Today, we transfer funds, pay our bills, and deposit checks with a tap on the smartphone - anytime, anywhere. Most of us will will have a hard time imagining it any different. The question is; where will we be in 10 years from now? Will we still be using ‘tan codes’ or passwords to log in, will we do any banking on desktop, or will we have gotten used to new, smarter ways of tracking & spending our income?
Promising fintech companies and new innovative banks such as Number26, Kreditech, Billfront, and Betterment give us some first clues. But how is the traditional banking world adapting? What if you’d mix the bold innovations of today’s tech startups with the insights and resources of a forward-thinking banking group? Amazing things could happen, and BNP Paribas knows! This year they’re throwing their second international hackathon, with the theme ‘Making Customer Journeys Effortless’, and the aim to find solutions for people to optimise their daily money.
On the weekend of 17 - 19 June, BNP's international hackathon takes place simultaneously in 8 cities around the world; from San Francisco to Rome, from Berlin to Warsaw. Of course, in Berlin the fierce but friendly combat will be going down at betahaus. The hackathon is open to startups from different fields; not only fintech startups, but also startups working with products regarding for instance e-learning, consulting, analytics, artificial intelligence, gamification, and IoT. There are many ways in which customer journeys can be improved, especially since customer service issues exist not only in banking, but also in finance and personal insurance.
In short: APPLY here during the event, your team will be presented with real-life challenges. You'll have privileged access to external experts and a unique suite of resources to help you prototype: fresh customer insights, a sandbox API, and BNP Paribas’ top experts to guide you along the way; from marketing executives to IT architects. Sunday afternoon will be dedicated to a pitch coaching session, so make sure your solution is ready in 36 hours. Also good to know: All elements related to the hackathon remain the property of its respective author… the startup! Nonetheless, the legal representative of each team must sign up and upload the Terms & Conditions prior to the hackathon weekend. A maximum of 7 members are allowed per team.
The hackathon weekend is just the beginning of a potential partnership between your startup and BNP Paribas! If you succeed, you’ll be invited to take part in a Digital Bootcamp, where your prototype will be fed and nurtured with financial support, and you’ll have access to BNP Paribas’ international network of experts and mentors. In stage 3, you’ll fly to Paris for a Demo day. Your idea in action, flanked by BNP Paribas top management and international fintech experts. If they love it, your prototype will become reality and may be used by almost 100 million clients of one of the world’s largest banking groups.
BNP Paribas is a leading provider of banking and financial services in Europe. It's present in 75 countries, including all the main international financial markets. Their international hackathon takes place in the weekend of 17 - 19 June. Want to participate in the Berlin Hackathon? Apply by June 14!
And don’t forget to check our calendar for more events coming up.
Article written by Robin
Did we mention this was going to be easy?
Just kidding. We definitely did.
But, look. Your space will be fully-furnished from the day you move in. We’ll have the WiFi up-and-running and printers online. The meeting rooms will be ready to go. The kitchenette stocked with mugs and freshly brewed coffee. And you’ll have the support of our coworking team. They’ll provide everything from reception to package handling to space maintenance. They’ll get you oriented in the space and make sure you have what you need to get to work.
New office without the downtime.
Some office spaces have a one-size-fits-all approach, but that's not really our style. The reason no two betahaus locations look the same is because they’re locally designed. And we give our Team Space members this same opportunity to customize their space.
Choose a room with a view of the city or one on the ground floor with easy access to the garden. Change the lighting fixture or bring your own bookshelf. We want teams to be able to white label, decorate, and really make the space their own if they want to.
And if you’re really looking to customize, Team HQs allow teams to collaborate with our architects and coworking team to create a space that is completely bespoke. Whether it’s additional meeting rooms, unconventional seating, or a yoga room, we apply our 10 years of experience in building functional workspace to your creative vision to create something that’s just right.
Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.
Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.
betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.
" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’
In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.
In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ.
Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture.
Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails.
This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.
‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)
''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’ - Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus)
This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.