This time last week, the BOQ Hackathon was soon to get underway. The anticipation, excitement, and nervousness was palpable as everyone waited for attendees to give their pitches. These would then make way for 54-hours of team work, validation, coding, more validation, pivoting ideas, validation, pitch practice, until Sunday evening rolled around and the teams were able to show off the results of their weekend labour. To call the team’s final products a labour of love would be an understatement. For these people to come together, and work on an idea with a group of people they had likely never met before, took courage, passion, and commitment. It’s what the BOQ Hackathon was all about. As we can see from the team’s that participated, winners or not, everyone walked away with a sense of having accomplished something great.
For those teams that did come in with a winning place certainly have the prizes to show for it! With enormous thanks to all of our generous sponsors; Mexia, SMS Management & Technology, Telstra, Dimension Data, CoreLogic, Samsung, Deloitte Digital, Nucleus Software, Flowpay Australia, and Phuel, for making it possible.
First Place – SuperTransparent
SuperTransparent is a new breed of super. Using an interactive mobile app to provide real-time updates on your super balance, fees and transactions. The app will allow users more control and choice about where their money is invested. Users receive all this user experience and service for a small fixed rate fee.
Second Place – Property Buddy
Property Buddy is an interactive app that is accurate and easy to understand for those looking to purchase a property. It empowers users to make more informed and smarter property purchases by collating and consolidating all of the information and data sources available in one place.
Third Place – Leapfrog
Leapfrog is an online bank switching tool which onboards customers, providing them with ready-to-use accounts and taking care of the pain points when switching banks. The customer is set up with internet banking, estatements, and can start using their credit/debit card straight away.
As you can tell our judging panel, which consisted of Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby; Dr. Pankaj Bhatt, Global Head – Professional Services at Nucleus Software; Infocus Chief Operating Officer, Jo Willoughby; and BOQ’s very own, Chief Operations Digital and Information Officer, Donna Vinci, they didn’t have an easy task placing our winners.
Needless to say, it was an amazing weekend for everyone involved, from the judges, mentors, participants, volunteers, and organisers. Creating an innovative environment with the start up community in Brisbane to help solve customer issues and problems in the finance industry helped our teams to produce their ideas, and BOQ hopes to see those teams continue to work on them together.
Izzie, one of the participants from the weekend, and from team Piggy Bank, said that, “…the BOQ Hackathon was an awesome way for me, as a business student, to link in with developers and designers. With all three disciplines in the room, I felt empowered to create a solution that our team could physically build a prototype for. It was awesome to see our idea grow to have a life of its own over the weekend – who knows, you might see Piggy Bank coming soon to a bank near you!”
So what’s next for the teams of the BOQ Hackathon? Watch this space as we will be keeping track of their progress and can’t wait to tell you about their journeys.