48-hour hackathon delivers IoT payment innovations

We organised this hackathon to bring together great minds from around Europe - and as far afield as Ghana, reaching out particularly to the flourishing developer community in Bucharest. We asked developers’ opinions on using our IoT open-source technology, Worldpay Within; how easy it was to install and use and to recieve new feature requests, chllenging them to create innovations and to develop the first use cases for mobile to mobile payments.

The challenge

Between 3-5 November 2017, 13 teams composed of developers , designers and idea generators spent 48 hours developing digital payment solutions, many of them having never even met before. Their challenge: what could be created in two days to take digital payments to the next level and enable machines to pay by themselves without the need for human interference? All within two days! After being supplied with Raspberry Pi devices and hardware―ranging from thermometers, a range of sensors, drones and Alexa Echos―they were ready to create smart devices capable of handling transactions.

Workshops and mentors

The Worldpay Innovations team, who are well-regarded speakers on the subject of future payment technology, as well as experienced proof of concept creators, were on hand throughout the event to coach and advise the teams. Our co-sponsors, Consult Hyperion and Endava also provided mentor support and formed part of the final judging panel.

Lead Innovation Architect, Kevin Gordon, gave a thorough deep dive into the inner workings and potential of Worldpay Within SDK during the first workshop - written for Python, Java, Node.js, Python, .NET and Google Go. Hardware expert, Matt Barker, from Consult Hyperion also gave a workshop demonstrating how to create an STL file for 3D-printed products.

Developers learned how to setup the provider and customer devices using a Raspberry Pi and the Worldpay Gateway to take payments automatically. Additionally, the industry Mentors offered specialist support and we were privileged to be accompanied by staff from Mobica who had a big role to play in perfecting the SDKs for the various programming languages. With Worldpay mentors, they helped teams with their blockchain, fintech, startup and legal questions.

The teams pitch their ideas

Zero-hour! Teams raced against the clock to finish every detail they could muster! Tension was high but the friendly, energetic atmosphere was still vibrant.

The judges and participants gathered for the final presentations where each team was able to pitch their proof of concept and demonstrate it to their peers.

What did they achieve in this short time? Read on...

New wearables, pet food and GPS

The first three teams created: 

- a smart petfood dispenser, capable of opening remotely and paying using Amazon's API. 

- an unfinished but creative wearable device aimed at moving payments beyond smart watches.

- Cleverly using GPS to connect a mobile phone to items around the user - such as vending machines or petrol pumps.

Motivation at work, authentication drones and mobile tokens

The next teams to face the expert judges, mentors and assembled hackers put forward:

- An 'always-full' fridge that communicates with delivery drones and the user's e-shopping list.

- Pay with your mobile...without taking your mobile from your pocket! Using RFID tags and a secure token on the device.

- Order using voice devices, and your smart home sends a drone to authenticate. Mixed with Worldpay Within, neural networks and Android.

- An idea to encourage people into work early: smart gates track and pay bonuses to employees who get into the office first!

Micropayments, smart parking and buying energy on the move

- Deliveries that communicate with your mailbox using a weight scanner, paying for items as they arrive while you're out.

- An app that searches for the best deals on mobile data and recharge stations for all electronics, paying through Worldpay Within.

- Cars paying for their own parking; saving their drivers' time.

- Using Amazon Alexa, one team coded an idea where the system finds and pays for relevant tickets for nearby events such as music and theatre.

- A solution mixing beacons and a micropayments platform by discovering nearby connected devices and offering quick payments for e-wallets.

We saw many great ideas, drank a lot of energy drinks, stayed up all night, power-napped, presented, tried out and shared ideas for 48 hours solid - a humbling experience for our Innovations team to be surrounded by such a hugely talented bunch of hackers and creators. With all proposals thought up in a relatively short space of time, our judges were impressed with the results. 

But who won? Find out below...


An integrated platform showed us an evolution in how to monitor and pay for home utility services, bringing benefits to the consumer (the best price) and to the supplier (selling when demand is at its lowest, reducing peaks.) Advanced machine learning algorithms suggested by the team would further enhance the proposition.

Well done to all of the teams and organisations involved in pulling off our first ever 48-hour European hackathon. We will keep everyone updated on similar events in the future!

You can view the full event gallery courtesy of BeMyApp here.


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Written by:   ,  14 Nov 2017