What is FINSPIRE Hackathon?

FINSPIRE Hackathon is the premier annual event of FINSPIRE where hustlers, hackers and hipsters from universities team up to ideate, design, build and pitch their Fintech-inspired innovations. Get ready for 48 hours of intense excitement and be Finspired by fellow university students, tech leaders, entrepreneurs and industry experts!

This year, with safety and health in mind, FINSPIRE Hackathon will be transformed into an online format. We are committed to delivering the same engaging experience from kick-off to workshops to final pitching.

Due to the change in format, all participants, including previously registered participants, are required to submit a new registration.

See you online!


Powered by Convoy, FINSPIRE is a talent nurturing platform aims at uplifting and inspiring young people in Hong Kong by cultivating and developing their future skills and growth mindset, and ultimately, building a culture of innovation in the community.

Who is it for?

Are you aspired to transform finance through technology? We welcome all local and overseas university students, and recent graduates with less than 2 years of work experience to join us.

We are especially looking for:


Growth hackers who specialize in business, marketing, strategy and operation.


Coders and engineers who turn ideas into tangible products.


Designers who optimize User Interface (UI) and User Experience. (UX)

Why should I join?

Join and Win

  • HK$100K in Cash & Prizes
  • Entrepreneurship training by MIT HK Innovation Node
  • 12-week exclusive mentorship programme

Learn from the best

  • Workshops and mentoring sessions by 20+ tech leaders, entrepreneurs and industry experts.
  • The champion team will be offered a 12-week intensive Mentorship Programme.
  • Team members of the champion team will have the exclusive opportunity to learn from elite local Fintech experts through job shadowing.

Turn your ideas into reality

  • Outstanding contestants will be invited to join INNOHUB, an internal think tank for innovation at Convoy.
  • Amazing exposure and experience working alongside with senior executives, IT experts and marketing specialists to tackle the biggest challenges.

Fintech for You

Youth-centric projects that empower smart, fun and secure lifestyles.

Fintech for Business

Commercial-centric projects that transform security and operation efficiency.

Fintech for Good

Purpose-driven projects that address social and environmental needs.

Wilson Lam
Digital Technical Lead | Convoy Global Holdings Limited
Julio Orr
CEO & Founder | Happyer
Thomas Huang
Partnerships and Projects Lead | Happyer
Andy Lam
Assistant Manager | Convoy Global Holdings Limited

Hackathon Timetable!

MAR 27, 2020 (Fri)
  1. 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

  2. 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

    Technical workshop by Microsoft

MAR 28, 2020 (Sat)
  1. 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

    Day 2 Opening Remarks

  2. 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM

    Design-thinking Workshop

  3. 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Mentorship Sessions

  4. 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Pitching Workshop

MAR 29, 2020 (Sun)
  1. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Mentorship Sessions

  2. 1:00 PM

    Project Submission Deadline

  3. 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Team Pitches

  4. 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Result Announcement & Closing Remarks


frequently asked questions

  • How do I Register?

    Interested participants are required to register individually on Eventbrite. Upon successful registration, you will need to finalize your team members with the Team Registration Form.


    Due to the change in format, all participants, including previously registered participants, are required to submit a new registration.

  • What's the team size?

    Each team should have 2-6 people. Teams are recommended to have a mix of hustlers, hipsters and hackers:
    HUSTLERS : Growth hackers who specialize in business, marketing, strategy and operation
    HIPSTERS : Designers who optimize User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX)
    HACKERS : Coders and engineers who turn ideas into tangible products

  • How are teams formed?

    If you already have a team, make sure that all your team members are registered individually and then fill out the Team Registration Form to finalize your team members.

    If you do not have a team or need more members to join your team, you may share additional information about your project ideas, capabilities and interests with other participants through our Match-making Form.

    All teams are required to submit their Team Registration Form by Mar 25, 2020.

  • What will be provided?

    Plenty of learning opportunities through mentoring sessions and workshops on Fintech, Microsoft Azure, design-thinking and pitching.

  • What are the deliverables?

    1. A 3-minute pitch video with a working demo of your prototype.

    2. Source code of your prototype.

    3. Lean canvas.

    *Slide deck is optional.

  • Do I need to build everything fresh?

    To ensure fairness, teams should start planning, ideation and building at the hackathon. While you are not allowed to build on past projects, you are recommended to make good use of public API and data sources. Winning projects may be subject to code review to ensure code freshness.

  • What are the prizes?

    Winning team receives a HK$50,000 case prize! 2nd Place gets HK$30,000 and 3rd Place gets HK$20,000! There are also entrepreneurship training by MIT HK Innovation Node, 12-week exclusive mentorship programme as well as prizes for best Hustler, Hipster and Hacker.

  • Enquiries?

    Email us at [email protected]

Judging Criteria
  • 1. Innovation & Creativity

  • 2. Design & Execution

  • 3. Business & Social Impact

  • 4. Collaboration & Presentation