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PayPal launches ‘Opportunity Hack 2015’

PayPal, the global leader in online payments, today announced the launch of ‘Opportunity Hack’, a hackathon that brings together technologists in support of non-profits to create impactful solutions for their technology problems. Registration is now open for both technologists and non-profit organizations in Chennai and Bangalore who wish to participate in each city’s hackathon.

The 36-hour open-format event will be held at PayPal’s Technology Centers in Chennai and Bangalore from November 28th- 29th , 2015. Teams of 6-10 – a combination of technologists from PayPal and industry participants – will be assigned a non-profit organization to solve a challenge for. Registrations are currently open to 150 external developers and 20 non-profits in each city. The winning team, which develops the most innovative and impactful idea at each hackathon will be awarded prizes worth Rs. 1,20,000. The winning non-profit will also receive vouchers for an additional Rs. 20,000 to support their community initiatives.

PayPal is working to transform money for people through technology, and is committed to working with the broader tech ecosystem to ensure meaningful social impact for the communities around us.Opportunity Hack brings our employees and other technologists in India together, and challenges them to use their skills to help local non-profits solve their most pressing tech problems. We look forward to innovative solutions emerging from the hackathons that will create lasting social good for the community” said, Anupam Pahuja, General Manager, Technology, PayPal Asia Pacific.“

Interested technologists above the age of 18 years can register for Opportunity Hack in Chennai at http://bit.ly/ohackchennai or Bangalore at http://bit.ly/ohackbangalore. Registrations are also open for non-profits who wish to put forth a challenge for Opportunity Hack may do so in Chennai at http://bit.ly/ohackappchennai or in Bangalore at http://bit.ly/ohackappbangalore.

Ahead of the hackathon, PayPal is also organizing a 1-day conference in Chennai, for interested non-profits to share ideas, challenges and solutions for engaging today’s generation to support development needs. Renowned community leader and advocate for social change,Dr. Kiran Bedi will be giving a keynote address at this closed-door session. Non-profits may register for the conference by following the steps provided at http://bit.ly/oconfchennai.

(Source:Press release)

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