Hack/Make the Bank is becoming an important 'rendezvous' in the fintech world in Europe. We just came back from our 7th edition in Paris after organising hackathons in Barcelona, Berlin and London. At each stop, we want fintech developers to connect, learn and experiment using different tools and APIs. We believe that's how true innovation emerges!
On Saturday 15th, we met at Mutinerie, a legendary coworking space in the heart of Paris. It all started at 8:30am and ended with the demos at 6:30pm. We begain with a short intro from Antoine, one of the cofounders of La Mutinerie - and we then moved to the API presentations and our very own and special "flea market of ideas". The rest of the day was reserved to 'hacking' except for few breaks for lunch and coffee.
This time, our API partners included Xignite and their financial APIs, Mailjet, OpenDataSoft and of course the Open Bank Project API. Interestingly, we had the chance to have Stephane DuBois, CEO of Xignite with us at this event!
At the end, 4 teams pitched their hacks. One trend that came out was financial inclusion - two of the hacks were about providing better financial services to disadvantaged people.
Here is the list of hacks:
JoeBot, your personal financial assistant.
Joe is a bot that helps you manage your finances seamlessly. Ask joe anything via email and he will get back to you immediately. Joe will tell you about your balance, when you are about to go overdraft, when your salary hit your accounts...etc
Safe2gether, no more overdraft for you and your fellows.
With Safe2Gether, you can help other clients like you manage the small bumps of our financial lifes. By subscribing to Safe2gether, you'll be able to help your fellow safe2gether subscribers by lending your un-used balance. And on the other hand, if you lack some funds to stay green, you'll be able to receive help from your Safe2gether Mates.
Easy day, Make the entrepreneurs day easier on the accounting side.
A platform which gathers all the information and tools needed by a one-man company from the invoices, accounting, VTA, taxes…providing a clear vision of the day, the year, and the future.
Pas d'Cash, A digital/local currency for homeless people
Pas d'Cash is a gift service to homeless people to be spent on specific commercial partners (food, accommodation, clothes...etc). It facilitates money donations to homeless people and enable a responsible consumption.
As well as brilliant hacks, the team journeys we witnessed leading up to the demo sessions were truly inspiring. It is a great feeling to share stories with developers from so many different cities, to hear their successes, frustrations and ideas - and support them technically too. Every city we go to has a different vibe but a similar energy and willingness to disrupt finance unites the events. The FinTech industry smoulders with so many unborn ideas, businesses and Apps - and out there, there is a special kind of person or team getting ready to bring them to life!
Thus, we are really excited to bring Hack/Make The Bank and the Open Bank Project API to even more developers and cities. Our next stops are Dublin and Belfast in February for a series of hackathons with Ulster Bank (more details to follow soon) and then back to Paris on March 28th-29th for another thrilling hackathon - save the date!