FIDO Hackathon in Korea: Meet the Finalists
Editor’s Note: This is the final blog posting covering FIDO Hackathon – Developer Support Program, which took place in Korea throughout this year. To learn more about the process of FIDO Hackathon, please read the blog, FIDO Authentication Developer Support Program: FIDO Hackathon in Korea. An interview on the Top 3 Winners can be found by visiting another blog, “FIDO Hackathon in Korea: A Q&A with the Top 3 Winners and their Mentors.”
By Henry Lee and Sanghun Won, Co-Chairs, FIDO Alliance Korea Working Group
For our Hackathon program, more teams than we expected completed proof of concepts. We had more than 40 applications, and 12 teams made it through the initial screening process and were given the opportunity to participate in a three-month mentorship program. One team had to drop out in the midst of the mentorship program, due to the team leader receiving a promising career opportunity. This blog serves as a way to celebrate these finalists’ efforts, while introducing their ideas to unlock the potential of FIDO protocols to the world.
EASY is a team made up of three university students and they were mentored by CrossCert. They developed an IoT Storage Service based on FIDO protocols, so that families in low-income brackets would not have to visit certain places with their ID cards to pick up care packages from government agencies. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 78 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
Social Mix is a venture company with a business model providing simpler and more secure payment services for influencers on social networks. They wanted to find a solution for troubles that merchandise transactions on social networking services are facing. By participating in the Mentorship program by BC Card, the team implemented FIDO protocol based log-ins which not only enabled confirming buyer and seller’s identities but also sped up the transaction with a single click of a button in less than five seconds. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 77 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
The team Umbridge had an idea to utilize unused umbrellas at home in the perspective of a sharing economy. In a populated city like Seoul, people often buy umbrellas due to unexpected rain, and many of them keep piling up at home. The three university students, mentored by SK Telecom, wanted to increase usability of such umbrellas by introducing IoT Umbrella lockers which can be used by any citizens once they are authenticated through FIDO protocols. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 76 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
KISMI is a startup company developing a decentralized identity-based ERP system. The team was mentored by eWBM, due to the fact that FIDO security keys were an essential part of their project. They acquired the FIDO technology from ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), another proud member of FIDO Alliance, which expedited their development process by integrating other blocks of required technologies. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 57 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
LinkMe is quite unique team, because the four members come from four different companies from various industries. The team developed a smart-contract based crowdfunding service with FIDO authentication payment features, securing the money exchange with simple procedures. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 56 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
GwangHae developed a Linux SSH (Secure Shell) login system with FIDO2 protocols. The team realized public IP addresses in Linux can be an easy target for attackers due to the fact about 82% of data breaches are due to poor passwords. The team, made up of only one university student, customized PAM, implemented FIDO2 authentication service for easier yet more secure logins while eliminating needs for end-user password management. GwangHae was mentored by Yubico and AirCuve, which are considering publishing the results as open source to the public. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 55 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
Drones Without Passwords
Aerospace Engineering major university students, mentored by SK Telecom, wanted to challenge the common problems of drone platform, low security and difficulties on identifying users. By implementing FIDO security keys, the team developed FIDO Authentication system for drones. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 75 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
The team SoonDae, university students with specific talents on hacking, wanted to make the public Wi-Fi environment much simpler and more secure by implementing FIDO protocol-based logins. Mentored by Yubico and AirCuve, they tried to develop Wi-Fi networks that are convenient yet secure, protecting user data. For more technical information on the proposed solution, please visit page 58 of FIDO Alliance SlideShare.
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