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Improving Lives with Data, an Australian Payments Council Hackathon

As we head into a world where data is more available, it is important to understand how information can be used to benefit our lives.  It’s also very important to understand some of the key issues around security and privacy that come with handling data.   Further, it’s likely that the new world of payments that’s rapidly emerging will entail greater collaboration between established payments players and technology companies – large and small.

For all these reasons, we’re really pleased to be supporting the Australian Payments Council’s hackathon that will bring together a broad set of participants with a common goal of improving life with data.

The event will take place simultaneously at Stone & Chalk in Sydney and Cognizant’s Collaboratory in Melbourne from 11 to 13 August 2017.  Participants are expected to come from Australia’s burgeoning FinTech community as well as established financial institutions.  They will access a sandbox of emulated and real data provided by the Open Bank Project to bring their ideas to life.

Forming teams, participants will work on one of the two available challenges:

  • Improve daily life: In the words of the Productivity Commission “Data is a new resource for
    our economy and society”. Show us how transactional data can improve the lives of ordinary
    Australians!
  • Improve life in unforeseen circumstances: Daily life is great until something goes wrong. Show us how transactional data can help when the unexpected happens!
    Teams will have about 48 hours to develop applications that demonstrate how transactional data can improve the lives of Australians.

The best overall application in each city will be awarded with a cash prize of $5,000 and there are a range of other prizes to reward creative ideas!

For more details and to register online visit the website http://improvinglifewithdata.com.au/

Nick Cliff

Mr Cliff is the Emerging Technology Lead at AusPayNet.

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