MIT FinTech Challenge 2019

As part of the campus-wide celebration to launch the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT is inviting the community to participate in hands-on challenges to illustrate how MIT students are advancing computing innovation and discovering the connections between computing and other disciplines.

The FinTech Challenge is presented by the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the MIT FinTech Club.



The MIT FinTech Challenge is a two day hackathon and one of the Computing Connections Challenges to celebrate the launch of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. This event will bring together leaders in multiple industries to discuss how new technologies can be used to solve the hardest problems facing our modern economic and banking system.

Bring a team or join one when you arrive to compete for the $5,000 grand prize, a 75” 4K TV, an iPad Pro, Red Sox tickets, a Bose portable speaker, 10x $100 Amazon gift cards, and tickets to the MIT FinTech Conference.

The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship will host the FinTech Challenge for two days — Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24 — and MIT student winners will be invited to share their results at the Computing Exposition on Tuesday, February 26 as part of EXPLORE: The Student Experience. You will be joined by FinTech thought leaders and investors who will share their insights during fireside chats, presentations, and with one-on-one mentorship.


Spots still remaining for MIT students to sign up. This challenge is open to teams led by at least one MIT student.

Speakers & Panelists

During the FinTech Challenge we will have experts joining us to share their insights and experience with you. The confirmed speakers and panelists are:



  • Entrepreneurship Fundamentals
    • Jeff McAulay (Energetic Insurance)
    • Bruce Chen (Insto)
    • Sylvain Mansier (Sungage Financial)
    • Neil Chheda (Romulus Capital)

    FinTech & Employee Benefits

    • David Chang (Gradifi)
    • Rebecca Liebman (LearnLux)
    • Bruce Chen (Insto)


    • Josh Nevin (Hiscox)
    • Jeff McAulay (Energetic Insurance)
    • Quentin Coolen (Waffle Labs)
    • Nick Meyer (Relativity6)

    AI, Blockchain, & Crypto

    • Robert Hughes (First Republic)
    • John Clippinger (MIT Media Lab)
    • Katherine Hochrein (Adjoint)
    • Peter Jacaruso (Rise Technologies)
    • Lisa Huang (Fidelity)


    • Devon Sherman (MassChallenge)
    • Leland Holcomb (Startup Bootcamp)
    • Vasilios Roussos (DCU Fintech Innovation Center)

    VC Funding

    • Zachary Ho (Citi Ventures)
    • Lex Zhao (Oneway VC)
    • Lily Lyman (Underscore VC)
    • Pong Choa (Mendoza Ventures)

    FinTech in Social and Emerging Markets

    • Meghan McCormick (Oze)
    • André Bernardes (Zippi)
    • Ausaf Ahmad (Eleven01)

    Pitch Perfect

    • Larissa Maranhão (Brex)
    • Ausaf Ahmad (Eleven01)




Come and compete for the $5,000 Grand Prize!

Grand Prize: $5,000

2nd Place: 75″ Samsung 4K TV

3rd Place: iPad Pro 64GB with Wi-Fi

4th Place: 4 Red Sox Tickets

5th Place: Bose SoundLink Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Runner Up Prizes: 10x $100 Amazon Gift Cards

Honorable Mention: Tickets to the MIT FinTech Conference

+ Swag!


Spots still remaining for MIT students to sign up. This challenge is open to teams led by at least one MIT student.



Questions? Please email