After two days of panels, a Startup Battlefield and a 24 hour hackathon, TechCrunch wrapped up another successful Disrupt NY event with thousands of attendees. Visa joined in on the fun by sponsoring the Disrupt hackathon, where 700 developers descended on New York City for a chance to win $8,500 from Visa.
My Visa colleagues Lee Mokri and Sofia Mata-Leclerc were on-site at the hackathon helping developers throughout the night and eventually awarding the prizes. The Hackathon was a way to generate more awareness and create a forum to discuss improving payment security, and make learning about security more engaging and digestible. We tapped into the incredible creative talent of the developer community to take a new approach to this challenge. After working through the night, developers submitted numerous creative concepts, making it a tough choice for the judges.
The grand prize winner, Theo Rushin, Jr., created a game designed for kids and parents to play and learn about online security, together. The runner-up, Frank Denbow, was recognized for creating a phishing game that delivers tips throughout each stage of play.
Here’s a peek inside the hackathon:
Posted by: Mark Norris, Senior Business Leader, Emerging Products, Visa Inc on May 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm