Paysafe Mobile Hackathon

Online Edition - October 3rd and 4th, 2020

Paysafe Group, a leading specialised payments platform, is organising the Paysafe Mobile Hackathon 2020. This year our annual hackathon is entirely transformed into a 2-day online challenge. It’s free and open to all mobile engineers (Android & iOS) from Bulgaria who have a passion for technology and coding.

So gather your teams of up to 4 people and save the date in your calendars for

October 3rdand 4th.

Sign up, join us and compete against the best talents in mobile development.

Hacking will be held in the comfort of your own home,

starting at 09:00 am, October 3rd.

 

This year’s Mobile Hackathon mission will be …. The choice is actually yours! You can select your own challenge to build the best app among the following topics:

  • Fintech as Entertainment - Create a fancy money gathering game; Spin up a super augmented reality or another entertainment mobile app about money.
  • Fintech in Social life - Create a finance mobile app that will become our buddy when we split the bill with friends; Track who owes us money; Even use artificial intelligence to predict our expenses and suggest money savings.
  • Fintech for our Lifestyle - Create a mobile app that will change how our children deal with money at school or at the university; An app that will assist our addiction to travel, fashion or any other habit and taste.

 

 

We believe this year’s Online Hackathon will be the best ever, so

register now!


Why?

We believe together we can do it better & faster

 

How?

Virtual Online Hackathon with live stream collaboration

 

What?

Technology which you will use (Android/iOS or both)

 



Keep calm and follow the rules:

  • Up to 15 teams can participate in the event. Maximum of 4 members per team are allowed and they should register together – you can combine Software Engineers, Product Designers or Product Managers – it’s up to you.
  • We'll additionally get in touch with you to confirm whether you and your team will be able to participate in the Mobile Hackathon 2020.
  • Each team should present their own unique idea that falls within the challenge requirements.
  • Ideas are subject to review.
  • The Paysafe Mobile Hackathon will go live on Github.
  • Hopin will be the main communication platform for everyone.
  • Please, prepare yourself, e.g. install everything you will need or prepare code scaffolding for your project.
  • Every registered participant from Sofia and Plovdiv will receive a code worth BGN 30 per day for ordering food and drinks from skapto.bg
  • The participants from other cities will receive a box with 6 beers worth BGN 30.
  • Although we know many Paysafe colleagues would like to take part, this time the hackathon is for external audience only.

Each team should present their own work and will have the opportunity to pitch for three prizes:

  • 1st place – BGN 5 000
  • 2nd place – BGN 2 000
  • 3rd place – BGN 1 000

The projects will be briefly presented to a team of judges who’ll be grading them across the following categories:

  • Functionality: How well is your project functioning?
  • Creativity: Is your project creative and unique given other projects available?
  • Difficulty: How ambitious of a project was this to create?
  • Design: Is the UI intuitive and the final project polished?
  • Business opportunity: Can your project become a beloved product for hundreds of users?

When time is up, be ready. You’ll have only 10 minutes to present your solution to the judges. The cutoff time will be strictly enforced. Wow us and your team could be among the winners.

The judges will have 10 minutes for a Q&A session after the presentation. Designate one laptop/mobile device as a presentation machine. Test the material on it before you present.

The winners will be announced on the second day of the Hackathon!

Agenda


October 3rd, 2020

October 4rd, 2020

09:00 - 09:30 Welcome speech and Paysafe presentation09:00 - 09:30 Check & Follow up
09:30 - 10:00 Meet the teams and the mentors09:30 - 10:00 Ask the designer!
10:00 Ready, set, go!10:00 - 12:00 Coding
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 - 13:30 Good UI/UX Practices13:00 - 13:30 Raffle for the presentations order
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00 How we do it at Paysafe: Android presentation16:00 - 19:00 Presentations and Q&A
16:00 - 16:30 How we do it at Paysafe: iOS presentation19:00 - 19:45 Ask the other teams & Networking
16:30 - no limits19:45 - 20:30 Winners announcement

Meet the Jury

Ivan has close to 20 years of IT experience combined across different technical, architectural and leadership roles. His current role is VP Software Development where he oversees the success and growth of the Paysafe Sofia office, as well as the broader Digital Wallets software development community across Europe and North America, managing teams working across many services and customer facing technologies, mobile as well as R&D teams.

He is a big believer in automation, cloud computing and improving consumer experience via data. He stands for motivating people through purpose and has driven one of the top internship programs in Sofia, establishing Paysafe as a place where people learn and grow.

Ivan Petrov, VP Software Development at Paysafe

Dilyana is a Senior Product Manager at Paysafe with experience in building and launching products from scratch. Her teams are behind Skrill’s international money transfer product that went from 0 to tens of thousands of loyal customers in less than 2 years. Prior to that she has taken part in innovating the Forex and Crypto trading domains.

Dilyana is keen on data driven product development and is an expert in delivering maximum customer value in short timescales. In her Kindle you will find books about UX, product research and yoga.

