Worldpay Brings Payments to IOT with First Ever European Hackathon
London, 26 September 2016 – Worldpay has successfully hosted its first Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon at the Impact Hub Westminster in central London.
Over 80 aspiring technologists and experienced coders came together over the weekend to explore use-cases enabled by the Worldpay Within software release, supporting mobile payments in IoT environments. The event was supported by Consult Hyperion, MongoDB and Visa Europe Collab.
In just 48 hours participants brought to life a range of innovative concepts from building a payment system following a natural disaster to payments apps for the sharing economy.
The first prize of £3,000 was awarded to Pareto Power who built a smart homes concept with solar power and wind power to enable devices within separate homes to buy and sell surplus power autonomously.
The second prize of £2,000 was won by Fit & Fund. Their concept was to design a fitness environment with gym machines which gave you “credit” for your time and effort which could then be paid automatically back to charity.
Team Exe-Bit won the Special Judges’ Prize of £250 in recognition of the outstanding achievements of their two school boy participants. They used an Xbox Kinect to create an Augmented Reality shopping environment.
Nick Telford-Reed, Worldpay Director of Technology Innovation, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part and made our first European hackathon such a huge success. We were blown away by both the ingenuity and the positivity of all the participants. A special congratulations goes to our winners Pareto Power, Fit & Fund and Exe-Bit. I’d also like to thank the other sixteen teams who built amazing things in the course of 48 hours. It was great to see such a diverse group of engineers, designers and marketeers with experience ranging from school children to industry veterans.”
For more information please contact:
Louise Hill, Worldpay: Tel: +44 (0) 758 419 5203; email@example.com
Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive range of technology-led payment products and services to over 400,000 customers, enabling their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies. We help our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types.