FS Innovation Article Roundup – February 2014

Barclays takes fintech accelerator to New York

Barclays Bank has headed to New York in search of innovative fintech start-ups to join its three-month accelerator programme in London. The UK bank is inviting ten start-up companies to take part in a 15-week fintech accelerator programme in conjunction with Techstars.  Read Article

Nigerian Banks begin biometrics registration project

Nigeria’s banks have embarked on a massive biometrics project, registering the fingerprints and facial features of customers in a bid to fight fraud and money laundering.  Read Article

Google buys sound-based online authentication startup SlickLogin

Google has acquired SlickLogin, an Israeli startup which is bidding to replace passwords with sounds. Read Article

Mastercard and Silicon Valley Bank launch incubator programme for commerce start-ups

MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank have joined forces to launch an incubator programme designed to help early-stage commerce firms navigate their way to series a funding.  Read Article

Cyber security challenge offers £10,000 bounties

A new national cyber security challenge – Cyber 10K – has been launched, with £10,000 up for grabs for each of the most innovative security solutions.  Read Article

Osaka train station set for large face recognition study

NICT will deploy cameras in Osaka Station and the adjacent Osaka Station City, a multipurpose complex, that can track faces as they move around the premises. The cameras will be separate from any security cameras that are already installed by operator West Japan Railway (JR West), a spokesman for the railway said.

“The purpose of the study is to determine whether or not sensor data on crowd movements can be used to validate the safety measures of emergency exits for when a disaster strikes,” a NICT spokesperson said. Read Article

Westpac trials Google Glass app and Apple iBeacon

Westpac has begun trialling a Google Glass app which lets users keep an eye on their balance and outlined plans to install Apple’s iBeacon technology in branches.  Read Article

Government launches Year of Code campaign and £500,000 to train teachers how to programme

Chancellor George Osborne and education secretary Michael Gove unveiled a £500,000 fund to train teachers how to programme as part of a new campaign designed to raise awareness and interest in computer programming called Year of Code.  Review Article

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Author: Steve Wakefield

Steve Wakefield is an experienced Innovator presently based in London.

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