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MasterCard Masters of Code Global Hackathon Series Arrives in San Francisco

Silicon Valley’s best developers and entrepreneurs to compete for Seed Funding, Startup Mentoring, Priceless® Experiences and $100,000 Grand Prize

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MasterCard announced that its 2015 Masters of Code™ global hackathon series will continue its search for the best coders in the world in San Francisco on August 22–23. San Francisco is the seventh stop on this intense, 12-city global hackathon tour to find the master artisans of our day: coders. Full event details, including rules and registration, are available here.

Sponsored and hosted by MasterCard and organized by AngelHack, the Masters of Code series features regional weekend-long events that bring together the world’s top developers, designers and entrepreneurs to take on the APIs supplied by MasterCard. Using these APIs, teams look to create masterful prototypes that demonstrate artful coding and design skills, while also articulating clear business use cases.

Competitors in the San Francisco event will focus on ways to increase social good by leveraging MasterCard’s Simplify Commerce API to build apps aimed at improving communities via social networks and their global reach. Examples of these apps could include fundraising, event management or donation of goods.

“Social good is based on the belief that innovation and technology can intersect to build solutions that improve the world,” said Sebastien Taveau, Chief Developer Evangelist, MasterCard Open API. “MasterCard has opened its technology to do just that: encourage independent and enterprise developers from across the globe to identify the ways to better their communities using MasterCard APIs that fit today’s app and device-driven world.”

The event will also 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:

  • Alexander Niehenke, Principal, Scale Venture Partners
  • Eryc Branham, Chief Executive Officer, Mission Hub LLC (MissionHUB)
  • Sebastien Taveau, Chief Developer Evangelist / VP, OpenAPI, MasterCard
  • Michael Ducker, Group Product Manager, Twitter
  • Les Matthews, SVP/Group Head, Bus Dev & Account Mgmt., MasterCard
  • Owen Thomas, Editor in Chief, ReadWrite

Jean-Louis Gassée, General Partner at Allegis Capital, active blogger and former Apple executive will deliver the keynote address and discuss the opportunity- and ability – entrepreneurs and developers have to drive social change through app development, highlighting the importance of innovation with the intention to improve the lives of others.

The 2015 Masters of Code hackathon series kicked off with its first event in Sydney, followed by events in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv and Mexico City. Additional locations for the Masters of Code series include Montreal, Istanbul, St. Louis, New York, London and the Grand Finale in Silicon Valley.

The San Francisco winner will have the chance to compete against master coders from the other regions for the $100,000 USD Grand Prize. While in California, all winning regional teams will also be awarded a MasterCard Priceless® experience before the final event to ensure they are at their most relaxed and ready. For more information about the MasterCard Masters of Code competition including rules, judging criteria, prizes, etc., visit

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