Hacking Finance explores the big issues impacting financial services to raise attention and create action. We look to adjacent fields and cultures to inspire new ways of experimenting to help us invent a better future. Anyone who goes hard and fast at the problems that block innovation is #hackingfinance.
Make it fun.
In 2011, a small group of fintech founders, investors, bankers, academics and regulators rocked up to Méribel, France at the invitation of Sean Park. The ask? Get to know one another. Eat cheese. Sit on bales of hay. And imagine how the financial services industry might align, regroup and reinvent itself for the Information Age.
Seven years hence, the Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat has seen a few hundred such participants bring bold ideas and connections down from the mountaintop and into their “real lives.” The spin-off Anthemis Hacking Finance breakfast series, started in London in 2015, gave the greater Anthemis Ecosystem an opportunity to get involved.
But it’s not enough. We need more voices, more stories, more ways to connect, vent, scheme, and mobilize to solve the problems facing financial services around the world. This can only happen if we drop the groupspeak, get real, and invite people from other sectors to join us.
Hacking Finance offers opportunities for those aligned with our mission to contribute stories, essays, interviews and other relevant content for publication on this website and via our two email newsletters: If You Read One Thing, a weekly curated email featuring a single worthwhile article to ponder, and Hacking Finance Monthly, a round-up of our best original content.
To find out more about what we’re looking for and how you can get involved, read this post on our submissions policy.
The Hacking Finance events series has re-launched. If you are interested in attending, speaking, or suggesting a top, sign up to learn more. You can also apply to attend the next Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat.
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