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How to Pull an All-Nighter at the Office

If I were to offer you a chance to spend the night at your office, I’d bet you’d turn it down without hesitation, and I wouldn’t blame you. Giving up the comforts of home for a desk chair and a pillow doesn’t sound all too appealing. But over 400 MasterCard employees did just that for a chance to build the next great solution for the company.

Take Initiative was a company first. Think ideation event melded with a hackathon taking place across all seven of MasterCard’s tech hubs around the world over the course of the same two days. Eighty five teams of up to five employees each spanned across business units and skill sets. They had just two short days to develop a solution to a problem, think through a business plan and develop a working prototype.

The result: real, scalable ideas for MasterCard to take to market.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the event from around the world and let me know if you’d reconsider my initial offer of spending a night at work.