Experience, Skill, Creativity and Code

MasterCard is scouring the globe looking for the world’s best Coders. Winners of each of the global events will be flown to Silicon Valley to compete for the title Masters of Code.

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Enter the MasterCard Masters of Code Competition.

How do we identify, honor and showcase a truly gifted Coder in this day and age?
Coders have become the world’s new artisans; demand for their skills have increased dramatically
and of any profession in the world it is the Coder that holds the future of our civilization in their hands.

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Compete in your Regional Event

Thirteen cities, eleven countries, ten time zones. Find your event, sign-up and prepare to compete against the best Coders in your region.

Utilize the APIs

Each regional event will open up the MasterPass API for contestants to use and integrate, along with possible other APIs.  Be the best at integrating these APIs to increase your chances of winning.

Win Your Event

Win your event and you will be invited to the Silicon Valley for a MasterCard Priceless® Experience and to compete in the Grand Finale.

 The Priceless® Experience

Winners of each region will be invited to attend a Priceless® Experience with MasterCard VIPs and Evangelists. This is your chance to check out the competition, get your game plan and prepare to compete in the Grand Finale.

The Grand Finale

Ten teams, one from each region, will compete against each other and a MasterCard elite team of Coders to see which team reigns supreme.  You must beat out the other teams AND the MasterCard team to win the Grand Finale.

Eternal Fame & Glory

Reign victorious over nine teams and earn the eternal glory of the Masters of Code. Your name will be immortalized forevermore and MasterCard and AngelHack will sing your praises from the highest of heights.

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Grand Prize

The MasterCard Masters of Code Champions will be crowned and will receive $100,000 to develop their innovation, in addition to the following prizes*:

  • Two weeks on-site at the MasterCard Start Path™ accelerator location in Dublin, Ireland, or an alternate remote program
  • Six months of mentoring from a member of the MasterCard Open API executive team and the Start Path program team
  • Free payment processing for up to $250,000 in transactions for the first 12 months using Simplify Commerce**.

Regional Winner

The winning team from each region will be flown to Silicon Valley to compete in the Grand Finale Masters of Code hackathon.

While in California, all winning regional teams will also be awarded a MasterCard Priceless® Experience – Northern California to take place in Napa Valley and San Francisco.

Regional Runner-Up

Each regional runner-up team member will receive a $500 MasterCard gift card.

*Prizes may be modified to accommodate regional availability and regulations of the winning team location
**Legal Disclaimer: To qualify for this promotion, a Masters of Code team must apply to become and be approved as a Simplify Commerce merchant and actively transact via Simplify Commerce Gateway. “Actively transact means conducting a sales transaction that results in Simplify Commerce making a deposit to the checking account you have linked to your Simplify Commerce merchant account. If you qualify, Simplify Commerce will rebate the 2.85% + 30¢ per transaction processing fee for your first $250,000 in sales that occurs within 12 months after the company becomes a Simplify Commerce merchant. Should a transaction be refunded, it will not be eligible for a rebate. After the company reaches $250,000 in sales, processing fees will remain 2.85% + 30¢ per transaction (or the standard rate at that time).


Sydney, Australia


Hong Kong
Master Your Card


One Small Step


São Paulo, Brazil
Bolsa Capital


Tel Aviv, Israel


Mexico City, Mexico


San Francisco, CA


Montreal, Canada


Istanbul, Turkey
Mobil Bayi


St. Louis, Missouri


New York, NY


London, England
All Of Us


Priceless® Experience


Grand Finale
December 5-6, 2015

Work with MasterCard’s Awesome APIs

MasterCard’s Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) initiative enables developers and entrepreneurs to leverage the power of MasterCard’s payments, security, and data services to build the next generation of commerce applications.

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MasterCard is the world’s most advanced payments network, and the MasterCard Developer Zone is the bridge to it. We are opening up our technology to the world for a simple reason –to enable any developer to utilize our products and platforms to build the next big thing.

Mario Shiliashki, Senior Vice President of Open APIs, MasterCard

It was really fun getting to know the MasterCard Developer evangelists during the hackathon. They were all helpful in answering my questions and made it really easy to integrate the APIs.

Jeff Gemmell, Hackathon Attendee

I'm wondering why I never used these APIs before! Seriously easy to use and integrate and the event was perfect! Thanks for an amazing experience!

Mark Levin, Hackathon Attendee

Team Size

Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed. You can also add 1 cyborg, Furby, drone, or Sphero.

Fresh Code Enforced

We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win.

No PowerPoints

You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks or power-points will be allowed. 2 minute presentation 1 minute Q&A from Judges

Ownership & IP

Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.


Each hackathon has its individual hackathon.io page, which projects should be submitted on. Submission time is normally 1pm Sunday unless stated otherwise.

Code Review

Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.

Judging Criteria

All judging will be done on Hackathon.io
Scores are out of 25 points for the following criteria:

  • Impact
  • Design
  • Creativity
  • Simplicity
  • Usage of MasterCard’s APIs

Day 1 Schedule

09:00 – Doors open to Attendees
09:30 – Breakfast of Champions
10:00 – API Talks
10:30 – Team & Idea Pitches
12:00 – Lunch
13:00 – Breakout Sessions
18:00 – Dinner is Served
00:00 – Midnight Snack

Day 2 Schedule

08:00 – Breakfast
12:00 – Lunch
13:00 – Hackathon Ends/Submission due on hackathon.io
14:00 – Demos Begin, No Slide Decks
17:00 – Winners are announced/Prizathon!
17:30 – After Party!

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