mPOS Hackathon

Building the future of the Point of Sale in just 24 hours at Europe's largest payment conference

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19-20 Feb 2014

Starting at 9am


Berlin, Germany

InterContinental Berlin

Changing the way people shop and pay

Did you ever have to wait in line to pay in a store? Did you ever wonder why you can’t just simply pay with your phone and leave the bar? Did you ever get lost in a mall?

There are a million ways of how the experience at the Point of Sale for both shoppers and merchants can be improved using mobile technology. We decided to do it and bring together a group of talented and hungry people in order to hack the Point of Sale! The mPOS Hackathon takes place during MPE 2014, Europe’s largest payment conference in one of Berlin’s finest locations.

The payworks and SDKs (iOS & Android) & hardware will be provided during the event, opening up a world of exciting opportunities for app developers and designers. Food and drinks provided, attendees will spend 24 hours of discussing, coding and networking. The results are presented in front of a jury of industry experts, executives and VCs. The winning team will be awarded with attractive hardware prices.

Ready to change the way people shop and pay? Get on board and join the first mPOS Hackathon in Berlin!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to participate?

You should be at least 18 years old and available on the 19 and 20 February 2014 in Berlin. Since the SDKs are provided as iOS & Android SDKs you should have some experience with one of these technologies.

Do I have to pay any participation fee?

No way! The whole hackathon is free of charge. There will also be free food and drinks.

Do I need a background in the payment industry or experience with merchant payments?

Not at all! That’s what payworks and are there for. The provided technology (iOS & Android SDKs and hardware) is easy to use, well-documented and helps you focus on building your product. We will also provide you with on-site support at the hackathon. You will be surprised how fast you can build payments into your app.

How big are the teams?

You will work in a team of 4-5 people.

Do I need a team or can I also join alone?

Of course you can come alone. Teams will be formed at the beginning of the hackathon. Of course you can also participate as a whole team. Just register individually and mention it in the comments.

When will I get notified whether my application is successful?

Usually you should hear back from us within a couple of days. We will notify you as quickly as possible.

What are the prizes?

Winners will receive hardware prizes, fame and a lot of love from other hackathon and conference participants.

How are the winners selected?

All teams present in front of the conference audience as well as the jury. Conference participants and each judge vote for their favorite solution in a secret vote. The vote of the conference participants counts 20%. The votes of the judges have equal weights.

Do I need to have own ideas that I want to realize during the mPOS Hackathon?

No, you don’t need a project idea before the hackathon. However, you are more than welcome to share an idea, if you have one.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your own equipment that you need for coding/designing (laptop, keyboard, mouse, etc). We will provide some iOS and Android devices for testing. However, if you can provide a test device yourself, it makes sense that you bring it with you.

Can you sponsor my stay in Berlin?

Unfortunately not. However, there will be plenty of food and drinks during the hackathon so that you never run out of fuel while you are building the world’s greatest mPOS app.

What is MPE anyways?

Merchant Payments Ecosystem (MPE) is the biggest payment acceptance event in Europe with more than 450 participating companies, 70 speakers and 30 exhibitors. The event takes place once a year in Berlin. More information at

How do you deal with intellectual property?

Everything you develop is owned by you and we won't ask you to provide us with the source code of the prototype. We ask you though to grant us the right to mention your work in our external communication as an example. Please have a look at the official rules for some more detailed information.