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$100,000 USD is up for grabs at the PayPal and Braintree Sydney BattleHack hackathon [VIDEO]


All ye talented app developers, where art thou? The time to shine hath arrived…

Leading global payments providers PayPal and Braintree will be hosting a 24-hour hackathon in Sydney on July 26 and 27, where developers will compete for the chance to win a trip to Silicon Valley and $100,000 USD.

The hackathon is part of the global BattleHack competition that visits 14 cities around the world before culminating at the World Finals event in November.

Last year’s BattleHack toured 10 cities and attracted more than 2,000 competitors globally.

The winning team of 2013 was of Moscow developers that created Donate Now, an app that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and PayPal to allow anyone to instantly donate to a cause from their smartphone or tablet, instead of filling out lengthy donation forms.

How will the 2014 Sydney BattleHack run?

During the Sydney BattleHack, which will be the first ever BattleHack to be held in Australia, developers will have to build a mobile application that solves a local problem of their choice and incorporates either the PayPal API or Braintree SDK.

Developers will have the choice to compete as individuals, as a team or even find people to collaborate with on that very day, with a maximum of four people to a team.

The winner of the Sydney BattleHack will be flown to the finals at PayPal’s headquarters in Silicon Valley to battle it out for the $100,000 USD prize, the title of ‘Ultimate Hacker For Good’ and a battle axe trophy… yes, literally a battle axe! The one pictured above.

How cool is that? Start clearing your trophy cabinet…

John Lunn, Global Director of the PayPal and Braintree Developer Network, who is also one of the judges, remarked that unlike many other hackathons, they aren’t looking to take equity in the competing developers’ companies or influence their work in any way.

“We evaluate every app based on the quality of their code and the integration of our API – not the feasibility of their business idea,” he said.

The hackathon will take place from 8.30am Saturday 26th July to 5.00pm Sunday 27th July at Luxe Studios and Productions, 279 – 283 Liverpool Street East, Sydney NSW 2010.

For more information and to register, check out their website as well as this video below.