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Bankia aims to train programmers in blockchain

With this program, both institutions try to help companies increase their competitiveness and place Spain in a strategic position in this type of technology.

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By  Communication Bankia

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02 April 2019 - 10:00

  • The training programme, in collaboration with the company GeeksHubs, has a duration of 12 weekends and is aimed at self-employed and business developers
  • Students will develop a technical implementation project as proof of concept for their company
  • Bankia will make available to all students Stockmind, the institution’s blockchain platform

Bankia has signed an agreement with the IT talent acquisition and training company, GeeksHubs, to train self-employed and business developers in blockchain.

In this high-performance programme, which lasts for 12 weekends, some of the best national developers are going to train students in this technology from the bottom up, teaching them how to create smart contracts, public and private networks and deploy such contracts in these.

During the 120 hours of the programme, with a more practical than theoretical approach, students will develop a project that is generally related to the sector of the companies for which they work.

Bankia and GeeksHubs have decided to launch boosting programmes for the blockchain business development departments with the aim of increasing their competitiveness and positioning Spain as a pioneer in the launch and use of the block chain.

This blockchain bootcamp, which was launched in Valencia last November as a pilot test, will start with Madrid this April and will be replicated in different Spanish cities. It has 15 open positions for self-employed and company developers that want to be trained by profiles such as Álex Puig, creator of Alastria, the largest Blockchain network that brings together more than 500 Spanish companies; and the Blockchain manager at Bankia, Alberto Gómez Toribio.

Bankia will make available to all students Stockmind, the institution’s blockchain platform, so that they can develop their projects for free, supervised at all times by Toribio to ensure the achieve quality projects for their companies.

Blockchain technology is created to provide people in the online world with digital ownership without the need for any intermediaries, thereby making the transactions they carry out become immutable, impossible to duplicate, delete or modify.

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Ignacio Cea, Bankia's corporate director of Innovation and Cybersecurity.

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XXVI Meeting of the Financial Industry

Bankia is committed to Artificial Intelligence to offer products and services tailored to customer needs

The corporate director of Innovation and Cybersecurity of Bankia, Ignacio Cea, said that the technology is a strategic element for the entity, which has Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia, to pass directly on customers.

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By  Communication Bankia

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09 May 2019 - 15:15

  • Ignacio Cea, Corporate Director of Innovation and Cybersecurity of Bankia, has participated in the XXVI Meeting of the Financial Industry
  • The entity has Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia, the largest startup accelerator in Spain, whose participating starups "help the bank's digital transformation".

Bankia's corporate director of Innovation and Cybersecurity, Ignacio Cea, said that the bank is making a firm commitment to Artificial Intelligence in its processes as an instrument to offer its customers the products and services that best meet their needs.

This is what Cea said during its participation in a round table on new business models and new technologies within the framework of the XXVI Meeting of the Financial Industry, organized by Deloitte and ABC.

"In banking, we do not have technological differences with any other industry, we are up-to-date in technology solutions, but it is true that we carry a legacy that, at times, makes our responses go somewhat slower than we would like", he underlined.

In this regard, Cea explained that artificial intelligence is the technology "that is really changing the rules of the game and, at Bankia, we are betting on this with the aim of improving our service for customers".

Artificial intelligence, according to the Corporate Director of Innovation and Cybersecurity, relies on cloud computing and big data. Cloud computing facilitates cost escalation and reduces costs for entities by not having to integrate all the information in their data centres. And big data means making the most of the data in order to be able to provide customers with products and services tailored to their needs.

"Technology is a very important piece and it should help us gauge our capacity to respond to our customers and use this data to create products and services and bring them to customers as needed", he said.

Regarding fintech, Cea pointed out that Bankia has a great interest in these companies "because they are fresh and agile and can improve our services because they complement us". However, "banks have something that fintech does not: massive scale and a large number of customers".

Cea pointed out that the bank has Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia, the largest startup accelerator in Spain, with so fintech can "help us accelerate our digital transformation". "Our strategy is to collaborate with these companies but not enter their capital", he added.

Finally, Cea stated that "banks must focus on what we know how to do correctly, which is to manage risk, lend money, offer financing and, in parallel, innovate and generate new calculation models to reach our customers and offer them what they need when they need it".

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Felix Uriarte, Bankia's Digital Banking manager

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Bankia has received an award to innovation in digital payment methods

The bank is recognized for its clear commitment to technology and for helping its digital customers, which is one of the key strategies in the development of the bank.

