PayPal and Braintree named the $100,000 USD grand-prize winner of its 2015 BattleHack Series. The 24-hour BattleHack World Finals took place at PayPal Headquarters in Silicon Valley and hosted 14 teams of developers from across the globe, all winners of their regional BattleHack competitions.
At the World Finals, competitors were tasked with building an application that incorporates the PayPal, Braintree or Venmo APIs, encouraging hacks that include an element of social good.
The $100,000 USD grand prize was awarded to the team from Venice: Caterina Vidulli, Cristy Gutu, Cristiano Griletti (Mastro Gippo) and Sara Spadafora. Second place went to the team from Toronto: Alex Christodoulou, Christopher Larsen, Ernst Riemer and Maya Kennedy. Third place went to the team from Singapore: Amulya Khare, Arvin Sabu Joseph, Mohit Kanwal and Rajul Gupta.
Team Venice’s winning hack, called ifCar, tapped both hardware and software to make cars smarter using a combination of sensors, environmental and contextual data, and user preferences. The technology has huge potential, including making parking safer and easier, helping parents monitor children or pets in the car while running errands, and preventing criminals from successfully stealing cars.
This weekend’s World Finals in San Jose concludes the 2015 BattleHack series, closing out the competition’s third year. The global hackathon’s 2015 edition included regional competitions in 14 cities: Athens, Berlin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York City, Raleigh, Singapore, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto and Venice. In every city, teams were judged by a panel of local developers, technologists and influencers who chose the winners based on the quality of the idea, execution, innovation and the overall user experience of the app. The winning teams were then flown to San Jose to compete in the World Finals.
The 24-hour World Finals competition created 14 new apps, including an identity protection platform, a solution to expand the availability of Internet access, and a tool for keeping college campuses safer. John Lunn; Bill Ready, PayPal SVP & Head of Global Product and Engineering; Ken Yeung, VentureBeat staff writer; and Craig Martin, CTO and co-founder of Luxe judged the competition before awarding Team Venice with the $100,000 prize.
PayPal and Braintree’s mission is to provide developers with the payments tools they need to grow from their first dollar to their billionth. With more than 170+ million active users in 203 markets and 100 currencies, PayPal and Braintree continue to provide the only digital payments solutions that can scale as a developer’s business grows.
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