DBS to hire 100 developers via hackathon

  • Launches Hack2Hire to identify coding talent skilled in new technologies
  • Conducted in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Cloudera and Pivotal


DBS to hire 100 developers via hackathon


DBS on Feb 20 announced plans to hire 100 developers skilled in new and cutting-edge technologies, as it ups the ante on reimagining banking.

The new jobs will help DBS cement its position as a leading digital bank. DBS will identify successful candidates through a coding challenge and hackathon - the first bank in Southeast Asia to do so. Both fresh graduates and experienced professionals can apply.

“We are seeing rapid advancements in banking technology using cloud, machine learning and Big Data, which are paving the way for a new world of seamless banking. We want to bring developers well-versed in these new technologies into the bank to accelerate our digital transformation efforts. We believe that recruiting via a hackathon is an innovative and effective way to attract the right talent,” said DBS Core Systems Technology group head Soh Siew Choo.

The recruitment drive, DBS Hack2Hire, consists of two parts - an online assessment challenge to gauge the programming and technical capabilities of candidates, followed by a live two-day hackathon session, where their approach to problem solving will be put to the test. Shortlisted candidates from the second round will be offered full-time roles at DBS.

DBS Hack2Hire is conducted in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Cloudera and Pivotal.

“We are pleased to play a strategic role in accelerating DBS Bank’s digital transformation journey with Amazon Web Services. It is impressive that a financial institution like DBS is using new, innovative ways to bring in talent with cloud development skills, and we are delighted to support them while grooming the technology leaders of tomorrow,” said Amazon Web Services Asean head Nick Walton.

“As the banking industry and its customers embrace digital in the face of the fourth industrial revolution, the need to utilise data for meaningful decision making and improving customer experience will only keep growing.” Said Cloudera Asia Pacific senior director Daniel Ng.

“Bringing in talent with this new approach demonstrates DBS’ commitment to transforming its operations. We are thrilled to play a role in helping DBS shape the future of banking and develop smart talent for success in this digital era.”

Pivotal Asia Pacific and Japan vice president and managing director Lionel Lim said: “The financial services sector is a key driver of Singapore's growth. Forward thinking organisations such as DBS are partnering with Pivotal to digitally transform their operations to innovate with the speed and agility of a Silicon Valley software company. Moreover, DBS’ transformation journey will enable greater possibilities and opportunities for their business, customers and the country’s workforce. We are extremely happy to collaborate with DBS in their transformation efforts to push the frontier of banking technology.”

Over the last five years, DBS has made significant investments in strategic technology initiatives to weave banking into the everyday life of its customers so that they can spend more time on people or things that they care about. This includes initiating a comprehensive re-architecture of the bank’s technology as well as catalysing a change in culture within the bank to one that is more “fintech-like” in nature.

For more information on Hack2hire, please visit https://www.dbs.com/innovation/hack2hire/sg/index.html  
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