Hack to win RM15,000 and a job with Hong Leong Bank
By Digital News Asia March 13, 2019
- To be held on April 27 and 28, 2019 at Menara Hong Leong in Damansara City
- Carried out in collaboration with JomHack Malaysia, Google Cloud, Rakuten RapidAPI
CAN You Hack It, a 24-hour hackathon by Hong Leong Bank Bhd (HLB) is back for the second time following its debut last year. Registration is now open and more information is available at https://www.hlb.com.my/canyouhackit/
To be held on April 27 and 28, 2019 at Menara Hong Leong in Damansara City, it is a initiative by HLB under its digital innovation push, offering prizes of RM15,000 in cash, potential employment opportunities at the bank, and further funding and support for incubator or accelerator programmes for promising projects that are presented.
“We were very impressed with the energy and out-of-the-box creative thinking demonstrated by last hackathon’s participants, especially given the fact that they only had a day to complete the challenge and that’s the reason Can You Hack It is now one of the platforms we use for hiring. Some of the previous hackathon participants have interned with us and have also joined us full-time.
“In addition, we are also collaborating with some of the teams to commercialise their ideas. This year, apart from discovering fit-to-hire new talent for the bank, we want to focus on finding new thinking around how we can delight our customers through smarter banking experiences,” said HLB group managing director and chief executive officer Domenic Fuda.
A collaboration with JomHack Malaysia, Google Cloud and Rakuten RapidAPI, Can You Hack It is one of the bank’s initiatives in solving the challenge of hiring fit-for-future talent while immediately rewarding individuals and teams who demonstrate innovation and great ideas for better banking.
These collaborations enable participants to build greater functionality and flexibility into their solutions through shared APIs, which are essentially a standardised way for applications to share information. One example is the inclusion of geo-location functionality through Google Maps.
Can You Hack It is designed to allow participants to propose their ideas or solve problem statements provided by the bank, for a better digital banking experience or new financial services, products, coding and validating them, and then demonstrating a working prototype to a panel of HLB’s key executives and observers from the local digital industry and VC scene.
With over 150 fintech developers and designers in one place, it will explore the limits of their imagination in the field of financial products, banking experiences, and in the discovery of new uses for existing technologies.