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Stage I

Submit your Idea | Book your place

Submit your idea by yourself or with a team. Register without an idea or team. See more information on the Stage section of the website. Either way, book your place for the Final Combat on September 24th/25th as soon as you can, as places are limited!
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Stage II

Build & Final Combat

September 24th/25th, 2016
Rise Battlestar Command will assess ideas and applications on a rolling basis within 72 hours of your submission. As soon as you get a green light for Stage II, your seat at the Final Combat on September 24th/25th, 2016 is booked. You can continue to build your solution/find a team ahead of or at Final Combat at BSE, Mumbai. More information at the Stages section of the website.

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Your Mission

The Universe of Financial Services is at War. For the last decade, The Bank Empire has been shaken to its core by the Disruptors Alliance who continue to grow stronger with new propositions. The Bank Empire now has 3 critical worlds under attack. The Rise Hackathon seeks to bring a league of supercharged developers, startups and game changers to reclaim these 3 worlds and create a path together in unity, for the future of financial services, now.

The Battle has spread across all of the universe. You can choose your battleground in Manchester, UK or Mumbai, India.

It is your mission to find a crew and reclaim one of the 3 worlds for massive prizes where only one champion will be victorious per world.

The time is now. May the code be with you.

World I

The Consumer Cosmos
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World II

Rebellion of the Corporate Treasurer
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World III

The Payments Parallax
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Which world will you reclaim?

The Consumer Cosmos

World I: The Consumer Cosmos

By 2018 European banks will have to give 3rd parties access to their customer data. This new regulation may increase competition, innovation and transparency across the European payments market. The impact will be felt in 2 areas in particular, presenting both opportunities and threats to financial institutions:

Aggregators: The majority of people today have multiple bank accounts (i.e. bank with more than one bank). The new regulation will lead to the emergence of aggregators – providing consumers with a portal to view all of their bank details in one place. The aggregator will be able to build valuable insights on consumers offering a number of opportunities (e.g. being able to suggest products and services that most closely meet a consumer’s needs).

Payments: When a consumer buys something online, the merchant has to go through intermediaries to receive money from the consumers bank account. The new regulation will bypass this process to allowing merchants to request the payment directly from the consumers bank account if the consumer has given permission.

It is your mission to explore how these changes can transform the way consumers think, behave and engage with banking services (current accounts, savings accounts, credit cards etc.) as part of their day-to-day lives:
  • How can you reimagine the way people will consume financial services in the future?
  • How can you delight customers (e.g. through front end differentiation, value added features etc.) whilst generating a commercially viable product?
  • How can consumers be rewarded/incentivised to use the new products/services?
  • What types of aggregators will there be in the future and what data sources will they use that will provide value to the day-to-day life of a consumer?
  • How might a payment solution form part of this product?
Are the days of the bank as we know it numbered? Can you create the future?
Apply to World I
Rebellion of the Corporate Treasurer

World II: Rebellion of the Corporate Treasurer

Corporate Treasurers are rebelling against the traditional methods adopted to manage risk. Rather than using historic balance and transactional data from their bankers, they are looking to drive innovation as a result of new European regulations around account aggregators and payments.

Large Corporate companies today typically have multiple bank accounts with different banks. Each of these accounts will be accessed via separate banking platforms; some are online, some are offline, and all require time and effort to access/analyse. Accounts are often in multiple currencies and across several geographies and require complex payment instruments to send and receive money. The new regulation will allow corporates to view all of their bank accounts on one platform, enabling treasurers to make sure their money is in the right place at the right time and in the right currency.

Corporate Treasurers produce a range of reports for internal and external audiences. These reports take a long time to compile and rely on data from multiple financial and non-financial sources, which can be out of date. The new open banking regulations will potentially allow for real-time data accurate to the second, giving Treasurers the tools to make informed decisions and making it far easier to manage their risks and balances in the short, medium and long term timeframes.

