Alfa’s hackathon drives culture of innovation


Global software company Alfa has held its second UK Hackathon to drive innovation and new ideas within the business.

Staff from Alfa UK worked in teams over two days – some through the night – on projects of their choosing.

Prizes were awarded to all category winners, with some given the opportunity to take their ideas forward into the development phase. The only requirements were innovation and collaboration.

Andrew Denton, chief executive officer of Alfa, said: “Before you make innovation happen, you have to make it possible.

“This means putting in a framework that makes people feel comfortable to innovate and making it clear that innovation is something you want and need in your business.

“If you provide a democratic, inclusive environment and invite a group of motivated people to go and get on with it, then you see the best bottom-up ideas and the biggest chance of success.”

In addition to the UK Hackathon, Alfa also holds a similar event in the US, which will take place in October.

Alfa Systems, the company’s technology platform, is at the heart of some of the world’s largest asset finance companies. It supports both retail and corporate business for auto, equipment, wholesale and dealer finance, including leases/loans, originations and servicing.

Alfa has more than 30 current clients in 26 countries, with offices in Europe, Asia Pacific and the United States.