Muscat: The National Bank of Oman (NBO) has conducted a multi-day roadshow, visiting more than 10 schools and colleges across the Sultanate to encourage young developers and designers to sign up for its annual NBO Hackathon.
To be held at the bank’s headquarters on November 10 and 11, participants will spend 24 hours developing innovative solutions to some of the most pressing problems faced in banking, customer services and challenges involved with creating Smart Cities.
“Encouraged by the resounding success of the 2017 NBO Hackathon, the largest hackathon in the financial services industry, we are again inviting passionate young talents to register and share their innovations. We were amazed with the quality of prototypes showcased during last year’s event,” said Faizal Mohamed Eledath, General Manager and Chief Transformation Officer at NBO.
He added, “NBO is proud to have been championing the spirit of innovation among youngsters in Oman for many years now, through platforms such as SME Awards, the NBO Hackathon and Ibtikar.”
In 2017, NBO hosted the first Hackathon in the financial industry sector with over 300 participants innovating around the clock. This year, using any platform, framework, language, or hardware device, participants are encouraged to create solutions that showcase what the future should look like. The options are endless, with participants leveraging technology to create a service or product offering that makes life easier and builds trust amongst customers. Students are encouraged to register, as applications close on October 25, 2018.
Whether designing a new product or adapting an existing one, the teams that create the most innovative technologies will be awarded cash prizes, including internships and potential employment opportunities with NBO and its technological partners.