General Questions

What’s a hackathon?

A hackathon is a fun event in which software developers, designers, and project managers collaborate intensively to develop awesome projects in 48 hrs.

What’s the end product?

A simple working prototype of a new and innovative idea that is related to the banking and financial services industry.

What are the themes?

This year we are asking you to choose between two themes strategic to the bank’s agenda. The bullet points are some areas we are particularly interested in

1. Home Buying & Ownership

  • Simplify mortgage application process
  • Efficiently update customers on progress
  • Collation of documentation
  • Phone snap of property results in valuation & affordability yes/no
  • Solutions to combine Ulster Bank lending with Bank of Mum & Dad

2. How to Open Banking

  • Consider SME and Corporate banking
  • Work outside in, back from the future
  • Solutions that combine banking with adjacent industries
  • Consider ‘disruptive in extremis’ ideas
  • Avoid: PFM, Nudging, Charitable givings, Voice banking

What support will be available?

There will be people on hand to help with technical setup, API sandbox testing and presentation practice. Every step of
the process will be fully explained during the day.

What’s the schedule?

Check out the schedule for our upcoming events. Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Dinner is on the house!

Who are the participants?

Corporates, University students, FinTech companies, Startups, Vendors are all invited.

Do I have to come with a team?

No! We will help you find a cool team to join if you come by yourself or with a buddy.

What’s the maximum team size?

Up to five individuals.

Should I bring a laptop?


What else should I bring with me?

Please bring the email confirming your event registration. Please also bring one form of Photo ID with you.

Do I have to be a (software) hacker/programmer?

No, business folk, designers and anyone with bright ideas and energy is most welcome!

What if I’ve never been to a hackathon?

Perfect! Come and have a great first experience!

I don’t want to participate, but I am curious…

Come along and watch! We recommend coming during the initial idea pitching and the final presentations even if you can’t
stay for the whole event.

What should I come with?

You can come with ideas for web or mobile applications. We’re looking for ideas that help people experience banking
in a new way, so get creative and build something innovative and unique!

Who owns the IP for my idea?

You. Your idea is yours.

Will there be prizes?

Yes, and the potential chance to present to the board of RBS.

Will there be free food?

Yes. And drinks! And fun activities will be lined up throughout the event.