F10 FinTech Hackathon
48-hours Idea to Prototype 28.2. – 1.3.2020
We are looking for game changers!
Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Or are you thinking about a great idea you want to bring to life together with other curious individuals? You fit right in as a Designer, Marketeer, Business Woman, Banker, Financial Expert, Lateral Thinker, Student or Developer. We embrace diversity and therefore; welcome to our F10 FinTech community.
We are looking for curious action-takers who have a sincere interest in solving problems, are eager to be challenged and bold enough to think out of the box. Are you ready to transfer business ideas into prototypes within 48 hours? Join us in Zurich, the vibrant FinTech hotspot in and outside Switzerland to explore and exchange ideas with visionaries. It’s an opportunity for you to turn your bright idea into the next big thing and create the future of finance and regulation.
How to participate
F10 is offering you a unique opportunity to attend 48-hours of ideation and programming supported by our renowned F10 Startup Coaches. In the heart of Zurich, you can meet like-minded, passionate, and curious people to challenge each other.
We aim to generate new ideas, and not to stop there, but to transform them into validated prototypes. If you have a sincere interest in solving problems and are eager to be challenged, it is the perfect place for you to be. Explore new opportunities, be an entrepreneur, and maybe even find your potential future partners, with whom you can run your Startup.
When: Friday 28th of February from 4 pm – Sunday 1st of March 2020, 8 pm
Where: StageOne Event & Convention Hall, Elias-Canetti-Strasse 146, 8050 Zürich
Become part of the future success stories!
Changing customer demands, digitalization and globalization: the global finance industry is undergoing far-reaching changes. FinTech offers financial institutions countless options to improve customer experience and stay attractive in a market where change is happening at a fast pace. The participants of the F10 FinTech Hackathon are invited to solve one of the real-life challenges provided by sponsors as well as by F10 in collaboration with our Corporate Members – or to promote innovation in banking and finance by realizing their ideas.
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High Level Agenda
What's going on?
Friday, 28 February
04.00 pm Doors open
05.00 pm Opening Ceremony
06.00 pm Workshops
07.30 pm Dinner
09.15 pm Pitch your Idea & Team Up
11.00 pm Deadline for Team Registration
12.00 am Midnight Snack
Saturday, 29 February
08.00 am Breakfast
09.00 am Input Session: Vision & Mission
11.00 am Input Session: Value Proposition & Prototyping
12.00 pm Lunch
01.00 pm Fun Activity
03.00 pm Mentorship & Coaching Session
07.00 pm Dinner
10.00 pm Pitch Practice I
12.00 am Midnight Snack
Sunday, 1 March
08.00 am Breakfast
09.00 am Pitch Practice II
09.30 am Reimbursement & Certificates
10.00 am Feeback Session
12.00 pm Lunch & Deadline for Presentation and Prototype
01.30 pm Jury Pitches
03.30 pm Jury Selects Top 15
04.00 pm Start Closing Ceremony
05.30 pm Announcement of Winner
06.00 pm Cocktail Reception
08.00 pm End of Event
We rock Zurich and reshape global finance.
Welcome to StageOne in Zurich Oerlikon! The outstanding location combines centrality, great equipment plus infrastructure. We are happy to invite the game-changers and our F10 community to the StageOne. Space will not only be used for ideation and coding but also for fun activities, delicious food buffets and relaxing zones. Little sleep might be a temporary side effect, but we promise, it will be worth it, as we will create a memorable experience together.
StageOne Event & Convention Hall, Elias-Canetti-Strasse 146, 8050 Zürich
The F10 Coaches
Smart FinTech experts.
We offer more than simply a Hackathon. Our dedicated and experienced F10 Coaches who are also responsible for the Startup program bring their expertise and passion to the Hackathon. They will be around to support you and your team best to develop your idea and improve your prototype with the 48-hours. Furthermore, they are also happy to give you some guidance for a possible entrepreneurial journey.
Dr. Daniel Diemers
Strategist with Digital Edge. Interest in Transformation of Society & Economy through Technology.
Daniel studied economics at the University of St. Gallen HSG and has a Ph.D. in “Virtual Communities”. In 1997 he won the European Honeywell Futurist Award and his book “Virtual Triad: Cyberspace, Cyborgs and Artificial Intelligence” was published in 2002.
As an entrepreneur and founder, he worked in the field of internet-based early warning systems. Since 2005, he has been advising banks, corporates and regulators across Europe and the Middle East on strategy, digitisation, fintech and distributed ledger technology. He also acts as the PwC Head of Blockchain EMEA and works closely on topics such as blockchain, crypto and tokenization. Daniel is co-founder of Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Crypto Valley Association, member of fintechrockers.com, angel investor and is closely associated with the international fintech and blockchain community.
Theresa Schachner is a researcher at the MTEC department of ETH Zurich where she focuses on human-computer-interaction with special emphasis on the development and evaluation of conversational agents running on Artificial Intelligence software. Her work aims at the development of truly personalized and adaptive agents for industry implementations in digital healthcare and adjacent settings. Before joining ETH, Theresa was part of the Entrepreneur First Deep Tech accelerator in London, co-founded a life-sciences startup, and worked for several years in top management strategy consulting in Zurich and abroad, focusing on Financial Services.
