Imagine banking with your voice.
The ingenuity of 3 gentlemen and a lady during the Nigerian Re: code hackathon sponsored by Access bank may just make that imagination reality. VoiceIt- the app – allows banking customers to use voice commands to carry out banking operations such as account balance, funds transfer, and airtime purchasing.
Though the application may raise some eyebrows when accent problems are sited, the app is overall a genius idea.The winners of the hackathon took home ₦1.5 million with additional access to Microsoft Azure and the IBM platform for a year. The hackathon was organized by the Africa Fintech Foundry in partnership with Access Bank, Flutterwave, IBM, Microsoft, iDEA Nigeria and others.
The aim of the hackathon was to build brilliant solutions to the most daunting problems faced in financial services today. The event saw 17 teams formed with an array of talented developers, designers, problem-solvers, out-of-the-box thinkers, dreamers, doers, makers, and code magicians, all coming together to develop solutions and value-added services, to improve the customer experience in the banking sector in Africa.
Paysense team, which developed a smart payment and financial advice bot nicknamed Victor came in at placed second. Third place was awarded to the team that developed Fissit, a financial assistance tool for managing money, tracking expenses, and making payments, came third. They received ₦1 million and ₦500,000 respectively and other prizes.