Hong Kong MasterCard Hackathon Winners
The team from L to R: Vincent Kwok, David Tang, Karen Wan, Anna Yip (Head of Hong Kong and Macau, MasterCard), Patience Lee and Tommy Lau
In Hong Kong, the MasterCard Masters of Code competition came to a finale March 22, 2015, in a packed two-day event.
The winning team, composed of Vincent Kwok, Tommy Lau, Patience Lee, David Tang and Karen Wan, spent 24 hours cocooned at CoCoon, creating a new app for children using the MasterCard API.
The team has been awarded the first ever Hong Kong Masters of Code title, and each member will be flown to Napa Valley and San Francisco for a decadent vacation — oops, we mean the Grand Finale Masters of Code — in December.
Three members of the team, Patience, Tommy and Karen currently work together in tech start-up I’m Here Today Limited. Mutual friends Vincent and David were brought in to support the team of designers, who they joke, “might not understand API stuff.”
Prior, they prepped with ideas on ways to imagine the future of e-commerce using MasterCard APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). The team decided to extend the conveniences of a credit card to children. Their winning app for children functions as an authorized credit card.
“Physically, the child doesn’t have a credit card, but they can use the app to buy something. When they see something they want to buy at a store, they can scan the QR code through our app. Their parents can then approve (or not) the purchase,” explains Patience.
Judges included Anna Yip, Casey Lau, The Hons Charles Peter Mok, Kelvin Cheung, Michelle Sun, Peter Stephens, Raiyo Nariman, Sebastien Taveau and William Chan. This year, there were over 150 participants in total.
The winning team will have a chance to catch up on sleep before part II strikes.
This interview was conducted and condensed by Hannah Leung of EntrepreneurHK (EHK).