PayPal's Battle Hack series has a grand prize of $100,000 this year.
The global hackathon competition is hitting up 11 cities around the world including one Canadian city, Toronto, which is a new addition this year. The TO event will be held May 31. The first-place developer team from Canada gets a chance to compete with other global developers in PayPal’s Battle Hack World Finals in Silicon Valley later in 2014 to win the grand prize.
During each 24-hour Battle Hack, developers are tasked with building an application that incorporates the PayPal API or the Braintree and Venmo SDKs, and solves a local problem of their choice.
Battle Hack in 2013 drew more than 2,000 competitors globally. A team of four Russian developers from Moscow won the PayPal Battle Hack in its inaugural year. The winning team created Donate Now, an app that uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology and PayPal to instantly donate to a cause right from their mobile device without filling in lengthy forms.
"Personally, I’m eager to see the app ideas from the Battle Hack in Toronto," says Jonathan LeBlanc, Head of Developer Evangelism in North America. "I grew up in Montreal and I know just how vibrant and thriving the developer community is in Canada."