Ulster Bank Hackathon @Dogpatch Labs


The 3rd annual Ulster Bank Hackathon which took place in Dogpatch labs, again delivered a frenetic and fun-filled weekend of creation, co-opetition, and innovation. Since 2015 Ulster Bank and the Open Banking team in RBS have been hosting hackathons across the group from Belfast to Chennai.

Participation in the hackathon has continued to grow steadily from 100 attendees in 2016 to over 150 in 2017, and the 2018 event was fully subscribed with over 200 coders, developers, designers, businesspeople and entrepreneurs coming together to focus on three propositions: home buying and ownership, the business of banking, and Ulster Bank internal start-up. Ulster Bank start-up was part of the organisations new intrapreneurship programme that allowed Ulster Bank staff an opportunity to pitch disruptive ideas and technologies to their own organisation.

After the networking and pitching sessions of day one, attendees split up and began to work across 27 teams to develop concepts, improve the banking experience and ‘hack’ these together to create operable and viable propositions to benefit customers. The hard work continued in day two but the teams were supported by 10 expert mentors providing their expertise through dedicated mentoring sessions.

Key partners of Ulster Bank also participated as both competitive teams or as mentors. One of the partners Nile a leading service design consultancy firm were on hand to support teams with a range of items including but not limited to examining user experience and value propositions for each of their ideas. A video diary of their experience at the Hackathon can be viewed below.

Ulster Bank Hackathon 2018 | Video Diary from Nile HQ.

The event culminated in competitive pitches to the judging panel, including Ciarán Coyle, chief administration officer, Ulster Bank; Paddy Flynn, director of geo data operations, Google Ireland; Ian McLaughlin, managing director of home buying and ownership, RBS; Patrick Walsh, managing director, Dogpatch Labs; and Amelia Casey, chief of staff, Ulster Bank.

After careful consideration, team Petrichor from Accenture Ireland were announced as winners of the Ulster Bank Hackathon 2018, with their concept of helping home buyers throughout the lifetime of their mortgage coming out on top. This was the teams second time attending the Hackathon and they referenced the value of the coaching and cooperative nature of the attendees as a key reason for their return.



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