Alice Nell
April 5, 2017

Fintech Hackaton for Teams and Startups with Data-Driven Solutions

We’re excited to team up with BNP Paribas for their third International Hackathon! Taking place 9 to 11 June, this year’s hackathon is open to startups in all stages, who have bold ideas for data-driven solutions for understanding (potential) customer expectations.

The low down:

Why do we like being involved in this? Because it’s more than just a high-end, resource and expert-packed hackathon, and the banking group offers some serious chances for talented teams and startups who’re interested in teaming up with a big partner.

Who is it for:

Teams working with big data:

  • Teams who are into data analytics, exploitation, prediction, and visualisation, and can use it for: advisory, client profiling, life planning, financial, planning, engagement, digital banking, or service
  • Early-stage and idea-stage startups are welcome
  • You don’t need to be in fintech (yet)

About the hackathon:

Friday June 9th – Sunday June 11th @ betahaus | Berlin 

  • 36 Hours hacking time to create a Minimum Viable Product
  • Intellectual property remains yours
  • Up to 2 winners out of 10 hacking teams

After-hackathon traject including:

  • A 6-Month digital bootcamp with €7000,
  • A demo day in Paris with a chance to win €25.000, … To further develop your product in collaboration with BNP

APPLY: HERE

Throughout 36 hours of hacking, BNP Paribas will match their leading management, fintech experts and mentors with Berlin’s boldest tech startups. Startups get access to BNP Paribas’ API sandbox, with huge amounts of anonymized data to play with. There will be place for 10 teams at the hackathon in Berlin. Up to 2 winners will receive €7.000 to develop their idea in a six-month Digital Bootcamp. From there, selected competitors from all over the world will go on to the Demo Day in Paris, where they’ll have the chance to win an additional €25.000 to further develop their product in collaboration with BNP Paribas. In case you wonder, yes; all of your intellectual property remains solely with you.

Can you extract, collect, analyse or visualise data where other cant? Are you a whizz at using data for client profiling or service trends? Do you have a new idea for using transactional, geolocation or social media data for improving customer services? Perhaps you know how to make creative use of APIs to improve banking services? Whether you’re an established or early-stage startup, or you just want to have a go at a new fintech project in an exciting and competitive atmosphere, sign up to participate! You can apply here via F6S until June 1st latest. BNP will run pre-selection rounds, so the sooner you apply the better. The best application will hear back within a few days.

Don’t forget to check our calendar for more events coming up.

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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