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FIDO Alliance Announces The FIDO Developer Challenge

First Global Program Invites Teams to Leverage Public FIDO2 WebAuthn API to Showcase Unique FIDO Authentication Ideas – Entry Deadline July 2, 2021

The FIDO Alliance today announced the first global FIDO Developer Challenge. Building on the success of the FIDO Hackathon in Korea over the last few years, FIDO is globally expanding the program and encouraging developer teams to create and present compelling and innovative applications leveraging FIDO standards and technologies.

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“FIDO changes all of that – with the WebAuthn API providing an open mechanism that includes advanced cryptographic protection that doesn’t require a security expert. And with billions of devices now supporting this functionality, now is the time for developers to get acquainted with FIDO Authentication”

“User authentication historically has been an afterthought for web developers – largely because more advanced capabilities were too difficult and couldn’t be utilized by most developers,” said Andrew Shikiar, Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer, FIDO Alliance. “FIDO changes all of that – with the WebAuthn API providing an open mechanism that includes advanced cryptographic protection that doesn’t require a security expert. And with billions of devices now supporting this functionality, now is the time for developers to get acquainted with FIDO Authentication,” Shikiar said. “Teams will be able to use public web frameworks and/or SDKs from FIDO’s members and sponsors of the Developer Challenge. The Alliance is looking forward to seeing the creative and technical capabilities of the broader web developer community,” he said.

The FIDO Developer Challenge takes place within a virtual format and focuses on implementation of the FIDO2 WebAuthn API. The Challenge is open to students, individual developers, and pre-seed-stage companies. Projects should apply FIDO authentication protocols to address modern technical or social challenges within various fields such as Fintech, eCommerce, IoT, retail, blockchain, gaming and education.

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The winning team will be invited to the Authenticate conference (Oct. 18-20 in Seattle) with all expenses paid by FIDO Alliance. In addition to exposure at Authenticate, the top three teams of the Challenge will receive prizes from FIDO membership, public recognition, and the unique opportunity to share their business vision with panels of early-stage investors.

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