18 September 2018

SWIFT Institute announces student challenge finalists

The SWIFT Institute has announced the finalists of its third annual student challenge.

The SWIFT Institute Challenge encourages students to come up with solutions to current global industry challenges in the financial sector. In 2018, 57 Australian universities were asked to devise a solution for securing personal information in an open application programming interface (API) environment.

In recent years, digital transformation has been driven by open banking (or open data), which aims to put customers at the centre—allowing them to receive better deals from their banks—by permitting financial information to be shared securely with other banks and external providers. This brings with it the increased risk of personal banking data being compromised. Understandably so, this new environment has meant that securing data effectively is now a top priority for financial institutions.

Peter Ware, Director of the SWIFT Institute, said: “We were overwhelmed by the positive response to the challenge by students, along with the support of their universities and professors. There were a lot of great ideas submitted, which gave us our own challenge in terms of narrowing it down to the group of finalists who are invited to Sibos.”

The SWIFT Institute selected eight teams from five universities to compete in the 2018 finals:

  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Australia

Teams from these universities will pitch their ideas for securing data in an open banking environment at Sibos 2018, the world’s premier financial services event, to a panel of expert judges and Sibos delegates. The overall winner will receive a prize of AUD30,000.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, the host venue for Sibos 2018, said: “Sydney has established a reputation as an innovation capital and ICC Sydney provides an important connection point for the city’s main financial, scientific and entrepreneurial sectors, alongside educational institutions and the start-up ecosystem. We are immensely proud to provide a world class environment for idea sharing between Australia’s home-grown talent and the rest of the world.”

“The SWIFT Institute Challenge is a leading example of industry and student cross-collaboration. As the host venue for Sibos, we are delighted to see ICC Sydney become a hub of knowledge exchange once again, where the competition finalists can showcase their brilliant ideas to the global financial industry.”

Sibos 2018 will be held from 22-25 October 2018. The SWIFT Institute Challenge final will be spread over two back-to-back sessions at Sibos 2018 on the afternoon of Wednesday, 24 October 2018.

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