It is your mission to simplify and consolidate the daily banking needs of Corporate Treasurers, by providing a single view experience and simplified payments process:
  • How would you display all balance and transactional data/information, from multiple banks, multiple geographies and in multiple currencies, all in one place and in real-time?
  • How can financial and non-financial information be presented in a way that helps manage balances in a range of currencies and minimise risk?
  • What advanced data/information analytics and predictive analytics can be used to forecast future currency positions in real-time?
  • How could historic trend analysis and market/peer group data be used to help Treasurers make more informed decisions?
  • How can you simplify/automate the payment process, while giving Treasurers end-to-end control and visibility?
Can you conquer the Corporate Treasurers’ rebellion and create a consolidated solution that will meet their needs?
Apply to World II
The Payments Parallax

World III: The Payments Parallax

With the rise of bots, virtual assistants and IoT devices, many believe that the app is evolving to almost extinction. In a world where 70% of the adult population has a smartphone, internet traffic is driven by mobile users and digital consumers interact almost exclusively through social media and messaging services, how will people consume banking services in the future?

Organisations are realising the importance of the changing nature of customer behaviour – people are less and less willing to step out of their favourite channels to carry out transactions. For example, when web chatting with an airline company why do you have to revert to their website or app to make a payment? Or when talking to a client on social media, why can’t they view and pay their invoice there and then? ‘Zero UI’ allows users to do what they want, when they want, by allowing them to interact with the devices around them in more natural ways.

Zero UI is an emerging trend which reflects a change in consumer behaviour. The majority of face time with apps is now spent using social media, instant messaging or watching videos. Virtual assistants are now embedded into every smartphone device (e.g. Siri, Google Now and Cortana) and over 10% of searches online are initialised through voice requests. Traditional digital platforms such as the retail service Alibaba and message service WeChat now process more payments than PayPal and other dedicated payment services combined.

It is your mission to explore how banking services will change to meet changing customer behaviour and demands, by identifying new interaction models and providing the trust, security and support people expect from their banking services.
  • How would you build an interaction flow that allows users to access the services they require, when they want them?
  • How can you build a Zero UI model that creates and gives users a sense of trust and security?
  • How would you enhance the customer experience while still providing the traditional services users expect from financial transactions, such as audit, and conversation recording?
  • How can you simplify the authentication process for transactional services while allowing the customer to remain in their preferred channel?
  • How would you make a payment seamlessly through your favourite social media channel that was powered by your bank?
Can you predict the future and change the way customers will interact with banking services?
Apply to World III
Applications for this event have now closed.

Stages

Stage I: Submit your Idea / Book your place

Until September 11th, 2016

You can enter the Hackathon in two ways:

Register with an idea: Submit an idea by yourself or as part of a team. By applying with your idea, you will get access to our Slack channel where we can connect you to relevant experts within Barclays and our technology partners to shape your idea / build before the Final Combat. This also helps us to help you find team members interested in the same idea as you. The idea does not have to be fully formed or perfect and can be changed at any point before and during the Final Combat - this is only a guide so we can help you find the right people. We would highly encourage this approach where possible so we can help you.

Register without an idea: If you do not have an idea or do not yet have a team, don’t worry - you can register for a place and fill out as much of the form as you can. In the ‘Describe your idea’ box, simply share a little bit about you and that you do not yet have an idea or team. We will help you before and during the Final Combat in Stage II to find people to join a team.

You’ll hear back from the Rise Battlestar Command Centre within 72 hours of your submission / registration with confirmation of the submission or your idea / registration of your place. This confirms you have passed to Stage II ‘Build and Final Combat’ and have secured a place for the 36 hour hack at BSE, Mumbai on September 24th/25th, 2016.

The final remaining spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, so register today to secure your place!

Stage II: Build & and Final Combat

Until September 25th, 2016
(September 24th & 25th, 2016 at Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai)

Once you have submitted your idea / registered your place you can:

Build / Shape your solution: Once you are in Stage II you can now proceed to build and shape your solution. In the Slack Channel, you will find additional information on the business challenges in the Hack Dropbox. You will also get access to APIs and technology from Barclays and our technology partners (with many prizes to be won for using their technology - see below). This can be helpful as you will have time to think about the solution in advance. You are required to then come for the 2 day Final Combat for 36 hours on 24th / 25th Sept 2016 at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai. It will be a fun event with a huge array of competitions, a chance to win badges and further prizes. See this video on our last Heroes vs Hackers event to see what this might be like.

If I have built something before the Final Combat, what do I do in the Final Combat?

