I was lucky to be part of the team representing DNA Behavior International at a recent 24-hour event in which teams competed to prototype technology for PNC Banks Asset Management Group. We were there alongside other API (application program interfaces) solutions vendors including Microsoft, IBM, and Envestnet Yodlee.
The competition was a great opportunity to showcase how our data and tech solutions serve as a crucial facet – akin to a computer chip – for larger projects. So, while some of our clients and partners know us as a stand-alone solution, it was fun to see a wide array of really smart people – all PNC Bank employees with a variety of skills, including designers, developers, product managers, project managers, business analysts, and marketers – use the fintech API from us and from many other impressive vendors to design, build and pitch their solutions to a panel of judges.
The three use cases participants chose from were Creating a value exchange for financial planning, Prepare the next generation for wealth, and Deliver content as service. Seventy-five participants on 12 teams convened Sept. 27-28 in Pittsburgh for Triple Crown APIFest: Wealth Management’s Winners Circle, competing for cash prizes, bragging rights and the possibility of seeing their ideas put into production. The teams participating in the 24-hour event were selected from a series of judged rounds and design/review hurdles over the past month.
The intensity of the focused, 24-hour competition drove some especially creative ideas and approaches. It is inspiring.
We are proud and a bit humbled that five of the 12 teams used Financial DNA’s API product in their apps. Ultimately, three of the apps integrated with Financial DNA were chosen among the top five of the event. (These using the DNA chip place third, fourth, and fifth.) Businesses worldwide already use our API to win, so it was fun to see so many talented pros create their own wins with one of our core products.
And, as you might guess, a busy, round-the-clock event like this comes with some aspects you’re not likely to see in a more standard work event: 4,800 pounds of food was consumed, along with 720 cups of coffee, 216 Red Bulls and 900 bottles of water. And seven of the teams pulled an all-nighter.
All told, it was a win-win. All of the vendors API solutions inspired the teams and those teams, in turn, inspired us to think beyond our current solutions. What application or partnership is next on our DNA solutions agenda?