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Nigerian wins £15,000 at SWIFT Fintech competition

Nigerian wins £15,000 at SWIFT Fintech competition
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Nigeria’s Mohammed Dankwambo was part of the team whose Fintech idea won the SWIFT Fintech Competition at the SWIFT Business Forum London.

The team called HADU from the UK’s Warwick Business School (WBS) beat six other teams – including three more from WBS – in the final to win the inaugural SWIFT Institute Challenge. He will therefore share a prize sum of £15,000 with five other university students.

Mohammed, from Gombe state, and team-mates Fiza Hussain, Sneha Sunkara, Yunjing Li, Yat Hung To and Qotrun Nada Haroen, were presented with the cheque by Harriett Baldwin, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and they also won a trip to Sibos, the annual financial services event held in Geneva this September by SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) – the global network that enables financial institutions to send and receive information about financial transactions.

Tasked with identifying a solution to address the challenge of remittances via banks in the UK, HADU presented a solution that focused on using near sound data technology to deliver mobile money and a network of branded high-security buses to do the ‘last mile’ and deliver the cash in Indonesia.

Mohammed says “we were so excited when we heard our name on stage, even after one day, we still can’t believe it. We are very happy and really looking forward to further develop our idea.”

“This is a great win for WBS and the University that reflects the quality of the research and teaching at Warwick,” said Markos Zachariadis, Assistant Professor of Information Systems Management & Innovation and co-author of The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT): Cooperative governance for network innovation, standards, and community.

“The SWIFT Institute Challenge has provided a great opportunity for students to work on real issues from the financial industry. Congratulations to all the finalists and to the winning team. We are very proud of the students.

“Our Fintech module at the school is part of our MSc in Information Systems Management & Innovation course and has been going for three years now, with our graduates landing jobs in major financial institutions and already making an impact. We will seek to develop more Fintech initiatives in the coming years,” he concludes.

The 2016 Challenge was open to any UK-based recognised university, or centre of learning, with an interest in banking and asked students for a solution that would enable someone to send money from their UK bank account to an individual in a country where there is little or no banking infrastructure.

Held at the Tobacco Dock in London, each team was given 10 minutes to pitch their idea to the judges who came from across the financial services industry. They took on teams from King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and London School of Economics and Politics, with HADU coming out on top.

HADU will have their travel and expenses paid for to attend SWIFT’s annual financial services event, Sibos, and the opportunity to pitch their developed solution at the conference in Switzerland.

Peter Ware, Director at SWIFT Institute, says “this is the first year for the Challenge, and we have been very impressed by the quality of the submissions and presentations from the UK Universities involved.

“An interest in banking is important but equally, so is an enthusiasm for devising new and cutting-edge ideas that could really make a difference. They all understand important world issues and are able to think outside the barriers that can exist in a corporate mindset.”

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