Calling all developers and future fintech entrepreneurs

#OpenBankHack18 - a 48 hour hackathon to create innovative banking services using the Railsbank Open Banking API
November 23-25th 2018
Win cash prizes and swag
University of Greenwich
Dreadnaught Building
What is #OpenBankHack18?

If you’re keen to be creative and push the boundaries of what can be built using APIs for Open Banking and fund management, and want to build the next generation of innovative banking, fund management and compliance services, and win cash prizes, then #OpenBankHack18 is for you.

#OpenBankHack18 is a 48 hour hackathon where attendees will form teams and collaborate with mentors (several fintech legends will be attending, judging and mentoring) to create amazing solutions to challenges based around:

  • Tackling financial crime

  • Taking compliance manuals from the world of paper into the world of digital

  • Opening up the world of fund management; and

  • Building a challenger bank in 48 hours

At the end of the hack there will be cash prizes for the best technical and business solutions.


Why come to #OpenBankHack18?

#OpenBankHack18 will bring together professionals, students, industry experts, and fintech legends who are passionate about fintech and building the future of financial services. So come along to find a co-founder, meet someone new, have fun or simply learn a new skill!

Win up to £1750 in cash prizes: 

£750 for Best Overall Solution,

£500 for Best Technical Solution

£500 for Best Pitch. 

Agenda for #OpenBankHack18
Friday 23rd November

6:00pm Registration

7:00pm Welcome & Railsbank Challenge introduction

7:15pm Form your team

7:45pm API workshop

8:15pm Team Dinner

8:45pm Hacking starts

9:15pm Snacks

Bring your sleeping bag if you want to hack overnight.



Saturday 24th November - hack continues

7:00 am -8.30am Breakfast

09:30am Morning walk/workout (optional)

12:30pm Lunch

1.30 pm After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

3:00pm Status reports, call for help

6:00pm Dinner

8:00pm After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00pm Snacks


Sunday 25th November -  Coding getting serious

9:00am Breakfast

10:30am Pitch training

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Presentation Prep & Tech Check

2:00pm Technical judging

3:00pm Team pitches

3:30pm -4.00pm Judges deliberation, prize giving and wrap up



  • Individuals or teams can register.

  • Each team can have max 8 members.

  • You will need to bring your laptop, devices, and things to build your solution

  • Slideware is prohibited and will be disqualified from judging.

  • Software or hardware based solutions only will be eligible for prizes.

  • 100 people max

  • Railsbank will provide challenges (ideas) and release them to the attendees

  • The event culminates with presentations in front of a panel of Fintech leaders

  • We'll be sending updates via email and social media to registered attendees (and in some cases to the waiting list)

  • Over 18s only

  • The creators will own their IP. If you work in teams, you should decide/agree up-front on IP Rights before developing.



Chief Technology Officer

Peter Bainbridge-Clayton

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Chief Technology Officer


Andy Thomas


Open Innovation


Alexa Fernandez