San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Want an opportunity to pitch your idea in front of a group of industry experts and some of Silicon Valley's top executives on stage at the 2013 >play Conference? Join the 2013 >Play Hackathon!
Prizes: Up to $5000 cash, plus all entrants get free entrance to >play ($95 value)
Sponsored by Visa and GoDaddy
The Challenge: Expand access to the global financial system.
An estimated 2.5 billion adults lack access to financial services—representing over half of the world’s adult population. The financially excluded have to piece together a series of costly, risky and inconvenient financial services to meet their daily needs. Financial Inclusion is a global imperative for governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Access to financial services can help improve the daily lives of the financially underserved ￼and create opportunities to alleviate poverty among this population. Your challenge is to develop a technology solution that will help the unbanked or under-banked population benefit from financial services.
Examples of Financial Inclusion Initiatives:
Following the 24 hours of coding, all teams will submit their Solution Overviews. After the pitches, finalists will be chosen to pitch their idea on stage at the >play conference on Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Final judges will hear pitches, ask questions, and determine a winner.
Innovation / Ambition
• Was the idea unique, or a different take on an existing/similar solution?
• What was added to the solution that made it special or more useful?
• Was the idea behind the solution ambitious? Creative?
• Was the solution global in scope or limited to specific markets?
• How well did the solution execute on the theme/category?
User Interface / User Experience
• Does the UI of the app look professional/fun, or is it sloppy?
• Is the app easy to use?
• Does the workflow of the app make sense, is it intuitive?
• Overall Quality
• Does the app work completely from start to finish?
• How many and how severe were any bugs encountered?
• Was anything in the app not fully implemented (e.g., a useless button, dead link)?
• Did the team properly scope their app’s features given the time frame of the Hackathon?
Quality of Pitch / Solution Impact
• Does the solution seem like something people would want to buy/use outside of the Hackathon?
• Was the team able to explain their idea and what the app actually did?
Space is extremely limited, sign up to guarantee your spot today.