A PwC team have been announced as the winner of the Best Consultancy Firm project at the 2019 Ulster Bank Hackathon which took place at Dublin’s Dogpatch Labs over the weekend of 12 - 14 April.
The PwC submission, titled Home2Home, was selected as the winner among stiff competition from a variety of Ireland’s top technology and digital consultancy firms.
Over 200 coders, designers, and entrepreneurs gathered for a weekend of innovation, competition and fun to use technology to develop new solutions for the future of banking. Ireland’s largest Fintech Hackathon was aimed at creating better services for banking customers, and the theme of the event this year was to enable “Everyday Banking and Collaboration".
Pictured are the winning team in the Best Consultancy Firm project, PwC team, Home2Home (l-r): Farnaz Noori, Mayank Deshwal, Amanda Holden, Kiernan Hannon and Laura Tattersall. Absent from photo are Home2Home team members: Henry Baffoe and Michelle Baeten from PwC's Salesforce team in the UK.
The PwC team built a prototype of a dedicated financial advisor app on the Salesforce platform, which would allow customers to schedule out-of-hours video-based support calls with financial advisors. This app would support customers in commencing and completing applications for financial products such as mortgages, pensions and investments.
This solution also uses technology which would enable home-based, flexible working arrangements for employees and ultimately an improved employee experience.
PwC’s win is an indication of the growing capability in the areas of Experience Design, Digital Transformation and Technology.
Kieran Hannon, senior manager within PwC’s Digital team said: “We were keen to design a possible solution that uses technology in a practical way to improve the customer and employee experience. Home2Home reimagines the possible in terms of how everyday banking services will be delivered in the bank of the future.
“We are delighted to participate again in the Ulster Bank hackathon. This was the largest event yet, and we were delighted to win in the consultancy category with so many great ideas, solutions and teams on show.
“It was a fun but tough weekend with some seriously stiff competition. It was a great feeling to come out on top.”
Joe Heneghan, Chief Administrative Officer, Ulster Bank said: “At Ulster Bank we are strong supporters of innovation and I’m delighted to say that once again this year the Hackathon produced some really strong ideas, which have the potential to deliver better, industry-leading services for our customers. I want to congratulate all the winners, including the PwC “Home2Home” team, and thank everyone who took part in this brilliant and inspiring weekend for sharing their ideas and abilities.”
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