Dilyana Yordanova, Senior Product Manager at Paysafe

Deyan is an Еngineering Мanager for the Crypto and Stocks teams in Paysafe. He loves to tinker with various technologies. Anything from home automation to writing enterprise software to competing in competitive programming challenges to debugging in production!

Deyan is a strong believer in team empowerment, building self-sufficient independent teams that take initiative, dedication and pride in their work and are still able to have some fun while doing it.

Deyan Danailov, Engineering Manager at Paysafe

Hristina Nedkova has 12 years of IT experience, ranging from quality assurance, scrum mastering, technical leadership to managing software development teams. She is an Engineering Manager at Paysafe and she leads the Mobile development within the Digital Wallets area of the company.

Hristina is very passionate about software development, technologies, managing engineers and servant leadership. As a strong believer in giving back to the communities, Hristina has contributed to the Bulgarian Agile Community, been a chief coordinator of the biggest FOSS event in Bulgaria - OpenFest, and a supporter and volunteer at various conferences and meetups.

Hristina Nedkova, Engineering Manager at Paysafe

Testimonials from previous participants

“I took part in the Paysafe Hackathon 2018.  The experience was great - I believe Hackathons are the best place for meeting new people, challenging yourself to build something worthy in a limited amount of time and validating your ideas.

 We managed to build a working application from the ground-up and got a lot of positive feedback about our idea and implementation. The biggest upside for me was that I met my future manager at the hackathon, who told me that there are active openings at Paysafe and 2 months later I was part of the company.

I would definitely recommend taking part in a Paysafe Hackaton. Gather a team, come up with an idea and sign up.”

Anton Sankov, Paysafe Hackathon, March 2018

“Our team decided to join Paysafe Hackathon 2018 because the topics seemed challenging and seeking innovation.  It was a great fun overall and we would recommend it.

In fact, we have already shared with a lot of friends what a wonderful time we had during the event - we met great people and had the opportunity to develop technical solutions to interesting challenges.”

Team “Tech Valley”, Paysafe Hackathon, March 2018

“The experience that you have during the Hackathon is unique – there are always surprises, funny moments, positive people and mentors who are always ready to support you and of course - a lot of challenges.

I had the chance to participate in 2 Hackathons organized and hosted by Paysafe – in 2018 during the Next Block Conference and in the Paysafe Hackathon 2019.

For me the hackathon is not only a competition, but also an opportunity to show creativity while dealing with a social problem and I am sure that I’ll take part again in similar events!”

Nikolay Angelov, Next Block Hackathon, September 2018 and Paysafe Hackathon 2019, August 2019

Meet the Mentors

Hristo is an Android developer at Paysafe. He is responsible for the loyalty program of our mobile apps. For him, programming is like climbing a high mountain, covered in clouds – you have no idea what is above them – it could be a gentle slope or the Matterhorn. But when you get to the top you have learnt a lot of new things and you are ready to use them on your next bigger adventure.

Hristo Borisov, Software Engineer at Paysafe

Ivelin has been developing iOS applications for more than 5 years. He used to be a .NET guy, but he turned to the dark side and started working with Apple technologies. He has used Swift since version 1.1 and loves it. He is passionate about code quality, user experience and beer. Especially beer!

Ivelin Davidov, Senior Software Engineer at Paysafe

Luboslav has been developing software since he was 18 years old and he has worked on applications in the field of finance and taxation, robotics, and automation. Luboslav is an experienced mentor, Kotlin evangelist and absolutely passionate about Android development and high-quality mobile UI experiences.

Luboslav Vankov, Principal Software Engineer at Paysafe

Nikola is a software engineer with more than 10 years of experience and for the last 8 years he has enjoyed writing Android apps. Before joining Paysafe, he co-founded edtech start-ups and created innovative educational tools that changed the lives of children and teachers in Bulgaria. He loves designing, building and polishing great products and also cooking for his family and friends.

Nikola Kosev, Senior Software Engineer at Paysafe

Petar is a dev with more than 7 years’ experience, developing embedded, mobile and backend applications. In his free time likes beer, rock & snowboarding.

Petar Slavov, Senior Software Engineer at Paysafe

Radoslav has more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer and more than 7 years focusing on mobile technologies - iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian. Currently an iOS developer at Paysafe working on Skrill & NETELLER digital wallet apps. Believes that writing tests is not a waste of time. Enjoys snowboarding in the winter and dreaming about it in the summer.

Radoslav Radenkov, Principal Software Engineer at Paysafe

Nikolay hasn’t always been a mobile dev, but once he discovered the magic of crafting native apps, he fell in love with it. Especially the dark iOS side. Interested in maths, quality and pushing people to do more. When he isn’t coding (or arguing with the designers), he’s hitchhiking, riding his fixed gear bike, or enjoying some weird craft beer.

Nikolay Genov, Senior Software Engineer at Paysafe

Ivaylo is a Software Engineer with more than 7 years of experience. He has been working with different technologies (php java etc.) For almost two years now he has been part of the Paysafe trading team, where he has been working passionately on crypto and stocks projects. In his free time, he usually can be found with a fishing rod in hand or in the volleyball hall.

Ivaylo Kotov, Software Engineer at Paysafe

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