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Temenos, the banking software company, announces that Pushfor and XtremePush won the public and judges’ vote, respectively, at its first ever Dublin Innovation Jam. The Dublin Innovation Jam is the first of eight competitions to be held across the globe to find the most exciting fintech start-ups.

The Dublin Innovation Jam, which was hosted together with Bank of Ireland at its startlab in the centre of city, saw 13 fintech companies compete for the two prizes on offer. Each of the start-ups had 7 mins in which to present a live demo of their solution to impress the audience of more than 120 people. Nine of the start-ups were from Ireland and included Europe’s first messaging app, Plynk, which last year raised a series A round of over EUR25m.

Pushfor and XtremePush emerged as the winners, winning the public and the judges’ award, respectively. Pushfor, based in the UK, provides a platform across all devices which enables banks to push (rather than send) content so the original file remains secure at source. All content usage and interaction is tracked in real-time helping banks both comply with regulation and to turn customer interactions into sales opportunities. XtremePush, which also took part in the competition in 2017, provides an analytics and engagement platform that allows banks to deliver hyper-relevant messaging to customers at crucial times in their user journey.

The two winners will now travel to the Innovation Jam final, which will be held at the Temenos Community Forum on 22-24 May, also in Dublin. Pushfor and Xtremepush will be joined in the final by the winners of the other Innovation Jams which are taking place in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, London, Geneva, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Miami. There, they will compete in front of a much larger audience of over 1,200 delegates. Last year’s winner was Blue Code, a mobile payments app and scheme, based in Switzerland.

Commenting on winning the public vote, PushFor CEO Mike Williams, said: “We are delighted to win the Dublin Innovation Jam. We believe our solution solves big compliance issues for banks at the same time as helping them to drive higher engagement and sales through digital channels.  With Pushfor, content is fully protected against any mis-use and content sharing is highly controlled.  The content stays completely under the control of the author who can track every step of engagement, monitor user behavior and content usage and if necessary pull back the content at any time.  It is the right solution for information sharing in the new GDPR world and we are looking forward to showing it to the wider Temenos community at TCF in May.”