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UnionBank continues hackathon series to challenge students in app development
By Jonnah Pante - on 14 Jul 2017, 3:40pm

UnionBank continues hackathon series to challenge students in app development

UnionBank of the Philippines has announced the continuation of its nationwide hackathon sessions intended to encourage IT students, working professionals, and digital enthusiasts to develop software applications.

Dubbed as the <U>HACK & PL@Y, this year’s hackathon sessions will challenge its participants in developing solutions related to the problems surrounding the banking and e-commerce industry by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual Reality (AR & VR), identity authentication, robotics, and data analytics.

“We are redefining UnionBank through its digital transformation journey. Part of this journey is our commitment to innovate and stay relevant with the changing times. Through this series of hackathons, UnionBank will be able to harness the strengths and potentials of digital talents in developing digital banking solutions that can elevate the bank to a much higher level,” UnionBank Chairman and CEO Dr. Justo A. Ortiz emphasized.

In a press event held at the UnionBank Plaza, UnionBank Senior Vice President and Head of Eon Banking Paolo Baltao also shared that the hackathon series is just a small part of the bank’s larger move on gearing toward the digital era.

(from L-R) UnionBank Senior Vice President and Head of Eon Banking Paolo Baltao, UnionBank Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dennis Omila, UnionBank Senior Vice President and Head of Technology Solutions Group Ramon Duarte, and UnionBank Senior Vice President and Human Resource Director Michelle Rubio.

“So I want to take this opportunity to tell you that we’re coming out with new products. Aside from all the ideas that come from <U>Hack, the bank continues to go further into its digital transformation strategy by coming out with new services and new experiences that are enabled by technology. For example, you would see our soon-to -be launched Convergent Banking which is our channels on mobile Internet. All the learnings and all the insights that we got, we’re putting it all to improve and so that we will come new experiences aided by technology,” Baltao added.

Aside from the <U>Hack&Pl@Y, UnionBank will also host the <U>HACKADEMIA which will focus on giving free trainings to select school staff who handles digital courses in universities and colleges.

This year’s <U>Hack&Pl@y will commence in Cebu City in July 15. Interested applicants and participants may inquire through UnionBank’s website.