Barclays takes another payments hackathon crown; Holvi and Azimo talk disruption

Barclays takes another payments hackathon crown; Holvi and Azimo talk disruption

In what is becoming a trend in the fintech world, Barclays has taken top honours at a London hackathon, this time triumphing at a weekend-long event hosted by payments start-up Birdback at Google Campus.

A dozen development teams gathered at the campus last month and used APIs from Birdback, Braintree, Datacash and Twilio to produce a workable payments application.

The team from Barclays, led again by creative lead Paul Wilshaw - who recently triumphed at Microsoft's Digital Wallet Foundry hackathon - developed a gamified loyalty solution for merchants, dubbed Credcog and was awarded a 3D Printer at the event. Team-X from Paypal won the award for best hack, using the Braintree API.

Nicolai Watzenig, CEO of Birdback says that the hackathon concept for the fintech space is a "great opportunity to take players from the ecosystem, gather them under one roof to try and share our experiences from building in the payments industry".

Finextra made its way down to the campus to chat to Watzenig and a few of the participants:

Kristoffer Lawson, co-founder of Finish-startup Holvi discusses the role he sees his company having in the financial services space.

Michael Kent, founder of mobile remittance provider Azimo, talks about hacking into 95% of the world's banking infrastructure.

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