Bankathon #6 – The original returns to Frankfurt

The Bankathon reaches half a dozen! The sixth edition of the FinTech- and banking-related hackathon will take place from 27 to 29 August 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, this time as part of the Handelsblatt Conference “Banking Summit”. The Bankathon brings together representatives of banks and FinTech, developers, industry experts and other interested parties. Based on prototypes developed there, they experience where the “open banking” journey, driven by the PSD2, can go. As an independent platform, the event is the perfect place for open exchange – free of any silo mentality. This is proven by the success it’s already had: after five events, a network of more than 1,000 developers has now been created around the Bankathon, and more than 400 participants have so far programmed around 100 creative solutions.

20 teams, 30 hours, €15,000 prize money

Whether individual developers, prospective founders or entire teams of startups and established companies – everyone is welcome and can prove their creativity in one of the themed tracks which debuted in Berlin and generate a variety of ideas and high-quality prototypes. The framework for the tracks is provided by the PSD2, which is also the topic of the partnering conference, “Banking Summit”. “Both events complement each other perfectly,” explains André M. Bajorat, figo CEO and Bankathon founder. “While experts at the conference are discussing how banks and banking will change in the future, teams at the Bankathon are developing implementation options for it in practice.” Exactly 30 hours are available to the participating teams to implement their ideas in the Frankfurt FinTech hub TechQuartier. The winners can look forward to a total of €15,000 in prize money.

Cooperation with the Handelsblatt Conference “Banking Summit”

Bankathon #6 is part of “Banking Summit”, which takes place 29 to 30 August. The Final Pitches will take place on August 29 as a segment of the Handelsblatt Conference at Kap Europa. There, the teams will present their results to the jury and guests. “For a long time we wanted to expand the ‘Banking Summit’ with a hackathon,” Carola Bergmann, Conference Director Euroforum, explains. “We are all the more pleased that we have now found an ideal partner with the Bankathon.” In addition, André M. Bajorat, together with Bankathon participants at “Banking Summit”, will explain on 30 August why hackathons are so important to the banking industry.

Sponsors and supporters

As always, the sixth edition of the Bankathon will feature giants from the banking scene and finance as sponsors and supporters, including Aareal Bank, apoBank, Association of German Banks, Deutsche Börse Group, Hanseatic Bank, KI finance, main incubator, RatePAY, Senacor, verimi and VISA.

Further information and registration

Interested parties can find out more about the event as well as registration and sponsoring information at


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