Visa Europe's innovation hub has been tapping into the youth market, bringing together 100 students from City University London for a weekend-long 'design jam' exploring ways to pay beyond plastic.
The Visa Europe Collab event saw students, Visa staffers and local techies gather in Shoreditch to tackle the themes of in-vehicle, in-store and omnichannel payments.
The students split into teams and, working with mentors, came up with ideas before refining pitches for the chance to win £1000 and the opportunity to work with Visa Europe Collab to develop their idea into a working proof of concept.
Among the ideas pitched were Streetpay, a self-checkout system designed to streamline paying at market stalls, and Qui, an app to help drivers skip queues at the petrol station. The winning idea was ‘Visa Buddy’ - a 'Siri for your finances'-style mobile personal finance assistant.