Zurich 2020

F10 FinTech Hackathon­
48-hours Idea to Prototype 28.2. – 1.3.2020

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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

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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
08.30 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           Input Session: How to pitch
12.00 am           Midnight Snack

Sunday, 1 March

08.00 am          Breakfast
09.00 am          Pitch Practice II
09.30 am          Reimbursement & Certificates
12.00 pm          Lunch & Deadline for Presentation and Prototype
01.30 pm          Jury Pitches
03.30 pm          Jury Selects Top12
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

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Our Challenges


Banks run the risk of becoming irrelevant for SMEs

Banks run the risk of becoming irrelevant for SMEs

How can open banking solutions help banks to expand their business with SMEs?

Traditional banking products face increasingly lower margins, lower differentiating features and changing customer behaviors. Given the fact that clients are less loyal to the bank, there is an increased risk that banks lose the customer interface to 3rd party providers via digital platforms. In Switzerland, small and mid-cap enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the economy and an important customer group in the future – often very under-digitized with a high potential for standardization. Open Banking turns the rules of banking upside down and enables new business models, services and products that can add significant value to the end customer by linking data sets and delivering data to new endpoints.

How can open banking be used to develop smart financial management tools that help SMEs focus on their core business without being crushed by administrative work? How can open banking solutions help companies optimize their treasury management? Rethink how banking should work for small and mid-cap enterprises! Join our open banking challenge and design innovative solutions for SMEs!


Brew a magic potion for the cash warriors!

Brew a magic potion for the cash warriors!

It is 2030 AD. A new future is here, in which the entirety of Switzerland is occupied by mobile payment solutions. Well, not entirely… A small village populated by indomitable Helvetians still holds out against the wicked invader and asks for cash!

SIX assumes that the number of ATMs will continue to decline in the coming years. Essentially, our forecasts predict a scenario where a total of 4,000 ATMs would suffice for all of Switzerland (which is a reduction of 40% compared to today). In our white paper Future of Money, we also identified scenarios that foresee an even greater reduction of cash machines. Ultimately, the use of cash will continuously decline, and therewith the profitability of ATMs. In city centers, an efficient and less costly operation of ATMs will be feasible through substantial reductions of machines per area. Yet, in rural areas ATMs will simply be too expensive for banks to maintain, even if only few of them would remain in operation. So, what could SIX do to solve this problem for banks, retailers and end-customers – specifically in rural areas?


Matchmaking between investors and entrepreneurs: Club deal platform to enhance private banking services

Matchmaking between investors and entrepreneurs: Club deal platform to enhance private banking services

In today’s time of negative interest rates and uncertain economic outlook, private banking clients are looking more and more for alternative investment opportunities beyond the traditional private banking offerings.

What if there was a “club deal” solution that offers its participants the opportunity to jointly invest into specific enterprises, projects and deals. Imagine a fully digitised solution to offer such services to traditional private banking clients, where they can match with entrepreneurs looking for investments to finance their undertakings. Take the aspects of trust, application of exponential technologies, knowledge asymmetry, legal & regulatory, growth & acceleration, as well as UX & convenience into account.

We invite you to help shape the future of Private Banking by contributing your ideas to strategically enhance the private banking service value, be it from a technical, business model or marketing perspective. Your ideas may include the development of a tool, app or innovative concept for such a solution; you name it.


How might we assess the health of an SME based on data?

How might we assess the health of an SME based on data?

A small business owner faces a list of struggles on a daily base to stay in business only. Often times, the overall business know-how is lacking, or the business owners might not be aware of their competitive position within an industry.

We want to help these SME and invite you to design an "SME Health Check". It should provide an SME with a holistic and industry-specific business analysis with concrete measures for the company's development. The goal is to enable the SME to understand its position within the industry and to easily identify areas for improvement.

Topics you can work on: What are the dimensions of SME health? What data can be taken into account for comparison with competitors in the same industry? What are the possible data sources? How to identify dimensions or areas to improve? How to nudge the SME towards a successful future?

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.


Your support.

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

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

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).

Pavlin Mavrodiev

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.


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 Strebel

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.

Laurent Meyer

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 Langenegger

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 Yan

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 Hungerbühler

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.


