Using BostonID to advance HousingID prototypes
Initially thought the City of Boston was issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to CREATE a Municipal ID, but it's subsequently become clear that their first scope is "to assess the demand and study the FEASIBILITY of implementing a municipal ID program in Boston, including an evaluation plan."
I've already corresponded with the city to ask whether vendors will be encouraged to build towards or incorporate blockchain technology from the outset.
Regardless, I am interested in using the Municipal ID to address one of the mayor's priorities: affordable housing. Beyond that, there is an opportunity to use the visibility of the City's RFP to begin a broader, OPEN conversation about the creation of housing ID's, that can be used in Boston, across the river in Cambridge, anywhere in Massachusetts or potentially the world.
Would anyone like to participate in a multi-stakeholder conversation about that? The conversation need not be limited to blockchain, or be limited to talk. My guess is that some development efforts are already underway, and my goal is to encourage homebuyer ID that compete on features and functions that benefit the consumer whether they live Boston or beyond.
From my perspective, that means delivering savings -- potentially BILLIONS annually.
If we wait for standards committees, my fear is that this will move at a snail's pace. Anyone want to sprint ahead -- potentially ahead of the City of Boston's feasibility study -- to build some prototypes, note PLURAL!