What the Hack to do With All those APIs?

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We’re in Vegas this week, catching up with several Finovate and FinDEVr alums. Before the week even started, however, we took a gamble and spent the weekend at the Money20/20 Hackathon.

Many Finovate and FinDEVr alums have powerful APIs to enable the creation of solutions to solve all types of problems. At the hackathon, the crowd of 450 developers, engineers, and entrepreneurs developed a myriad of solutions over the course of 25 hours.

Here are the winners for each company:

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Bionym winners

  • OffBank, which uses Bionym’s Nymi band to authenticate bank customers before initiating a wire transfer
  • I Heart Pay, which uses Bionym’s Nymi band, combined with an app, to enable merchants to verify a customer’s identity to charge them for a transaction

Check out Bionym’s demo from FinDEVr 2014, San Francisco

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Blockchain winner:

Samaritus, which uses barcode scanners inside of recycling bins that read bar codes on recyclable materials to reward people for recycling. The app pays them in bitcoin, while simultaneously collecting data on what and where users recycle.

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Feedzai winner:
Bacon, which places a multi-layer authentication platform that layers more security data on top of Feedzai’s algorithm to authenticate customers before a transaction. 

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Intuit winner:
In Reach, which uses the QuickBooks Online API to determine the availability of a retailer’s inventory, then enables customers to purchase goods via a native app, and pick up the item in the store.
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MasterCard winner:

Enterchange, which uses MasterCard’s API to enable customers to order food and pay at sit-down restaurants.
Modo Payments winners:
    • ShopperPal (for FIS), an app that incents consumers to enter a physical retail store by giving them points for entering a 
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      store, liking the company on Facebook, and making purchases in the store. The points are added to the consumer’s Modo Payments app.

    • KidFit (for Alliance Data), an app that syncs with wearable devices, such as a smartwatch, to enable parents to reward their children for elevating their heart rate for a set amount of time. The rewards are given in the form of points in the Modo Payments app. 
    • Nike Modo, a system that uses the Nike Fuel band to track a consumer’s geolocation and add reward points to their Modo Wallet when they enter a store and make a purchase.
Swift, a solution for retail stores that uses an RFID sensor to track each product that is placed into shopping carts. The data syncs to the consumer’s PayPal app to enable a quick and mobile checkout experience.

FinDEVr Preview: MasterCard Developer Zone

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Global payments company, MasterCard, will be showing off its Developer Zone at FinDEVr in San Francisco this September 30 and October 1.

While MasterCard has a long history in fintech, it is also on the cutting edge of future technologies (as seen with its recent partnership with Apple). At FinDEVr, MasterCard will showcase APIs in its presentation and three workshops.

Early bird pricing ends this Friday, September 12 so get your ticket now to save.


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MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry. It operates 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 easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

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Why it’s great for developers:

1) Robust, proven and secure. That’s what businesses and developers need and are focused on. MasterCard provides it like no one else.
2) MasterCard offers services to address improving the shopping experience or making it safer. It is more than payment. MasterCard is a Technology Company and its expertise is a valuable tool for any developer.

3) MasterCard Developer Zone is the window into MasterCard technology. This is where it offers access to a suite of APIs, Tools and SDKs, including its popular Simplify Commerce or the digital wallet, MasterPass, sophisticated payment processing, peer-to-peer payments – all, and more, are now available, for the first time.

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Come and discover how MasterCard has become a technology company and is sharing its resources with developers.
Workshops:
1) MasterCard Developer Zone: Under the Hood – Building a developer product and program
2) MasterCard Developer Zone: Selecting the right APIs and driving innovation
3) A Big Company in a Startup World (Building a global digital payment network with regions in mind)

Here are some previews you may have missed over the past few weeks:

We’ll also preview the remaining 46 companies in the weeks leading up to FinDEVr, so keep a look out for those, as well.