Paris is the center of the hacking world during these days. After six months from the start of the BNP Paribas International Hackathon, in fact, the final battle was fought today in Paris and... wait for it... our startup Spidchain won it receiving the award for the international integration and scalability of the project!

Let's start from scratch.

Everything started in June with an intense weekend held simultaneously in Rome, at our headquarters, and in 9 other cities of the world.

After the hackathon weekend, five selected teams, BankonVR, BB Boyz, GoSherpy, Mendua, and SpidChain started a program that allowed them to refine their projects through the mentorship of experts from LUISS ENLABS, BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, BNL Wealth Management and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions. The projects were presented again to the hackathon jury that selected two teams for the final Demo Day: BB Boyz and Spidchain.

The story doesn’t end here… After further evaluations, Mendua has been invited to the final Demo Day! So, here the three lucky teams that pitched in Paris:

  • BB Boyz, alias LUISS ENLABS' startup BaasBox, who developed BNL Boon, a web app that helps people achieve their own desires throughout their life and allows BNL to offer the right service to the right customer at the perfect moment.
  • Mendua, a team composed by three boys from three different LUISS ENLABS' startups, who created a marketplace for goods acquired through leasing for SMEs.
  • Spidchain, a startup recently graduated from LUISS ENLABS Acceleration Program, which has developed a project that speeds up the process of registering to online bank services and other types of online services.

We are beyond happy to have won the BNP Paribas International Hackathon. – says Gabrile Marazzi, CEO of Spidchain - Not only it was a great experience, but also a great opportunity to present our solutions to a truly interesting audience. Being part of this hackathon was also great because it gave us the chance to look closely at many international projects, which were all very interesting. This is the real strength of this hackathon, the fact that it involved so many different cities, because diversity is the key to innovation. We thank the tutors and the staff of BNL BNP Paribas, who stood by us in these 4 months of solution co-shaping, who gave us useful information and validated our solutions from a technical and legal standpoint, thanks to the IT and the legal departments. Winning the hackathon opens new possibilities for our startup, starting with the one of integrating our solutions in the services provided by BNL.

For the second year in a row an Italian team wins the BNP Paribas International Hackathon, now everything we do is wait for the next edition!