Deutsche Bank is running a 'Future Banking International Design Competition' seeking smart ideas, applications, gadgets, products or services that can inspire customers, whether in the branch or transacting on the Web.
The bank is collaborating with digital architecture and design magazine DesignBoom on the competition, which will offer the winning entries a share of a prize pool of up to EUR18,000, and exhibition space at an innovation fair in Berlin.
Deutsche says the challenge has been devised to look for inspiration beyond the confines of the bank for new ways to engage with customers as the physical world of retail banking becomes increasingly entwined with the digital world of the Internet.
"We want to optimise our current online and branch-based services for the digital age and provide flexible, dynamic and intelligent services anywhere and at almost any time," says the bank. "The focus of our activities is on customer service rather than processes or technologies."Registration
is now open. Entries will be judged by four senior Deutsche Bank executives and a selected panel of architects, artists and designers.