Saudi G20 Presidency and BIS Innovation Hub update on the progress made in the G20 TechSprint initiative

Press release  | 
10 August 2020
  • Twenty teams have been shortlisted in the hackathon-style competition out of 128 submissions from 35 countries.
  • Judging panel includes private and public sector experts in the field of financial sector data and technology.
  • The initiative highlights the potential of new technology to tackle regulatory and supervisory challenges.

The Saudi G20 Presidency and the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub (BISIH) updated today on progress made on the G20 TechSprint initiative, following a midpoint review of the hackathon-style competition with 20 shortlisted teams.

The G20 TechSprint initiative, launched in April 2020, aims to highlight the potential for technologies to resolve regulatory compliance (regtech) and supervisory (suptech) challenges. The event on 6-7 August gave the shortlisted teams an opportunity to demonstrate their solutions to a panel of independent judges and receive feedback before the final judging, scheduled for October 2020.

The midpoint review allowed the shortlisted firms, selected from a pool of 128 submissions from 35 countries, to further refine their solutions before the winners are selected. It provided an opportunity to see the development of the solutions against the backdrop of a global pandemic. Around 100 TechSprint participants, judges and representatives of the BISIH participated.

The G20 TechSprint initiative would not have been possible without the support of the panel of judges, comprised of private and public sector experts in the field of financial sector data and technology.

Adrienne A Harris
Professor of the Practice
University of Michigan
Arunma Oteh
Academic Scholar
University of Oxford
Caroline Malcolm
Head of Global Blockchain Policy Centre
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Chea Serey
Director General
National Bank of Cambodia
Douglas Arner
Kerry Holdings Professor in Law and Director, Asian Institute of International Financial Law
University of Hong Kong
Jo Ann Barefoot
Co-founder and CEO
Alliance for Innovative Regulation
Lesly Goh
Senior Technology Advisor
World Bank
Louis de Koker
La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University
Michael Gardner
Sheila M'Mbijjewe
Deputy Governor
Central Bank of Kenya
Simone di Castri
RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A)
Sopnendu Mohanty
Chief FinTech Officer
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Umar Farooq
Head of Digital Wholesale Payments and Blockchain
Ziad Alyousef
Deputy Governor for Development and Technology
Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)

From the G20 Saudi Presidency, Fahad Aldossari, Deputy Governor for Research and International Affairs at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, said: "Short-listed firms had the opportunity to refine their budding solutions with a panel of accomplished regulators and supervisors. The initiative by the G20 Saudi Presidency, alongside the BIS Innovation Hub, captures the importance of technological approaches and underscores their ability to allow us to innovate and solve problems, including by supporting regulatory and supervisory responses against the COVID-19 pandemic."

Andrew McCormack, Head of the BIS Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore, said: "This is the first time a virtual long-form 'hackathon' of this global nature and scale is being held for regtech and suptech solution development. It has been heartening to note the strong interest from both regulators and technology firms across the world. It is our hope that such efforts help to contribute to the development of best-in-class innovative technology solutions."

Jo Ann Barefoot, co-founder and CEO of the Alliance for Innovative Regulation and member of the TechSprint expert judging panel, said: "Financial regulation must modernise for the digital age so that regulators can keep pace with the rapid digitization of the financial services industry they oversee. This TechSprint is a breakthrough development, convening global innovation by regulators, for regulators, as a big step to that end."

Together with the Saudi G20 Presidency and the BIS Innovation Hub, the G20 TechSprint initiative is also supported by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Financial Stability Board, API Exchange and the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator.

Taking place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the G20 TechSprint initiative recognises that financial regulators and supervisors will continue to ensure that the global financial system operates in a stable, efficient and inclusive manner. The initiative also recognises that regulators and supervisors require the tools to identify vulnerabilities and share information domestically and across borders in real time, and competitors are encouraged to develop solutions that will support this process.

For more details about the TechSprint and participant application, please refer to

End notes: 

Shortlisted participants:

  1. Apiax AG
  2. BearingPoint Software Solutions
  3. BlockFundChain
  4. Business Reporting - Advisory Group
  5. Coinfirm Ltd
  6. Cylynx
  7. Eightwire
  8. Expleo Solution Limited
  9. Financial Network Analytics (two teams)
  10. GeoGuard
  11. Gestell
  12. ITC Forward Innovation
  13. Radicali Pte Ltd
  14. RegCentric
  15. REGnosys
  16. Suade Labs
  17. Tookitaki
  18. UnBlock Analysis
  19. Wolters Kluwer


About the Saudi G20 Presidency

In 2020, Saudi Arabia is steering the work of the G20 towards 'Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All'. Under the overarching theme, the presidency firstly aims for empowering people by creating conditions in which all people, especially women and youth, can live, work, and thrive. Secondly, it aims for safeguarding the planet by fostering collective efforts to protect our common heritage. Thirdly, it aims for shaping new frontiers by adopting long-term and bold strategies to utilize and share the benefits of innovation. The Saudi G20 Presidency has made "Framing Supervisory and Regulatory Issues for the Digital Era" a priority under its Financial Sector agenda.  

About the BIS Innovation Hub 

The BIS Innovation Hub was established in 2019 to identify and develop in-depth insights into critical trends in financial technology of relevance to central banks, to explore the development of public goods to enhance the functioning of the global financial system, and to serve as a focal point for a network of central bank experts on innovation. At present, there are Hubs in Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong. Over the next two years, new centres will be opened in collaboration with the Bank of Canada (Toronto), the Bank of England (London), the European Central Bank/Eurosystem (Frankfurt and Paris) and four Nordic central banks (Danmarks Nationalbank, the Central Bank of Iceland, the Central Bank of Norway and Sveriges Riksbank) in Stockholm. The BIS will also form a strategic partnership with the Federal Reserve System (New York). 

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