VoiceIt, a Voice banking app, has won the 2017 Re: Code Nigeria hackathon. As the winners VoiceIt will be taking home ₦1.5 million and in addition to the prize money they will also be receiving access to Microsoft Azure and the IBM platform for a year.
VoiceIt allows banking customers to use voice commands to carry out banking operations such as checking one’s account balance, transferring funds, and purchasing airtime for one’s mobile phone are done using voice. All you got to do is talk and the App does all the work.
The awards were 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.
The teams then battled it out for two days until the winners emerged. VoiceIt were the overall winners, with the 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.
Asides the cash prize, the VoiceIt team will receive free training and mentorship from the Africa Fintech Foundry, and given one year free access to the Microsoft Azure and IBM platform.