Masters of Code invites Singapore’s best developers and entrepreneurs to vie for a chance at the $100,000 Grand Prize

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Singapore, Feb. 16, 2015  Building off a wildly successful competition in Sydney, MasterCard today announced that the MasterCard Masters of Code competition will continue its search for the best coders in the world in Singapore on March 28th and 29th. The third of ten hackathons in the year-long series, the Singapore installment will ask developers to create the best commerce experience but with also a special focus on women in technology. Gender diversity in the composition of the teams will create bonus points during the judging process. The event will challenge the best and brightest of Singapore’s developers and entrepreneurs to create the next big thing and have a chance at competing against master coders from across the globe in the Grand Finale Masters of Code Hackathon in Silicon Valley in December.

Sponsored and hosted by MasterCard and organised by AngelHack, Masters of Code has one goal: to bring together the world’s top developers, designers and entrepreneurs to take on the MasterCard APIs to build  the future of commerce. Using these APIs, developers will have access to unsurpassed assets, data insights, services and products from MasterCard  that are focused on powering commerce on a global scale. The participating teams at this event will compete with a focus towards driving the next generation of commerce applications in Singapore and globally.

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

The judging panel will include:

  • Dr. Virginia Cha, Entrepreneur In Residence, Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Neal Cross, Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank ‎
  • T.V. Seshadri, Group Executive, Global Products and Solutions, Asia Pacific, MasterCard
  • Sebastien Taveau, Chief Developer Evangelist, Open API, MasterCard
  • Michael Yap, CEO & Founder, The Co-Foundry
  • Grace Chng, Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times

Singapore’s tech startup sector is primed for success – supported by the country’s pro-business policies and high education standards. In fact, in just ten years, the number of active start-ups in Singapore has grown by 80% to more than 40,000, according to SPRING Singapore.

“Singapore’s business-friendly, tech-savvy environment uniquely positions the country to be an innovation powerhouse. MasterCard understands this potential and as a global technology company is committed to working with developers, designers and entrepreneurs to spur further innovation not only in Singapore, but across the globe. The Masters of Code program is an important component of our efforts to encourage innovation and engage with the broader technology community,” said Matthew Driver, President of Southeast Asia, MasterCard.

APAC-based events in the 2015 MasterCard Masters of Code competition include Sydney, Australia (February 7-8), Hong Kong (March 21-22) and Singapore (March 28-29). Additional locations for the Masters of Code series include cities in Brazil, Canada, Israel, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, among others. For more information about the MasterCard Masters of Code competition including rules, judging criteria, prizes, etc., please visit www.MastersofCode.com.

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the 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 efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardAP and @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

About AngelHack

AngelHack is the world’s largest and most diverse global hacker community, helping to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed.  Known as pioneers of global hackathons, for more than 3 years, AngelHack has partnered with corporate change-makers at Comcast NBCUniversal, Hasbro, IBM, and Hearst to run themed, global initiatives designed to rapidly get them ideas with market traction while helping them build relationships with the workforce of the future. Find out more at www.angelhack.com.

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