India's First Account Aggregator Hackathon
In 2016, NPCI launched the UPI payments network which took off like a rocket ship; in May 2020, UPI was used by almost 100 million people, with a total transaction volume of ~1.25 billion (greater than American Express globally).
It is now time for the launch of the Account Aggregator (AA) framework. From this month onwards, some of the nation's biggest and most esteemed banks will go live on the AA network.
There is no better time for developers, startups, and engaged citizens to learn more about the potential of this system and to start building on top of it.
For this reason, India's first Account Aggregator Hackathon is being announced - a 4-week virtual event hosted in partnership with Devfolio.
A link to the official announcement can be found here.
Consent Management UI/UX: This theme deals with designing informed consent journeys for users of Account Aggregators. How can the consent flow for users be made more accessible, understandable, and secure? Can you design consent flows for low-literacy users? Feature phone users? What does a consent authorization chain look like for SMEs and enterprises? Is there a certain design language or iconography that can make the consent experience better for users?
Security and Middleware: Once a customer's data has been shared with an FIU, how can the customer gain confidence that the data will be deleted after the consent period expires? How can it be made easier for banks and other FIUs to adopt the AA framework? Can we develop secure environments for lenders to extract insights from user data without revealing the data itself? How can consent fraud be minimized? How can interoperability and user onboarding be enhanced?
FIU Use Cases: What useful applications can be built with a user's financial data? Personal finance managers? Expense trackers? Robo-advisors? How about tools for underwriting? Or data enrichment?
AI/ML: Thanks to the AA framework, app developers will have a much easier time getting access to high-fidelity customer financial data (with consent, of course). How can you use this data to give value to the customer? Personalized expense managers and savings recommendations engines? Individualized consumer spending models? Underwriting models? What insights would you generate if you could convince users to share their spending and investment data with you?
Hackers will form teams and begin brainstorming
Hackers will apply to the AA Hackathon on the Devfolio website
Selected teams will begin hacking
There will be an online inauguration event to kick things off, with public demos and learning sessions by Account Aggregators
Teams will have 4 weeks to work on their idea
During the course of these 4 weeks, there will be periodic online masterclasses and mentorship sessions
At the end of the 4 weeks, teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges
To close the event, there will be a closing ceremony in which the winning teams make a public presentation of their projects
Top teams working on each theme will be eligible for a prize, with the total prize money for the event over ₹3,50,000.
Everyone is welcome to participate, be it students, professionals or startups. Participation is based on interest in fintech and ability to build - whether that’s writing software, designing beautiful UX, product management, or something else entirely.
Yes, you can submit projects in teams of 2-5 people. Most teams aim to have a mix of people with both design and developer skills.
We invite applications from individuals as well. Since the hackathon is strictly a team competition, after being accepted to participate in the hackathon, individuals will need to create/join a team with other accepted hackers with a minimum of 2 members. We’ll have team formation and ideation events geared towards helping you find people to work with during the hackathon. You can also join our Telegram Group to find potential teammates.
The applications will close on July 5th at 11:59 pm (IST).
Pretty much everything from socializing with your fellow hackers in the community to the chance to build on top of India's groundbreaking new infrastructure. We also have over ₹3,00,000 worth of prizes up for grabs! Most of all, you will gain an unparalleled learning experience and memories for a lifetime!
We’re looking for people who "do"! Folks who are passionate enough to work on crazy world-changing ideas. Tell us what makes you apply to the Account Aggregator hackathon, what excites you, accomplishments you are proud of and whatever else you think can strengthen your chances of acceptance. We’ll get to know more about your abilities from the past projects, GitHub profile, participation/awards in other hackathons.
Yes! The question asking about an idea that can be built using the Account Aggregator framework is an evaluation metric and unrelated to the final project you end up building.
You are free to build on any idea you wish to on the Account Aggregator framework once accepted, even if it is different from the idea you have mentioned in your application.
IP of the projects developed in the hackathon will reside with the creators of the project.
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Participation in the Account Aggregator hackathon is completely free.