You will have the opportunity to work with Barclays business experts, product owners, technology partners to shape your solution. They will help to refine your idea and test your assumptions as it is likely what you have built may change. You will also have support from mentors to refine your pitch. We would also recommend you take advantage of the Slack channel in advance to speak to experts and partners on any APIs, technology and clarification on the challenges.

If I have not built anything or have not found a team, what do I do in the Final Combat?

Don‘t worry - the majority of people will be in this position. You can use the time before to understand more around the challenges on the Slack channel and the technology available. You will not be at any disadvantage - we have had teams come together in the past from scratch and build to win the competition. You will get access to Barclays business experts, product owners, and technology partners to shape your solution and support from mentors to refine your pitch. In our last hackathon, a single founder engineer built within 36 hours and went on to win in the competition so anything is possible!

Pitches & Prizes

All teams will pitch their demonstration to a stellar cast of judges who will be monitoring you in the 36 hour period of industry VCs, experts and senior Barclays stakeholders. There will be 1 winning crew and 1 runner up from each world with the chance not only to win a catch prize but the opportunity to build a solution with Barclays to tackle the universe of financial services together.

Remember all those who successfully submit their idea / register at Stage I will have secured a place and are required to come to the Final Combat on September 24th & 25th at Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai.

Applications for this event have now closed.

Prizes

₹7,00,000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs

Cash Prize

Write code, win hearts, conquer the world! Win a lot more than the world’s admiration with up to ₹7,00,000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs. The winning team from each world will be rewarded ₹1,50,000 and the runners up from each world will get ₹75,000. Teams that submit a video early will be in with a chance to win an Early Bird prize of ₹25,000.

Overall Winner

The overall winner from all three worlds will win an opportunity to be supported by Barclays to continue building their solution with Barclays including a guaranteed interview for the Mumbai Accelerator, powered by Zone Startups India

Entry to Rise Labs (Barclays Employees Only)

One internal team in each location (Mumbai and Manchester) will be selected for Rise Labs - a commercial product studio supporting intrapreneurs to continue building on their solution like an internal start-up with the support from Rise to take this to a Proof of Concept within Barclays.

Network

Get access to Rise Mentor Network. Meet the right people to help you succeed.

Badges

Throughout the event, each team will be given a chance to be awarded badges. These badges will win you prizes.
Wayseekers Badge
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Point and Shoot Camera
BB-8 Droid
Robokits Raspberry Pi Kit
Kindle
Minecraft Light Up Torch

Wayseekers Badge

Furthest Travelled Team

Captain Thunder Badge

5x Spot Prizes for Thunderclap Entrants

Master Social Superfly Badge

Most Social Engagement

Midnight Social Superfly

Most social engagement by midnight

Reflective Badge

Most Epic Team Selfie

Namers Badge

Best Team Name

Other Prizes

Grand Prize of $100,000 of Google Cloud credits for the top 3 winners that have used the Google Cloud platform

Oculus Rift Headset per team member for 1 winning team in each location for Best Use of Salesforce Technology

£100 Amazon gift voucher for each team member for 1 winning team in each location for Best Use of Yodlee Technology

Discovery Drone U818A for each team member for 1 winning team in each location for Best Use of RealexPayments technology.

SunFounder Starter Learning Kit for Arduino Beginner for each team member for 1 winning team in each location for Best Use of Twilio Technology

£250 cash for 1 winning team per location for Best Use of GupShup Technology

INR 1,50,000 cash for 1 winning team for Best Use of Moxtra Technology

$100 worth of Amazon AWS Credits for every participant in each location

$300 of Google Cloud credits for participants that use the Google Cloud platform

$300 credits for participants that use Microsoft Azure

Myo Gesture Control Armband - courtesy of Thalmic Labs

Music Angel Levitating Speaker - courtesy of Rise

BB-8 Droid - courtesy of Rise

GoPro Hero Session - courtesy of Rise

Beats Headphones - courtesy of Rise

Kindle - 6” Glare-Free Touchscreen Display - courtesy of Rise

Fitbit Charge HR - courtesy of Rise

UE Roll2 speaker - courtesy of Rise

Executive Partner

Barclays

Technology Partners

Google Cloud Platform
Twitter
Salesforce
IBM
Microsoft
Amazon
Twilio
Yodlee
Gupshup
Cisco Inc
Realex Payments
Thalmic Labs
Citrus Payment Gateway
Akana
Moxtra
NASSCOM 10000 Startups
Anita Borg Institute

Meet our Partners at

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Rules of Engagement

Stick to the Deadlines

Stage I ‘Submit and Register’: Submit an idea or register for your place. You will receive confirmation within 72 hours from Rise Battlestar Command that you have secured a place in Stage II: Build & Final Combat hack at Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai on September 24th & 25th, 2016.

