David Kent, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and also a student in the U’s College of Pharmacy, was part of a student entrepreneurial team that won first place in the business school’s Opportunity Quest competition with a virtual ID badge that works in conjunction with mobile devices.
Kent explained that, “The technology was developed here at the U of U by Craig Swapp, MS and Kevin Wethington, MD. It allows users to access secure information in a way that converts a mobile device into a virtual ID badge — it can replace the use of username and password because our technology is more secure and easier to use. In short, users don’t have to try to remember a zillion crazy passwords anymore. “
In addition to Kent, the team’s other members are Austin Aerts, a graduate student in accounting, and Emily Theisen, a Ph.D. student in the College of Pharmacy. They are currently working with the U’s Lassonde Program to help bring the technology to market.