Friday 30th January will see Ireland’s first dedicated banking hackathon take place. The event will be held at NDRC and run through until Sunday.

Organised by Ulster Bank, over 70 attendees have already signed up to join together in a marathon of brainstorming and software building focused on new thinking for banks and bank customers.

The weekend-long event is a partnership between Ulster Bank and the Open Bank Project.  It will bring together a community of coders, designers, mentors and investors for an intensive period of peer-to-peer idea generation and programming.

The goal is to provide an environment which fosters intensive innovative thinking and entrepreneurship for new service provision to bank customers.  Participants will focus on the themes of making banking faster; helpful banking; inclusive banking, open data and emerging platforms.

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Judges at the event include Dermot Berkery of Delta Partners, Louise Hodgson, entrepreneur, Undergraduate Awards and editor ‘New Thinking, New Ireland’, Marc O’Dwyer, CEO, Big Red Cloud and Chris Davis of Ulster Bank.

A second hackathon on the same theme will take place in The MAC, Belfast from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February.

More information is available at http://www.hackmakethebank.com/go/ulster-bank/ or via twitter @OpenBankProject

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