When I came up on this dude passed out on a series of space-aged bean bags, I couldn’t help but snap a shot.
The roughly 30-hour, caffeine-fueled event was eCommerce Hack Day, a slumber party full of mostly twentysomethings competing for $20,000 in prizes. Over the weekend, programmers toyed with text messages, near-field communication technology and payment systems such as PayPal in hopes of finding new ways to facilitate purchases and payments.
The coding marathon underscored the pace of innovation in financial services, and the potential for further disruption for banks and payment networks. Some of the teams that created software at the event were made up of people who had just met one another, yet the event yielded 37 innovative tech “hacks” literally overnight.