchain developers or great expense. 

The technology is literally on the cutting edge: in September 2021 KILT became one of the first projects in the world to win a parachain slot on Kusama, Polkadot’s canary network, allowing KILT’s services to be available as soon as possible. See our roadmap for more details.

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