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Ulster Bank will gather developers, coders, designers, entrepreneurs and investors, to join Ireland’s only banking Hackathon from 17th to 19th February in partnership with Dogpatch Labs. Participants will come up with ideas which are quickly ‘hacked’ together to create operable and viable propositions to benefit customers.

Across the three days, participants will work in teams to deliver working prototypes around themes of financial services to enable ‘open banking’. The Hackathon will culminate in pitches to the judging panel which comprises Patrick Eltridge, RBS CIO, Ciaran Coyle, Ulster Bank Chief Administrative Officer, Patrick Walsh, Dogpatch Labs MD, David Erixon, Head of Digital and Customer Innovation at Ulster Bank, and also to senior business leaders. People can attend alone or with a team and can bring ideas that they’d like to pitch or join someone whose pitch interests them.

Challenges that attendees will be asked to consider include:
– Gamification: Make banking a more fun, enjoyable experience
– Business Enablement: Improve key journeys such as mortgage applications, credit cards, personal loans, premium banking & on-boarding new customers
– Creative Combination: Combine existing and new technology to improve our current customer experience

“Open banking” is the vision that banks are transforming from closed business models to ‘open’, connected ones that are better able to communicate with each other. Ulster Bank and RBS believe that this will lead to increasingly relevant solutions across the banking sector, and an improved ability on the part of Ulster Bank and others to identify and meet the needs of customers.

Participants will have access to a host of supports at Dogpatch Labs to help them to hone creative, but also presentation skills. Engineers will help teams with technical queries, and attendees will also benefit from access to rich and wider ranging APIs*.

Mentors from the industry and beyond will guide participants through the conception and build of their ideas, and pitching workshops will help them to present their solutions to potential investors in the best possible way.

Commenting on the event, Chief Administrative Officer with Ulster Bank, Ciaran Coyle said:

“The Hackathon helps us to move further and further into the “open” banking space, with ideas, concepts and processes that were previously unheard of, becoming reality in Irish banking. This three day event helps to concentrate a huge amount of energy and creativity in one room, with endless possibility for improving the customer experience.”

Patrick Walsh, Managing Director, Dogpatch Labs, Dublin said:

“Dogpatch Labs is delighted to work with Ulster Bank on the Hackathon again this year. It’s a perfect fit as it combines innovation, fun, creativity and challenging the status quo. We look forward to seeing the fruits of everyone’s labour over the course of the weekend and exploring how the successful teams might commercialise their ideas.”

Prizes include:
– Mentoring for the winners from Ulster Bank and Dogpatch Labs
– Gamification: X Box One S Bundle
– Creative Combinations: Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones
– Business Enablement: Intel NUC
– Social Media Prize: Google Pixel C
– There will also be spot prizes throughout the weekend

Customer Insights
NileHQ will be onsite with a Customer Insights booth, collecting together aggregated information on business and retail customers to provide insights to support business cases and assumptions.

Hosted Environments
Participants will be provided with free credits to access Microsoft Azure, their cloud computing solution. Additionally they will have 3 cloud architects on hand for any queries or technical issues.

Rich and wide ranging API’s
The Bluebank team have made a number of improvements to the core API that will be announced at the event. Additionally, HP have provided free access to Haven – a platform they have built that provides access to 70+ API’s that could compliment banking technology – e.g. facial recognition software.

Pitch Perfect
RBS Entrepreneurial Development teams have been recruited to run a Pitching Workshop and to manage our Pitch Practice and Coaching

For more information visit www.bankofapis.com or http://dogpatchlabs.com/ulsterbankhackathon/