PayPal’s 10-city hackathon series Battle Hack is making a pit stop in Berlin on 8-9 June for a full 24-hours of food, beer and app-building. One lucky team will win a trip to Silicon Valley for the World Finals to battle it out for the grand prize of $100,000. The aim? Create an app that solves a local problem.
The event, targeted at developers, will be taking place at the Wooga offices. Teams can be formed beforehand or with other hackers on-site. The panel of juges include Global Director of the PayPal Developer Network John Lunn, Wooga Product Manager Ed Biden and SoundCloud Backend Engineer Tobias Bielohlawek among others.
Big companies are increasingly showing their support for coders, with EyeEm’s Photo Hack Day this weekend in partnership with Google and the recent Evernote-Deutsche Telekom hackathon as two examples in Berlin. So why is PayPal organising this series?
“We have a tradition at PayPal of supporting hackers,” the event’s website explains. “We attended dozens of hackathons in the last years and sponsored many of them. We also organised our own series of CharityHack events in the last few years in London. So when we started thinking of bringing our events to a global scale we had a bit of a think and what we came up with is Battle Hack.”
In addition to the German capital, Battle Hack will be happening in New York, London, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Seattle, Moscow, Austin, Miami and Washington.
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