36-hour FinTech Hackathon

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What is it?

A 36-hour FinTech hackathon of product development, where diverse ideas collide and the best ones emerge as a new product or service. It's a madhouse of creative fun, with Coding, Designing and Marketing working together in teams for accelerated productivity. Shine in front of tech leaders presenting your project "on stage".

About Société Générale

Société Générale is one of the largest European financial services groups. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial solidity with a strategy of sustainable growth, and aims to be the reference for relationship banking, recognised on its markets, close to clients, chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.

Société Générale nurtures and accelerates innovation to better serve its clients, integrating all the potential avenues offered by digital. For new uses, new services: the bank is committed to anticipating the needs of its clients and to inventing new banking solutions to meet them.

In line with its commitment to anticipate the fast-changing customer demand, Société Générale is developing its innovation strategy by experimenting with disruptive technologies and stepping up its interaction with the startups and FinTechs to develop and promote open collaboration. The Group is notably dedicating €150 million euros over three years in an innovation fund to finance internal and external start-ups strategically aligned to digital transformation.

Read more on Société Générale and Innovation at https://www.societegenerale.com/en/digital-and-innovation

  • A unique pedagogical experience - Be mentored by the best experts leading your team to success
  • Your network of innovators - Meet and work with your future colleagues, co-founders, friends
  • Gram Milosevic - Get a chance to go head to head with him in various challenges and workshops!

The idea is to make something cool in just 36 hours. So energy is essential and sleep is optional. What we're doing today is all about tomorrow's world. Here's your chance to create a part of it yourself.

Who is it for?

University Students. All students from any major are welcome.

All other Game changers, Entrepreneurs, Developers, Basement Hackers are also welcome.

We welcome geeks in FinTech, InsureTech, RegTech, AI, UX designers, coders, idea generators, marketeers, data scientists, mad scientists ... You get the idea.

Workshop Schedule

Workshops for you to learn and meet fellow Hackers!

Tuesday, May 28
  1. 6:30 p.m.

    Networking, Snacks, & Drinks

  2. 7:00 p.m.

    Introduction to FinTech & panel discussion with cybersecurity, green finance and digital banking experts

  3. 8:00 p.m.

    Networking, Dinner & Drinks

Tuesday, June 11
  1. 6:30 p.m.

    Networking, Snacks, & Drinks

  2. 7:00 p.m.

    Microsoft Azure workshop

  3. 8:00 p.m.

    Networking, Dinner & Drinks

Tuesday, June 25
  1. 6:30 p.m.

    Networking, Snacks, & Drinks

  2. 7:00 p.m.

    Introduction from FinHACK & Sponsors

  3. 7:15 p.m.

    Pitches from Participants

  4. 8:00 p.m.

    Networking, Dinner & Drinks

Hackathon Schedule

Hackathon Timetable!

Friday, June 28
  1. 6:00 p.m.

    Registration & Setup

  2. 7:00 p.m.

    Introduction (Tracks and Tools Presentation)

  3. 7:30 p.m.

    Idea Pitches & Team Building & Brainstorm

  4. 8:00 p.m

    Dinner Break

  5. 9:00 p.m

    Start Building

Saturday, June 29
  1. 8:00 a.m.


  2. 1:30 p.m.


  3. 2:30 p.m.

    Pitch training

  4. 4:30 p.m.


  5. 7:00 p.m


Sunday, June 30
Award Ceremony
  1. 8:00 a.m.


  2. 9:00 a.m.

    All Projects Submitted

  3. 10:30 a.m.

    Finalists Announced

  4. 11:00 a.m.

    Team Pitches

  5. 12:30 p.m.

    Award Ceremony


We know some rules are meant to be broken, but you should probably (read: definitely) stick by these!

  • 1. Fresh Code

    We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. No one is allowed to come in and build on top of previous projects. It's cool to work on designs beforehand, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone, but keep things within fair limits.

  • 2. Code Review

    Winning teams may be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning. This is to ensure that all code used is in fact fresh.

  • 3. Ownership and IP

    Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.

  • 4. Team Size

    No more than 10 humans. It's OK if you bring along with your Cyborg, BB-8 or R2-D2.

  • 5. DEMO your Hack

    You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks, PowerPoints or keynotes will be allowed. Three minutes presentation and two minutes Q&A from Judges.

  • 6. All Participants MUST check-in

    All participants have to check-in BEFORE FRIDAY 9pm or they will NOT be considered participants and any work contributed by them will be invalid resulting in disqualifications for the team.


A little bit of information goes a long way!

  • How much does it cost?

    Only HK$50 per hacker.

  • What will we provide?

    Good Wi-Fi, good food, an awesome swag bag, experienced mentors, and a comfortable place to work non-stop.

  • How big are the teams?

    Just right for agile work: up to 10 people.

  • What if I don't have a team?

    No problem! Part of the fun of a hackathon is meeting new, smart people. There will be plenty of time for everyone to meet each other and pick teams before the start of the actual hacking.

  • What should I bring?

    Valid photo ID for admission, your tools of the trade, chargers for those tools and whatever else you need to make it through alive!

  • Is there a code of conduct?

    Yes. Be nice to each other. :-)

  • Are there any rewards?

    YES, the winning team will win a HK$25,000 reward! Second place will get HK$15,000 and Third Place will get HK$10,000!

  • What if I don't win?

    Don't worry! Everyone wins at FinHACK! We have some amazing sponsors who will be providing great prizes for all attendees in your goodie bags!

  • Any more questions?

    Email Us at team@finhack.io in Chinese or English.

Judging Criteria

You definitely want to have a good look on these before you start!

  • Customer Validation
    (Does the business have a good understanding of customers and their needs)
    •   Did your team get out and talk to customers?
    •   Who will be your users, who will be your customers (are they different)?
    •   How many users have you interviewed?
    •   Did you target the correct people to interview?
    •   What did you learn from your customer interviews (revenue)?
    •   What are the core needs of your users?
  • Execution & Design
    •   What feedback have you gotten to inspire your Minimum Viable Product?
    •   Did you build a prototype (paper or powerpoint is ok)?
    •   How effective is your "Minimal Viable Product" for the weekend (be it software, hardware, etc.)?
    •   How functional is your technical demo?
    •   How easy is it for the user to navigate and use your product?
    •   Were you able to incorporate customer feedback into the solution?
  • Business Model
    (Is this business feasible)
    •   Is it a big/unique idea?
    •   What is your key value proposition?
    •   How do you plan on making this a successful business?
    •   Have you thought about competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, revenue model etc.?
    •   Have you identified a specific target market?
    •   How will they acquire their first 100 customers?