The FIDO Alliance is launching a new Developer Challenge that asks teams to come up with new and innovative ways to use the FIDO2 WebAuthn API. Teams can submit solutions for virtually any field, but they should all try to use FIDO authentication technologies to address some kind of social or technical concern.
Those interested in competing have until July 2 to register for the event. The top three teams will get the chance to pitch their idea to early-stage investors, and will also receive other prizes from FIDO members. The final winner, meanwhile, will be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to this year’s Authenticate conference in Seattle. That event will run from October 18-20.
The Alliance is welcoming submissions from students and individual developers, in addition to companies that are still in their pre-seed stage. Teams will be able to use public web frameworks and SDKs from FIDO members while developing their solutions.
“User authentication historically has been an afterthought for web developers – largely because more advanced capabilities couldn’t be utilized by most developers,” said FIDO Alliance Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Shikiar. “FIDO changes that with the WebAuthn API, and with billions of devices now supporting this functionality, now is the time for developers to get acquainted with FIDO Authentication. The Alliance is looking forward to seeing the creative and technical capabilities of the broader web developer community.”
The FIDO Developer Challenge is based on the Hackathons that the FIDO Korea Working Group has been running for the past few years, and opens the competition to an international audience. This year’s Authenticate conference will be the first in-person edition of the event. The FIDO Alliance hosted its first Authenticate in 2020, but was forced to transition to a virtual format due to the impact of COVID-19.