Worldpay returned this year as a sponsor of the hackathon, which began with more than 400 developers gathering to compete in one of nine 24-hour challenges for a chance at winning $125K worth of prizes.
Our challenge asked developers to use Worldpay’s new omni-channel payments platform Worldpay Total to create an innovative app or solution that helps merchants elevate the buying experience – whether in-store, online or mobile. The competitors could easily and quickly integrate payments with Worldpay using our award-winning REST APIs or new language-agnostic SDKs for Windows, iOS or Android.
Developers who chose the Worldpay challenge competed for a prize package that included a $1,000 gift card, Oculus Rift + ASUS Oculus Ready G20CB-WS71 Desktop PC Bundle, Everyday Backpack 30L, and a Kickstarter-based gear bag perfect for carrying the Oculus Rift bundle.
Overall, more than 100 solutions were created during the 24-hour competition period for the nine separate challenges and Frog came out with the best solution to Worldpay’s challenge.
The developer behind Frog returned to the Money20/20 Hackathon this year to create an app that encourages users to practice their musical instruments by using Worldpay solutions to pay them as a reward for progress. Similar to music identification apps like Shazam or SoundHound, Frog’s app listens to the user play an instrument, charts their progress against a lesson and then pays the player more the better they perform. The Worldpay judges were impressed with Frog’s ability to seamlessly combine beautiful aesthetics, science, music and payments into an app that presents real-world applications for consumers.
Team Fitpay, made up of two developers, took home the second-place prize with their fitness tracking app. Integrated with Amazon Echo, the app tracks a user’s fitness progress, such as the number of steps taken each day, and rewards them for meeting fitness goals using Worldpay’s solutions to deliver cash to their account.
In addition to winning Worldpay’s prize, Frog and FitPay also received the opportunity to pitch their solution to the entire Money20/20 Hackathon audience to compete for the $20,000 grand prize and a chance to present their solution as part of Money20/20's StartupPitch180 program.
After sponsoring the event for the third consecutive year, the Worldpay team can confirm that the payments landscape continues to evolve. For example, last year’s participants took screen-based approaches, while this year’s winners focused on 3-dimensional designs. They also exemplified the different ways payments are shifting beyond the point-of-sale and entering consumers’ everyday lives, from music to fitness and beyond.
Congratulations once again to Frog, FitPay and all the participants in Worlpay’s challenge at the 2016 Money20/20 Hackathon! Follow us on Twitter for more updates on company news and events.