On Nov 3-5, 13 teams composed of developers, makers, designers, and idea generators spent 48 hours developing digital payment solutions at the IOT & Payments Hackathon in Bucharest, Romania!
Focusing on device-to-device payments using the Worldpay Within SDK, teams were challenged to create a variety of use-cases enabling discovery, selection, payments― and release of payments―between connected devices. Smart Home, Smart Living and Smart Cities: what could be created to take digital payments to the next level and enable machines to pay by themselves without the need for human interference?
Meeting and greeting participants to the Worldpay IOT & Payments Hackathon
Idea generators pitched their inventive ideas to the audience, including Dave Stevens Chief Operations Officer, GTE Worldpay and one of the key judges, outlining what they’d like to create in only 1 minute and quickly convince participants to join their team. Wireless charging stations, utility trackers, parking solutions, smart pet feeders, smart timesheet trackers―the ideas kept flowing.
Pitching ideas for one minute only!
After 13 teams were formed, they huddled together to discuss and explore each person’s skill sets, begin brainstorming ideas to formalise the solution further and plan their project. After being supplied with Raspberry Pi devices and hardware―ranging from thermometers, a range of sensors, drones and Alexa Echos―they were ready to create smart devices capable of handling transactions.
The mentors began visiting each team to help sound out the projects by offering up their expertise and valuable feedback. Onsite was a large team of Worldpay and Industry mentors whose role would be to coach the teams throughout the event helping take their idea to a viable product. With all the business, financial, market and technical knowledge they would prove excellent value to teams, ensuring they stay on track to fulfil the judging criteria: Creativity, Use of the provided technologies, Completion, Viability, and the Quality of the presentations.
Worldpay’s co-sponsors: Consulting Hyperion and Endava would also provide mentor support and would form part of the judging panel: Consult Hyperion Founding Director and Hackathon judge, Stuart Fiske, outlined his high expectations of the hackathon and announced that a 3D printing workshop would take place the following day. Radu Grosu, Delivery Director from Endava, explained how their payments solutions would be helping the teams and was looking forward to seeing the ideas! He gave some stellar tips for successful teamwork and project management.
The teams continued working well into the evening, with some even staying through the night to see the sun rise!
Hacking into the night!
Worldpay Within SDK
Day Two of the hackathon kicked-off with the Worldpay Within SDK workshop led by Lead Innovation Architect Kevin Gordon, who gave a thorough deep dive into the inner workings and potential of the SDK, written for Python, Java, Node.js, Python, .NET and Google Go.
Lead Innovation Architect Kevin Gordon hosting the Worldpay Within SDK Workshop
Kevin took us through each step of live coding examples, showcasing the ability of the SDK to bring micro-payment transactions to smart devices.
Developers learned how to set up the provider and customer devices using a Raspberry Pi and the Worldpay Gateway to take payments automatically based on the rules set up in the programmes. Super cool.
3D printing workshop
Hardware expert Matt Barker from Consult Hyperion gave a super 3D printing workshop where he demonstrated how to create an STL file for a 3D-printed product.
He advised using the provided lego to setup most of the object required and then adding the 3D-printed part. All projects were recommended to include a 3D-printed aspect, even if was just a raspberry pi case. Matt showed us his impressive sideways-moving rover project using 3D-printed wheels.
The teams received tremendous tech and business support from the Worldpay team:
Kevin Gordon, Lead Innovation Architect and creator of the SDK was eager to take on board SDK feedback and share his best tricks of the trade, Andy Brodie, Principal Design Engineer was always on hand to give constructive feedback to the projects and help sculpt the backend of the solutions. Jamie Measures, Senior Technical Writer, Christopher Farmer, Technical Writer, Alexander Woodward, Development Engineer, and Charlotte Spender, Innovation Analyst from the tech team were also invaluable support to the teams.
Peter Stiles, Business Analyst, Neera Patel, IOT Partnership Lead, Harry Skinner, Product Analyst and Nathan Gent, Commercial Analyst, kept a sharp eye out and used their business brains to give feedback on the business potential the projects offered, and Laura Johnston, Financial Controller made sure these solutions were viable for the bottom line!
Mentoring the hackathon teams
Additionally, the fantastic Industry Mentors never let up and we were privileged to be accompanied by Maciej Wakula, Waldemar Berendt, Bartlomiej Moroz from Mobica who had a big role to play in perfecting the SDKs for the various programming languages and thus offered very specialised support.
From the co-sponsors, Bogdan Titriga, Catalin Lazar and Ovidu Ariton from Endava really helped teams with their payment solutions. And other mentors Peter Thompson from The Human Chain and Tudor Stanciu from Fintech Camp really helped teams with their blockchain, FinTech, startup and legal questions.
