J.P. Morgan launches its flagship coding challenge in Singapore

Singapore, September 28, 2017 – J.P. Morgan Singapore will host its inaugural Code for Good challenge tomorrow (September 29, 2017) where technology students from the city’s leading universities will compete to create innovative solutions aimed at delivering social benefits to the community.

Around 70 students selected from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design will participate in the one-day challenge. They will be tasked to provide technological solutions for specific challenges faced by local NGOs Food Bank and Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT). The winning ideas will be developed into working prototypes with the support of J.P. Morgan technologists, who will act as subject matter experts and mentors to the students.

“The J.P. Morgan Code for Good challenge is a global program that provides coding enthusiasts with a platform to create technology solutions that directly support NGOs and make a difference in our communities,” said Mark Golding, managing director and head of the Singapore Technology Hub at J.P. Morgan. “As one of the world’s largest technology driven firms, J.P. Morgan continues to invest in technology and innovation to support the delivery of better, faster, safer and simpler banking solutions for our clients as well as partner with local communities to provide creative solutions for their needs.”

“The Food Bank Singapore is pleased to be one of the chosen NGOs in the Code for Good challenge. We strongly believe in a sharing community, from food donations to advocacy on social and environmental issues. Code for Good provides a great platform for like-minded individuals to share their expertise, knowledge and skills, and collaborate to benefit the local community and we are honored to be part of this process,” said Jessie Tan, management associate with Food Bank.

"This is a great initiative for young people and tech enthusiasts to get together in a collaborative effort with voluntary welfare organizations and beneficiary communities to co-create workable solutions together. We hope that DOT women seeking to re-enter the workforce can be effectively enabled by a tech application that is designed and customized for their needs through this worthy initiative," said Carrie Tan, executive director of DOT.

Students from the winning teams keen to have a career with J.P. Morgan will also have the opportunity to fast track their interview process for Technology Analyst Program roles at the leading global financial services firm. The bank is currently recruiting both interns and full-time positions for this program for 2018. Successful candidates will be part of a team driving large scale, complex and resilient technology solutions for J.P. Morgan’s global businesses.

“Singapore is one of J.P. Morgan’s key technology hubs globally, with over 1,000 technology employees. We are always keen to have conversations with the best and the brightest regardless of disciplines as we look to fill critical roles in the area of innovation,” said Golding.

J.P. Morgan Singapore is the second market in Asia Pacific after India to host the Code for Good challenge since the program was launched in London in 2012. By the end of 2017, the challenge will have been held 44 times around the world and helped 120 local and global non-profit organizations.