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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.

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.



Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK


Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

Want to get in touch with Obst Digital? Come around betahaus | Neukölln and meet them here or send them an email to contact@obst.digital !

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