Guidelines for participation in the #TIPSapp Challenge

Event hosted by the European Central Bank

In November 2018 the Eurosystem will launch TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS), a new service for settling instant payments in euro. TIPS will be compliant with the SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCTInst) scheme developed by the European Payments Council to accommodate instant credit transfers across the Single Euro Payments Area. However, TIPS, or any other market infrastructure alone, will not be enough to ensure that the citizens of Europe start using instant payments. Apps that can easily initiate instant payments will also be needed.

To help create awareness about instant payments, the European Central Bank (ECB) invites all interested service providers to develop a solution for an app that can be used to initiate transactions for settlement. See below to find out how you can attend and potentially have the chance to present your end-user solution at a market event organised by the ECB.


TIPSapp Challenge

Details about the event:
Who can participate? All interested service providers.
How can I take part? Send an email to, expressing your interest.
Closing date for expressions of interest 1 December 2017
When will I know if my participation is confirmed? 22 December 2017

European Central Bank
Sonnemannstrasse 20
60314 Frankfurt am Main

Date of event

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

What format will the event take? The event will comprise a conference and a marketplace. You will have a stand at the marketplace where you can present your prototype and interact with all the conference participants. These will include banks operating in the European Union, national central banks, financial market infrastructure providers and industry associations. You are also welcome to attend the conference as a member of the audience.
What should be presented at the event? You should present a prototype of an app solution that meets the TARGET Instant Payment Settlement user requirements.
What kind of facilities will be provided at the event?

A dedicated area for presenting and discussing your prototype with market participants will be made available.

Cost of participation

There is no participation fee. The ECB will provide a light buffet lunch and refreshments to all participants. The ECB will not cover any travel costs incurred.