Event draws top fintech talent in Atlanta and London to solve
innovation challenges for cash prizes
ATLANTA & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of
payment technology services, announced the winners of its FinAppsParty,
an interactive hackathon which took place in Atlanta and London March
11-12, 2016. Hosted in collaboration with its subsidiary, Realex
Payments, the event attracted talented developers, designers and
programmers for a 24-hour competition to build the most innovative
In Atlanta, participants focused on creating a financial or payment
mobile app that eases and enhances the retail experience for merchants
and customers. Winners were announced at the Georgia Technology Summit
on March 17 to an audience of over 1,300 technology leaders. Atlanta’s
top recipients were:
1st Place, $20,000 – Nebi Erdogan and Pedro Queiros for Non-Friction
Checkout, a mobile app that utilizes NFC technology to generate a
security token that can unlock devices like security tags.
2nd Place – Shivam Garg, Jonathan Lathem, Melissa Pera and Nivedit
Tyagi for Smart Trash, an application designed to track
consumption of household items, learns to shop based on user
preferences and helps people manage their carbon footprint.
3rd Place – Usman Shahid for ShopR, a mobile app that enhances
the showroom shopping experience and reduces the incidence of returned
items through virtual reality.
The London FinAppsParty celebrated the launch of Realex Payments’ new
mobile libraries for developers. Participants also leveraged
technologies from event partners to create their innovative entries. The
London winners were:
1st Place, £15,000 and a trip to Barcelona – Team “We Draw Pictures”
for Nest ID, a mobile app dedicated to helping displaced
people, such as refugees and asylum seekers, to identify themselves,
access documents and locate family members and friends.
2nd Place – Christopher Michaelides and his two teammates for Floji,
a flower marketplace app that allows users to send flower
emojis and embed a video greeting.
3rd Place – Matt Williams for Qoinz, an app that helps people
pay for vending machine items with their phones instead of cash.
“The FinAppsParty showcased the talent and innovation in Atlanta and
London, positioning each as vibrant fintech hubs with the ability to
compete with any of the technology capitals in the world,” said Frank T.
Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. “Global Payments is thrilled
to host initiatives like the FinAppsParty in support of the industry’s
growth and in demonstration of our commitment to leading transformative
About Global Payments
Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading worldwide provider of
payment technology services that delivers innovative solutions driven by
customer needs globally. Our technologies, partnerships and employee
expertise enable us to provide a broad range of products and services
that allow our customers to accept all payment types across a variety of
distribution channels in many markets around the world.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with approximately 4,500 employees
worldwide, Global Payments is a Fortune 1000 Company with merchants and
partners in 29 countries throughout North America, Europe, the
Asia-Pacific region and Brazil. For more information about Global
Payments, our Service. Driven. Commerce brand and our technologies,
please visit www.globalpaymentsinc.com.
About Realex Payments
Realex Payments is a Global Payments company and one of Europe’s leading
payment solution providers. It processes in excess of €28bn per annum on
behalf of over 13,000 clients. Over the past decade, Realex Payments has
established a strong reputation amongst the industry and our customers
for our expertise, payments knowledge and dedication to excellent
customer service. Our clients include Virgin Atlantic, Paddy Power and
The AA. Please visit www.realexpayments.com.