Unionbank Hackathon and Convention 2016 – Manila Leg

An exciting week has concluded for all IT developers and entusiast as Unionbank hosts the 2nd leg of the Unionbank Hackathon and Convention (U:Hac) last August 27 and 28, 2016 at the SM Megatrade Hall.

“FinTech Trends and Innovation Disruption in Banking”

Since Unionbank has been The forefront of the digital innovations in the banking industry, the theme for this event gives focus on creating innovations and digital banking solutions to make things easier for everyone.

Day 1 – hackathon day 1 and convention

A total of 60 teams of students and professionals marched in as they brainstorm and create ideas to be presented in the event.

While the hackathon is ongoing, A convention about the trends on the FinTech industry is taking place. Featured speakers from UnionBank, DragonPay, Coins.ph Acudeen Technologies and other companies were invited, covering

topics that include:

  • Innovation is in the UnionBank’s DNA
  • Roadmap of Philippine Fintech Startups
  • Innovations in Data Science and Financial Technology
  • Invoice Innovation
  • Global Money: Top Trends in Mobile Money and Banking

Day 2 – Hackathon day 2 and announcement of winners

The teams of professionals and students are rushing to complete their proposed programs and applications as the hackathon is finally closed. all 60 teams pinched their ideas to make an impression to the UBP judges and mentors.

SET 1:

TEAMS: 2xJR, 3J’s, 4XP, Apple PI, Arctic Devs, Balisong, Bathhala, Chibot, Code Awesome, Code Sword, CodeBehind, CRAV, Flowers, FLUX.

JUDGES: Henry Aguda, Jojo Flores, John Gonzales.

SET 2:

TEAMS: Fraud Alert, Front n’ Back, GibLynx, Grupong Pilantropo, Haraya VR, Hatchit Solutions, HexDev, HeyPay, Innov BBz, Jackcoder Development Team, JUMPER PEEPS, KidTipid, Koud, LETS GO and LongClaw.

JUDGES: Dennis Matutina, Arup Maity, Michelle Rubio, Chris Misola.

SET 3:

TEAMS: Pata Team, PocketMarket, Pumping Lemons, r2bt, R4, seDATA, Silicon Implant, SMART Gilas, SPCBA, Static CJ, Swordfish, Tab, TAHO (Team Anime Holics Organization), Team Distress, Team Dublin & MJ Squad.

JUDGES: Martin Reyes, Edison Go and Martin Lopez-Vito.

SET 4:

TEAMS: Team Fibo, Team Huyu, Team Mamba, Team Poli, Team TBD, Team WP, Team Zealotus, teamBANG!, TeamBCSAD, The Coders Initiative, U:Hac, Wai Hasol, White Cloak, Yamete Senpai, Sanchez Patrick.

JUDGES: Mon Duarter, Paolo Baltao, John San Pedro.

The team’s presentation were judged according to its Technical Difficulty, Innovation, Business Impact and Demonstration. Out of 40 teams, 12 teams were chosen.

Top 12th Finalists: Yamete Senpai, Static CJ, Code Awesome, KidTipid, Chibot, White Cloak, FLUX, HeyPay, the Coders Initiative, JUMPER PEEPS, Team Distress, and Silicon Implant.

the top 12 teams presented their projects again, this time to all the judges, mentors and to the public. Everything is impressive, and some gave constructive criticism. But overall, three teams stood up the most, emerging them as the winner in this year’s hackathon.

The Winners!

2nd Runner up – Static CJ
Their team developed an application that will simplify the process of financial transactions, making it accessible to small businesses and consumers. Their team won Php 40,000 cash prize.

1st runner up – Chibot
Chibot won the cash prize of Php 60,000 by creating a virtual bank that enables clients to gain understanding to the offered banking services.

Grand Prize winner – White Cloak
White Cloak’s SIRI-inspired application – called the UBANK, solves the process of telebanking, while ensuring the security of the user’s bank account.

Their outstanding innovation and presentation really wowed the audience, making them the winner of this hackaton. They went home with a total of Php 160,000 pesos as their cash prize.

U:HAC 2016 was organized in partnership with eon, UNIONBANK, getgo cebu pacific, UREKA, UNIONBANK Customer Finance, ip-converge, A Space Cebu, PLDT Innolab, Manila Workshops and Blast ASIA.

University Partners: CODEC Coder’s Development Circle, School of Management and Information Technology, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological University of the Philippines, and Technological Institute of Philippines (TIP).


Cristal is a freelance web developer and content creator. She currently enjoys her freedom while learning new things outside the comforts of the office confines. She enjoys writing her geek exploits, tech innovations and many more. Reach out to her via email at sailorstarcatcher@gmail.com for events and many more!

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