2015 MasterCard: Masters of Code Arrives in Sydney for First Stop in Ten-City Global Hackathon

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Kicking off MasterCard’s Year-Long Competition, Powered by AngelHack

MasterCard and AngelHack begin their search for the world’s best coders on February 7th and 8th in Sydney, Australia with their year-long global hackathon: MasterCard: Masters of Code. This will be the first of ten stops for MasterCard in the Series, taking place in ten of the most prominent tech cities around the globe.

Each city will have a unique theme, and Sydney’s will shine a spotlight on innovation and expanding mobile commerce. Home to a fast-growing tech startup scene, the Australian leg of Masters of Code is sure to uncover some of the countries strongest developers. Winners of the Sydney leg will move on to battle it out in Silicon Valley for the Finale against other winners from participating cities. Prizes include $100,000, in-depth mentorship from MasterCards top executives, and global recognition as a Master of Code.

The power lies in the following judges hands, as they take into consideration team’s usage of MasterCard’s APIs to create a product that is innovative, creative, simple and strongly-designed.

Rocky Scopelliti, group general manager, Industry Centre of Excellence at Telstra Global Enterprise Services
Adam Bender, senior enterprise IT journalist for Computerworld, CIO and Techworld
James Taylor, market lead for Australia and New Zealand, Yieldif
Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, founder & CEO, Bluechilli, Startup Accelerator
Steven Arthur, director, DeskXspace
Eddie Grobler, divisional president, MasterCard Australia
Mario Shiliashki, senior vice president, MasterCard Open API

There is still a few tickets available to those looking to sign up for the MasterCard: Masters of Code Sydney event, go to http://mastersofcode.com/event/sydney-australia/ to sign up. To find out more information regarding the 2015 Masters of Code Series, go to http://mastersofcode.com/.

About AngelHack
AngelHack is the world’s largest and most diverse global hacker community, helping to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed. 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 http://www.angelhack.com.

About MasterCard
MasterCard (NYSE: MA), http://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 @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

For more information on AngelHack’s Global Hackathon Series contact Kelsey Ruiz at (916) 412-8709 or email her at Kelsey(AT)angelhack.com.

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