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By  Communication Bankia

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08 May 2019 - 18:30

  • The entity has been recognized in the category of 'Finance and Insurance', as a company that with its products and services helps to innovate
  • The bank offers its customers the ability to pay through all the available digital platforms: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Bizum and PayPal

Bankia has been awarded by 'Actualidad Económica' magazine for the development and innovation of digital payment methods, having become the first bank in Spain to have all the methods of payment available in the market. The award was received by Bankia's Digital Banking manager, Felix Uriarte.

The entity has received an award in the 'Finance and Insurance' category during the 41st Edition of the '100 Best Ideas of the Year' awards. These awards recognise companies that, with their products and services, help to innovate and transform the market.

Specifically, the magazine has assessed Bankia's commitment to technology and to being the first bank to offer its customers the ability to pay through all the available digital platforms: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Bizum and PayPal.

Bankia will have more than 5 million digital customers in 2020, after increasing its base by two million new customers. Thus, more than 65% of the bank's customers will have a digital profile and over 35% of purchases will be made through these channels.

As regards the multi-platform strategy, sales at Bankia's digital channels reached 23.5% of total sales at the end of the first quarter of 2019, while digital customers increased by 586,000 compared to March 2018.

At the end of last year, Bankia launched an advertising campaign in cinemas, television, radio and social media with the following message: 'Don't use cash. Because only at Bankia customers can pay with all digital platforms easily and securely'.

 

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The students have received a diploma that accredits their training during an event that took place at Adeca's headquarters

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The course ended this Wednesday in Albacete

More than half of the students of the digital skills course promoted by Dualiza Bankia in Albacete already have a job

Training for students has been focused on acquiring skills in digitalization, digital marketing, user experience (UX), and web programming

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By  Communication Bankia

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27 February 2019 - 14:00

  • Eight of the thirteen students of the Ditec course are already working in companies in the industry.
  • The project has come to fruition thanks to the collaboration of Dualiza Bankia -the brand through which the Bankia Foundation channels all its actions to promote Vocational Training-, Adeca and the Regional Government of Castilla la Mancha.

Eight of the thirteen students of the Ditec digital skills course imparted by Dualiza Bankia in Albacete, in collaboration with the Association of Companies of the Campollano Industrial Park (Adeca) and the Regional Government of Castilla la Mancha, have been hired at the end of the course by the companies in which they interned.

The students are from the IT cycle of the IES Leonardo Da Vinci high school. All of them began their additional training in April, which lasted until the end of December due to their internship periods.

During the theoretical part, students have received a total of 180 hours of training to acquire skills in digital transformation, digital marketing, user experience (UX) and web programming.

Bankia’s Regional Corporate Director in Castilla la Mancha and Extremadura, Jaime Campos, highlighted "Bankia’s commitment with the promotion of education and Vocational Training through its Dualiza Bankia brand, which serves to improve the training of numerous students". He added that "proof of this is that more than half of the students who have participated in this Ditec are already working, which shows that courses like this respond to the needs of the market."

For his part, the president of Adeca, Santos Prieto, stressed that "from ADECA we have collaborated to make it easier for company owners to adapt their business to the new digital requirements by hiring qualified people." In addition, he added that, "we want to continue working on the same path of support for company owners, talent and dual education, because businesses must adapt to the digital age and to the new demands of the market."

Today, the students today received the diplomas that certify their training during an act that took place at the Adeca headquarters.

The commitment of Dualiza Bankia and Adeca to the region is evident in the new training activities that will begin shortly. Both organizations will promote another Ditec training course in Ciudad Real. In addition, together with the Business Association of the Romica Industrial Site, Adepro, and the Regional Ministry of Education, they will provide an additional training course in foreign trade, Comex, in Las Pedroñeras.

Apart from this training, Dualiza Bankia, in collaboration with the Confederation of Employers of Albacete, with the Provincial Association of Dressmaking of Albacete and the Regional Ministry of Education, will develop a complementary training program in computer-assisted pattern design, for students of the clothing and fashion industries.

Dualiza Bankia, Bankia’s dual training initiative

Dualiza Bankia is the brand through which the Bankia Foundation for Dual Training carries out all of its promotion and prestige activities regarding vocational training and dual vocational training, keeping in mind that it improves the employability of students and the competitiveness of companies. And it represents the commitment acquired by Bankia to the promotion of education as a way to improve society, combat inequality and promote greater social cohesion.

