The Battle Hack world finals took place at the PayPal headquarters (San Jose) on November 16th, 17th. The global hackathon spanning six countries required the teams to code the best application they can within 24 hours utilizing the PayPal REST API along with other sponsor services which includes the Twilio, Nokia, Windows Azure and SendGrid. The first-ever inaugural marks the beginning of PayPal’s quest to find the best hackers across 10 cities on earth. The teams are judged based on the code/technology, the quality of the idea and the overall experience. The Director of PayPal Developer Network John Lunn announced that 2000 teams participated in the event and the team from Moscow emerged winner of Battle Hack grand prize $100,000 for the Donate Now application.
John Lunn, said “We truly believe that developers can help change the world. The goal of our Battle Hack program is to find the best and brightest developers across the globe that could do just that. The response from our inaugural Battle Hack competition has been overwhelming, with several cities selling out and bringing talented hackers.”
Donate Now app from Moscow (Grand Prize Winner)
This project resulted in an Android app that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and PayPal to allow anyone to donate money instantly for causes like natural disasters, blood-drive.
RunPal from Tel Aviv (Second Place)
The team developed RunPal to help people stick to their fitness program. With this app, you are paired with a random user and form a monetary-based pact where each commit to a specifc running program and the person who fails to keep up will forfeit his share. This app uses RunKeeper’s health graph, PayPal API, Twilio’s SMS messaging while also building on top of Appcelerator’s Titanium platform
Kiva-like service from Miami (Third Place)
This team streamlines the loan process which allows a lender to lend funds without even coming in contact with the borrower. Interested lenders can use the app to input how much they can provide and the terms of the deal. If the terms match the credit score, those that need funds will select from those agreements. All payments are handled by PayPal.
Net-Pay.co from Berlin (Finalist)
This team created an app called Net-Pay.co which enables to calculate wages for hourly/seasonal workers who work only for specific periods of time. It gives the capability to list the workers in a mobile app allowing administrators to manage the number of hours worked. The system calculates the pay based on the specific hourly wage of the worker and utilizes PayPal to process payments to each worker.
Get Trucked App from Washington DC (Finalist)
The Get Trucked app allows the mobile food vendors to find new locations and grow their customer base. Its like a kickstarter app for food trucks that lets the interested consumers to put down money to entice the vendors. Everyday they could monitor where the demand is and when the vendor selects the location, the money put in is committed, meaning they will be guaranteed a certain amount that day.
The customers get an email notification via SendGrid that the vendor is coming to their location and the transactions are managed through the Get Trucked’s Microsoft Azure instance.
Disaster relief app from Austin (Finalist)
Jeff Linwood developed a disaster relief fund raising platform that would help raise funds in the even of a disaster. He was inspired by the disaster that happened in Philippines and came up with the most utilitarian app that would help people post status, organize events and raise funds.
This app allows photos and YouTube videos to be embedded and can send SMS powered by Twilio. It uses Send Grid to allow people to communicate via email. These capabilities were implemented considering the fact that people in disaster can’t download an app- they just need help.
Skillfully Made from New York (Finalist)
This team created an app called Skillfully Made that will create new stores anywhere without having to worry about physical location. The iOS and Android app utilizes a QR code scanner that displays the product and enables customization to take place in real-time. The item can then be purchased through PayPal.
By Now from Barcelona (Finalist)
This group created By Now, an app that allows users to scan any product and purchase it. If you’re going to a store, but it closes right before you get there. You see the item in the window and want to know where else you can find it. By Now lets you snap a photo, then processes it to determine how much it costs, and a location.
TapIt from London (Finalist)
The service TapIt utlizes Near Field Communications (NFC) or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) stickers to scan information of a particular product and make a purchase right from the mobile phone
Xbox Kinect from Seattle (Finalist)
The team from seattle created an app centered around shopping for clothes using Xbox Kinect. The users can “virtually try on” the clothes while making customizations. They can take a photo using Kinect and share with their friends to help with the selection process. In the end, a QR code is displayed that users can scan using Windows phone device to make purchase using PayPal’s
Following the competition, PayPal’s Marcus said that the competition was all about finding the best hackers to help innovate the company’s platform. He had a vision for the company whereby the core product of the company will become the payment operating system for the technology of tomorrow.