Brigitta Gyoerfi transforms today’s corporate cultures by inspiring high-energy leaders and their teams to challenge the workplace status quo and embrace creativity, innovation and imagination to thrive in the digital age. Brigitta helps companies to connect more intimately with the client and stay more relevant in today’s increasingly competitive world of financial services through applying Design Thinking and other user-centered design processes to their new business ventures. Her seasoned tenure within the financial industry includes stints as business developer in International Wealth Management Digital Lab at Credit Suisse, and over 13 years of Financial Analyst experience where she developed and implemented company-wide strategic transformation projects in the financial and pharmaceutical businesses. Brigitta is a licensed Design Thinking and Innovation coach, holds a Master of Science in business administration and is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA).
Once a software and electrical engineer, Dr. Pavlin Mavrodiev has been fully immersed into the field of big data even since the first version of Spark. Following a PhD in Complex Systems from ETH Zurich, Pavlin chose to “productionalize” his expertise in modelling big datasets. After a brief hiatus as a technology head for a crypto-currency startup, he has held positions as a big data software engineer and a data scientist, which make him a self-proclaimed “full-stack” data scientist. As a CTO at Propulsion, Pavlin’s main are of responsibility is technology infrastructure, program strategy and corporate consulting.LinkedIn
Dr. Nitin Kumar
As the COO of Propulsion Academy, Nitin Kumar helps develop and lead Propulsion’s Software Engineer/Data Science/AI associated training. He is actively helping Swiss companies develop their Data Science (AI) training programs and Data/AI Strategy. A major part of his work involves providing Swiss startup ecosystem access to Propulsion’s talent. Along with teaching different components of Data Science e.g. Statistics, Machine Learning and AI, he leads industrial cross-collaboration prototyping projects at Propulsion in sectors such as Finance, Pharma, Food, Music, and Travel and has placed Propulsion students in companies such as eBay, Ava Women, Swiss International Airlines, Novartis, Kayak.
Daniel is a senior technology architect in the areas of cloud, data and artificial intelligence. In his current role in a Swiss-based professional services company and his past experiences in international enterprise R&D and innovation, he acts as an advisor to customers across various industries in shaping their future technology landscape. Daniel recently joined the F10 in the role of a Tech-Mentor and is keen to help Startups sharpen their technical value proposition and leverage cutting-edge technology to create tangible results.
Spending most of his life between California and France, Laurent holds an MBA and has 15+ years of business development experience in IT tools and technologies. Ever since his childhood, Laurent has lived and breathed IT and entrepreneurship. His passion is to educate the world in the most advanced IT technologies, filling the gap between the enormous demands for experts in the coming decades. He is adamant that many talented, dedicated people coming out of other disciplines can become successful IT professionals, will fill that gap. Propulsion Academy, which he helped found in Zurich in 2016, is the realization of that vision.
Dominic is a full-stack software engineer and has experience from projects in areas like access control, parking, entertainment, and productivity. He’s on a mission to make teams more effective by coaching them in agile methodologies and helps them build large scalable systems. Dominic participated in the 2018 F10 Hackathon in Singapore while he was working there as a software consultant and is keen on passing his experience on to the next participants. Since returning from Singapore, he’s been working on productivity applications at Google in Zurich.
Yin is a Senior Investment Manager with SIX FinTech Ventures, the corporate VC fund of SIX. Prior to joining SIX FinTech Ventures, she spent seven years in tech M&A and VC, where she was actively involved in the European tech scene and invested in and advised on various Fintech/Insurtech, Cybersecurity, AI and SaaS companies. Yin grew up in China and in Sweden, speaks 3 languages and holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA from Cambridge University.
Lea is an attorney specialized in financial regulation with a passion for start-ups and social impact businesses. She founded her own law firm LEXIMPACT in 2019. Previously, she worked for two major Swiss law firms in the banking team as well as for the Swiss Finance Department. Lea has broad experience in advising on FinTech / blockchain regulation as well as corporate, technology and data protection law. She holds an LL.M. degree of Harvard Law School, where she co-founded the Blockchain and FinTech Initiative.LinkedIn
Isabelle brings along a broad experience of early stage business idea validation and market entry strategy. She can support you in business idea valuation, lean startup approaches, investor relations and market entry. She runs her company builder Sandborn (www.sand-born.com) that focuses on startup incubation and corporate innovation. Notable business have been an interior design startup in collaboration with Migros Genossenschaftsbund and building an Ecosystem Strategy for Die Mobiliar Insurance around their purchase of Bexio. Before starting her company builder Sandborn, she worked at the company foundation platform Startups.ch where she ran the business consulting and academy arm of the business. She was awarded Forbes30u30 2019 and Top100 Women in Business Switzerland 2018 and 2019. She studied business innovation at the University St. Gallen.
Ever since Daniele coded his first game while in high school, the passion for programming has never let go of him. After his MSc in Physics at ETH, during which he completed various Data Science projects, he has continued to follow his passion for coding, first working for an IT consulting company and then joining Propulsion Academy.
Lukas originally started his career at an international Swiss bank and afterwards gained his profound investment expertise at a private equity investment fund, a large international corporation as well as a Swiss direct investment advisory firm. In 2019, Lukas founded his own private investment and advisory company “Coneos Investment GmbH” in Zurich. Besides providing consulting services in the area of corporate finance and M&A, the company acts as a startup investor and advisor. Lukas holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Bern and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Lukas joined F10 as a mentor in summer 2019 and will share the perspective of a professional investor at the Hackathon.
We answer your questions.
Find out more about the application process, the Hackathon program, the challenges that you are invited to solve within the 48 hours of programming and ideation or the prizes the best-performing teams can win.Download FAQ (PDF)
F10 is working with prestigious corporate partners, namely, Swiss banks and insurance companies. Benefit from the network and take the opportunity to pitch your idea in front of relevant market leaders.