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My Only New Year Resolution is 1080p

My Only New Year Resolution is 1080p

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

OK, the headline is a corny joke, but now is the traditional time for making “New Year resolutions” – commitments to small or large improvements in your diet, exercise, and habits.  When I was a youngster, each January 1, my sisters would solemnly hand me a list of the resolutions they felt would improve me most.  They were harsh critics, …

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Posted at Jan 04, 2016 by peter_vanderlinden | 1 Comment
Meet the London Masters of Code

Meet the London Masters of Code

 Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have boarding pass will TfL

Can you believe it? After 12 nail-biting hackathons in great cities around the world, MasterCard's developer team has now completed the 2015 series with an exciting event in London.

Part of the excitement in the capital event came from Transport for London, who joined forces with MasterCard to provide additional APIs and inspiration to developers. …

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Meet the Smart City Winners

Meet the Smart City Winners in Barcelona

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist

Placa Espanya, Barcelona, Spain

 Smart Cities Congress is a global umbrella group, helping more than 300 influential city planners around the world.  The Smart City organization brings planners together to share ideas.  They showcase technology that improves city life. Everyone wins.  This week, November 17-19 2015, …

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Meet the Developers of London

Meet the Developers of London

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have TfL pass will board

Team MasterCard is in London this weekend, November 14 – 15, where we're holding the last regional event in MasterCard's year-long saga of hackathons around the world. We're looking for the most talented and creative developers/designers everywhere to challenge and inspire them with our FinTech APIs.

At each event, we pick a team to profile, …

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Meet the NYC Masters of Code

Meet the NYC Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

MasterCard's developer team has now completed the 11th of 12 hackathons in our 2015 Masters of Code series. Our 11th event was held in an Impact Hub office, in Manhattan's somewhat gritty Tribeca area. Or maybe Tribeca isn't gritty at all, but just seems that way to an out-of-towner.

As usual, I'll describe the runners up, and then give the details of the winning team. …

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Meet the Developers of New York City

Meet the Developers of New York City

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

This weekend, Nov 7-8, team MasterCard is holding our latest “Masters of Code” hackathon. This time we're in New York City, one of the foremost FinTech centers in the world. All year, team MasterCard has been visiting important cities, holding a hackathon in each, looking for the most talented and creative developers. We help the developers engage with MasterCard's Open APIs, …

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Posted at Nov 08, 2015 by peter_vanderlinden | 1 Comment
Seeking the NYC Masters of Code

Seeking the NYC Masters of Code!

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

They say that New York is “the city that never sleeps”.  But they never explain why New York doesn’t sleep - it's because of the deafening noise everywhere.  You know that part of The Grinch who Stole Christmas? The part, early on, where the Grinch complains about “The one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! …

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Money 2020 Developer Note

What happens in Vegas ...

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

The Cat 315CL hydraulic excavator, rent one in Vegas! 

What Happens in Vegas (this weekend Oct 24 -25 2015, at least) is the Money 20/20 hackathon, sponsored by MasterCard.   The [Money 20/20 conference|http://money2020. …

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Meet the St Louis Masters of Code

Meet the St Louis Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

It's official!  We've now visited our tenth city, St Louis, Missouri, in our year-long quest to find the best software developers/designers in the world, to help them engage with our APIs.  And the results from St Louis are in!   After 24 hours of round-the-clock hackathon development, around 20 local teams presented their projects for judging. …

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St Louis - Meet the Developers

St Louis Masters of Code - Meet the Developers

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

This weekend, Oct 10-11, team MasterCard is holding a “Masters of Code” hackathon in St Louis, Missouri. All year, team MasterCard has been visiting important cities, holding a hackathon in each, looking for the most talented and creative developers. We help the developers engage with MasterCard's Open APIs, and encourage them to create new systems and apps. …

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Meet the Istanbul Masters of Code

Meet the Istanbul Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

Lots of cities are cosmopolitan, but Istanbul, Turkey is surely one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Strategically located where the continent of Europe abuts the continent of Asia, Istanbul has been a commercial and trading city for literally more than two thousand years. …

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Meet the Developers of Istanbul

Meet the Developers of The New Rome

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

Istanbul has had many names over the millenia, and a few nicknames too.  Some people call it the city of the world's desire.  Some people call it the new Rome.   And some people call it home. …

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Meet the Developers in Montreal

Meet the Developers in Montreal

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, Have spacesuit, will travel!

It's been a long road, but Team MasterCard has now visited 8 destinations of our year-long, 12-city Masters of Code hackathon series.  We've visited all these cities, with 4 still to come, as we seek the best developers in the world, and inspire them to create with the MasterCard OpenAPIs. …

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Seeking the St Louis Masters of Code

Seeking the St Louis Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, Have space suit will travel

Sept 24, 2015.  Team MasterCard is on the move again.  In addition to a hackathon this weekend in Montreal, and one next weekend in Istanbul, we'll be holding a hackathon in our very own St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday/Sunday October 10 to 11.   From each of these events, …

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Meter Beater crushes TechCrunch Hackathon

Meter Beater crushes TechCrunch Hackathon

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, have spacesuit will travel

In some ways, the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, and its associated hackathon is a bit of an “odd duck” event.  TechCrunch is an online publisher of tech news, and it’s unusual for organizations like this to run tech events.  At the beginning, TechCrunch focused on reporting about start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area, …

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Seeking the Masters of Code in Turkey

Seeking the Masters of Code in Turkey

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist - have spacesuit, will travel

What comes to mind when someone mentions Istanbul?   Most people think of "the city with several names", or "where east meets west," or maybe even the exceptional aroma of Turkish coffee, boiled in the small brass coffeepot called a cezve.   Why does any city get a new name?  It's usually political - the new rulers flexing their muscles. …

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Seeking the Montreal Masters of Code

Seeking the Montreal Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist - have spacesuit, will travel

Montreal’s name likely comes from the hill in its south east corner.  Today, that hill is known as Mount Royal. In Middle French, it was Mont Réal, or “the royal mountain”.  The hill got its royal designation in 1535, from a Frenchman who claimed the region for France, naming the hill in honor of his patron, the French king, …

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Meet the San Francisco Masters of Code

Meet the San Francisco Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist - have suitcase, will unravel

Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, Israel – these are some of the cities and states around the world where active developers are found along with financial technology.  MasterCard is sponsoring the Masters of Code hackathons in these and other places, to encourage innovation in FinTech.  Last weekend, …

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VC wrangling for developers

VC Wrangling for developers

Peter van der Linden - Developer Evangelist - have suitcase, will unravel

Team MasterCard is now just over the halfway point in our year-long series of hackathons (coding competitions) in great cities around the world.  We're engaging with top developers everywhere, looking to inspire and encourage innovation. At last, we have come to our home ground, with a Masters of Code hackathon in San Francisco, California. …

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It's not a cloud, it's a rainbow

Meetup at the GooglePlex on Cloud Services

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist

  Colorful loaner bicycles at the GooglePlex in Mountain View, Calif.

How do you typically hear about new technology?  I once had a co-worker who made a point of going to a different conference, completely unrelated to his work, every year. For example, one year, a conference of surgeons, the next year a statistics conference, the third year a sales convention. …

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