EMTECH and Bank of Ghana Collaborate Successfully in Groundbreaking eCedi CBDC Hackathon
EMTECH, a leading Modern Central Banking Infrastructure company, has concluded a successful 12-week CBDC Hackathon in collaboration with the Bank of Ghana. This strategic pilot represents the latest milestone in the technical partnership between EMTECH and the Bank of Ghana, following the deployment of the Digital Regulatory Sandbox by EMTECH.
eCedi Hackathon as a Pioneering CBDC Innovation Challenge
The eCedi Hackathon, introduced on October 3, 2023, at the Money & DeFI Summit by the Bank of Ghana, has emerged as a historic CBDC innovation challenge. This groundbreaking event, led by the Bank of Ghana, illustrates how central banks can effectively collaborate with the innovation, banking, and fintech ecosystems, driving their own innovation in the process. The collaboration is integral to validating market needs, testing technical capabilities, educating stakeholders, and ensuring private sector alignment before the introduction of a final solution.
EMTECH’s Beyond Cash Solution Redefines Digital Cash Infrastructure
EMTECH’s Beyond Cash™ solution, a Web3-enabled Digital Cash Infrastructure, serves as a foundation that not only interoperates with established payment rails but also supports the safe development of newer financial products. In the era of Fintech, Open Banking, Web3, and AI, central banks worldwide are exploring strategies to introduce digital versions of central bank money (cash). EMTECH’s Digital Cash Infrastructure is designed to make cash accessible, interoperable, and trusted in this evolving landscape, utilizing technologies such as APIs, Distributed Ledgers, Smart Contracts, and Tokenization.
Transformative CBDC Use Cases Explored in the Ghanaian Market
The eCedi Hackathon successfully brought together developers, banks, fintech innovators, and the Bank of Ghana to pilot EMTECH’s tokenized CBDC solution. The initiative explored key objectives and relevant use cases for the Ghanaian market, including merchant payments, government payments, lending, crowdfunding, and transparent taxation. With partners such as West Africa, Ghana Fintech Association, HBAR Foundation, and KPMG, the collaborative effort was deemed groundbreaking.
A Select Group Engages in Prototyping Solutions
Out of 88 applications received, the Bank of Ghana selected 10 participants for the hackathon, providing them with dedicated platforms, Institutional Wallets, and 1,000 BYDC-eCedi tokens to prototype various solutions. Access to pre-built BYDC-eCedi APIs facilitated technical integration and standardized wallet creation and transactions. All transactions were conducted using Hedera’s token and public ledger services, ensuring transparency in transactions while safeguarding user privacy.
Acknowledgments and Forward-looking Statements from Key Figures
Dr. Ernest Addison, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, expressed gratitude for EMTECH’s partnership and acknowledged the success of the pilot during the eCedi Hackathon Awards Dinner. EMTECH’s CEO, Carmelle Cadet, commended the Bank of Ghana’s foresight and leadership, emphasizing the potential to make finance more inclusive and resilient through collaborative efforts.
The collaboration between EMTECH and the Bank of Ghana in the eCedi CBDC Hackathon sets a precedent for future innovations in central banking, showcasing effective strategies for CBDC deployment in the Web3 era. The successful pilot reflects the commitment of both entities to foster innovation, inclusivity, and resilience in the financial landscape.