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BattleHack Athens 2015, ATHENS

BattleHack is a 24-hour full hackathon event where developers program an application that actually works by the end. It's organised by Braintree and PayPal. Each year it runs in 14 countries and the best 14 teams go to San Jose for the finals, where the final winner receives $100.000 in their PayPal account to spend as they wish. Tech Talks Central was at BattleHack Athens 2015 (May 30th) and interviewed 8 of its participants drilling into the why's and how's of BattleHack.


John Lunn /

It’s All About the Code. BattleHack’s John Lunn

John Lunn, the main evangelist for the BattleHack series of events, has become a sort of legend. The great marketing efforts of Braintree_dev has contributed to this but also, his years of expertise in development and the genuine admiration of the developers that attend the event in every . . .

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Alberto Lopez Martin /

Getting Developers Pumped on Code. Alberto Lopez Martin

As the title suggests it’s all about taking care of the Developer Community, PayPal and Braintree have created, and Alberto Lopez Martin sure has the way to get everyone motivated. A very lively Spaniard, he himself is an experienced developer and understands the pains and gains. He talks . . .

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Hamilton Chapman /

Preaching Real Time Web Technologies. Pusher

Hamilton Chapman talks about Pusher, what services it offers through its APIs and why they’re taking part at the Athens Battlehack 2015. We ask him about real time web technologies, where we find them and what we can hope to see in the future. Will it be only notifications, chat and . . .

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Pawel Sawicz /

Developing Solutions for Social Good Apps. Pawel Sawicz

Pawel Sawicz is the API Developer and Developer Evangelist at JustGiving, a global social platform for giving, consisting of more than 24 million users. He talks about their participation in the Athens Battlehack 2015, which does have as main theme the creation of an app for social good. . . .

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Robin Johnson /

The Right Skills for a Developer. Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson shares with us some interesting facts about Sendgrid, their amazing services and APIs and why they’re taking part at the Athens Battlehack 2015. He talks about the hackathons he’s taken part in and what his role, as a Developer Evangelist, encloses. We ask him about the core . . .

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Demetris Gerogiannis /

Loukanikos* is Back! Demetris Gerogiannis

Demetris and his team (Dimitrios Dessylas, Rox Kulliye and Spyridon Michelakis) under the same name, chose to combine tourism with philanthropy in their proposition for BattleHack. Their idea is that visitors may use the PayPal platform to donate an amount of money in exchange for hearing and . . .

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The TTC team at Athens BattleHack 2015 included Markos Voutsinos, Yannis Rizopoulos, Sakis Triantafyllakis, Vagelis Antoniadis, Katerina Giosma and Vicki Kolovou.