Voice IT Wins Access Bank-Sponsored 48-Hour Hackathon


Voice IT, an Android app that helps temporarily or permanently disabled bank customers to carry out transaction with the aid of a natural voice interface with artificial intelligence, has emerged winner of Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) 48-hour Recode Nigeria hackathon sponsored by Access Bank.

The winning team received N1.5 million cash from Access Bank, one year access to IBM Bluemix artificial intelligence platform worth over N10 million, one year access to Microsoft BizSpark developer toolkit worth over N6 million and mentoring from the AFF team.

Packaged to address challenges of customer experience and value creation opportunities beyond payment in Africa, the competition received 18 teams and 70 participants who are developers, start-ups and fintechs. The objective was to develop innovation that could help shape the future of banking.

Group Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, said: “Access Bank is the first Nigerian bank to fully support the hosting of a fintech hackathon. We are committed to giving our customers the best value and to supporting the fintech community in Nigeria.”

AFF spokesperson, Victor Okigbo said the participants were subjected to 48-hour intense burst of ideation and execution with teams of bankers and programmers co-creating working prototypes and experimenting with innovative customer-centric approaches to old challenges.

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