More than 30 teams from 10 European countries have already applied for the Open Banking Hackathon – CEE online edition. The deadline for applications is September 19.

17 septembrie 2021

There are a few days left until the Open Banking Hackathon – Online CEE Edition starts. More than 30 teams from all across the Europe have already submitted their interest in joining the event.

The 5 days remote competition taking place between 29 September – 3 October 2021 willchallenge fintechs from 10 European countries (Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Greece) to build value creation applications on top of the battle tested Open Banking data aggregation platform provided by Finqware.

„All selected teams will take part in an amazing hackathon experience, receive product and business advice from top jurors and mentors, as well as numerous partner benefits. 🏆 Winners will get a chance at Proof of Concept partnerships, special prizes and up to 5,000 € in cash 💸.” according to the organizers.

Previous editions have shown that Open Banking Hackathon is the perfect launchpad for all dev teams and fintechs to kickstart their projects.

Shaun Daley – TimedFX, Czech Republic, 2020 Grand Winner:

“OBH drove us to launch as a business. Through the acceleration of the program we hit roadblocks faster and learned lessons sooner.

Our experience with the hackathon was fantastic – the best organized online event we have been in. The 1:1 and small group interview/ challenge/ mentoring sessions were extremely valuable in consolidating ideas, improving presentation and helping us understand the many common questions, skeptical perspectives or criticisms we would be likely to hit.”

Having as technology partners Google Cloud, the event is also supported by important banks like Banca Comerciala Romana, Alpha Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, OTP Bank and the National Bank of Romania. Along with them the international law firm CMS and technology companies QUALITANCE and ZITEC have also partnered in the event, interested to see Open Banking getting traction in the financial industry. As supporting partners, DHL Express Romania, Mindspace Bucharest and Digital Intelligence are offering their premises and services to secure a successful hackathon.

The supporting partners interested to contribute to the success  of the event are fintech associations, innovation communities and startup accelerators from Austria (Pioneers, Elevator Lab, Advantage Austria), Czech Republic (Czech Fintech Association), Hungary (OTP Lab), Romania (Techcelerator, InnovX-BCR, Rofin.Tech, Startup Grind Bucharest), Bulgaria (Eleven Accelerator, Bulgaria Fintech), Slovakia (Slovak Fintech) with many more discussing to join the event.

With the support of all the partners who have joined forces, Open Banking Hackathon has become the innovation “Eurovision” contest for fintech in the CEE, offering teams more than just a competition, but an international network for acceleration and growth. 

Alexandru Martiniuc – Spevialk, Romania, 2020 Special Prize Winner:

The hackathon was a very pleasant experience for us! We had fun and learned a lot from the interactions and open discussions with mentors and other participants. This helped us a lot in working through our idea and defining it better. 

It was a great opportunity for us to meet new people and help our team collaborate better.”

Registrations for the hackathon are open until   19th of September 2021  and more details can be found on and on social media.

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Mihai Draghici – CEO PayByFace

„Dupa ce oamenii creeaza un cont PayByFace si au adaugat cardul, selfi-ul si PIN-ul, si au avut un pic de curaj sa se duca sa incerce, daca au incercat o data plata prin recunoastere faciala nu mai folosesc altceva (n.r. ca modalitate de plata). 80% dintre ei numai asta folosesc. Le place la nebunie.” 

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In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale?