30 - 31 March 2019

How would you support the local economy through digital?

An initiative from MCB to stimulate creativity that drives innovation.

The MCB InovApp Challenge aims to identify brilliant people and teams - including start-ups, students and SMEs - who can ally creativity, innovation and technology to design next-gen solutions for the Mauritian banking sector and for the country at large. Be part of the #InovAppChallenge – A platform of convergence for passionate geeks, lateral thinkers, troubleshooters and innovators. The ultimate aim of the competition is for each group to come up with a working prototype.

And don't worry, your ideas remain yours.

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The 2nd edition of MCB InovApp Challenge focuses, this year, on a study conducted by MCB and named “Lokal is beautiful”.
This year’s challenge aims at bonding vibrant and innovative developers, who can turn economic leaks into opportunities for growth through creative digital solutions.

In view of making Mauritius a true “Smart Island”, how would you support the local economy through digital?


Connecting producers and consumers through digital

“Lokal is beautiful” is about cultivating the community spirit and nurturing the idea of interconnectedness for the benefit of everyone involved. Today, local products are scattered. How can we encourage responsible consumption and production by connecting local vendors and local buyers through a digital platform?

Develop a solution that connects producers and consumers, whilst enabling them to engage in direct transactions and sharing of experiences.


Adding value to products and services through digital

The value is the difference between the price you charge and the benefits the customer perceives he/she will get. How can we use digitalization to harness local resources, know-how and innovation which generates authenticity and value?

Develop a solution to help local businesses make their products stand out and catch the attention on its value rather than on its price.


Protect and add value to our environmental and cultural heritages

Our cultural heritage has become a driver of our history. Cultural heritage becomes more accessible to people, notwithstanding their location or their financial means to actually visit cultural sites. How can we use modern technology to preserve, share and promote our cultural heritage and locally rooted know-how?

Develop a solution that can preserve and promote our environmental and cultural heritage to Mauritian and culturally-themed tourism.


Improving mobility as an efficient transportation system

At the end of June 2018, there were 543,623 vehicles registered at the National Transport Authority (NTA). Traffic and transportation is our major daily constraint in Mauritius. Including the to-be light rail transit system, how better access to information and services can lead to a more efficient and effective mobility in cities?

Develop a solution that would use data, applications, and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply, and efficiently.


Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle to create local wealth

The amount of waste generated annually in Mauritius increased constantly over the past decade. Innovation using recycle products can invite businesses to use local resources and at the same time provide solutions to the inhabitants of Mauritius for their waste sorting and the traceability of their waste. How can we replace imports with inputs produced locally from recycling, repairing or reuse?

Develop innovative solutions to generate new local resources from waste or surpluses.


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It may not be the Hunger Games, but let’s face it – everyone likes to win.
Put on your thinking hat, get creative, and you could score some more hot prizes throughout the event. Someone else got their eye on them too!

Rs. 100,000
  • - A cash prize of Rs. 100,000 offered by MCB
  • - Oracle prizes

Rs. 50,000
  • - A cash Prize of Rs. 50,000 offered by MCB
  • - Oracle prizes

Rs. 25,000
  • - A cash prize Rs. 25,000 offered by IBM
  • - Oracle prizes


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Matthieu Benoit

Head of Marketing, MCB Ltd

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Vincent Chatard

Chief Operating Officer, MCB Ltd

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Shirin Gunny

Chief Operations Officer, Made in Moris

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Dominic Provençal

Deputy Head of Retail, MCB Ltd


To bring your ideas to life, here's our selection of APIs you can use in your prototypes.

Customer API

Customer API allows authenticated users to get customer profile data to enhance engagement levels where KYC check is also available.

Accounts API

Accounts API allow you to access key account data, enhance your financial management services and also have the ability to create a new account.

Loans API

Loan API enables consensual access to customers’ pre-approved loans status, types of loans and details.

Cards API

Card API allows you to apply for credit card and also have details of existing cards for a specific customer.

Payments API

Payment API allows third party apps to offer money transfer services to pre-authorized users.

Customer Services API

Customer Services API provides details on standing order and direct debit for a specific customer as well as creating new standing order and direct debit.

Bank Services API

Details on products offered by the bank including cards, loans, accounts product.

Public Info API

Public information API available on the Bank such as branches and ATMs including geolocation and opening hours.


All participants must adhere to the following criteria to participate in the challenge:

  • - This competition is restricted to teams consisting of 3 to 5 individuals only
  • - You may use open source libraries available elsewhere
  • - By participating in this competition, you agree to our Terms and Conditions
  • - An ideal team should have: a passionate developer, creative minds, coding and pitching skills

Judging Criteria

Prototypes will be evaluated on:
  • - Innovation and creativity
  • - Users Experience
  • - Features & Roadmap
  • - Relevance to the theme (Social Impact)
  • - Level of Development

Seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration thus does not guarantee participation.

Schedule Detail

  • 09.00 - 10.00

    Doors Open & Registration

  • 10.00 - 10.30

    Welcome Address

  • 10.30

    Competition Begins

  • 10.30 - 12.00

    Workshop (Optional)

  • 12.00 - 13.00


  • 15.30 - 16.00


  • 16.00 - 18.00

    Mentoring Session(Optional)

  • 19.00 - 20.30


  • 23.30 - 00.00


  • 01.00 - 05.00


  • 06.00 - 07.30


  • 08.00 - 10.00

    Mentoring Session (Optional)

  • 12.00

    Submission Deadline

  • 12.00 - 14.00


  • 12.30 - 14.00

    Pitch to Jury - 5 minutes per team

  • 15.00

    Closing Ceremony

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