Manulife Offers $10,000 Prize to Innovators in its First Public Hackathon


TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - On December 1 and 2, Manulife will host a two-day public hackathon at MaRS Discovery District called Unleash Toronto: From Paper to Prototype. The first place team will receive $10,000 in cash. Over the course of 48 hours, participants will pitch, build and refine new business offerings, products and services that answer the following question: How might we help customers redefine and reimagine what it means to invest with Manulife through the use of new business models, new business channels and new technology?

"Building from the success of our hackathon in Boston, we're turning it up a notch by encouraging external innovators to participate alongside our employees," said Sebastian Blandizzi, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions Delivery and Chief Information Officer, Investment Division, Manulife. "Manulife wants you to help create the future of FinTech."

Unleash Toronto will bring together 150 participants, including Manulife employees from Canada, Asia, Europe and the U.S. (where the company operates as John Hancock).

To apply to participate, visit the event registration site. To attend the final reception, visit the reception registration site.

About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions.  We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere.  We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions.  At the end of 2014, we had 28,000 employees, 58,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers.  At the end of September 2015, we had $888 billion (US$663 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $23 billion in benefits, interest and other payments to our customers.  Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years.  With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.  Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit or

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