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PayPal BattleHack Chicago

Mashed by: @chestondev

Developers gathered at the 1871 co-working space in Chicago last weekend for PayPal BattleHack.  This two day hackathon encouraged contestants to build apps helping the community.

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Mashery, along with representatives from Braintree, SendGrid, and Twilio were on-site providing developer support and awarding prizes. The Mashery prize for the Best App Using the Mashery API Network: (4) Novation Launchpad Mini USB Midi Controller for producing music.

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  I arrived at 1871 Saturday morning and was met by developers eagerly awaiting the event’s commencement.  Mashery’s Chicago-based UX Designer, Tara Devlin was amongst the attendees who contacted me interested in attending BattleHack, her first hackathon experience.  Jon Harris, Mashery’s Chicago-based sales representative also joined us interested in learning about hackathons.

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PayPal’s Jonathan LeBlanc kicked off the event welcoming participants and explained the BattleHack rules. 

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He then passed the microphone to the energetic emcee and PayPal team member, Justin Woo. Justin introduced the sponsors in a very entertaining fashion, mentioning little known facts about each sponsor’s representative. 

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My BMX stunt rider talents were revealed to the crowd before I took the stage to introduce the Mashery API Network.  The sound of a gong signaled the start of BattleHack.  Hacking continued throughout the night and into the next day.

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The Mashery prize was awarded to “Busy Kid” an app designed to help fund Chicago cleanup, after school programs, and emphasize the importance of community service.   This app used the TomTom API and was created by a four member team who drove all the way from Ohio to compete.

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Team “DWAI” won the overall 1st place award, qualifying them to compete in the BattleHack World Finals for $100,000.00.  Their winning pothole reporter app will compete against other winning BattleHack city apps from San Francisco, Miami, and other cities from around the world.

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  I want to thank the BattleHack team, especially Jonathan LeBlanc for his leadership, emcee Justin Woo for his high energy and humor, and Mindy Trinh and JoAnn Peach for managing the event.

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Thanks to Kristi Dula for providing the 1871 space for BattleHack.

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And lastly, thanks to the participating BattleHack developers for making awesome apps.