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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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Seeking the San Francisco Masters of Code

Seeking the San Francisco Masters of Code!

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist 

Is tourism the only major industry that San Francisco has left?  Shocking question! The city was founded by Spanish priests as a mission outpost, and grew rapidly in the California gold rush.  But the gold was gone within a few years...
San Francisco business district  (photo credit Pixabay.com, …

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Meet the Mexico Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist

Over 21 million people live in the greater Mexico City metro area, making it the largest conurbation in the Western world, ahead of other huge cities like Sao Paulo or New York.   By itself, Mexico's capital city generates about 20% of Mexican GDP.  If it were a country, Mexico City would be the fifth largest economy in Latin America. …

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Meet the Developers - Mexico City

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist

The MasterCard team is currently in Mexico City, marking the half-way point in our extensive Masters of Code hackathon series. MasterCard's developer advocate team is visiting 12 global cities this year, running a hackathon in each. The top team from each hackathon goes to the grand finale in December 2015, competing for a prize of $100,000 in cash and business mentoring from MasterCard. Interest is high, …

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The Developer Declaration


The site http://www.paymnts.com is the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments.  We read it regularly, and were pleased today (Thursday July 23, 2015) to notice their article about our recently-published Developer Declaration.

We created the Developer Declaration (you can find a [PDF here|http://newsroom.mastercard. …

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Looking for the Masters of Code in Mexico City
Peter van der Linden, developer evangelist

Last time I was in Mexico City, a colleague pointed out a large building on the skyline.  It looked like a fort, and he claimed it was once a royal palace.  That's an unlikely claim for the North American continent that firmly rejected kings and princes.  I looked it up later, and to my surprise found the fort was once a royal palace!

*Briefly a royal palace, …

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Posted at Jul 15, 2015 by peter_vanderlinden | 2 Comments
Our Declaration to the Developer Community

Here the MasterCard Open API team humbly presents to our developer community our words of commitment – for today and for tomorrow – our Developer Declaration.

Full story here.

Explicking the Inexplicable

What don’t you know?   Every industry throws up inexplicable business decisions from time to time.  Some examples from our industry are:

  • Why did Apple publicly flounce away from Flash for mobile in 2010, just as Moore’s Law was making the hardware perform well?    
  • Why did H-P buy Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010 , only to ditch the people, the products, and the entire business a year later? …

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Q&A with the Israel Masters of Code

My cab driver on the way in from Ben Gurion Airport insisted on checking my knowledge of certain common Hebrew words.  I don't know why cab drivers are interested in my vocabulary; it holds little fascination for me.  "What," he wanted to know, "is the English word for chutzpah?"  I thought about it for a bit and offered two words, "impertinence" and "cheek".   The cab driver said he could only give me partial credit, …

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Meet the Developers in Tel Aviv

Once again, Team MasterCard has brought the Masters of Code hackathon series to a new city.  We are here in Tel Aviv, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Israel, to seek the best developers in the region. Developers, UX designers, and business analysts have flocked to the event, to compete against their peers and demonstrate their best ideas with prototypes. …

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Finding Big Picture strategies in Tactical Trends

One of the things I like most about working with computers is the rapid rate of change.  Don't care for some technology?  Just wait a while, and a better replacement is sure to come over the horizon.   One of the newer technologies to go mainstream is, of course, Big Data.  The definition is a little imprecise - "big" changes every year in computer science (don't feel bad - so does "tiny").  Broadly, …

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Seeking Tel Aviv Masters of Code

Tel Aviv skyline 
Ask anyone knowledgeable, and they'll tell you that Tel Aviv is a hustling, bustling city.  They might say "high tech hub".  They might even say "24 hour party town".  But they won't say "Tel Aviv is rich in ancient history".  Tel Aviv is recent - founded on sand dunes, in the twentieth century.   The modern design is why Tel Aviv has such wide streets and boulevards, …

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Say Hi at the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Hackathon!


Once again, the MasterCard API team is excited to be sponsoring the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Hackathon! If you are planning to come hack (we hope you will use our APIs) or watch demos, be sure to stop by the MasterCard API table. …

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Posted at Apr 24, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: hackathon
Developers Code FinTech Apps in NYC


It was an exciting time at the FinTech Hackathon in NYC. While it was a beautiful Spring weekend, about 100 developers gathered at Betterment’s office to see what sort of new fintech applications they could develop using a variety of APIs, including MasterCard services. In addition to shedding the light on useful [MasterCard APIs|https://developer.mastercard.com/portal/dashboard. …

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Posted at Apr 21, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: hackathon
Meet the Brazilian Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden - developer evangelist

Funny thing - when I was in São Paulo 4 years ago, all the orange juice at my hotel was blended with eggplant - a mixture that surprised many visitors, and dismayed a few.  Okay, it dismayed me.  Local colleagues explained the wonderful benefits of the OJ / eggplant combo.  I can't now recall what the benefits were, …

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Meet the Developers in São Paulo

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

This blog post comes to you from the latest stop in the MasterCard Masters of Code competition, live from city #4 in the 12 city series. Team MasterCard is visiting the most populous city in Brazil, with 20+ million inhabitants, São Paulo. Developers have traveled here from all parts of Brazil and other nations in South America, to compete for a place in the grand finale hackathon in Silicon Valley in December. …

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Tudo bom, Paulistanos! Going to Brazil

by Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, "have suitcase, will unravel"

OK, let’s get the old joke out of the way, right at the start.  Brazil is not “where the nuts come from”  - a phrase made famous by the movie “Charley’s Aunt”.  Most of the annual Brazil nut harvest comes from Brazil’s neighbors to the west, Bolivia and Peru.  In another misconception - Brazil nuts are not a nut, but a seed. …

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Meet the Southeast Asia Masters of Code

by Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, "have suitcase, will unravel"

They call it the “Lion City” because the prince who founded Singapore (back in the 13th Century) thought he saw a lion nearby. There were never any lions here. He probably saw a Malayan tiger, but the name “Lion City” stuck, as these things do.

Today, Singapore is a nation and a city. It's one of the largest ports in the world. Each year, …

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