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Worldpay Developers Go to Money20/20

Blog Post created by daniperea on Oct 18, 2018

Next week, Money20/20 is putting on the best Fintech hackathon in the world, and Worldpay is sending 5 of our own to compete. The challenge: to design solutions for a simpler, fairer, and more inclusive financial system for businesses and society as a whole. 

 

The team will be competing for $100k in cash prizes as well as for fame and glory.

 

Meet our team: 

 

The Worldpay ONE Money20/20 Hackathon team

 

(From left to right) 

 

Arjun Balaji, Worldpay Senior Software Engineer, and Francophile

 

Specialty: Clean coding enthusiast

 

What are you looking forward to at the Hackathon? 

I'm looking forward to the exciting discussions and all the crazy ideas that come out of it.  

 

What is your favorite thing in the world right now? 

I'm trying to learn French, so most things French. 

 

Andrew Harris, Worldpay Senior Product Marketing Manager and flaky pastry fanatic

 

Specialty: the developer experience

 

What are you looking forward to at the Hackathon? 

This is THE hackathon for finTech and payments - My fifth year participating at some capacity and I really get stoked watching the finalist on stage present their ideas at the end of the event with little to no sleep. The passion and technical talent wafts though the air and energizes me, making me realize payments is far for boring. I guess that is what I look forward to the most from this event, oh and I can’t wait to get a pastry for Paris Baguette in The Venetian. 

 

What is your favorite thing in the world right now? 

My favorite tech thing in the world right now are chatbots. I know, most consider them wack but I think bots will turn the virtual corner and be in the face of all of us before we know it. I remember a time when people didn’t like Amazon either. Bots can come in many forms and as a designer, no-UI has always intrigued me.

 

Alec Paulson, Worldpay Senior Software Engineer and Ghost Protocol team member

 

Specialty: Full Stack Man

 

What are you looking forward to at the Hackathon? 

Getting some sleep since I ain't gonna be there #ghostprotocol

 

What is your favorite thing in the world right now? 

My favorite thing right now is find amazing ideas in emerging areas of tech like AI, machine learning and blockchain. 

 

Scott Sievers, Worldpay Database Administrator and team player

 

Specialty: Purveyor of Data

 

What are you looking forward to at the Hackathon? 

I look forward to ideating through new product/app ideas with teammates and seeing what we can come up with.

 

What is your favorite thing in the world right now? 

Spending time with family and cycling. 

 

Jeremy Buikema, Worldpay Software Engineer and miniature donkey rider

 

Specialty: Writing simple and clean code

 

What are you looking forward to at the Hackathon? 

I'm looking forward to learning/creating something new and hanging out with the crew.

 

What is your favorite thing in the world right now? 

My favorite thing right now is hanging out at home with all 7 of my animals (2 cats, 2 dogs, a bunny, a horse, and a miniature donkey). We just got a new cat and he has fallen in love with our bunny. Watching them play is terrifying and one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

 

Will you be at Money20/20? Let us know in the comments!

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