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BE A PIONEER AT THE FIRST
FinTech
BUILDATHON
Organized by the MIT FinTech Club, with sponsorship from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Deloitte.
There are only 150 seats available for Students and 50 seats for Industry Professionals. 
Don't wait and get your tickets TODAY!
WHAT IS THE FINTECH BUILDATHON?
The Buildathon is a groundbreaking event that brings together academia, regulators, and firms from across the U.S. securities industry for the first time in a hackathon-style event. This unique combination of participants allows for the exploration, creation, and development of solutions to common investor protection challenges facing the industry
The Buildathon is hosted by the MIT FinTech Club and sponsored by Deloitte Advisory and FINRA’s Office of Financial Innovation, with the collective goal of promoting dialogue and collaboration with the securities industry, investors, and other key stakeholders on matters involving significant financial innovation. The student-run MIT FinTech Club is proud to work with FINRA and Deloitte on this collaborative effort to spur innovation in financial services.
PRIZES*
1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

4th Place
$10,000

$5,000

$2,500

$1,000
*Plus, the opportunity to pitch to a local FinTech Incubation Lab
Only student participants from winning teams will be eligible for cash and any other prizes with monetary value. Industry participants will not be eligible for such prizes.
The challenges
Investor Literacy
Leveraging technology to promote investor literacy
Investor Onboarding
Enhancing and automating the investor onboarding process, with a focus on enhancing firms’ ability to verify a customer’s identity.
Investor Risk Assessment
Leveraging technology and behavioral economics to assess investors’ risk appetite and risk tolerance.
Senior Investor Protection
Protecting senior investors by leveraging technology to improve product reviews.
THE AGENDA
Friday, November 8th
  • 4:30 p.m. - Doors Open. Online Registration Closes 
  • ​5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Event Kickoff
  • Fireside Chat with Robert Cook, CEO of FINRA, and Hester Peirce, SEC Commissioner
  • ​Kevin McGovern, Managing Partner of New England, Deloitte
  • ​Charles Senatore, Devonshire Investors, Fidelity Investments
  • 7:00 p.m. - Challenges Announced 
  • ​7:30 p.m. - Reception and Hors D’oevres 
  • ​9:00 p.m. - Team Formation Due
Saturday, November 9th
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 5:30 p.m - Dinner
  • ​Snacks / Games / Place to Unwind / Karaoke and more will be available through the day
Sunday, November 10th
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • ​9:30 a.m. - Submissions Due
  • 10:00 a.m. - First Round Judging Begins 
  • ​12:30 p.m. - First Round Deliberations and Lunch
  • ​1:00 p.m. - First and Second Place Announced for Each Challenge
  • ​1:15 p.m. - Final Round of Challenges  
  • ​2:00 p.m. - Top Prize, Runner Up, Third and Fourth Places Announced
  • ​5:00 p.m. - Doors close
The SPEAKERS
Robert Cook (President and CEO, FINRA)
Hester Peirce (SEC Commissioner, SEC) 
Bob Colby (Chief Legal Officer, FINRA)
Kevin McGovern (Managing Partner of New England, Deloitte)
Haime Workie (Senior Director, FINRA Office of Innovation)
Kavita Jain (Director, FINRA Office of Innovation)
Chuck Senatore (Senior Advisor, Devonshire Investors at Fidelity Investments)
Katie Makstenieks (Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer, Deloitte Advisory & Deloitte Corporate Finance; Officer, MIT FinTech Club)
MIT Sloan FinTech Club Leaders
Sean Sutherland
Jorge Opaso
Amir Ben Jonathan
Luis Eduardo Torres R.
Matt McLean
Katie Makstenieks (Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer, Deloitte Advisory & Deloitte Corporate Finance; Officer, MIT FinTech Club)
event resources
Closing the gap in fintech collaboration
Overcoming obstacles to a  symbiotic relationship
As fintechs mature, incumbent financial institutions expect more from them, demanding practical solutions that address specific problems rather than “cool” but generic ideas. Understanding the current state of the fintech market and learning how to engage and collaborate with these tech-driven startups can enable innovation that drives true transformation and differentiation in the marketplace. As the fintech ecosystem evolves, a more symbiotic relationship is beginning to emerge.
Additional resource materials will be added soon
sponsors
Deloitte Advisory is proud to sponsor the FinTech Buildathon
Office of Financial Innovation
FAQ's
Who can participate in the buildathon?
The event is open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students as well as invited participants from securities broker-dealer firms. Only student participants from winning teams will be eligible for cash and any other prizes with monetary value. Industry participants will not be eligible for such prizes.
What is the allowable team size?
Teams may have [3-5] members; at least one member of the team MUST be a broker-dealer professional. No matter the number of teammates, make sure to cover all hats: development, design (UI/UX), business and pitch. One person can wear several hats!

How are teams formed?
Teams can be formed either ahead of time or on-site at the event. You will have plenty of opportunity to network and meet with other students and industry professionals at the kick-off event on Friday November 8, to identify team mates.

Who is eligible for prizes? 
Only student participants from winning teams will be eligible for cash and any other prizes with monetary value. Industry participants will not be eligible for such prizes. Industry participants will be recognized with a token reward.

What equipment will I need for the buildathon?
Bring your laptop, charger, and any other hardware you wish to use.

Where can I register for the buildathon?
Register below if you are a Student or if you an Industry Professional!
POINTS OF CONTACT
Inquiries from students can be sent to Katie Makstenieks, MIT FinTech Club Officer
Inquiries from broker-dealer firm participants can be sent to
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