A global hackathon capitalizing on Santander’s Digital Trust protocol and the need to innovate around how data is shared, verified and trusted

The world’s digital footprint is expanding, with more and more activities being handled online. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic is amplifying societal challenges that were already in place, including identity verification and data privacy. At Santander, we are working to help with new trust verification services built on top of expanded OpenID capabilities.

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Refuting the view that digital channels are fundamentally untrustworthy, the Digital Trust Hackathon encourages teams to come up with ideas to help both companies and individuals thrive securely in a digital world—avoiding risks ranging from delays in important agreements, purchases or services to fraud, identity theft and financial losses.

Challenge and opportunity

Businesses need to move faster to adjust to today’s rapidly evolving changes and to remain competitive—and individuals need to interact and transact easily and safely online. To do that, we all need to be able to trust each other.

The new Santander Trusted OpenID services verify and validate identity anda data of the person or business you are interacting with online. Leveraging this capability, what solutions can you build or improve upon to take advantage of current opportunities?

A few examples: 

  • Integrate DT with existing services that need to prove identity, age, nationality, address, etc.
  • Build your own electronic signature service
  • Use DT data validation capabilities to create a loan service based on users bank records
  • IoT fan? Imagine how you can combine it with DT. 
  • Get creative! 

The hackathon is open to individuals, teams (2-5 people), companies and nonprofit organizations that want to reimagine digital data and create ways for individuals and businesses to interact and transact—safely and securely, without compromising privacy.

The technology

For this hackathon, you can leverage the technology developed by Santander to create your own applications. The Santander Digital Trust protocol, built on top of OpenID open-source technology, allows you to: 1) authenticate your users using bank-grade standards; 2) access verified, high-quality data; and 3) validate facts from users without requiring that they share their personal data.

If you already know how OpenID works, you will find that we have extended it so it’s very easy for you to add new features. For more details, take a look here.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

You don’t need to start something from scratch. You can use an existing app (built by yourself or having the rights to do so), and update it by adding Digital Trust capabilities. That’s a great hack! Just make sure you explain this on the slides or video you present to the jury. 

View full rules

Prizes

$30,500 in prizes

First place

$6000 in cash
1 year free access to Saltedge API - Value: $5000

Second place

$3,000 cash
1 year free access to Saltedge API - Value: $5000

Third place

$1,500 cash
1 year free access to Saltedge API - Value: $5000

Best Student Submission

$500 cash

Most Innovative Idea

$500 cash

Best Working Prototype

$500 cash

Community Hero

$500 cash

An award to 1 Community for its outstanding support to this hackathon.

Organizing team will decide based of promotion efforts by the community.

IBM prize

We'll select 6 projects randomly and send them an IBM perk package.

And to all participants, access to an exclusive offer of 100+ free IBM services

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Individuals or teams of 2-5-people. 
  • You must be at least 18 years old or at age of majority according to the legislation of the place where you reside.For more detailed information check the rules of the hackathon.
  • You don't work for Grupo Santander or provide services for this hackathon.

Requirements

For a successful submission, you need to choose at least two on the following things: 

  • Slide Deck 
  • Git Repository 
  • A Video explaining the propotype
 
Slide Deck/Video

If you decide to submit a slide deck or a video for your solution, this can be uploaded to any Google Drive or Dropbox (with a publicly accessible link).

Make sure you include the following information in your deck:

  • Introduction - An introduction of your team or company.
  • Challenge or Problem - Explain what's the problem you're trying to solve
  • Solution - Articulate the idea and your strategy for solving the problem.
  • Technology - What makes your prototype special? What technologies will you utilize and why?
  • Scaling - How can your prototype be scaled to serve the needs of the millions of people? 
Git Repository

You need to submit your solution as a public Git repository. It could be hosted on any platform like Github, Bitbucket, Gitlab, etc, and must be publicly accessible.

Judges

Cristina Álvarez

Cristina Álvarez
Global CTO - Banco Santander

Elisabet Pinilla

Elisabet Pinilla
CIO and Chief Transformation Officer - Banco Santander

Rod Boothby

Rod Boothby
Global Head of Identity - Banco Santander

Michael Almeraris

Michael Almeraris
Head of Developer and Content Ecosystem - Banco Santander

Lisette Guittard

Lisette Guittard
Global Head of Cyber Secure User Experiences - Banco Santander

Ildefonso Olmedo

Ildefonso Olmedo
Director of Innovation Hub - Santander UK

Alberto Pulido

Alberto Pulido
Senior Lead Engineer at Innovation Hub - Santander UK

José Manuel de la Chica

José Manuel de la Chica
CTO - Santander Universities

Danith Valles

Danith Valles
CTO Global Payments Hub - Banco Santander

Yogish Pai

Yogish Pai
Group VP of Digital Transformation - Banco Santander

José Resendiz

José Resendiz
Group EVP – Head of New Ventures - Banco Santander

Imen Ayari

Imen Ayari
Head of Innovation Factory -Talan

Brett Van Buskirk

Brett Van Buskirk
Growth Innovation Leader - Banco Santander

Juan Tavira

Juan Tavira
Blockchain Architect - Santander Global Tech

Tomás Mariotto

Tomás Mariotto
Superintendent of the Lab 033 - Santander Brazil

Judging Criteria

  • * Impact potential and scalability
  • * Technical complexity and protocol implementation
  • * Go-To-Market plan
  • * Prototype completion
  • * Design and UX

themes

  • Fintech
  • Cybersecurity