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The president of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, during his inaugural speech at Forinvest in Valencia.

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At the inaugural speech of Forinvest in Valencia

Goirigolzarri: "Our goal is to turn Bankia into the preferred bank in Spain"

To achieve this, Bankia has "customer satisfaction, an excellent corporate governance, a permanent vocation of service to society and absolute respect for our principles and values".

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05 March 2019 - 13:30

  • The president of Bankia highlighted, at the main financial forum of the country, the importance of customer satisfaction, the permanent vocation of service to society, excellent corporate governance and the "absolute respect for principles and values" required to achieve this goal
  • Goirigolzarri claimed that "we must be aware of and deal with" the reputation of banking and argued that "Bankia is possibly the best example of the recovery of the financial system"
  • "Valencia is our home, we were born here and here we have our headquarters since the beginning" he said.

The president of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, has assured that the objective of the financial institution is "to be the preferred bank in Spain" and that, to achieve this, Bankia has "customer satisfaction, an excellent corporate governance, a permanent vocation of service to society and absolute respect for our principles and values".

Goirigolzarri has inaugurated the twelfth edition of the Forinvest fair, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Valencia Fair, with a conference entitled 'Bankia against the challenges of the financial system'.

"In the main financial forum of our country", he pointed out that, strategically, the companies that overcome the challenges of the future will be those that "give a high quality response in virtual relations with their customers, promoting digital practices to protect data privacy” and that, at the same time, are capable of "accommodating their traditional distribution network so that it complements a multi-channel approach and is a source of competitive advantages".

The great challenges of the financial sector

The president of Bankia underlined in the course of his speech that "the two great challenges" of the Spanish economy in the medium and long term are the high level of unemployment and the level of public debt.

In addition, he pointed out that the financial industry faces three major challenges: reputation, profitability and the strategic challenge derived from the change of habits of its customers due to the emergence of new technologies.

With regard to reputation, Goirigolzarri stressed that "the financial system is key to the future of society" and has admitted that, in 2012, it was the main economic problem in Spain, but that it has carried out "a very significant restructuring and transformation process". "While it is true that the bailout received made it solvent and guaranteed the safety of the customers and the system, it was not a guarantee of its viability in the long term", he pointed out.

"The savings of the depositors were rescued, but the bank, employees and shareholders have undergone a profound restructuring process", he explained, assuring that "it has led it to a 40% decrease in offices and a similar decrease in workforce, about 80,000 people". In this regard, Goirigolzarri argued that "Bankia is possibly the best example of the recovery of the financial system".

The president of Bankia stressed that he has "always" considered reputation to be "highly important". "We must not only be aware of, but also deal with what society is asking of us because it is evident that society is very disappointed with the operation of the financial system during the crisis", he acknowledged.

On the opening day of Forinvest, Goirigolzarri stressed the importance of having "excellent corporate governance practices" and insisted that "the sustainability of a project lies in society finding it useful" and "wanting us to exist".

In addition, the president of Bankia has mentioned profitability as one of the great challenges faced by the financial industry. "Without adequate profitability, which must be higher than the capital cost, the bank will be unable to attract investors and, therefore, finance the economy", he warned, and mentioned negative interest rates as a cause of low profitability along with the continuous deleveraging of families and businesses.

Lastly, Goirigolzarri pointed out that banking faces a "very important" strategic challenge derived from the change in customers' habits and that "it is boosted by a technological revolution".

However, he stated that he sees this technological change "as a great opportunity" and not "as a great threat" along with the fact that there are new competitors due to the rise of new technologies. "Technology is a weapon that should allow us to improve service to our customers," he remarked.

Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia in Valencia

Goirigolzarri pointed out that Bankia's strategy regarding new competitors is "collaboration and alliance" and that, for this reason, it created Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia in La Marina de Valencia, with the aim of incubating and accelerating national and international startups. He explained that, in two and a half years, it has received more than 300 startup applications from which the entity has selected 47, with 60% of which it has signed a collaboration agreement.

The president of Bankia also stressed that Valencia is "a very important region" for the entity. "It's our home, we were born here as a bank, and here we have our headquarters since the beginning", he said, and highlighted its "great importance from a business perspective."

In this line, he acknowledged that the fact of having 1.6 million Valencian customers, more than 60,000 companies working with the entity in the Community of Valencia and having a 19% market share in the province of Valencia entails a "great responsibility".

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