Focused on smarter cities, ‘Masters of Code’ will bring together London’s best developers and entrepreneurs for a chance at the $100,000 prize

London, 30th October, 2015  MasterCard today announced that its Masters of Code competition will kick off its London hackathon on November 14th and 15th at the Impact Hub in Westminster.Flickr Photo: MasterCard Masters of Code Singapore

Sponsored and hosted by MasterCard and organised by AngelHack, the Masters of Code competition is a series of weekend-long hackathons that have brought together the world’s top developers, designers and entrepreneurs to take on MasterCard’s APIs.

The theme of the event is Connected Cities, and participants will be asked to create solutions to everyday problems that Londoners endure, encouraging more seamless navigation of the city.

London is the last of 12 global hackathons with 3,000 of the world’s best developers battling for USD 100,000 worth of prize money if they can come up with an innovation that uses MasterCard’s payments platform and benefits city dwellers. Alongside MasterCard, Transport for London will also open its technology up for the event.

The winners of the London event will compete in a Silicon Valley grand final for the prize money, against the victors from the other events held in cities including Sydney, New York and Singapore.

Using these APIs, developers will have access to unsurpassed assets, data and products from MasterCard focused on powering commerce on a global scale. The participating teams will 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.Flickr Photo: Masters of Code - Anatomy of a Hackathon (Metric Measurements)

The London event will feature 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.

Scott Abrahams, Group Head of Acceptance and Emerging Payments at MasterCard UK & Ireland said:  “We are looking for the best coders in London and beyond. This is their chance to compete against their peers from other cities around the world with a grand final in Silicon Valley.  We have the fintech centre of the world on our doorstep, so we want to open up our technology for a simple reason – to enable any developer to use our platforms to build the next big thing.”

Participants can register at: http://mastersofcode.com/event/london-england/

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Contacts:

Adam Keal, MasterCard UK & Ireland: adam_keal@mastercard.com +44 (0)7710 916 144

James Thorpe, MasterCard UK & Ireland: james_thorpe@mastercard.com +44 (0)7807 378 265

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 @MasterCardAPand@MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

About AngelHack

AngelHack is the world’s largest developer ecosystem, helping to drive open innovation with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed.  Known as pioneers of global hackathons, AngelHack’s more than 50,000 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs in 65 countries compete to build, test and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend.  For more than three years AngelHack has partnered with corporate change-makers at Comcast NBCUniversal, Hasbro, IBM, Accenture, Hearst, and Cisco to run themed, global initiatives designed to rapidly prototype ideas while helping them build relationships with the workforce of the future.

Find out more at www.angelhack.com