SolutionsX Hackathon

Join Us!

This October 4-5th, come take part in a challenge offered by Bank of the West! An event for innovation and designing, this unique experience will allow you to call the shots in your creation. Whether this is your first or fiftieth hackathon, all ASU students are welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn from each other. Registration is complimentary, and there will be free food, prizes, and swag.

Challenge Statement

You must be an enrolled Arizona State University student to participate. Student teams will be given 24 hours of hack time to design and develop a bank of the future in an effort to help Bank of the West change banking for good. Student teams of 2-5 can either be assembled ahead of time or will be matched at the start of the event. Teams will be required to use business acumen and technical skills within design and coding to develop and propose a solution directly to executives from Bank of the West. By drawing on personal experience, creativity, and the need to push the envelope, participants will be able to expand the initial desired capabilities of a banking platform and create a bank they’d want to join.


What is a hackathon?

We know what you may think, “I’m hacking a system,” but it’s slightly different than that. A hackathon is an event that fosters collaboration, community, and networking. This is a chance to let your brain run free, the sky’s the limit. You’ll have a specific challenge given to you at the start of the event. This challenge will dictate what you create, but it will be software-based.

Do I need to create a team before arriving?

Nope! If you have one, great! If not, we’ve provided time onsite to form teams before the hack begins.

How many people can a team have?

A team can have between 2 and 5 members.

Who can participate?

Any Arizona State University student is welcome to participate. Whether you’re an undergraduate, masters student, or Ph.D. candidate, you’re welcome!

Should I bring anything?

You’ll want to bring a laptop, or something you can hack on. You’re not required to stay overnight, but if you are we recommend at least bringing a toothbrush, toiletries, sleeping bag, and a change of clothes. Don’t forget your student ID for check-in!

How long is the hackathon?

The hackathon will last 30 hours from start to finish, with 24 hours of allotted hacking.

What about food?

We’ll provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 1, and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Snacks will also be on-hand throughout.

Is there a cost?

There is not a cost to register.

Do I have to stay the whole time?

While we recommend you stay the full time of the hackathon, it’s not a requirement. We understand classes are a priority and life happens, so if you need to leave and come back that’s perfectly alright.

Who can register?

Any ASU student in any degree program and field of study. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. You each have something to bring to the table! You'll should have a familiarity or a willingness to learn at least front-end or back-end web development, computer science, UI/UX design, or business analytics & modeling.

Tell me about Slack.

We’ll be utilizing Slack as the main form of communication during the event. As a participant, you’ll be added to the hackathon’s Slack channel for updates and reminders. Please keep an eye on it. If you’ve never used Slack, here’s an intro for you.

Are there any conduct guidelines?

Yes! Please review the ASU Student Code of Conduct. This is an event occurring on ASU’s campus, therefore we will abide by all ASU policies. This will be enforced throughout the event. Do not bring any weapons, knives, firearms, drugs or alcohol to this event. Please utilize this opportunity to create a new idea or project, and don’t use one from a previous event. We expect all participants to be courteous and respectful of each other and their ideas.


1st Place

128GB iPad (Latest)
128GB iPad (Latest)

2nd Place

Oculus Go
Oculus Go

3rd Place


Remaining Teams

Additional swag will be given out on-site!

Where Will The Hackathon Take Place?

The hackathon will take place on the first floor of ECG on ASU's Tempe Campus. See the map below for the exact location!

Schedule-at-a-Glance (Subject to Change)


8:00a - 8:55a Registration & Breakfast
9:00a - 9:10a Kickoff with John Fleharty, Vice President, DevOps Engineering at Bank of the West
9:10a - 9:25a Keynote Digital with Hisham Salama, Executive Vice President, Head of Digital Channels at Bank of the West
9:25a - 9:40a Product Design & Guidelines with Janet Covey, Vice President Senior Product Design Manager at Bank of the West
9:40a - 10:00a Team Formation & Start of Hackathon
12:00p - 1:00p Bank of the West Recruiting with Elijah Padua, Recruiting Manager, Vice President at Bank of the West & Lunch
3:00p - 4:00p Optional Workshop 1 (Mark Naufel "Producing Mockups with Figma")
4:00p - 5:00p Optional Workshop 2 (Mark Naufel “Front-End Development with Bootstrap”)
6:00p - 7:00p Dinner
9:00p - 10:00p Optional Workshop 3 (Chase Adams “Intro to React Web Apps”)


12:00a - 1:00a Optional Workshop 4 (Chase Adams “Backend Development with Node.js”)
8:30a - 9:30a Breakfast
10:30a Project Submissions
10:30a - 10:40a Innovation at Bank of the West with John Fleharty, Vice President, DevOps Engineering at Bank of the West
10:40a - 11:10a Bank of the West Panel
11:10a - 12:30p Judging
12:30p - 1:30p IT Keynote with Jacob Sorenson, Chief Information Officer, Executive Vice President Information Technology Group at Bank of the West & Lunch
1:30p - 2:30p Conclusion & Awards


Jacob Sorenson
Jacob Sorenson
Hisham Salama
Hisham Salama
Ashish Kapur
Ashish Kapur
Charles Bang
Charles Bang
Ian Poinsenet
Ian Poinsenet
Janet Covey
Janet Covey


Bank of the West