Hack Make The Bank London 2015
People come on stage with their light bulb moments and the intrigue heighted.
We focused on maximising diversity, creativity and innovation while having fun, challenging oneself and learning something new. People decided on what they liked and where they wanted to collaborate. With our team of on hand experts on API’s the planning stage was in full swing. The hard work in the room was contagious and people only Breaked to refuel.
We saw different generations in full collaborations.
As progress was being made our teams were given wise words of wisdom from our guest mentors. Kudos to Amit Mallick, Jack Gavigan, Mike Kennelly, Stuart Coleman, Anish Mohammed and Stefano Tresca.
Some were feeling energised by this and were ready to take it to the next level, other were seen to do a 360 with their initial idea, it was a nail biting watch.
Sunday saw the race to the finish, teams doing their best to get a working demo ready to pitch to our judges.
The moment of truth and the pitches in front of the judges, we had 12 teams pitch, with another 2 teams with fab ideas but not quite ready. Among the pitches where some impressive projects, from the latest stock market information teamed with the latest tweeter feed from team Equitus, making the stock market more accessible. To the best way of gift giving with project Gifty, which allowed people to exchange gift cards without waste. Another (by Team Objects of your Desire) was an idea that saw loans made easy, using the Open Bank Project API, which used your income and outgoings to find the right loan for you.
This was to just name a few of the fabulous project we had pitched many with working demos, it’s a great accomplishment in the time frame.
But no matter what the project, the spirit of a hackathons remains the same, try something new and walk away having learned a valuable lesson.
Watch this space for the next Hackathon.
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,TEMENOS, Mortgage27, Currency Cloud and OpenCorporates. They also had the chance to pitch their ideas to a group of expert mentors and fintech judges.