Isabelle Siegrist

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.

Daniele Roncaglioni

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 Kräuliger

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.


Get introduced to our Jury members.

Daniel Steingruber – SIX

Daniel Steingruber hast been working in Innovation@SIX since 2018 as Innovation Field Lead. He has held several positions in innovation in various industries and through his previous professional positions he has acquired a broad knowledge in entrepreneurship, FinTechs, trend scouting, innovation and technology management. Daniel has a Master’s degree in Innovation Management and a business administration background.



Fabian Keller – ZKB

Fabian Keller has been working for the Innovation Lab of Zürcher Kantonalbank since 2017. Before that, he worked in the field of Business Analysis and Technology Management for the NZZ Media Group. He started his career within some of Switzerland’s leading Digital Agencies in the fields of Digital Strategy and Business Model Transformation. He ran his own Digital Product development company for several years and served mainly Media and Agency clients.

Fabian Keller has master’s degrees of HSLU and ZHAW in Communication Management and Digital Transformation and completed the two-year Design Thinking program at d’school Potsdam.



Niels Ozdyk – Baloise

Niels started his career in IT consulting. And worked for 10+ years on various projects in the field of data and BI. In 2019, he joined Baloise Insurance to build up their Data Science team. Niels holds a BSc in BIS/Business Intelligence from the UoAS Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and a PgD in Data Science from the University of Dundee.


Robin Sengupta – F10

Robin is a Startup Coach at the F10 where he helps startups make a difference in the world of fintech. Solving complex problems and designing meaningful solutions around real user needs is what keeps him going. Before joining the F10 he was an innovation consultant and 2 time entrepreneurial failure. So by now he should know what concepts work and which don’t – hence he is in the F10 hackathon jury.



Andreas Fahrni – Julius Bär

As global Head of Information Technology at Bank Julius Baer, Andreas is managing all technology and service delivery activities within Julius Baer and across the main delivery centres in Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg.

Andreas holds a Ms. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss federal institute of technology, ETH in Zürich where he focused predominantly on communication networks, modern information theory and signal processing. After his studies, Andreas spent 10 years in technology consulting on different projects around Europe as software delivery manager and IT architect before joining Bank Julius Baer.

In his current role, Andreas focuses predominantly on linking the potential of technology and digitization with the needs of our clients in an increasingly digital environment. As such, the core elements of Julius Baer’s technology strategy are centred around Data, API driven software architectures, Cloud, Information Security, Robotics, Automation and Process Standardization. Additionally, the transformation towards an agile delivery organization and its associated workforce transformation requires his full attention.


Matthias Plattner – Julius Bär

Matthias Plattner is Head of Channels & Innovation at Bank Julius Baer. His motto is: “the Head in the Cloud and the Feet on the Ground”. For him, this means finding “pragmatic” solutions for the here and now, while at the same time not blocking the way for the multiverse of the future. He calls himself an “AI enthusiast” – a topic on which he also publishes articles and gives lectures. But he does not only deal with banking. In addition to advisory board mandates (e.g. VR-Mandat.com), he has, for example, dealt with the digitalisation possibilities of the customer journey in ski resorts as part of his master’s thesis for the Business Engineering eMBA. The thesis was awarded as “Best Business Engineering Thesis 2015/2016”.



Nic Dreckmann – Julius Bär

Nic is the COO and Member of the Executive Board at Julius Bär. His 15 years of experience in wealth management at Julius Bär includes post-merger integration and strategic management and regional coordination. Before that, he was working across the globe as a consultant and business project manager at Accenture. He achieved his Business and Corporate Finance degree at the University of Zurich, New York University and Global Association of Risk Professionals.


Lisa-Leyla Yerebakan, SIX

Lisa-Leyla is an innovation methodologist and has worked in several roles within the Payments and Finance Industry. In 2018 Lisa-Leyla joined Innovation & Digital at SIX where she executes innovation projects and collaborates with academia to foster an open innovation culture and mindset. Holding an M.A. in Business Innovation from the University of St. Gallen, Lisa-Leyla has a faceted understanding of innovation processes, new business models and trending technologies.


