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Community Spotlight: GAAD Hackathon Winners

June 02, 2023

For this month’s Community Spotlight feature, we're excited to highlight winners from our Global Accessibility Awareness Day Hackathon.

2023-06-01 Community Spotlight GAAD Hack Winners

Last month we hosted our first FINOS virtual hackathon highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Over 200 developers and financial professionals worked together to create innovative solutions on two challenges totaling 3 tracks. The event was a massive success with participants from around the world, over 10 countries. The Closing Ceremony video and the award winner slides are now available.

The first challenge, sponsored by Discover, focused on the challenge of risk compliance for people with disabilities. The mission was to organize a well-rounded team that can leverage new accessibility tools to develop an end-to-end solution that explores novel applications of accessibility for financial services. With two tracks, we have two first place winners!

FINOS GAAD Hackathon - Final Results 2


FINOS GAAD Hackathon - Final Results

The second challenge, sponsored by AXA, focused on the accessibility of complex language in contracts and legal text. The mission was to organize a well-rounded team that can develop a generic solution to simplify the language used in contracts, improve their overall clarity and accessibility, and make them easier to find and understand. 

FINOS GAAD Hackathon - Final Results 3

Finally, view all our winners here and below:

Discover's Atomic Accessibility Design Challenge

  • Hack-The-Code Track
    1. Team CodeWarriors with project Accessify
      • Selorm Lotsu, Swithin Annor Okyere, Robert Ayetey, Ronald Ssebalamu
    2. Team Ninjas with project MarkDowns Accessibility Theme Builder
      • Raja Durai Henry, Elango Ramasamy, Turun Luthra, Vikas Patil
    3. Team The Accessibles with project API Server Modernization
      • Dyslon Valente Neto and Cody Zuschlag
  • Design Thinking Track
    1. Team ADA Ninjas with project Next Gen Accessibility
      • Ankur Bansal, Praveen Prasanna Kumar, Abhishek Tiwari
    2. Team Access Crusaders with project Focused Finance
      • Radhika Brahmandam, Thomas Hatz, Shriraj Parikh, Rannier Veloso
    3. Team Secret Talking with project Secure Talking Device
      • Sanjeev Singla, Ajay Mamgain, Jaya Bande, Prince Chhabra

AXA's Inclusive Contracts Challenge

  • Hack-The-Code Track
    1. Team TurntablTitans with project ComprehendNow
      • Afsanat Inez, Judith Serwaa Ofosu, Elvis Segbawu, Kwame Adu-Poku Sarfo
    2. Team Easy Agreement with project Easy Agreement
      • Ritika Thareja
    3. Team Surfari with project Rachel Chat
      • Moses Zvinavashe

Thank you to Angel Hack, and our sponsors Discover, AXA, Mural, and Nearform for making this event possible!

This hackathon is just one example of the many exciting events and initiatives that we are hosting to promote open source in finance and foster collaboration within the community. If you're interested in learning more about upcoming events check out our website here. 

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