Unionbank Ramps Up Its Hackathon Event with UHAC 3.0
UnionBankers joined and showcased their digital prowess at the UnionBank Hackathon or U:HAC 3.0 held last November 26-27, 2016 at UnionBank Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Despite a rainy Saturday, a total of 165 participants attended the two-day event where 20 who joined were UnionBank employees. The four UnionBank teams competed against each other in developing digital banking solutions on the spot. The UnionBank Team EON Oh! bagged the top prize of P160,000 for their digital app POW, which capitalized on the technological banking capabilities of UnionBank.
For the external participants composed of students and professionals, the judges selected the Top 7 out of the 35 teams who joined based on their projects’ creativity, novelty, functionality and impact to customers.
All groups presented their digital solutions to the judges after they worked straight for more than 24 hours to develop their digital solutions to address the ten wicked challenges presented to them. These ten wicked challenges ranged from education, unemployment, pollution, climate change, healthcare, poverty, community building, disaster resilience, building sustainability banking in the future.
The grand prize winner was Team Intern, five IT students from PUP who developed the Hooleh app, which simplified the process of paying traffic violation penalties of motorists. They bagged the double up prize of P160,000 for the external participants.
First runner up was Team Fleepin’ composed of professionals for their Qardless app that shows how it can make ATM transactions easier through peer-to-peer transactions, eliminating long queing line and preventing card skimming. They received the prize of P60,000 and individual trophies.
Second runner up was Team Regener8 from the couple studying at DLSU-CSB who developed the Peso Pocket banking app that allows parents to set "chores" to their children in order for them to earn allowance and also save this allowance to an account. The team was awarded P40,000 including individual trophies.
Prior to U:HAC 3.0, UnionBank had a pre-U:HAC event held at PBA Café in Metrowalk Ortigas where the participants and organizers met, relaxed and had fun over a sumptuous dinner and chilled to the music of Freestyle band.
Many of the U:HAC participants were impressed that UnionBank organizes digital events like U:HAC as they learned and realized that the Bank fully supports digital innovations in its operations as it pursues its goal of Smart Banking to its customers. U:HAC provided the external participants the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills in developing digital solutions not just for the Bank but possibly for the benefit of the society.
In turn, UnionBank will continue to do these digital events so that it can find creative minds, hone these talents and provide support in developing and advancing their careers.
U:HAC 3.0 was organized in partnership with Red Wizard and IBM Bluemix.
UHAC 3.0 external grand winners Team Intern who bagged the P160,000 double up prize.
Team EON Oh! of UnionBankers winning the internal grand prize at U:HAC 3.0.
UnionBank participants at UHAC 3.0.
UHAC 3.0 participants working on their projects.
UHAC 3.0 participants unwind at the pre-UHAC event at PBA Café.
U:HAC 3.0 held at UnionBank Plaza, Ortigas Center.