- The FinTech Hackathon
Register today: http://fintechhack.com/nyc2015 . You are required to purchase a ticket in order to attend. Hack with Us April 18-19, 2015 in New York City. We're pleased to announce the dates for 2015 FinTech Hackathon. Join us April 18 for 24-hours of hacking and collaboration with the best in NYC Tech. Register before March 5 for early bird tickets! The FinTech Hackathon aims to unleash innovation in Financial Technology. The event gives you the chance to build the next big thing in FinTech, with hottest technology on the market. Share ideas, build teams and collaborate on new game-changing products.
- FinTech Design, UX and Behavior
We've partnered with the Action Design (http://www.meetup.com/Action-Design-NYC/) meetup where Betterment (https://www.betterment.com/), an online financial advisor revolutionizing the financial industry, will be presenting about design and user experience as it relates to fintech. With more than $650M in managed assets and $45M in funding, Betterment is disrupting money management with its focus on not only low fees and a great customer experience, but investor behavior and decision making. You’ll learn about how they have increased users' wealth by utilizing psychology and behavioral data to encourage optimal investment decisions and deliver an engaging product experience. You can check out Betterment at https://www.betterment.com/ . The event will begin at 6:30 PM with a half hour of networking and refreshments. The presentation and Q&A will run from 7-8 PM.
- Inside Look: How Betterment uses R and Agile to automate data insights
We have partnered with NYC Data Intelligence Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/bigondata/events/170421722/) and NYC Open Data (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Open-Data/) to put together a technical expose on how R can be used in an Agile manner to empower data workers in organizations large and small. Big data in fintech is becoming more and more important, and R (http://www.r-project.org/) is quickly becoming a must-have tool in a data worker's tool-belt. It has potency for statistical analysis and charting, but did you now that it can serve you well in a light-weight dashboarding and reporting function too? In this hands-on session, Jon Mauney and Yuriy Goldman of Betterment (https://www.betterment.com/) will show you how R can be integrated into an existing agile development environment to enable a workflow by which any R beginner or expert can produce, deploy, and schedule R driven reports and dashboards. No license fees and no proprietary software: just a tiny bit of DevOps elbow grease to create automation against readily available and familiar open source tools. The walkthrough will deal with the stack currently humming at Betterment (http://bit.ly/SaZWsS) (R Studio, S3, Linux, MySQL, GitHub, Jenkins, Confluence, a shell script, Cron), but it's quite easy to swap in alternative components to fit your own environment. It's the workflow that matters. Space, food and drinks will be sponsored by Betterment. Team-based Workshop Component: We've prepped a fun, Team-based workshop component to help everyone get a feel for the process first-hand. We are going to collaboratively author and publish a self-updating dashboard using our process. Participation is optional but encouraged. We expect each team to have a good mix of skill sets, so no prior R or engineering experience required. Each team will also have a Betterment Captain to help steer you through the exercise. To minimize set-up time, please bring your laptops with the following installed: • http://www.wingfs.com/ - to mount s3 buckets as local drives • http://git-scm.com/book/en/Getting-Started-Installing-Git - so you can commit your report sections to a common code repo. Optionally, install the Git GUI: http://sourcetreeapp.com/ • https://www.rstudio.com/ide/download/ - R Studio, but of course! • http://www.sequelpro.com/ - MySQL client, or whatever you are comfortable with. Stuck? Don't worry, Teams will most likely author on a single laptop to keep things manageable. Problems? Leave a comment below. See you all Monday.
- Money on Mobile: Venmo, Betterment, Moven and Level Money
Hey All, It's about time we hosted an event for you! We have teamed up with the New York Mobile Startups meetup (http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Mobile-Startups/) and the FinTech Hackathon (http://fintechhack.com/) to bring you a great panel featuring three of NYC's premiere fintech companies: Venmo (Paypal), Betterment, and Moven. We will also be joined by San Francisco based Level Money. The panel will discuss best practices and the product, design and market trends for mobile financial apps. Make sure to stick around after the event for some drinks and networking with the NYC fintech community. There is very limited space so make sure to RSVP ASAP! Our Panelists: Chieh Huang (Moderator): CEO, Boxed Brett King: CEO, Moven Mike Dudas: Mobile Biz Dev, Venmo Nick Gavronsky: Product Manager, Betterment Jake Fuentes: CEO, Level Money