On Saturday October 19, CardFlight and Stripe threw a full-day Mobile Payments Hackathon at the Alley NYC. The goal of the Hackathon was to encourage the development of mobile payments technology and provide developers with the tools and inspiration they need to build awesome products that improve the payments industry.
The event was a huge success with lots of participants and teams building awesome stuff. About 50 hackers participated and created unique projects using the Stripe API and CardFlight SDK. At the end of the Hackathon, they had three minutes to present their demos in front of a panel of mobile payments experts, including John Frankel of ffVC, Josh Abramowitz of Deep Creek Capital and Matt Witheiler of Flybridge Capital.
We had 13 teams present demos, including the CardFlight and Stripe teams. CardFlight created “BouncerBid”; an app that allows bouncers of nightclubs to receive bribes from people waiting in line, and allow those who are bribing the most to skip the line and enter the club. Stripe built “PigeonPayer”, a digital credit card roulette app, where you swipe cards through the CardFlight reader which stores them, then the app randomizes and chooses however many people you want to pay the bill and automatically charges them. Obviously, neither team was eligible to win.
Here’s the full list of hacks that were demo’d:
The winning hacks were:
Thank you for everyone who came out to our event! We can’t wait to see you next time. And congratulations to all the winners!
The winning teams!