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Idea Vault is a design challenge and a professional competition, organised under the umbrella of Design Summit 2020, which encourages university students and young professional to think about how they imagine banking in the FUTURE.

The topic of the challenge is quite broad, so we made it easy for you, there are 3 categories from which you guys should choose one based on the nature of your idea:

  • Those are rookie numbers! - Increasing customer engagement and loyalty, improving customer experience

  • How dare you touch me? - Contact-free zones in the branch, safety first, do we need to say more?

  • Leave no one behind! -Accessibility and education of analog mindsets

what is idea vault?

To give you something 
to think about...

Let’s say you want to buy a house. If you are not a son of some sheikh from the Middle-East, you will probably need a loan to do so. We all know the usual scenario: go to a bank, stand in a queue, listen to your options from someone behind a desk.

But as digitalisation, automation and the nature of personal contact are changing nowadays, who knows how it will look like in the future? Will we get financial advice from superintelligent, risk-calculating and wise robots? Will branches have any cash stored at all? Will we be able fo finally reach a point, when a pandemic can’t have that huge of an effect to our economy?

Retail banks previously played a massive role in finance and in daily life, with customers going to bank branches to handle everyday finances, budgeting, and banking services. Today, many bank branches are made all-but-obsolete through digital apps and online service portals, giving customers faster and more convenient ways to access their banking. At the same time, the bank as we know it is far from dead, despite the decreased demand for face-to-face interaction.

Our branches need to change and we need to create an open forum to discuss and define these innovations.

And this is where you come in.

It will be you and/or your children who will grow into a new way of banking.


We want you to dream and envision aspects of how should we make it work. How do you think services should change? How should the interior look like? How should a service, which is rooted in interpersonal conversations, adapt to digitalisation 
and automation? How can banking be inclusive and accessible for everyone?

So buckle up, this is how we’re gonna to change the banking of the future:

Tell us what you have in mind by submitting your application 
for the challenge

Keep your fingers crossed for your idea to be selected to the finals

Let us help you in perfecting your idea with the help of top-notch professionals from the design and banking world.

Wrap the jury around your finger by giving the perfect pitch at the finals

Make it to the top 3 and win valuable package of prizes.

Make your idea become reality with the help of MKB Bank and let us help with piloting it

details

First thing first

  • Bring something  to the table - tell us an idea and maybe a general description of it (no need to bring the solution already, just state the problem you would like to address)
  • It’s dangerous to go alone - you can enter as a team, think hard about the consistence of your team as per the solution you envision
  • Afraid of others stealing your thunder? - if you want all the glory for yourself (or if you just don't really need anyone) you can also be an army of one, meaning you can enter the race alone as well
  • Choose your poison - the topic of the challenge is quite broad, so we made it easy for you, there are 3 categories from which you guys should choose one based on the nature of your idea:
  • Those are rookie numbers! - Increasing customer engagement and loyalty, improving customer experience
  • How dare you touch me? - Contact-free zones in the branch, safety first, do we need to say more?
  • Leave no one behind! - Accessibility and education of analog mindsets
  • Usual boring stuff - Student status or not more than 3 years since graduation, non-Hungarian citizenship is no problem,
There are more ways to do this.

Just a heads up

Well, basically there are two. You really just need to choose between two general approaches, after that you are free to run wild and to think as you please. It really just boils down to what kind of a person you are. Here’s a question, that will help in choosing the right way for you:

What comes into your mind when you think about change?

If you are blessed with a visual mind and you are just instinctively captivated by design, interior, shapes and the overall harmony of how a space is occupied, then feel free to show us your vision. Design the physical environment - or a chosen element - of a branch in the future of banking. But keep in mind that it also has to serve a specific function as well, which addresses real needs of the time before us.. Sure, that marble archway shooting lasers are pretty cool, but do we really need it?

We wouldn’t be here without all those pragmatic inventors and brave pioneers, who make and keep the wheels turning. Shout out to all genius process geeks! If your head is constantly full of groundbreaking ideas, and can’t rest until you find out if it would work in practice, feel free to share your idea with us. Reform processes or come up with something that no one else has ever thought before. Make up a new way of doing things. You always have the customers best interests in mind, but don’t underestimate the value of how do you wrap it. Make sure you spend some time with aesthetics as well.

  • Choose your path and get your matching team together! Are you a visual dreamer or a process dreamer?

  • Apply until the 28th of October! Click the button below and answer the questions in the application form!

  • Finish your application until the 7th of November! Upload a one-pager about your idea or vision - 800 words max with 2-3 visual design!

PRIZES AND MORE

But is it worth it?

Teach me, senpai!

We will provide you with the best professional mentors and coaches we can get our hands on, so you can bring out the most of your idea. Your team will get 2 intensive mentoring sessions from the field's top-notch professionals

Pitch, please

Your vision rarely speaks for itself. We will help you to become a master pitcher! Presenting it, selling it, winning it.

Prizes

Program

Juries

Pál Koós
Head of Design Institute
Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design
Száraz Ferenc
Business Line Manager
W.UP
Peter Ramsey
Founder
Built for Mars
Ivan Muck
Co-founder & CEO
ff. next
Norbert Kerek
Head of Retail Banking
MKB Bank
Program

Mentors

István Keszei
Designer
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
Mary Alcantara
Head of Startups
MKB Fintechlab
Anna Naszádi
Human Experience Designer
Éva Muck
UX Researcher
MKB Fintechlab
Melinda Verebély
Lead UX Designer
MKB Fintechlab
Fanni Szabó-Lipták
Junior Product Designer
MKB Fintechlab

Can’t have a competition without juries and mentors right? Well, we got some names for you and let us tell you, they are not just some average Joes!

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I’ve got an idea!