The FIDO Alliance’s Korea Working Group has officially wrapped up its 2020 Hackathon. The organization launched the Goodbye Password Challenge back in April, and has now selected the five winning teams from an initial pool of more than 40.
The Gold Award ultimately went to Moses’ Miracle, a team of three computer engineering and industrial design students who developed a smartphone-based gate access control system based on FIDO Authentication protocols. The solution speeds up the clearance process at security gates, and eliminates the need for dedicated keys and smart cards in the process.
The Silver Awards went to Protect Homes and Dr. Who, while the Bronze Awards were given to Fingerprint 486 and AWS (Add Wi-Fi Security). Protect Homes created a management app for IoT devices that is intended to improve the security of a smart home ecosystem, while Dr. Who came up with a Proof of Concept for a smart health insurance card that leverages FIDO protocols and Distributed IDentity tech.
Fingerprint 486 created a document sharing system that makes it easier to grant secure access to a digital document without a password. Finally, AWS developed a passwordless Wi-Fi router control system that does not reveal any administrator information.
The winning teams pitched their solutions at the FIDO Seoul Public Seminar in September. Those presentations can now be viewed on demand in the FIDO Videos Library, though it is worth noting that the videos are in Korean.
The Goodbye Password Challenge asked teams to come up with an online service concept that would help advance the FIDO Alliance’s passwordless authentication standards in some way. Nineteen teams participated in a Mid-Term Meetup in July.
This is the second time that the Korea Working Group has run the FIDO Hackathon, after launching the inaugural program in 2019. The organization is now moving forward with plans for 2021, and indicated that it is exploring the possibility of a broader APAC or global Hackathon.