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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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Meet the Hong Kong Masters of Code


Hong Kong from The Peak
The Chinese ideograms (Hong Kong) literally mean "fragrant harbor”.

Today that aromatic port is best known for its frenetic 24-by-7 all-business lifestyle.  Hong Kong is a free port (no customs duty on goods in transit), centrally located in Asia, and the gateway to the massive China market.  A great place for a hackathon! …

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Announcing New Simplify Commerce Features

By Rahul Deshpande, Simplify Commerce

Simplify Commerce released two new features this week that will have developer’s excited and small businesses up and running quickly.

Save yourself from hours of coding with Simplify Commerce’s Hosted Payments. The new Hosted Payments with MasterPass support feature will enable your website to accept payments and integrate with MasterPass by implementing just a single line of code. The second feature, …

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Posted at Mar 24, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: simplify
Day 1 of Masters of Code Hong Kong

 
"HK Developers seem more strategic and well prepared"

"DAY 1 at Masters of Code Hong Kong - the competitive vibe is palpable, but these developers are quiet," reports Peter van der Linden, OpenAPI Evangelist and our man on the ground in Hong Kong. More from Peter:

As we draw closer to midnight, we are about half way through the hackathon. The venue - a colocation workspace called Cocoon, is excellent, the food exceptional. …

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Posted at Mar 21, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: mastersofcode, hackathon
JVM Internals Tuning

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist

I was glad I signed up early for a recent meetup. The talk was held at Google HQ in Mountain View, in a meeting room that Google regularly allows meetups to use.
Talks at Google fill up quickly.  Not because talks there are better than talks anywhere else, but people think they are, so you need to sign up early. …

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Sign of the Times - Silicon Valley "closed"?

Driving into work this morning, I was surprised to see a new billboard poster. This billboard announces that Silicon Valley is closed for two days.

Wow - the level of interest in MasterCard’s "Masters of Code" Hackathon series is far higher than I realized! The billboard makes me conclude when MasterCard schedules a “Masters of Code” event, Silicon Valley shuts down!   And that’s great – we welcome developers to our hackathons. …

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Meet the Australian Masters of Code

It’s the middle of a sizzling summer in Sydney, Australia, perfect for the opening event in MasterCard’s Masters of Code.   The Masters of Code is a series of hackathons around the world.  We’re raising the profile of MasterCard’s Open APIs and helping developers  implement their ideas with our services and solutions. This blog post introduces you to the winning team, Cointr, and their idea for encouraging cashless transactions. !bridge. …

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Say Hi to Developer Evangelist Peter

Hello to developers everywhere!   My name is Peter van der Linden, and I’m the newest member of the MasterCard Open API team.   
 

The MasterCard Open API team takes the internal APIs that we use to run our business, and packages them for third-party developers.  This lets third party developers write apps that can send and receive payments as well as other actions (which I'll get to in a minute). 

You might be wondering where you’ve heard my name before – “van der Linden” is a rare name in English-speaking places, though common in Dutch regions.

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Posted at Jan 29, 2015 by peter_vanderlinden | 5 Comments
MasterCard Masters of Code Competition Inaugural Event

Do you have what it takes?

No worries mate but there’s talent here. And talent is what we are seeking.

Maybe you haven’t been to Australia recently but a lot of very innovative technology and applications have been coming to the world from the Land Down Under. And we’ve been watching it, observing it and been completely blown away by it.

So we’re not kicking things off in Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley, nor in Seattle or London. …

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Posted at Jan 28, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: hackathon, masters, of, code
MasterCard Launches Global Hackathon Series with $100,000 Grand Prize


MasterCard today announced the MasterCard Masters of Code™ competition. The intense, 10-city hackathon series will traverse the globe – from Sydney to Silicon Valley – to find the master artisans of our day: developers.

Sponsored and hosted by MasterCard and organized by AngelHack, the Masters of Code competition features regional weekend-long events that will bring together the world’s top developers, …

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Posted at Dec 22, 2014 by Brien Buckman | Labels: mastersofcode, hackathon
One Hack of an Idea - Show Us the Money 20-20 in Priceless Las Vegas

Like most developers, our Open API team loves a good challenge. We’re innovators who use technology to build what’s next and we work with other developers to use MasterCard technology to build the develop the next great thing. Whether at TechCrunch Disrupt or FinDEVr you may have noticed that we have become much more active in hackathons over the last few months. But why, you ask? Let me explain.

As the interface to MasterCard products and services, Open APIs unleash our technology to enable any developer to utilize our products and platforms to enhance their solutions and to standout in today’s app-and device-driven world. Our goal is to be the bridge for developers to connect to the MasterCard network in order to help them build real businesses and reach new sets of customers around the world.

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Posted at Oct 29, 2014 by Brien Buckman | Labels: event, hackathon, money2020
MasterCard Raises the Stakes for Money 20-20 Hackathon in Las Vegas

Taking place over 24 hours between November 1-2, the Money 20/20 Hackathon brings together hundreds of talented developers, designers, entrepreneurs and startups to compete in building fintech applications using APIs, SDKs and other tools from 10 of today’s biggest innovators in Payments and Financial Services, including MasterCard.

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Posted at Oct 28, 2014 by Brien Buckman | Labels: event, hackathon, startups
Give Back-A-Thon

On November 15, MasterCard St. Louis will host the Give Back-a-Thon, a community focused hackathon. With help from the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the event will focus on technology solutions to challenges identified by local non-profits.

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Posted at Oct 28, 2014 by Dan Martin | Labels: hackathon, event
TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Prizes Announced

We believe that developers who use MasterCard APIs should be treated differently than the rest. That is why we are pleased to offer prizes, complete with available power-ups, to those who use MasterCard APIs during the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon on September 6th and 7th, 2014. …

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Posted at Aug 26, 2014 by Brien Buckman | 1 Comment  |  Labels: hackathon
Announcing Three Hackathon Sponsorships

By Sebastian Taveau, Chief OpenAPI Developer Evangelist

For the past few months, the MasterCard Developer Zone team has been growing and gaining visibility, increasing its activity as part of a larger commitment to reinforce MasterCard leadership in the technology community.

Innovation usually results from an internal breakthrough or from an external disruptive idea. …

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Posted at Aug 26, 2014 by Brien Buckman | Labels: hackathon
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