Finastra has named the winners of its annual hackathon: Hack to the Future. The virtual event saw hundreds of ideas, proof of concepts (POCs) and apps submitted, from across the world, around the themes of reducing systemic inequality, hacking through the pandemic and embracing technology-enabled change.
Shortlisted teams presented their ideas to a panel of expert judges from banks, fintechs, universities and industry experts. Judging was based on a submission’s ability to solve a real and pressing need, its feasibility and use of technology, and its commercial potential. Winning ideas and POCs benefiting from a range of prizes offered by Finastra and hackathon supporters, such as cash, incubation opportunities and coaching, include:
Furthermore, prizes including incubation and internship opportunities were also awarded for the following categories:
"It has been incredible to see over 4,500 global registrations from schools, universities, startups and fintechs – all with the common goal of hacking for good," says Chirine Ben Zaied, head of innovation at Finastra. "This has been our most impactful hackathon to date, generating some truly inspiring apps and ideas that have the potential to redefine financial services and drive change.
"Our thanks to the huge number of collaborators, sponsors, and partners who supported the hackathon through judging, prizes and mentorship; it is testament to the importance of bringing the industry together to build innovative solutions with purpose and impact."
Finastra made its open developer platform – FusionFabric.cloud, underpinned by Microsoft Azure – along with over 130 APIs and several open datasets available for the hackathon.
Find out more and watch the finals on demand here, or join the conversation on social media using #HackToTheFuture and #HackingForGood
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