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3rd BNP Paribas International Hackathon: this weekend, 28 startups secured their ticket for the 2nd phase of the competition

The third BNP Paribas International Hackathon was held last weekend simultaneously in the ten participating countries. 22 Group entities took part in this new season. 160 startups competed to come up with creative solutions around the central theme: “optimising customer experience in the Bank”.

Last weekend, start-ups mobilised to work on a series of challenges relating to the customer experience. They developed their customer-focused projects supported by Group business line experts, in Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Nanjing, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore and Warsaw.

Attending the event, Jacques d’Estais, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas and co-sponsor of the BNP Paribas International Hackathon, commented: “Working with startups is a win-win cooperation : they enable us to offer innovative products and service and we benefit from their disruptive ideas and agile ways of working. We help them develop their business.” 

Having come to encourage the start-ups, Thierry Laborde, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas and co-sponsor of BNP Paribas International Hackathon, added: “The international Hackathon is an important part of our innovation strategy. The challenge this year is to create a state of the art customer experience to better serve our customers. This is fully in line with the digital transformation plan of the bank.”

The 2016 edition has already fulfilled its promises, with five of the nine finalists currently finalising their projects with the Bank. For example, Carsift and BNP Paribas Personal Finance will soon launch a tool offering advice on buying a car, the startup "Cadre de Vie”, BNP Paribas Cardif and BNP Paribas’ retail bank in France will propose a real estate portal offering integrated services before the end of the year.

After this first weekend, selected startups will have the opportunity to develop their solutions during a co-creation phase. They will be supported by the Group’s leading experts and resources to turn their project into an operational solution, serving BNP Paribas customers.

The BNP Paribas International Hackathon also reflects the accelerated pace of BNP Paribas’ digital transformation, and has a special, long-term place in its open innovation ecosystem.

Who are the big winners of this first round?

In France, they are 8:

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

  • wiGroup

wiGroup Is a Saas software company specialized in mobile transactions. It as been selected for its mobile retail reward solution.

  • Serious Factory

Serious Factory is the editor of the VTS software that allows users to create behavioral simulators for training, without the need for technical or design skills.

Banque Privée France

  • Q°emotion

Q°emotion is a digital platform that analyzes and monitors the emotions of the audiences with innovative semantic algorithms.

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

  • Visiblee

Visiblee is a SaaS solution which identifies anonymous B2B website visitors and converts them into clients

BNP Paribas Cardif

  • is a sales & marketing chatbot software with advanced business analytics capabilities.


SPIXII creates superior automated customer experiences for banks and insurance companies, when selling and servicing their products.

Retail Banking France

  • Celestory

Celestory is a solution allowing the creation of personalized learning apps without coding, based on audiovisual pieces of content.

And discover here the other 20 winning startups.

Relive the International Hackathon experience

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 74 countries, with more than 192,000 employees, including more than 146,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.