Géza Mihala was one of the first to move into the F10.

Géza Mihala was one of the first to move into the F10.

Géza Mihala and his team won the SIX Hackathon in late March 2015. In early July, the software developer was one of the first to move into the SIX Fintech Incubator, where he and the innovation team will run innovation sprints.


Géza, why does a person sit willingly for 30 hours in a hall with hundreds of other programmers as occurred during the SIX Hackathon?
Programming is a creative process: in a short time, something brand-new and usable is created from nothing. The Hackathon provides the ideal conditions. Because you can work without meetings or similar distractions, the small teams are able to focus better and work faster. That's what I like about the event.

In early June, you moved into the SIX FinTech Incubator F10. This is also intentionally decoupled from daily business. Will you work in the same way there?
No, the focus in the incubator is less on actual  programming and more on conceptual thinking. In other words, we will hold meetings with customers as part of three-week innovation sprints, in order to better understand their needs. At the same time, we will try to pinpoint the technical options and draft solution concepts in the form of prototypes. The "innovation legionnaires", i.e. the representatives from the business side, will return to their business areas with the prototypes and "sell" them there. The legionnaires are, basically, the interface to day-to-day business.

How will this collaborative effort be coordinated and who will work in F10?
A core team will work in F10 made up of software developers like myself, sprint managers and the innovation legionnaires I mentioned. As very different requirements come from the various areas of SIX, the teams will be selected individually for each innovation sprint. In the incubator, SIX has also included FinTech start-ups that have neither capital nor a specific order from a bank in the background. SIX offers them the possibility of playing a part with their know-how. It will be an exciting challenge and I am expecting a lot of variety.