MasterCard to Hold Masters of Code Global Hackathon Competition in New York City

Event brings together NYC’s top developers and entrepreneurs for a
chance at $100,000 Grand Prize

PURCHASE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MasterCard today announced that the MasterCard
Masters of Code™
hackathon is coming to New York City on Saturday,
November 7th through Sunday, November 8th at Impact
Hub New York
. The New York City winner will have the chance to
compete against master coders from the other regional events for the
$100,000 USD Grand Prize at the Grand Finale in Silicon Valley.

Sponsored and hosted by MasterCard, the Masters of Code competition is a
series of weekend-long hackathons that bring together the world’s top
developers, designers and entrepreneurs to take on the MasterCard
. Using these APIs, developers have access to unsurpassed
assets, data and products from MasterCard focused on powering commerce
on a global scale. The participating teams compete to create innovative
prototypes that demonstrate artful coding and design skills while also
articulating clear business use cases – all focused on driving the next
generation of commerce applications.

For the Big Apple event, the challenge for participants will be to
develop the best consumer experience using a combination of software and
hardware and any MasterCard APIs – with added bonus points earned by
integrating the featured API, Simplify
, or the “secret” API announced at the time of the event.

The event features an esteemed panel of judges who will decide the
winning team based on their innovation’s impact, design, creativity,
simplicity and usage of MasterCard’s APIs. The judging panel will

  • Max Chion, Group Executive, Emerging Payments Products, MasterCard
  • Karen Pascoe, Group Head, User Experience Implementation, MasterCard
  • Nick
    , Founder & Partner, Notation
  • Anthony
    , Media and Advertising Writer, TechCrunch
  • Karen
    , Editor,
    and CEO, Market
    Platform Dynamics

, Chief Financial Officer at MasterCard, will deliver the
opening keynote address.

“We’re excited to take our global hackathon series to the city that does
more thinking than sleeping. Tapping into the minds of NYC’s most
innovative thinkers is an opportunity for MasterCard to foster
innovation in ways we never could have imagined,” said Max Chion, Group
Executive, Emerging Payment Products, MasterCard. “As one of the most
thriving tech communities in the world, New York is an ideal city to
engage many of the world’s top coders. As the second to last stop in the
series, we expect the competition to be intense and the ideation to be

The 2015 Masters of Code series kicked off with its first event in
Sydney, followed by events in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv,
Mexico City, San Francisco, Montreal, Istanbul and St. Louis. London
will be the last stop for the series before the Grand Finale in Silicon

For more information about the MasterCard Masters of Code competition
including rules, judging criteria, prizes, etc., visit

About MasterCard

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world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers,
financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more
than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions
make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running
a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more
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