Equifax® announced the opening of applications for its second annual challenge and acceleration program for developers in partnership with 1871, a Chicago-based business incubator that supports early-stage technology startups, growth, and innovators. Following the success of the first Equifax Accelerate in 2021, Equifax continues its program to challenge US software developers to create transformative solutions designed to increase financial inclusion and improve access to services with powerful software solutions. Equifax Cloud™ (API). ) activated
Participants in the Equifax Accelerate program have simplified access to databases and API products, so developers can easily explore and access technical documentation, build applications, experiment, and innovate faster than ever before. These databases will include APIs available on the Equifax for Developers API portal, as well as databases available on the AWS Data Exchange and Snowflake Data Marketplace.
“In our data-driven world, it’s never been more important for businesses to have access to the technology resources and guidance they need to thrive,” said Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871. Equifax continues to expand the Equifax Accelerate product study, empowering innovators and leaders to revolutionize their industries with new and needed solutions.
The first 50 Equifax Accelerate 2022 entries will be accepted into a Design Sprint Challenge in August. All Design Sprint Challenge participants will receive guidance from Equifax and 1871 experts to help prototype solutions. They will also compete for the chance to access the 12-week Product Studio, a custom acceleration program developed by Equifax and 1871.
This year’s Design Sprint Challenge is evaluated by Equifax’s executive leadership and a panel of experts, including Noah Schwartz, General Manager, AWS Data Exchange at Amazon Web Services (AWS); Amit Maheshwari, senior vice president of business development at Tekion Corp.; and Laura Ritz, director of operations for numo, a PNC company.
Participants selected by the judges to participate in the Product Studio will have unlimited access to all 1,871 products and services, including dozens of workshops, 300+ mentors, and 400+ other technology founders, from idea stage companies to the C+ series. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their prototype to an audience of Equifax leaders, including digital and fintech partners, at the product show. Eligible participants can also receive up to $5,000 in AWS Activate credits, which can be applied to more than 200 AWS services.