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OpenBankProjectRecap Hack/Make The Bank #7 in Paris (evis)


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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!


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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.


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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!


 
 
 

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OpenBankProjectHacked @ Hack/Make The Bank #6 in London (evis)


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We had great fun in London this weekend thanks to the almost 100 participants who joined us during two days for #HackMakeTheBank hackathon at the amazing Level39. It turned out to be a great event, with some really exciting hacks that came from it!

Check out Underdraft, a mobile app that prevents you from going overdraft. Syndik8, a crowd-funded property investment market place. Athena Xchange, an invoice FX risk mitigation platform or Teller, a reverse-engineered banking API.

See the complete list of hacks here.

The hackers were using and mashing up different APIs provided by Open Bank Project IBM Watson, S&P; Capital IQ,TEMENOSMortgage27Currency Cloud and OpenCorporates. They also had the chance to pitch their ideas to a group of expert mentors and fintech judges.

Many thanks to our sponsors IBM and TEMENOS for making this happen – it was truly a great experience!

Our next hack/make the bank will be in Paris on Nov 15th-16th, organised jointly with our good friends at La Mutinerie. Feel free to register or share the link with your network.


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OpenBankProjectHack/Make the Bank Berlin - Open Data Edition (evis)

This last Sunday will remain a memorable date in Germany. Besides our Hack/Make The Bank Open Data Edition, Germany won the World Cup in Brazil!

Somewhere in Kreuzberg, a group of people met for the fourth edition of our fintech hackathon. The theme of this edition: "Open Data meets Finance" 

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We started the day with some nice breakfast prepared by Simon and after a brief introduction of the APIs and the participants we went on hacking for the whole day.

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4 hacks have been developed.

1) Bank Button
Simple online payment solution by directly paying the merchant.
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2) Know Who You Deal With
Enriching Open Bank Data with company data using OpenCorporates API
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3) OpenPEP
Open database of Politically Exposed People. The hack consists of an upload button to add PEPs on this platform.
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4) Zakat.io:

Online platform to collect Zakat for the muslim community. 

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The day ended by watching the game and celebrating Germany's success.

Our next hack/make the bank adventure will be in London this fall. Stay tuned for more information.

Many thanks to Co.up for the space, Vegetarisch Berlin for the food and Mana Taheri for the visual facilitation and the Shuttelworth Foundation for sponsoring this event. 

 

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OpenBankProjectAmazing Dutch FinTech Hackathon! (evis)




“I see lots of hackathons and pitches, but you have built some fantastic things this weekend” Nektarios Liolios, Managing Director of Startupbootcamp FinTech said right before announcing the winner of this first Dutch FinTech Hackathon.


And boy was he right! It was a great hackathon. Overall, an impressive quality of apps. We had 60+ participants, 15 hacks and 3 wining teams. The Jury award went to Paygel, a simple and faster way to make online payment via mobile.

The other participating hacks ranged from financial advice to the elderly, fraud detection, CSR advice module, real-time risk analysis, an iBeacon shopping app, crowd funding platform, and cargo container insurance.

Below are the three winners:

Grand Jury Award: PayGel

Paygel, developed a service that provides easier, faster and safer ecommerce checkout. You can shop online simply using a laptop or tablet and pay using Paygel on your mobile device. This makes purchasing products on a Smart TV, for instance, extremely simple (Here is how it works)

Jury special award: DonationBundle

DonationBundle let users decide how much they want to donate every month and to which causes. They also publish all the transactions on their website using the Open Bank Project API.

Audience Award: Fritz

Fritz developed an app that lets family members approve online purchases or payments on behalf of other members like parents approving expenses of their children.

The Other hacks are

  • Goal: An app that analyses your spending habits, to help you reach your goals in life.

  • The CrowdFundMatcher: CrowdFunding comparison site with bank Co-funding options.

  • App: Perfect Shopper: helps small shops send targeted personal offers to consumers, based upon their previous purchases, personal preferences, location and their latest social media posts.

  • Money Score:  simple, clear and easy to use app where you can manage your expenses related to other people and split bills

  • Risk Containment: Risk Insurance made accessible for both insurance and carrier

  • PayDutch: Debt overview amongst friends.

  • AlamPay: A micro-financing service that provides online payment and POS transactions, focusing on developing countries.

  • Rankr: Realtime audit and risk analysis

  • Mij 'n zorg (WMO): an app that helps citizens generate a clear report on the care and/or funding they can request at the municipality's office for the 'wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning (WMO), based on their personal situation.

  • SIXHACK:APP.PROVE: allows a helpful relative or friend to monitor online transactions. Only valid transactions will be approved, fraudulous, erroneous and all others transactions will be declined.

  • Denary: allows anyone to receive money through multiple payment methods in a matter of seconds.

  • Regulatory Detective: Tinder for suspicious transactions by team TESOBE

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We had a lot of fun animating this event. It was great to see DonationBundle (which uses the Open Bank Project API) receiving an unexpected jury award.  Also, very interesting to be host, facilitator, API provider and participating hackers all at the same time. Many thanks to our team for making this happen!

Big shout out to the Rabobank Innovation group who put their trust into our team since day one and were open and very pleasant to work with. We are very glad with the results and looking forward to the next edition! :-) 

For those who can’t wait for a whole year, next Sunday, we are holding another fintech hackathon here in Berlin. This is time we will focus on fintech and open data.  

Feel free to join!




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OpenBankProjectTESOBE and VANSO partner to bring the Open Bank Project to Nigeria. (press)

TESOBE and VANSO partner to bring the Open Bank Project to Nigeria.

Berlin, Germany - TESOBE and VANSO announces today that they are working to deploy the Open Bank Project API with some of its premier banking clients in Nigeria. This deployment is initially scheduled for Q4 2014 and will provide banks with the ability to rapidly roll out innovation on their web and mobile channels.

Earlier this month, TESOBE and VANSO signed a partnership agreement to bring the Open Bank Project to sub-Saharan banks starting with Nigeria. VANSO will use the Open Bank Project API to speed up development on its mobile and online banking applications. TESOBE will provide commercial licenses, integration, training and support to VANSO.

For VANSO the Open Bank Project API provides a secure banking API that is flexible and provides a consistent banking data model on which to connect its online and mobile banking solutions: “At VANSO, we are at the forefront of delivering innovative solutions and disruptive technologies to our clients in the financial services industry in Nigeria. We believe that this partnership with TESOBE will provide us with the capability to implement these solutions both quickly and securely!” said Denis O’Brien, CEO of VANSO.

Of this announcement, Simon Redfern, CEO of TESOBE and founder of the Open Bank Project said "We’re delighted that VANSO have committed to taking the Open Bank Project to West African banks starting with Nigeria. We are looking forward to working with them to bring the power of our open source and developer friendly APIs to their banking customers."

VANSO plans to rollout the Open Bank Project to a number of banks across the region in the next two years.

About The Open Bank Project

Led by Berlin-based TESOBE, The Open Bank Project provides a secure, open source and developer friendly Application Programming Interface (API) for banks so that developers and companies can build innovative applications

and services based on the account holders’ transaction data. The Open Bank Project was incubated by the FinTech Innovation Lab, London and the Open Data Institute, London. More info: <span class="http-markup"><a href="http://www.openbankproject.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.openbankproject.com</a></span>

About VANSO

Vanso is a FinTech market leader with over 10 years experience in delivering cutting edge technologies to the financial services industry in Nigeria. Specialising in Online and Mobile banking, Payment and Card Solutions, Vanso works with the leading Nigerian banks.


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