Muriel von Allmen, SIX

Muriel von Allmen-Pahud has been Head of Business Risk Management and member of the Management Committee in the Business Unit Banking Services of SIX since September 2018. Her responsibilities within the business unit cover the following areas: IT security, risk, compliance and BCM. Prior to this, she had dealt with various topics within the CRO function. In 2015 she was appointed chief of staff to the CRO, contributing strongly to the current Risk Framework across SIX. Muriel can draw on many years of experience with SIX as she started in 1998 at the Swiss Exchange. She holds a degree in Business Administration of the University of Zürich. Muriel is also a mother of two young adults, a 24-year-old son and a 22-year-old daughter.

Sven Siat – SIX

Sven Siat joined SIX Group in August 2019, as Head of Connectivity responsible for “b.Link”, the Swiss financial API hub by SIX. With more than 10 years’ experience working at the intersection of digital & banking, Sven has been involved in the development and launch of several innovative products and service among them UBS Paymit/TWINT and we.trade, a blockchain-based platform for trade orders. Before joining SIX, Sven worked for UBS and Accenture Strategy. He holds an MBA from IE in Madrid and a B.Sc. in Economics.

Mario Ruppen – Zürcher Kantonalbank

Mario Ruppen has been working in Trend & Innovation Management and Business Development at Zürcher Kantonalbank since 2015. Prior to that, he worked for 7 years as a management consultant for banks, (re)insurance companies and hospitals. He managed programs and projects focusing on improving service quality and streamlining and harmonizing service offerings and processes.

Mario Ruppen holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and is a trained teacher.

Marcel Holdener – SIX

Marcel Holdener has been working in Innovation since 2018. He did mainly shape setup of Innovation & Digital in 2019 and became the Head of Incubation. Before Innovation, he was working in different IT roles starting as an engineer and ended up as a member of the IT Management of SIX. Marcel Holdener has a Master’s degree in International Management and several technical certifications.

Dieter Goerdten – SIX

Dieter Goerdten is Head of Products & Solutions in the Banking Services business unit since September 2018.  Born in 1961 in Berlin, he was an apprentice at Lufthansa and graduated as Economist at the University of Hamburg.  From 1990 to 1998 he was active in various projects outside of Europe for the privatization of transport infrastructures.  In the past 20 years, he worked in the Swiss financial industry; from 1999 to 2009 as an internal consultant, project manager and segment manager for the private client business of UBS. From 2010 to 2012 for the Banking Advisory Center St. Gallen as a consultant for sales development. Finally, from 2013-2017 for PostFinance in corporate customer business; there from 2013 to 2016 as project manager for the introduction of ISO20022 in Switzerland.

Gregor Kalberer – SIX

Gregor Kalberer started in August 2018 as Head of “Innovation Design & Technology” at SIX and was part of ramping-up “SIX Innovation & Digital”. Gregor Kalberer has a Master’s degree in Electro Engineering and a PhD in Science Technology from ETH Zurich. My PhD thesis was on 3D face animation and funded by the European Commission – some of his work can be seen in Hollywood blockbuster movies such as “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. After the PhD, he worked as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, following which he worked 10+ years at UBS in different positions usually combining Analytics, Technology and Business.

Alexander Verbeck – SIX

Alexander Verbeck is Head Cash Ecosystem at SIX, the infrastructure provider of Switzerland’s financial centre. Thus SIX operates over 6,000 modern and efficient ATMs in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, which meet the strictest standards for security, stability and availability.

Prior to that, he served for 10 years as Head Product Management for payments, cards and cash infrastructure at Credit Suisse. In addition, he held leadership roles in Supply Chain Management at Siemens and Unaxis.

He holds a Ph.D. from ETH Zurich based on his work at the Institute for Industrial Engineering and Management. In addition, he worked as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Since then he published several articles and books.

Cornelius Dorn – SIX

Cornelius Dorn has been working as Head Strategy and Business Development at SIX Banking Services since September 2018. As a member of the Management Committee of the then newly formed Business Unit, he is responsible for developing the overall strategic and aligning it with current tactical needs. The current main focus is on developing a vision for Swiss Payments in 2030, jointly with key stakeholders in the area.

Cornelius Dorn has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich and a Master in Electrical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. After finishing his studies, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, and for UBS AG in various roles.


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.

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Potential investors.

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.

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