Swiss Re's reputation as a leader in the insurance industry is not by chance.  As a company, we are passionate about attracting and developing talent, and sparking innovation throughout the industry.  We strongly believe in the power of innovation and are continually working to promote this culture within our company.    
As a result, Swiss Re is joining forces with technology leader IBM to co-host a worldwide hackathon event! The event will take place in two major hubs, New York City and Bangalore. Talented designers and developers who have a passion for developing user based apps, data science, and cognitive technology are all invited to participate and compete for a grand prize money for the 1st place INR 300,000! , 2nd place INR 200,000 and 3rd place INR 100,000

The challenge: Teams of up to 5 persons will have a total of 48 hours to develop a new web or mobile app, centered on the theme "My Personal Risk Advisor" (See "The Project" for more details)

The catch: Hackers will have the opportunity to work with IBM's own cloud platform, IBM Bluemix, and apps developed must utilize at least one cognitive component available in Blue mix.

The event will take place at Work Bench Projects in Bangalore on January 30th and 31st.  Sign up for this amazing opportunity now! Registration closes January 20th 2016.

Core hours for the Work Bench Projects will be from 8:30am 30th January to 6:00 pm 31st January. The planned schedule is as follows. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.


8:30 a.m.

Doors Open, Registration

9:30 a.m.

Opening Presentations

10:30 a.m. Design Thinking

11:00 a.m.

Coding Begins!

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Swiss Re "Expert" Office Hours

3:00 p.m.

IBM Expert Office Hours

6:00 p.m.

Evening snack

8:00 p.m.



Coding to continue all night!



8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Last minute touch-ups

11:30 a.m.


1:00 p.m.

Round 1 Judging Begins

2:30 p.m.

Round 2 Judging Begins

5:30 p.m.


6:00 p.m.




Open to all coders/developers


Hacker participants will be given a common project theme to guide the app design and development over the weekend. Projects will be judged based on a common judging criteria. (For judging criteria please see the "Rules" tab.)

The theme for the app is "My Personal Risk Advisor". It must incorporate at least one Watson cognitive component in the IBM Bluemix suite and should be a working app. The purpose of the app is to enable individuals or small business owners to assess their total risk profile and learn about various product offerings. Teams have the flexibility to decide which portions of the app they will develop most in depth to present to the judging panel.

Certain data sources (mainly open data sources) will be made available for participants in the following key risk categories:

My Personal Risk Advisor: (Individual)

  1. Health
  2. Mortality
  3. Mental health
  4. Crime
  5. Home
  6. Family
  7. Identity
  8. Retirement  
  9. Toys (e.g. cars, boats, motorcycles etc.)
  10. Wallet (financial security)

My Personal Risk Advisor: (Small Business)

  1. Building(s) or location
  2. Merchandise or services
  3. Business profits
  4. Employees
  5. Supply chain
  6. Data
  7. Financial wallet
  8. Fleet /vehicles
  9. Cyber network
  10. Intellectual property
  11. Natural disasters

Participants can choose to solely focus on the above categories and related data sources, but are also welcome to use their own creativity and sources to supplement or redefine the categories.

Additional details about the project will be communicated during the opening presentations.

Note: Ownership of the apps developed will remain with the development teams.

Hackathon Sponsors


First Prize for the Winning Team

INR 300,000 Prize Money (per team)
An opportunity to present the app to the Swiss Re Shared Services Bangalore Management team
An interview for a Swiss Re job or internship
An extended IBM Bluemix License
Your photo on the Swiss Re /IBM event site!
Second Prize for the Winning Team

Second Prize

INR 200,000 Prize Money (per team)
An interview for a Swiss Re job or internship
An extended IBM Bluemix License
The following attachment contains additional prize details.
Third Prize for the Winning Team

Third prize

INR 100,000 Prize Money (per team)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

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