The teams integrated the expert feedback, continuously iterating their solutions taking breaks in-between to play with the Game Cube, ping pong or just relaxing in between complex coding and design sprints.
A buzz of determination was felt throughout Day Three of the hackathon – with the FINAL demos looming for the participants. Teams polished off their code and prepared by practising their final pitches again and again. Eager mentors gave their valuable input and last minute tips to ensure teams delivered their best performance and were pitch-perfect! And then the countdown began.
Teams raced against the clock to finish every detail they could muster! The tension was high but the friendly, energetic atmosphere was still vibrant throughout the Impact Hub.
Judges were introduced and began their round of the final demos which we’re proud to share with you here:
- SPACE KITTENS
The smart pet-food dispenser was created to sync with the raspberry pi sensor -once empty it sent a message using an Amazon API finding the lowest cost supplier, and using the Worldpay Within SDK to order more pet-food! You could also open it easily from a distance to feed your hungry pet.
- PAY WITH WEARABLES
This project had potential: allowing easy payments using smart wearables and leaving cards at home – but not without obstacles. The team didn’t manage to complete their project but politely gave us a “Hello World” and that was that!
- UNIVERSAL PAY
Connecting GPS coordinates from your phone to nearby connected devices using raspberry pi, this solution was demo’ed with a structurally intricate 3D printed vending machine, but could also locate everything around you, from coffee machines to gas pumps. Impressive stuff!
- CLICK FREE
Through facial recognition, your smart home asks you what you desire… Following voice interactions, the system can handle and make orders online, then send a drone to finalize an automatic and secure payment. Configured with Neural networks, verification sequences, a speech recognizer and Android studio – mixed with Worldpay within.
Seamlessly processed payments without taking your phone out of your pocket. This solution stores a secure token in your mobile device, and allows you to pay effortlessly by scanning the RFID-tagged products you have loaded into your shopper. Easy Payments!
- SMART GATHERER
Imagine arriving home and constantly finding all the products you need, because your smart fridge is looking after you: First, it verifies the stock, then sends a list to the drones who will discover the available services, plan the best route, and deploy to do the shopping for you with the packages delivered straight to your fridge!!
This mailbox receives packages while you are away from home, based on the delivery man scanning a QR code matching the weight of the package. The system releases payment on delivery of the correct package (weight sensor activates the release) without the customer worrying about delivery times and late orders.
- SMART UTILITIES
An integrated platform bringing an evolution to how to monitor and pay for utility services, bringing benefits to the consumer (best price) and to the supplier (selling when demand is at its lowest, reducing peaks), among others. Advanced machine learning algorithms would further bring benefits to consumers and suppliers.
- WIRELESS HERO
No data, no battery? No worries – this IoT device solution sells energy and data traffic on the go. Place it in buses, trains, stations – the Wireless Hero phone app will search for available providers and pick the best offer around, pays with Worldpay Within, then releases wireless phone charging or mobile data!
- EZ PARK
Broadcasting available parking information to drivers’ phones or the car directly, you’re guided you to the best parking spot and your car pays for the time spent parked – reducing the traffic rates in cities (40% due to searching for parking spaces) leaving you to think about more important things!
- QUICK PAYMENTS
Helping merchants and IOT owners get set up to receive digital payments easily, this solution mixes beacons and a micropayments platform by discovering nearby connected devices, negotiating, and offering quick payments for wallet owners.
Using Alexa voice skills you can find the best tickets for your weekend! Using Worldpay SDK for Python and custom Alexa skills the solution can search event listings near you, choose and pay for recommended events without you lifting a finger!
To increase employee engagement and encourage people to be on time and early through incentives (tracking timesheets), the team cleverly connected smart entrance gates to access cards paying a bonus for early birds!
We let the Jury deliberate long and hard and took a well-deserved breather! Ping Pong, beer and chilling until the winners were announced. First up we announced the fun challenge winners. The Game Cube champion was MOLDOVANU LONUT! Then the Twitter Challenge winner was announced as ANASTASIA MELISSA NETU SERBINOV! The mentors also wanted to award the team they felt was the most enthusiastic – the young contenders from the Smart Gatherer project!
The Third place winners were announced as CLICKFREE!
In second place: COREPAY!
And finally, the overall winners of the Worldpay IOT & Payments hackathon was…..
Congratulations to all the teams and winners!
After a super event, it was time to relax, enjoy some beers, ping pong and chat with all the participants and mentors! A well-deserved break after a 48-hour hackathon.