Great minds think together at #HACK19

19-03-13 13:28 | Digital banking | The Digital Hub

Once a year, Nordea employees come together for a two-day marathon hack with the aim of creating new and innovative products. Nordea’s hackatons are open to all employees and thus give people from different areas of the bank an opportunity to meet and exchange knowledge in way that they would normally not be able to. It also provides a unique possibility for Nordea to benefit from the creative minds of our employees.

Since our hackatons are managed by our Graduates, they also provide an opportunity for these young professionals to take responsibility for a project as part of their training period. Line Elmshøj has been in charge of the #HACK19 project.

What was the theme for this year’s hackathon at Nordea?
This year’s Hackathon had three main themes; Customer Centricity, Sustainability, and Data and new Technologies. These themes are very much in line with Nordea’s overall goals and the ideas developed by the participants are judged, among other things, based on how well they align with the themes.

Hackathon in numbers – how many participated and how many ideas were hatched?
We had around 200 hacking participants, in about 35 teams working on different ideas.

What would you say are the benefits of arranging a hackaton?
The Hackathon promotes a culture of innovation and collaboration within the company, as employees from all Nordic countries and Poland work together intensely for two days creating new and exciting concepts. In the spirit of One Nordea, the event is open to all employees, which creates an environment where collaboration between different business units is accelerated.

How good are we at Nordea at nurturing the ideas that emerge during this event? What is the next step after #HACK19?
With so many different business areas involved in the event, we hope that the great ideas will be recognized, picked up, and turned into longer projects. 

The prize for winning #HACK19 is a series of advisory sessions with Group Digital and this will hopefully help the idea mature and increases the likelihood of the realisation of the idea.

This initiative has been running in Nordea for some years now, what is your best memory from any hackathon?
Because the event takes place in five countries all at once, with cross-country and cross-functional collaboration, you really feel connected to all parts of Nordea. Another cool aspect of the Hackathon is that it allows participants to work on something that they are passionate about.

I think my very best memory was when I was in charge of one of the semi-finals in 2018. I was very impressed with just how much the participants managed to produce in the very limited time they had. It was extremely cool to see live demos and prototypes.

In addition, it was so great to walk around the office and watch all the engaged employees. Everyone seemed super dedicated and seemed to have a lot of fun. You could really feel the creative, innovative vibe and the energy level was sky high!

/Line Elmshøj, organiser #HACK18 & #HACK19

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