December 17, 2020

2020 FIDO Hackathon in Korea: Introducing the Top 5 Winners

Joon Hyuk Lee, APAC Market Development Director, FIDO Alliance

Editor’s Note: This is the final blog posting covering the 2020 FIDO Hackathon – Goodbye Password Challenge. To learn more about the background and process, please read previous blog posts:

[Pictures from Final Evaluation Day – August 7, 2020]

The 2020 FIDO Hackathon – Goodbye Password Challenge has come to a close – a big thank you to the FIDO Alliance Korea Working Group members and event sponsors. The Korean video versions of the entire 2020 FIDO Hackathon journey and presentations by the top 5 winners are available through FIDO Videos Library and a ZDNet Korea interview. We hope this blog will help English readers to understand these winners’ projects, and how their ideas showcase the myriad possibilities for FIDO Authentication in the future.

Here is an overview of the winners and their projects: 

Moses’ Miracle – Gold Award

[Picture of Moses’ Miracle Team at Final Evaluation Day]

Moses’ Miracle is a team consisting of three students majoring in computer engineering and industrial design. They developed a gate access control system based on FIDO Authentication. The smartphone-based system helps people access different security areas much faster and more conveniently without remembering passwords, physical keys, or smart cards. From a management perspective, this solution consumes less time, cost, and labor. For more technical information and a demo of the system, please watch their video presentation.

Protect Homes – Silver Award

[Picture of Protect Homes Team at Final Evaluation Day]

Protect Homes is a team that consists of two developers and two designers, half studying in university and the rest working for venture companies. The team integrated FIDO Authentication to strengthen a smart home ecosystem’s security, coming up with a management app for IoT devices. By going passwordless, the system demonstrated that security and usability are both enhanced. For more technical information and a demo of the solution, please watch their video presentation.

Dr. Who – Silver Award

[Picture of Dr. Who Team at Final Evaluation Day]

Dr. Who is a team consisting of one project manager, two developers, and one public healthcare specialist from WHO (World Health Organization). The team came up with a Proof of Concept project, introducing smart health insurance card services that link Distributed IDentity technology and FIDO Authentication. They wanted to solve the problem with the existing physical health insurance card, which is an inferior way of identifying a patient’s actual identity. For more technical information and a demo of the service, please watch their video presentation.

Fingerprint 486 – Bronze Award

[Picture of Fingerprint 486 Team at Final Evaluation Day]

Fingerprint 486 is a team that consists of seven university students; two app developers, two front-end, one backend developer, and one computer graphic designer. They developed a FIDO Authentication-based document sharing system, which grants file access rights more securely and conveniently without sharing passwords. For more technical information and a demo of the system, please watch their video presentation.

AWS (Add Wi-Fi Security) – Bronze Award

[Picture of AWS Team at Final Evaluation Day]

AWS is a team that consists of two backend, two front-end developers, and one computer graphic designer coming from the same woman’s university. The team developed a FIDO Authentication-based passwordless Wi-Fi router control system, which does not disclose an administrator’s information. For more technical information and a demo of the system, please watch their video presentation.

[Pictures from Award Ceremony – September 2, 2020]

Building upon the success of the FIDO Hackathon in Korea over the last two years, we are looking at possibilities for APAC-wide (or global) Hackathon in the year 2021. We believe such a Hackathon (or challenge program) helps us engage and empower developers to accelerate service deployment with out-of-box ideas.

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