The FIDO Alliance Korea Working Group is moving forward with its second annual FIDO Hackathon. The 2019 Hackathon was set up to promote FIDO protocols in South Korea, and to help support the local development community.
The 2020 Hackathon will continue to advance those goals, though the Working Group has made several changes to the structure of this year’s program. Instead of pairing finalists with a FIDO member organization for a three-month membership (as was the case in 2019), 2020 participating teams will first be asked to complete a simple online assignment. That assignment will be issued by the Technical Sub-Group of the Korea Working Group.
The teams with the best 20 scores will then be asked to demonstrate their ideas at one-day events, where their solutions will be evaluated by members of the FIDO Alliance. Those evaluations will take place online over the course of several days if COVID-19 social distancing measures are still in effect over the summer. The top five teams will then present their results (and receive gifts and prizes) at the FIDO Seoul Public Seminar in September.
Teams interested in the Hackathon have until the end of April to register for the event. The initial online challenge will be completed before the end of June, while the in-person evaluations are scheduled to take place in July.
“Without knowing what would happen, we began preparing 2020 FIDO Hackathon to be as virtual as possible, for possible global-scale program expansion in upcoming years,” said Junho Shin, the Co-Leader of the Working Group’s Public Policy and Certification Sub-Group. “Therefore, we are fully prepared to run this event without any public health concern.”
The Korea Working Group recently announced that it would be giving away 300 FIDO security keys to employees who are now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.