Symbioticon 2020

Far more than a hackathon

Theme days

As in previous years, Symbioticon 2020 goes far beyond the pure hackathon format. We offer a comprehensive supporting programme on the three core topics GREEN FINANCE, NEW WORK and ALL DIGITAL. In livestreams and online contributions we show keynotes, impulse lectures and enable virtual networking formats. The Symbioticon platform enables all participants to exchange ideas and network.



The motto #Gamechanger gives it away: A lot of new and exciting changes are waiting for the teams this year - all digital and extended to several levels. What is needed are ideas that are bold enough to try something out, offer real added value for Sparkasse customers and thus become #Gamechanger themselves.



Within the framework of the competition, all online viewers can participate in live streaming events, exchange views and network. The focus will be on three topics that we consider to be particularly relevant: Green Finance, New Work and All Digital.



You can follow the digital hackathon up close via our online platform. The interaction between the participants and the Sparkasse, partners and audience also runs via the platform. This creates the opportunity to experience and interact with the teams and their ideas at any time and to vote for the best competition ideas.


Level 1 & 2 for contributers

9:00 AM | Duration: 30 mins.

Opening Symbioticon 2020

with Daniel Bröckerhoff, Sparkassen Präsident Helmut Schleweis & Bernd Wittkamp

9:30 AM | Duration: 30 mins.

Motivation Keynote

Christoph Sollich | The "Pitch Doktor"

10:00 AM | Duration: 1 hour

Track Openings

It's a short briefing for the teams of each track on the challenges, expectations and procedures for level 1.

5:00 PM | Duration: 2 hrs.

Bingo & Schampus

A digital networking and games evening with the winners of the Symbioticon 2019. Get the best tips while having a lot of fun.

11:00 PM | Duration: 23 hrs. 59 mins.

Working on Ideas

You have all day to work on your ideas ...

5:00 PM | Duration: 10 mins.

Videopitch upload

Each team must have uploaded a video pitch by 6 p.m. and posted the link in their own news feed.

2:00 PM | Duration: 30 mins.

Announcement of Jury Points Level 1

We will announce the results of the jury for level 1. You will find out whether your team made it to the next level. Opening Level 2

5:00 PM | Duration: 30 mins.

Videopitch upload

Each team must have uploaded a video pitch by 6 p.m. and posted the link in their own news feed.

Technical innovations

Date to be announced

The framework programme of Symbioticon 2020 starts with a theme day focusing on TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS. We see particular relevance in this broad field, where individual topics will be tested for their current innovative power beyond their use as buzzwords. Be it in the field of open banking or the use of artificial intelligence.

Sustainable Finance

Di 17.11.20

Sustainability, values and attitudes in the world of finance are not the only topics on our SUSTAINABLE FINANCE theme day on 17 November. Throughout the entire event we will continue to focus on ideas and innovations relating to these particularly relevant terms.

New Work

Fr 20.11.20

As the main focus of the NEW WORK theme day on 20 November, we will show what is really relevant in this field. And new work methods will also become evident in the entire supporting programme and as a lived form of cooperation between hackathon teams, track partners and interacting spectators*.


Symbioticon is the saving banks finance groups annual hackathon organised by the Sparkassen Innovation Hub (S-Hub). In recent years, the concept has already gone far beyond a pure developer competition. The fusion of Hackathon, conference and networking event brought together different interest groups. The teams created trend-setting product ideas for the Sparkasse of tomorrow - the best won highly remunerated prizes.

Star Finanz-Software
Entwicklung und Vertriebs GmbH

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