Ulster Bank’s 2018 Hackathon will take place next Friday 13th April in partnership with Dogpatch Labs. This year’s event is already fully subscribed, and will see close to 200 coders, developers, designers, businesspeople and entrepreneurs from technology, banking and academia, amongst other sectors, come together in the name of Open Banking.
Attendees will work in teams over three days to develop concepts to improve the banking experience and ‘hack’ these together to create operable and viable propositions to benefit customers.
They will have access to a host of supports at Dogpatch Labs, including rich and wide ranging APIs, engineering support, industry mentors, including support from Microsoft, Nile and ViewsDX and pitching workshops so that they can not only imagine and create solutions, but also communicate these to the judges.
The event culminates in competitive pitches to the judging panel which is made up of Ciaran Coyle (CAO at Ulster Bank), Paddy Flynn (Director at Google), Ian McLaughlin (MD of Home Buying & Ownership for PBB RBS), Patrick Walsh (Managing Director at Dogpatch Labs) and Amelia Casey (Chief of Staff at Ulster Bank). Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
Speaking this week, Chief Administrative Officer with Ulster Bank, Ciarán Coyle said, "Our annual Hackathon puts the spirit of collaborative disruption into action and allows us to engage actively in the open banking and entrepreneurial spaces. Each year the participants in the Hackathon take fresh and exciting approaches, inspiring us to re-evaluate the ways in which we operate and how we harness change. We view disruption as a huge opportunity for us to engage and collaborate for the benefit of customers."