Guernsey launches first FinTech Hackathon

Event Information
Date & Time: 16 July 2015 17:30
Location: KPMG
Glategny Court
Glategny Esplanade
GY1 1WR Saint Peter Port
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Organised by Guernsey’s Digital Greenhouse and Startup Guernsey and with lead sponsors KPMG, the event promises to generate significant interest and participation from the island’s business, entrepreneurial and technology communities.

Given the challenges and opportunities that the digital age brings for the finance sector, FinTech hackathons have become prevalent. The Guernsey FinTech Hackathon 2015 will allow teams to work collaboratively on a technological solution of their own or a set FinTech challenge over a 48-hour period.

Mike Culverwell, Director, Digital Greenhouse says: "Many companies and communities use hackathon events to stimulate effective collaboration between people with diverse backgrounds, in order to rapidly develop new ideas around specific themes or challenges. It’s fantastic to have KPMG involved and to support innovation on the island."

A launch event will be held on Thursday, 16 July at 5.30pm at KPMG’s offices. The event aims to increase people's awareness about the benefits of the main hackathon event, which will be held from 9 to 11 October. The launch event will outline what will be expected, provide guidance on how to build a team with the right skills and discuss possible areas of focus for teams to address.

Jennifer Strachan, CEO, Startup Guernsey added: "Participation at both events will be free and will give everyone involved the chance to help grow and become part of the entrepreneurial community in Guernsey."

Neale Jehan, Head of Audit at KPMG CI: "The FinTech hackathon fits in with KPMG’s aims to proactively support and stimulate successful entrepreneurial activity in Guernsey, increasing the opportunity for new business models or businesses to emerge from within industry. We are excited about being involved, have ideas from within our business to bring out and are looking forward to as many other people as possible across industry doing the same."

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