Stage II ‘Build and Final Combat’ You will gain access to the Slack Channel; be able to build and shape your idea with Barclays experts, mentors and our technology partners; find team members at whatever stage you and/or your team are to prepare ahead of the Final Combat on Sept 24th/25th, 2016 at Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai

On Intellectual Property Rights

All submissions remain the intellectual property of the individuals or teams that developed them. (Exceptions for Barclays Employees apply, as set for in the Participation Agreement).

Team Size

A maximum of 5 members are allowed per team. You can also participate as a lone wolf, or we can help you to find team members at a later stage if you wish.

The Real Thing

If you reach Stage II, you must demo the application at Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai. Presentation decks will NOT fetch you brownie points.
All teams must sign the Barclays Participation Agreement on entry to the competition.
Applications for this event have now closed.

Judging Criteria

Winners of the Rise Hackathon will be selected by a panel of judges that includes industry leaders as well as representatives from Barclays and Ace Hacker.

Each submission will be scored based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and a maximum score of 10 points with the final score being the average of the judge’s scores:
Demo

Demo

Creating a world-class project, or world-changing one, requires the ability to get others on board.
Accessibility

Application to Barclays

How successfully have you solved the challenge set by Barclays in each world and have you used Barclays APIs where possible?
Product Vision

Product Vision

Does the product have the ability to disrupt current markets and capture large market share?
Investibility

API Implementation

How successfully have you integrated Barclays APIs and/or partner APIs?
Product Design

Product Design

Does the product have exceptional design attributes that would appeal to the end-user?
Technical Achievement

Technical Achievement

Evaluate the technical achievement the team has tackled during the event.
All teams must get at least one point in all the above categories. Getting a 0 in any one category will disqualify the team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rise?
Rise is a physical and digital community that provides start-ups and businesses with the connections and resources to create ground-breaking businesses. It’s the place where the world’s best thinkers and doers create the future of financial technology. For more information go to http://www.thinkrise.com
Am I eligible for an opportunity with Barclays if I do not win the hackathon?
We’d love to connect with you after the event - if Barclays is interested in your solution and team, we will contact you within the first 30 days following the event.
What are the advantages of submitting my idea early?
The format of the hackathon has been designed in a manner in which participants benefit with added time to think, shape their ideas and build their solution if they would like to if the idea is sent earlier. We appreciate these ideas can change, so these do not need to be fully formed so do apply early. This gives the advantage of being able to work with Barclays and our partners earlier to shape and build on your ideas. You will be notified within 72 hours from the time of submission if the idea if selected even though the deadline of the idea submission is September 11th, 2016.
Is there any disadvantage if I start building at the Final Combat hack over 36 hours?
No – the majority of teams will be building over the 36 hours with full access to in-person Barclays experts and partners. You can use the time before to shape your idea, discuss this with Barclays experts and our partners and use this time to build early if you wish. In our last hackathon, a single founder engineer beat many other teams with a solution created within 36 hours so anything is possible.
What if I do not have a team and/or do not have an idea yet?
Don’t worry - the majority of people will be in this position. You can use the time before to understand more around the challenges on the Slack channel and the technology available. You will not be at any disadvantage - we have had teams come together in the past from scratch and build to win the competition. You will get access to Barclays business experts, product owners, and technology partners to shape your solution and support from mentors to refine your pitch. In our last hackathon, a single founder engineer built within 36 hours and went on to win in the competition so anything is possible!
I do not have a team. Can I participate?
We do not undermine what you are capable of doing alone. Shoot ahead lone ranger. The Rise Battlestar Command Centre can also help you to find team members and you can do so through the slack channel at https://risehack.slack.com Join the community by sending an email to command@risehackathon.com with the subject line: “Invite me to Slack”. We’ll send you an email invite with detailed instructions on how to join the channel.
If I am short-listed to the the final combat, do I have to pay for my travel and stay arrangements?
Yes, but we will provide you with all the fuel with food and Red Bulls to help you on your two day journey and back to your home world. For Barclays colleagues, please contact us on the slack channel at https://risehack.slack.com for further information about travel. Join the community by sending an email to command@risehackathon.com with the subject line: “Invite me to Slack”. We’ll send you an email invite with detailed instructions on how to join the channel.
Can I apply from anywhere?
Yes - you can apply from anywhere as code knows no boundaries but you’ll need to be able to attend the Final Combat in person in either Manchester (UK) or Mumbai (India).
How many team members are permitted in a team?
A minimum of 1 and a maximum of 5, including yourself.
Do all team members have to be present at the Final Combat?
Yes, all team members should be present at the venue during the Final Combat on September 24th & 25th at Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai.
What should I bring to the venue?
You may be required to bring yourself, your laptops and any necessary hardware for your demo.
Who will own the IP on the prototype made by us?
All submissions remain the intellectual property of the individuals or teams that developed them. (Exceptions for Barclays Employees apply, as set for in the Participation Agreement). All teams must sign the Barclays Participation Agreement on entry of the competition.
Will my participation be publicly showcased?
Yes, you may be photographed, video-graphed or interviewed during the Final Combat.
Applications for this event have now closed.
About the Hackathon

