TechSprints bring together participants from across and outside of financial services to address industry challenges. Find out more about what they are and details of our upcoming TechSprint events.

We have a unique convening power to shape the direction of innovation, both in technology and where wider issues persist in the market. A key element of our innovation toolkit that's enabled us to achieve this is the TechSprint.

TechSprints help develop technology-based ideas or proof of concepts to address specific industry challenges. These events help us to shine a light on issues and expand the discussion and awareness of potential solutions.

Upcoming TechSprints

Market Abuse Surveillance TechSprint

We are running a 3 month cohort-based TechSprint on the theme of Market Abuse Surveillance.

This TechSprint is designed to explore AI-powered solutions to help detect evolving forms of market abuse. We are particularly interested in seeing how AI can help accurately identify more complex types of market abuse that are currently difficult to detect, such as cross-market manipulation.

Please note: We have extended the deadline for applications and also adjusted the dates of the TechSprint.

  • The new deadline for applications is 22 April 2024.
  • The TechSprint will begin on 1 May 2024, and the Demo Day is scheduled to take place at the FCA offices on 22 July 2024.

Apply as a participant or mentor

Financial Inclusion TechSprint

We are running a 3 month cohort-based TechSprint on the theme of Financial Inclusion.

The TechSprint is designed to tackle challenges spanning access to financial services as well as issues encountered throughout the consumer journey.

The TechSprint takes place from 7 March to 30 May 2024. The TechSprint is virtual with the exception of the Demo Day which will be held in person at the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday, 30 May 2024.

Apply to be an observer

The deadline for applications is 25 April.

Evolution of TechSprints

We published research in 2020 exploring the lessons we've learned from hosting 7 TechSprints across a range of subjects. As part of our commitment to foster innovative and collaborative global financial markets, we want to share our experience, and support other organisations in their efforts to address key industry problems.

Read our research on the lessons learned

Previous TechSprints

Since 2016, we’ve hosted a number of TechSprints. You can read more about each of them, including the problems explored and the solutions developed.

Page updates

: Information changed change to dates for Market Abuse Surveillance TechSprint
: Information added Market Abuse Surveillance TechSprint
: Information added Financial Inclusion TechSprint
: Link added Register Data TechSprint
: Information changed Consumer Duty TechSprint registration closed
: Information changed 2023 TechSprint Programme updated
: Link added GFIN Greenwashing TechSprint registration
: Information changed update to upcoming TechSprints
: Information changed upcoming TechSprints updated
: Editorial amendment page update as part of the website refresh including upcoming events

03/03/2020: Information added Publication of 'Fostering innovation through collaboration' research paper