We are just now getting back to reality after our 24-hour whirlwind experience as sponsors at the Money20/20 Hackathon in Vegas. This was our FOURTH year as hackathon sponsors, and it was ~spacetastically awesome~.
One of the main reasons the hackathon was so intergalactic was that we all wore matching orange space suits to the event. Why did we choose to wear matching suits that made us look like convicts? Everything has a purpose, my friends. We challenged the developers to “put a dent in the universe” (as Steve Jobs would say), and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to dress up as astronauts (or Modonauts) ourselves. Standing out in the sea of developers was our goal, so the strange looks while walking through the halls of the Venetian were acknowledged with pride.
Our entire development team came to the event along with their happy, smiling faces. They were ready and willing to answer any questions heading their way, and there were lots of questions asked throughout the event. Once coding started, everyone got right to work on drinking 5-Hour Energy, eating space food, and answering questions about our COIN® API.
After coding was complete, we had a grand total of THIRTEEN teams present to our judges. We don’t mean to brag, but we’re going to anyway. Thirteen teams is more than much, much, much larger companies had with prizes much, much, much less humble than our own.
We sent two teams on to the next round of judging. The first team that won our challenge was composed of members of the Comrade Agency. Their team, named Inclusive, had a solution that allowed users to create custom all-inclusive vacations wherever they went by scheduling their trip stops in advance through their platform. The second winner was team Houdini. This was a one-man team that created a new, seamless shopping experience using beacon technology. We are very proud of what our challenge winners were able to accomplish using our COIN® API. Oh, and no big deal, but one of our challenge winners, Ashwin Kumar with Houdini, ended up winning a $25,000 Money20/20 Hackathon grand prize on the big stage! This is our THIRD year in a row for one of our challenge winners to take home a grand prize.
Although not as flashy as $25,000, our team challenge prizes were pretty cool, too. Winners took home their own custom ModoNaut space suit, an Atari Flashback 6 game console with over 100 games, a ticket to the Stratosphere SkyJump, an invitation to Payments Illuminati Dinner (the most-exclusive, invite-only event at Money20/20), and $7,500 in Apple credit to be split amongst their team.
We were exhausted by the end of the weekend, but were so encouraged by the proven flexibility of our COIN® API and the excitement developers had while working with it. We consider Money20/20 Hackathon 2016 an ~astronomical~ success. Our spacesuits are all packed up at this point, but we still have a question for you: are you ready for next year? We sure are.