Checklist for the F10 FinTech Hackathon in Zurich
Are you ready to transfer your business ideas into a validated prototype? 48 hours of programming, ideation and fun await the participants of the F10 FinTech Hackathon in Zurich from Friday, 22nd of March, until Sunday, 24th of March 2019. We cannot wait for the biggest FinTech Hackathon in Europe to start and have put together a checklist what the participants need to prepare, pack and consider. It is time to get excited!
- Make sure to get enough sleep the night before the Hackathon as sleep-deprivation may be a temporary side effect of the 48-hours event.
- If you have never attended an F10 FinTech Hackathon, there is no disadvantage and you find more information about the program in this checklist.
- The participants of the F10 FinTech Hackathon in Zurich are invited to solve one out of five real-life challenges. They can either exploit Big Data for more efficiency and stability in financial markets, use banking API to shape the banking of the future, develop a Blockchain-based service or product reinventing the financial infrastructure, virtually create the private touch for private banking or promote green growth in developing economies. These challenges have been provided by premium sponsor SIX, the platinum sponsors Julius Baer as well as ResponsAbility and Hackathon host F10. Teams – ideally groups of three or four – can pick one challenge and develop innovative solutions or work on their own ideas. Have you fully understood the five challenges?
- Team building will take place on Friday evening and please do not worry if you attend the Hackathon alone. Many participants coming from various backgrounds will be looking for teammates and you will find an amazing group to join or build your own Hackathon team with other attendants following the same mission.
- In case you want to develop your own idea: be prepared to pitch your vision to potential team members.
- Hackathons are great opportunities to connect with like-minded people. If you attend the F10 FinTech Hackathon in Zurich without knowing who will be there, you can miss meeting interesting people such as future customers, investors and business partners because you don’t recognize them or have no idea how to start a conversation with the person you are interested in. Before coming to the Hackathon, scan the list of sponsors, partners, mentors and companies present. Do a quick research on the people you would like to connect with.
- laptop and charger
- smartphone and charger
- small toilet bag with toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant
- fresh clothes
- sleeping bag (this is not mandatory but feel free to bring one if you wish to)
- ear plugs
- personal medicine / allergens
- business cards
Food and drinks will be offered at the Hackathon, so you don’t have to bring anything to eat or drink unless you have special requests.
The F10 FinTech Hackathon Zurich will take place at Schiffbau – a unique location combining flair, charm, great equipment and infrastructure plus centrality. Placed in the middle of the innovation hub Zurich, it guarantees inspiration and is easily accessed by public transport. Make sure you know how to get to the Schiffbau building where the Hackathon begins on Friday, 22nd of March 2019, at 4.00 pm. Please be on time.
From Zurich’s main station, it takes less than ten minutes to reach the Hackathon location. The closest tram and bus stops are “Schiffbau”, while the closest train station is “Hardbrücke”.
The space at Schiffbau will not only be used for ideation and coding but also for fun activities, delicious food buffets and relaxing zones. Hackathon participants who wish to stay at a hostel or hotel have to organize the accommodation at their own cost.
- Is it a complementary-skills team? We strongly recommend the Hackathon participants to form complementary-skills teams to benefit as much as possible from each team member’s talents and abilities. Develop innovative solutions, learn from your team mates and exchange knowledge with people from other regions or countries.
- How diverse is your Hackathon team? Besides different skill sets, teams should also aim for cultural and gender diversity as diverse teams perform better than homogenous groups. We have analysed what successful teams have in common. The findings: gender-diverse teams perform best. The diversity factor is even believed to have more significant implications than the intelligence of individual members. The presence of female team members in male-dominated work areas increases objectivity, the group’s performance and overall satisfaction with the tasks. F10 therefore highly encourages the Hackathon participants to form diverse teams.
- Talk to people outside your professional bubble at events. This will enhance your general knowledge, increase your confidence, lead to unexpected business opportunities and raise your profile – which makes you more attractive to interact with.
- Show interest in other participants, mentors and sponsors: studies have shown that most people feel more connected to their conversation partners if they are good listeners. Show genuine interest in your contacts, ask relevant questions, listen actively and emphasize that you understand what the other person is saying. You don’t have to remember every single fact but memorize the central idea. This will help you reconnect on the next occasion you meet and makes following-up after the event easier.
- Make a list of your new contacts after the F10 FinTech Hackathon, add every person you rate as valuable to the list. This knowledge can help open a conversation the next time you meet and in establishing a long-term business relationship.