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Social media banking - Payment systems of the future?

Jun 8, 2015

Bytes of Banking Advanced Skills Workshop

A free international workshop for students entitled Bytes of Banking, organized by Halcom and the EESTEC Electrical Engineering Students' European Association, will be held on the premises of Halcom from July 17 to 26. The focus of this year's advanced skills workshop is social media banking. With the help of experts in banking, students will be searching for innovative solutions as well as co-create digital banking trends. 

After a successful last year's first international student workshop aimed to acquiring professional knowledge and competences in banking, this year there will be a second one – an international workshop for students entitled Bytes of Banking. The focus of this year's workshop is social media banking, today one of the trends in the banking industry.  Students will have the opportunity to create innovative solutions together with experts in banking. The workshop will be held from July 17 to 26 on the premises of Halcom.  
What was special about the last year’s workshop is that it was noticed by a wider business audience, since the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia awarded it as the best business practice in the field of innovation in the program Best of the Best. And because of the success of the last year’s workshop, this year’s workshop attracted two very important partners. The first one is NLB bank that joined the project as a silver partner with its business challenge. The other partner is the Management group of the Faculty of Economics, and the participation of students from this faculty will enable the organizers to form interdisciplinary teams which will contribute to the attractiveness of solving business challenges and acquiring new competences. 
Participants of the workshop will be divided into international interdisciplinary teams. Their main challenge will be to develop a technical prototype and a business model for their idea that solves an actual challenge in social media banking. At the closing ceremony, which will take place at NLB on Friday, July 24 at 4 p.m., the students will compete in front of a jury for practical prizes in the categories of “Best pitch” and “Best prototype”.  The jury will be composed of Halcom and NLB employees in leading positions and the professors of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. The best individuals will also be awarded with a paid internship for the academic year 2015/2016. 
The workshop is intended for students with previous knowledge in development and business; students of computer science, electrical engineering and similar studies need to have knowledge of JAVA, Java Script and HTML programming languages, and students of economics need basic knowledge of marketing, business modelling and analysis. The workshop will be in English and is free of charge for students.
More information on the workshop and the application form is available at bytes.si.

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