RHB’s virtual hackathon, “Get Your Hack On” attracted participation from a total of 85 teams comprising 189 digital and technology savvy innovators.
The event aimed to challenge participants in finding novel and innovative ways of improving customers’ digital banking experience, has brought individuals from various backgrounds ranging from first year university students, boutique web and applications development companies, full-stack developers and seasoned Hackathon enthusiasts.
Rohan Krishnalingam, Group Chief Digital & Technology Officer, RHB Banking Group said, “The RHB ‘Get Your Hack On’ Hackathon allows us to tap into developing trends, putting us directly in touch with some of the brightest and upcoming local technology innovators while at the same time giving us the opportunity to create new talent pipeline and attract these innovative talents to be part of our digital team.”
The event was supported by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) as the community partner.
Additionally, Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC said, “MDEC will continue to catalyse innovation to increase our capabilities and capacities and today’s initiative, in collaboration with RHB Banking Group, will spur further innovation, leading to operational improvements for the banking sector as well as better customer experiences for the people.”
“Active collaborative platforms between private and public sectors such as this will be crucial to ensure the success of the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) and in realising Malaysia 5.0, a nation that is deeply integrated with technology, providing equitable digital opportunities to the people and businesses,” she added.
Notably, the early rounds of the Hackathon, which took place between June 11 and 13 saw participants present ideas and prototypes to a panel of 15 judges comprised of RHB technology and business specialists, as well as thought leaders and entrepreneurs from the Malaysian tech community.
This culminated with the Grand Finals held on June 19 2021 where 18 teams battled for top honours over their peers.
In accordance with its FIT22 Strategy, RHB continues to focus on advancing its digital transformation to improve customer engagement and acquisition by seamlessly integrating its financial solutions into customers’ digital everyday life.
From 2018 to 2022, the Group has invested RM200 million to developing and improving its digital capabilities. It has achieved faster time-to-market, improved customer centricity, and better collaboration in driving innovation and efficiency, thanks to the Group’s implementation of [email protected] as a work culture.