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Hong Leong Bank re-launches hackathon to hire fit-for-future talent



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Hong Leong Bank (HLB) has brought back the Can You Hack It 24-hour hackathon following its debut success last year.

To be held on 27 and 28 April 2019 at Menara Hong Leong in Damansara City, the initiative falls under HLB’s digital innovation push. It offers prizes of RM15,000 in cash, potential employment opportunities at the bank and even further funding and support for incubator or accelerator programmes for promising projects that are presented.

A collaboration with JomHack Malaysia, Google Cloud and Rakuten RapidAPI, Can You Hack It is one of HLB’s initiatives in solving the challenge of hiring fit-for-future talent while immediately rewarding individuals and teams who demonstrate innovation and great ideas for better banking.

These collaborations enable participants to build greater functionality and flexibility into their solutions through shared APIs, which are essentially a standardised way for applications to share information.

The hackathon is designed to allow participants to propose their ideas or solve problem statements provided by the Bank and then demonstrating a working prototype to a panel of HLB’s key executives and observers from the local digital industry and VC scene.

With over 150 FinTech developers and designers in one place, it will explore the limits of their imagination in the field of financial products, banking experiences, and in the discovery of new uses for existing technologies.

Domenic Fuda, Group Managing Director and CEO of HLB, said: “We were very impressed with the energy and out-of-the-box creative thinking demonstrated by last Hackathon’s participants, especially given the fact that they only had a day to complete the challenge and that’s the reason Can You Hack It is now one of the platforms we use for hiring.

“Some of the previous hackathon participants have interned with us and have also joined us full-time.   In addition, we are also collaborating with some of the teams to commercialise their ideas. This year, apart from discovering fit-to-hire new talent for the bank, we want to focus on finding new thinking around how we can delight our customers through smarter banking experiences.”

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