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    FDIC Announces Winners of Tech Sprint to Reach Unbanked Consumers

    September 13, 2021

    The tech lab of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) selected three winning teams in a tech sprint designed to explore new technologies and techniques to help banks meet the needs of unbanked consumers. The FDIC tech lab FDITECH had launched this tech sprint on July 06, 2021 and the submissions were reviewed for the criteria of creativity, market readiness, and effectiveness or impact, to select one team focused on each of these areas. The program was intended to bring together banks, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, private-sector companies, and various other stakeholders in a collaborative setting for typically 2-3 weeks to focus on challenges of importance to FDIC.

    The following teams were selected in the tech sprint:

    • Goalsetter team. Team comprises the organization named Goalsetter, which was chosen for an idea meeting the criteria of creativity. Creativity in this context is defined as how new or different was the team’s approach and to what degree did the approach introduce a potential paradigm shift in how financial institutions serve the unbanked."
    • NAAC-Talino Finance team. Team comprises National Asian American Coalition and Talino Venture Labs, which were chosen for the criteria of market readiness. Market readiness criteria has been defined as the time it would "take to bring the approach to market and have users adopt the solution"
    • Onramp team. Team comprises Amazon Web Services, Narmi, and Galileo, which were chosen for the criteria of effectiveness or impact Effectiveness or impact is defined as the degree to which "the approach has the potential to make a practical and concrete improvement to the number of unbanked or the existing relationship between the unbanked and their financial institution. In addition, how did the approach add value for a variety of stakeholders, such as the unbanked, consumers, and banks?"

     

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    Keywords: Americas, US, Banking, FDITECH, Fintech, Regtech, Tech Sprint, Financial Inclusion, FDIC

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