This year #SIXHackathon has run simultaneously at Schiffbau in Zurich and RainmakingLoft in London in collaboration with RainmakingInnovation. We offered a virtual exchange between the two FinTech hubs in Europe, fun, challenging questions, exciting data sets, interaction with the FinTech community and networking opportunities with specialists from SIX who also took part.
SIX provided you with data and APIs (Application Programming Interface) from the FinTech scene. You worked in small teams. The aim was to present an expert jury with a prototype or a concept after 48 hours. You could either select a topic freely or take inspiration from one of the workshops on offer. You competed against around 120 participants.
In principle, any person over the age of 18 with an interest in FinTech was eligible to take part. Participants must have an affinity with and relevant skill-set in the areas of software development, graphic or interface design, banking and finance, marketing, project management or similar. You travelled to Zurich or London independently.
You had the opportunity to prove your skills using real-life problems and present your ideas to an expert jury. We also offered an exciting, virtual exchange between two or Europe's FinTech hotspots, London and Zurich. We provided you with the inputs and information on the local FinTech scene and its representatives.
SIX has extensive financial data from a multitude of channels, providing the key to very valuable insights, especially when combined with external, open data sources. Aggregating, joining and mining all this heterogenuous data is an ideal match for Big Data and Machine Learning techniques, and could result in innovative solutions. This workshop will be co-facilitated with Open Data Switzerland.
Payments are the lifeblood of our economies - making them better benefits all of us. Here we invite you to look into the future of payments, dream up daring solutions, think about ways of removing barriers, making payments disappear, integrating seamlessly into applications, even about supporting use cases that cannot be monetized today. This workshop is sponsored by the SIX Paymit Innovation Field.
With Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin being omnipresent, it is a safe bet that these technologies are going to shape the future of finance. What's more, having no clear winner yet presents a great opportunity. Choose this workshop to show how blockchains, and in particular Smart Contracts, can revolutionize the world of finance. This workshop is sponsored by the SIX Fintech Incubator F10.
This workshop will introduce participants to Convolutional Neural Networks and Deep Learning, on concrete examples such as the fraud detection system used at PayPal and an open source implementation of a Cognitive Process in R. The concepts of cloud based and API driven Cognitive Computing will also be explained. This workshop is presented by the IBM Cloud Ecosystem Development Team.
At a Hackathon, IT experts work on a project under time pressure over a weekend. The topic is specified at the event by the organizers. Nevertheless, there is plenty of scope for creativity and your own ideas. The aim is to work in a team to produce presentable results within the predefined time.
The #SIXHackathon2016 will be held from Friday, 4 March 2016, 5 p.m., to Sunday, 6 March, 5 p.m. You can take part in London or Zurich – just be sure to specify where when registering.
SIX wants to connect the two European FinTech hotspots – namely, London and Zurich, – with one another. Join the European FinTech community!
There are several highlights on the programme. But we don't want to give everything away just yet. Several keynote speakers from the FinTech scene will be in attendance and we provide you with fascinating insights.
You can sign up until 15 February 2016, inclusive.
We will confirm your attendance ongoing and by 29 February 2016, at the latest.
Simply fill out the online form and you're all set. You can take part in London or Zurich – just be sure to specify where when registering.
In principle, any person over the age of 18 with an interest in FinTech is eligible to take part. Participants must have an affinity with and relevant skill-set in the areas of software development, graphic or interface design, banking and finance, marketing, project management or similar. You will travel to Zurich or London independently. Legal terms and conditions for participation in detail (PDF).
No, it costs nothing to participate.
Yes. The actual prizes will be announced at the event.
Yes, the respective premises will be accessible and in operation throughout the night. You can work through the night or take a nap in the lounge.
Yes. In this case, take inspiration from one of the workshops on offer - we will also offer topics there. You will also have the opportunity at both locations to take part in all the workshops.
No. If you have your own idea, then you can get started right away.
No, the idea must be new and cannot have been used elsewhere before.
No, other skills are also required, such as banking and finance, marketing or project management. In this case, you will simply work on a concept instead of a prototype.
The IT infrastructure and brain food will be provided. The most important thing is: Bring your computer and charger and the personal equipment you will need for the three days of Hackathon.
If you are coming with other people, there should be between two and four of you. Otherwise the teams will be put together at the event.
Yes. The compensation will be as follows:
In principle, we recommend that you arrive by public transport, especially in London. In Zurich, there are a limited number of parking spaces in the underground car park at the Schiffbau on Giessereistrasse (access via Turbinenplatz). It is also possible to park at the Pfingstweidstrasse 1 car park or in the public spaces under Hardbrücke
We will keep you updated by means of announcements. We will also provide you will the most important points of contact and information via app.