If you did not get it...

Challenges

Three Challenges

Rise to one or more of any of the three challenges - The Consumer Cosmos, Rebellion of the Corporate Treasurer, The Payments Parallax.
Stages

Two Stages

Rise through 2 stages. In Stage I, submit your idea or register for your place. Within 72 hours, the Rise Battlestar Command will confirm your place for the Final Combat taking place on Sept 24th, 25th at Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai. Once through to Stage II ‘Build and Final Combat’ you can work with Barclays experts and partners to shape your solution, find a team and utilise our Slack Channel ahead of the Final Combat. Remember - if you need a team we’ll help you find one at the Final Combat and you can build at any point once in Stage II - we have had many teams build at the Final Combat and win the competition in the past, so enjoy the process and have fun!
Winners

Three Winners

There will be one winner from each world. Three winners in total. Rise will award an overall winner in each location and successful teams will be invited to work with Barclays to continue building their solution together.

Dr. Jerry’s Query of the Week


Weekly Challenge

Who is Dr. Jerry Query?

Dr. Jerry Query, a genius scientist from Rise Battlestar Command, is a tad eccentric. He bangs his head on walls & breaks his spectacles when he does not find answers to his questions. He is currently working on a classified experiment and needs mastermind geeks to help him satisfy his curiosities.

Rise Battlestar Command will reward Geeks who can keep Dr. Jerry’s head and spectacles in good shape. Watch out for his Question of the Week to win exclusive goodies from the Rise Battlestar Command Geek Store and a Certificate as gratitude for your support.

See Question of the Week

Transportation

Pune > Mumbai > Pune

You can board any of the two buses organized to take developers participating in Rise Hackathon from Pune to Mumbai and back to Pune. The seats are available free of charge.

The buses will leave from Pune on Saturday, Sept 24th at 04:00 IST from Pune Bus Stand, Agarkar Nagar. It will bring you straight to Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Dalal Street, Mumbai - the venue of Rise Hackathon the same day.


Post the Hackathon on Sunday, Sept 25th, the bus will leave BSE, Dalal Street, Mumbai at 21:00 IST and drop you back to Pune Bus Stand, Agarkar Nagar.

Mission Control

You have a humongous task ahead of you. The least we could do is stand by your side. Ask and you will be answered.

Email Support

An email is mightier than the light saber. Write-in to us at command@risehackathon.com. Our control freak-bots will revert to you within 24 hours of receiving your email. Do check our FAQs if you've missed reading though it.

Phone Support

Need an expert, guide, mentor to support you through your mission? Tune in and say “Hello” to Charlie to stay connected with our expert hacker at +91-80-495-36-832 between 10:00 IST - 19:00 IST, Monday through Friday.

Live Chat Support

We are on Slack. Join the community by sending an email to command@risehackathon.com with the subject line: “Invite me to Slack”. We’ll send you an email invite with detailed instructions on how to join the channel.

Telepathy

Send your questions to our telepathic thought-recording device. After the tone, think about your name, think about your number, and think about your reason for calling. Then we’ll think about returning your call.