MasterCard Masters of Code Hackathon Series to Crown $100,000 Global Winner

Local Developers & Entrepreneurs from 12 Cities Set to Compete in
San Francisco for the Grand Prize

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PURCHASE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Developers from across the globe will compete for $100,000 during the MasterCard
Masters of Code
hackathon grand finale in San Francisco on December 4 and 5. The winning
from each of the 12 regional events will take on a new
challenge and battle each other for the title of Masters of Code.

For the past ten months, the Masters of Code competition traversed the
globe – from Singapore
to New
to Tel
– hosting regional weekend-long events that tasked the world’s
top coders, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to create new
consumer payments solutions featuring MasterCard APIs.

In the earlier rounds, winning solutions ranged from a price protection
assistant tied to doing social good, to a parent-monitored credit card
for kids, and even a coding game to encourage women to join the tech

During the San Francisco finale, the MasterCard Masters of Code Champion
will receive $100,000 and dedicated resources to develop and
commercialize their innovation, including:

  • One week at the next MasterCard
    Start Path™
    boot camp in Singapore
  • Six months of mentoring from a member of the MasterCard
    Open API
    executive team
  • Free payment processing for up to $250,000 in transactions for the
    first 12 months using Simplify

While in California, all winning regional teams will also enjoy a MasterCard
Priceless® Experience
in Napa Valley and Silicon Valley.

The San Francisco event will open with a welcome from entrepreneur and
New York Times best-selling author, Eric
. He pioneered the Lean
Startup movement
, a new-business strategy which maximizes a
company’s potential by allocating and improvising their resources as
efficiently as possible.

At the end of the two-day hackathon, the winning team will be evaluated
on their innovation’s impact, design, creativity, simplicity and usage
of MasterCard APIs. The esteemed judging panel will include:

“We approached this series looking for the best developers and that is
exactly who we have found,” said Sebastien Taveau, chief developer
evangelist, MasterCard Open API. “At MasterCard, we opened our APIs to
see what they are inspired to create next and promote financial
inclusion globally.”

The global finalists include:

  • Sydney,
    : a digital piggybank that allows consumers to save by
    automatically “depositing” their coin change
  • Hong
    Kong, Master Your Card
    : a parent-supervised children’s credit card
    designed to help develop responsible money management
  • Singapore,
    One Small Step
    : coding-centric games to help Southeast Asian women
    with a better understanding of the technology around them
  • São
    Paulo, Bolsa Capital
    : an online “exchange market” to buy and sell
    MasterCard merchants receivables
  • Tel
    Aviv, weBUSKING
    : an online talent show forum that allows viewers
    to pay the street performer directly
  • Mexico
    City, Knowhere
    : a system to rent out parking spaces in people’s
    driveways while they are at work
  • San
    Francisco, Dave
    : recuperates previously unavailable personal price
    protection refunds to enable charitable donations
  • Montreal,
    : a simplified expense-sharing solution based on purchase
    history API
  • Istanbul,
    Mobil Bayi
    : a solution to load money and game credits on any
    NFC-based card
  • St.
    Louis, FanFare
    : a one-stop resource to match event and nightlife
    recommendations based on a consumer’s favorite teams and musicians
  • New
    York, Pay Butler
    : a voice-controlled service to help the disabled
    or illiterate manage everyday bills and payments
  • London, All of Us: a solution to make it easier to share
    transit-related expenses

For more information about the MasterCard Masters of Code competition
including rules, judging criteria, prizes, etc., please visit

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is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the
world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers,
financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more
than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions
make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running
a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more
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