Ulster bank and OpenBankProject recently organised a hackathon for a second time in Dublin known as ‘HackMakeTheBank’. This was my second time participating in this fintech hackathon and I have to say, things are even more awesome than last year. This three day event gathered attendees from different professional backgrounds which included, mentors,coders,designers and others who brought new solutions to make the bank more sustainable.
My team’s idea was called ‘Fit4Good’. Fit4Good is a health app to inspire employees to get fit, achieve goals, and donate to a chosen charity.To showcase our demo, we implemented the software on an apple watch. Similarly to how other hackathons work, we brainstormed the idea on Friday evening and decided who can contribute to what aspect of the idea. Myself and my friend were responsible for UI design of the product. I drew the logo and made the sketches for the app on how it will look like on an apple watch. In 48 hours, we worked together as a team on the business and the software aspect to build the MVP.
— Levin (@LevinaGe) January 31, 2016
I have been involved in the startup industry and hackathons over a year now. Throughout these events and from previous HackMakeTheBank, I learned a lot and gained more skills. These type of events are perfect for stepping out of the comfort zone and to share ideas however crazy or absurd it may sound. It is also an opportunity to improve essential skills such as, communication skill, teamwork skills and etc.
Most of all, don’t forget to have fun, learn something and meet new people.