Be part of change

Fri 7th, Sat 8th, Sun 9th
April 2017

Shoreditch, London

Applications are now closed and participants are being confirmed.

An open API, you say?

That’s right, we’re opening up our API and we’re planning a weekend-long Hackathon event hosted by Campus London, for you to come and flex your developer muscles.

We're the first UK licensed bank to launch a public API that's ready for PSD2

We’ve built a public API that will enable third-parties - such as your good selves - to access customer data (with their permission, of course) and build on top of the Starling Platform to create products and services that our customers will love.

Whether you want to create a chatbot or help make sense of spending analysis, our API is open to ideas, so grab your laptop and get involved.

What’s in it for me?

Not only will you be part of the very first UK banking hack, you’ll do it at the Campus alongside other talented and passionate people. Also, we’re launching our Developer Platform next month and Hackathon participants will be given exclusive access to the portal to start using our API.

And the best thing about the Hackathon? You’ll have the chance to present your team’s idea to our specially selected Pitch Panel, led by Starling’s very own CEO - Anne Boden. The panel will also include some significant names from the tech and investor world which will be announced soon, so watch this space...

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Friday 7th
  • 6pm: Enjoy a beer and meet the other teams taking part in the hackathon, create a team if you are not already in one
  • 7:30pm: Technical presentation of our API
  • 9pm: Hometime - boo!
Saturday 8th
  • 9am: Welcome Breakfast then time to crack on
  • 1pm-2pm: Lunch
  • 7-8pm: Dinner and drinks
  • 10pm: Hometime - get some rest for tomorrow

Sunday 9th
  • 10am: Doors open - continue coding!
  • 1pm-2pm: Lunch
  • 2:30pm: Pitch time! Present your work to the Pitch Panel and your peers
  • 4:30pm: Judges announce winners and give feedback, networking drinks
Our developers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have during the event
Remember to bring your own laptop and charger for the weekend.

4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX

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The Hackathon is introduced by

Megan Caywood
Chief Platform Officer

Megan has worked in technology in San Francisco, having led product development at Intuit and Xero - two of the world's largest financial technology companies. She holds five patents in financial technology, and regularly writes and speaks on the subject.

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Scott Chow
Chief Product Officer

Scott joined starling from PayPal where he led the product management team for Digital Goods. He has an abundance of skills in Product management, strategic planning, new business development and has industry expertise in technology and financial services.

The Panel

But what’s really exciting about the Hackathon is you’ll have the chance to present your team’s idea to our specially selected Pitch Panel, led by Starling’s very own CEO - Anne Boden.

The panel will also include some significant names from the tech and investor world:

George Berkowski Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO MRRMRR, Author of How to Build a Billion Dollar App

George is the author of the new book How to Build a Billion Dollar App called a “Must read” by the CEO of the billion-dollar app Candy Crush, and “a compulsively readable business book” by Harvard Business School.

George currently runs MRRMRR ~ Mirror Mirror ~ a machine vision and real time facial feature recognition and tracking technology platform and app with hundreds of thousands of users. It brings some of the most compelling and entertaining real time face masks, lens and special FX to a number of huge real time video social networks. It is backed by some of the leading names in the gaming industry, including the founder of Candy Crush.

George was the Head of Product (and employee #5) at HAILO – the world’s largest taxi app. He led the app’s launch into 13 cities across 6 countries, delivering tens of millions of taxi rides. George helped grow the team to over 200 people, and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Michael Boocher Head of Investment Strategy, Sage Technologies
Emma Cloney
Chief Operating Officer, Cloud, SAP UKI LTD

Emma has 23+ years experience in the IT industry in senior roles with global organisations. Experienced leader of teams across multiple functions - Sales, Marketing & Operations. During 14 years at Microsoft recognised as a top performer - 10 years on the "High Potential programme"​; numerous awards e.g. highest global "Circle of Excellence". As COO of Microsoft's European Advertising & Online (A&O) business she led a team (120) who drove Programmatic & Product sales; Trade & Consumer Marketing; Sales Excellence & Account Management for 15 countries.

As COO for the Cloud business her role has direct responsibility for the Cloud revenue number in the UK and Ireland, enabling accelerated revenue growth.

Trustee of charity ICAP and patron member of the Irish International Business Network.

Julia Groves Partner & Head of Crowdfunding, Downing LLP
Eamon Jubbawy
Co-Founder, Onfido
Thomas Olszewski
Associate Investor, Frontline Ventures

Thomas is part of the investment team at Frontline, and has been working in tech, hedge funds and venture capital for the past 8 years. As an investor at Frontline, he is focused on FinTech and enterprise software.

While living in New York, Thomas was a Trader Analyst at a multi-strategy hedge fund. Previously, while working at the Nasdaq, he led software development teams in creating a variety of financial products. One of the applications created during his tenure, Q-Folio, was featured at the iPad launch and pre-loaded on every in store iPad nationwide.

As the Investment Manager of Cavalry Ventures, a Berlin-based seed fund, Thomas worked on a number of deals including

CrossEngage, HeavenHR, McMakler, BuyingShow, and Inkitt.

When not looking for the next big thing, you can find Thomas on his bike. In 2014, he biked from Berlin to Poland, and to celebrate joining Frontline, did a four day tour in the west of Ireland.