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FNB Bank Code Fest: How a Strategic Software Partner Fuels Innovation


In the rapidly evolving landscape of financial technology, the annual FNB Bank Code Fest stands out as a beacon of innovation, where the brightest minds in business and IT come together to create something extraordinary. This event is a clear demonstration of the transformative power that a dedicated software partner can bring to the table.

A Software Partner’s Journey Begins

Our story begins on a seemingly uneventful Friday afternoon when we received a call that would catapult us into the heart of innovation: an invitation to participate in FNB Bank’s Code Fest. With 300 developers and a slew of software partners joining, it was set to be a carnival of creativity, coding, and collaboration, showcasing the best of what happens when innovative minds collide.

The Challenge: Crafting a Kids’ Financial App

Charged with a sense of purpose and excitement, our team, bolstered by the expertise of a strategic software partner, embarked on a challenging yet inspiring mission — to develop an app that would serve as a cornerstone for children’s financial literacy. This wasn’t just about writing code; it was about crafting an engaging, educational journey for kids, which would lay the foundation for smart financial habits in the future.

The Role of a Software Partner from Concept to Prototype

The journey from a raw idea to a polished prototype was a marathon of ideation, iteration, and integration. A software partner is not just a collaborator; they are a catalyst for innovation. They brought to the table a wealth of experience, a toolbox of cutting-edge technologies, and a mindset tuned to disruptive innovation.

Each brainstorming session was a fusion of perspectives, each line of code a step towards a shared vision. As our keyboards clicked and screens flickered, a concept began to evolve into something palpable. Through our partnership, we navigated the complex landscape of app development, focusing on user experience, design simplicity, and educational value.

The prototype developed was a testament to the synergy between our internal team and the software partner. It was not just a working app but a prototype that encapsulated the essence of financial education in a format that a child could navigate and enjoy.

Beyond the Fest: The Lasting Impact of a Software Partnership

As the Code Fest drew to a close, it was clear that the event was about much more than competition. It was a microcosm of the larger tech ecosystem, a place where the collaboration between a bank and its software partners could spark innovations with the potential to reshape the industry.

Our team left the event with more than a prototype. We left with invaluable insights into the process of co-creation and the understanding that a software partner is more than a service provider — they are an essential piece of the innovation puzzle.

The Takeaway for FNB Bank and the Broader Financial Sector

For FNB Bank, the Code Fest is a strategic investment in the future. It is an opportunity to harness the collective genius of software partners and in-house teams to address emerging challenges and explore new opportunities. The kids’ financial literacy app is just one example of how these partnerships can yield solutions that are not only technologically advanced but also socially impactful.

Looking Ahead

As we prepare to release the video chronicling our experience at the Code Fest, we invite you to witness the journey of a software partner and a financial institution joining forces to turn a vision into a reality. It is a story that we hope will inspire and a prototype that we believe will make a difference.

The collaboration at Code Fest is a model for the future, a blueprint showing that when banks like FNB engage with the right software partners, the potential for innovation is boundless.

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Dawie Martins

Head of Client Success and Product Management

With an illustrious career spanning three decades, Dawie Martins has cultivated expertise in diverse technology-related businesses across various sectors, including Retail, Hospitality, and Consultancy. His journey, which has taken him from a developer's role to Product Management, uniquely positions Dawie to lead the charge in Customer Success and Product Management services for our clients. 

In his role as Head of Customer Success, Dawie operates at the intersection of commerce and technology. His mission is to ensure the seamless translation of commercial imperatives into highly effective software applications that not only meet but exceed the outcomes specified by our clients. 

For clients engaging SCAD Software to build applications destined for the market, Dawie and his team offer Fractional Product Management Services. They become invaluable partners in crafting and maintaining a product roadmap, assuming the mantle of the product champion within the client organization. This collaborative approach ensures that our clients' visions are realized efficiently and effectively. 

Dawie's wealth of experience and his dedication to driving success for our clients make him an indispensable part of SCAD Software's commitment to delivering excellence in every project we undertake. 

Shawn De Wet

Chief Technology Officer

Shawn De Wet brings to SCAD Software over two decades of unparalleled expertise in software systems delivery. His career exemplifies a relentless pursuit of problem-solving excellence and a commitment to end-user satisfaction, achieved through meticulous system architecture and design. Proficient in core enterprise ERP systems, Shaun's recent achievements stand as a testament to his prowess, including the conception and successful launch of two cutting-edge SaaS products on the robust Azure platform. 

While Shawn's professional accolades are impressive, his vitality extends beyond the confines of the office. An ardent lover of the outdoors, as evidenced by his passion for mountain biking, Shawn's dynamic and adventurous spirit infuses our technological endeavors with a fresh perspective and boundless energy. 

At SCAD Software, Shawn leads the charge in Operational Delivery of Client solutions. He heads the development team and works closely with our valued clients to ensure they realize their desired outcomes from our technology solutions. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is a driving force behind our success. 

Andy Fensham

Founder, Chief Architect

Andy Fensham's journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to reshape the software development landscape. With a background in global banking software consultancy, he founded SCAD Software in 1998 with a visionary goal – to address the mounting technical debt that was becoming a liability for businesses worldwide. 

Andy's unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen empowers our clients with pragmatic, robust software solutions that yield tangible results. Recognizing the risks posed by outdated software, he pioneered an innovative approach to custom software development, consistently delivering large-scale projects at an astonishing pace – 75% faster than traditional methods. 

Andy's dedication not only safeguards our clients' future but also cements SCAD Software's position as an industry trailblazer. He continues to lead our innovation roadmap, constantly seeking new ways to enhance our offerings with more examples of how we can turn “minutes to seconds”. 

Shaun Orpen

Group CEO

With an impressive career spanning over three decades in the Technology and Telecoms sectors, Shaun Orpen brings a wealth of experience to his role as Group CEO. His journey began with the groundbreaking entry of Microsoft Excel into the UK market, a stepping stone that eventually led him to play pivotal roles on the UK Executive Board during Microsoft's meteoric rise from £10 million to £1 billion in revenue. 

During his tenure at Orange, Shaun spearheaded the division responsible for catering to Small and Medium Businesses in the UK. Since then, he has continued to shape the success of a number of small and global technology enterprises, leveraging his strategic acumen and commercial leadership. 

Shaun's unwavering commitment to the convergence of technology and business is evident in his track record of elevating every organization he's been a part of. As the driving force behind SCAD Software's commercial endeavors, Shaun is leading our expansion across the UK, Europe, and the USA. 

His steadfast ethical stance, mirrored by his partner Andy Fensham, forms the bedrock of SCAD Software's principles, defining our approach to client interactions and business dealings. 

Stephen Moore


Stephen Moore's illustrious career speaks volumes about his leadership capabilities. With a rich background spanning diverse industries such as Retail, Events, Technology, Telecoms, and Media, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to craft and execute growth, differentiation, and exit strategies in highly competitive markets. 

As the visionary Founder/CEO of multiple successful ventures, Stephen has guided five companies from their inception to remarkable exits and IPOs, including the noteworthy £117 million listing of Expocentric Plc on Techmark 2000. His track record extends beyond entrepreneurship; he has played a pivotal role in over 40 companies as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman, Consultant, and Advisor, raising more than £85 million in private and public markets. 

What sets Stephen apart is his global perspective, cultivated through extensive work in the UAE, US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and EMEA. This international experience enriches SCAD Software's strategic direction, making him an invaluable asset in our mission to navigate the complex landscape of digital transformation and empower our clients to achieve enduring success.