The Citizens Challenge 2019

Create prototypes that make a difference in the FinTech world, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and get a chance to win amazing prizes all in one weekend. Join us to experience the Citizens Challenge!


The second annual Citizens Challenge Hackathon, hosted by Citizens Bank with support from the Open Bank Project, is happening October 4 – 6, 2019 at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport.

Now in its second year, the Citizens Challenge is open to developer teams and early-stage startups, and includes coaching, workshops, mentoring sessions and get-togethers over an amazing weekend in Boston.

Over the course of the weekend you’ll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP demonstrating an innovative solution leveraging banking and other data to hack one of three challenges:


  • As we accelerate our digital transformation, how you can help us improve the speed and efficiency with which we serve our customers? Consumer Challenge
  • How might we onboard new commercial customers in a frictionless way? – Commercial Challenge
  • How might we use data to make mobile-first customers smarter about their spending & savings? – Shared Challenge


You’ll be competing for prizes and recognition for your creative ideas! In addition, there will be networking and learning sessions with technologists and business strategist who will help you build, design and pitch your idea to our panel of experts and share their wisdom on how to take your prototype to the next level. You’ll be powered by food and drink and a space purpose-built to support hackers like you.

If you’re keen to have the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and to collaborate to create an exciting prototype of your ideas, register today to secure your spot in Citizens Challenge!

You can follow the Citizens Challenge and share your experience on social media using the hashtag #citizenschallenge

Check out the agenda below to get a flavor for the weekend. If you have any questions you can check out our FAQs towards the foot of this page and if you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for email us at



Day 1

  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Registration
  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome address
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Challenges and API Overview
  • 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Initial Pitches
  • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Working Time & Mentors Circulate
  • 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Drinks

Day 2

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Plenary – Who is working on what
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Working Time (3 Hours) & Mentors Circulate
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am (A) API Workshop
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm UX Workshop
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Working Time (3.5 Hours)
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (B) API Workshop
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Art of the Pitch
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Day Wrap Up Plenary
  • 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Open Working Time

Day 3

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Plenary – Who is working on what
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Working Time
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch + About Us Panel
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Working Time
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Citizens Technology
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Demonstrations
  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm CIO Citizens Pitch / Judge Deliberation
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Award Ceremony and Closing
  • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Reception



Who owns the IP of the code I created?

  • All intellectual property rights in the ideas and applications of a participant shall remain owned by, and shall vest in, the participant who creates them. See Terms and Conditions for more information.

Do I have to come with a team?

  • No! We will help you find a great team to join.

What’s the #hashtag?

What is the minimum age of a participant?

  • 18.

Can I see something from a previous hackathon?

  • Sure, see this video from last Challenge Challenge in 2018.

What’s the maximum team size?

  • Six individuals.

Should I bring a laptop?

  • Yes. Even if you’re not coding it’s a good idea to bring some kind of internet-enabled device.

Do I have to be a coder?

  • No, entrepreneurs, designers and anyone with bright ideas and energy is most welcome.

What if I’ve never been to a hackathon?

  • Perfect. Come and have a great first experience!

Can we sleep over at the hackathon?

  • No, not this time. At some point we’ll go have some drinks, get some sleep and return bright and early.

Who can I contact to learn more about the event?

Where is the Hackathon taking place?

  • District Hall Boston 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA


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