DBS launches 2nd edition of Hack2Hire; will recruit 100 techies

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This year, DBS Hack2Hire will look to expand its scope beyond developers, data scientists and system engineers and target more skillsets needed in an all-rounded, agile technology team. 

DBS has launched the second edition of Hack2hire, its recruiting programme in India. The multinational banking and financial services group, headquartered in Singapore, aims to hire over 100 technology professionals—double of what it hired through the same programme in 2017.

Through Hack2hire, the Bank scouts for the brightest tech sparks from the best technology-skilled professionals that India has to offer, in emerging and disruptive technologies.

This year, DBS Hack2Hire will look to expand its scope beyond developers, data scientists and system engineers and target more skillsets needed in an all-rounded, agile technology team. These eight categories are scrum masters, solution architects, mobile application developers and user interface and user-experience designers.

The DBS Hack2Hire programme consists of two parts. The first is an online technical assessment designed by DBS’ technology team to gauge the base skillsets required for the jobs. Those who pass the online technical assessment will then hack their way into solving real-life business use cases in a team setting using their technical, analytical and problem-solving skills, in under 24 hours. Successful candidates will be offered a job the same day, at DBS Asia Hub 2 in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad is DBS’ largest tech hub outside its home market of Singapore. It supports the Bank in strengthening its technological capabilities across the region as well as its digital banking strategy.

Announcing the second DBS Hack2Hire, Mohit Kapoor, CEO, DBS Asia Hub 2, says, “The banking industry is poised at a critical juncture with the infusion of fintech players and technology disruptions. This means, what we do and the products we create at DAH2 have a more immediate impact on customers. This puts the onus on DAH2 to rapidly test and work in an agile manner with continuous feedback and improvement to enable DBS to be faster to the market. Hackathons, such as DBS Hack2Hire will help us connect with top talent across the country that are game changers and will be instrumental in reimagining banking.”

Over the last five years, DBS has made significant investments in strategic technology initiatives to weave banking into the everyday life of its customers, so that they can spend more time on people or things that they care about.

This includes initiating a comprehensive re-architecture of the Bank’s technology backbone as well as catalysing a change in culture within the Bank to one that is more ‘startup-like’ in nature. DBS’ digital-first strategy has enabled it to broaden its footprint in growth markets, such as India and Indonesia without expensive physical distribution networks.

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