Offering a new way to shop and pay for products on mobile devices at live events, iConcessionStand took the $100,000 grand prize in the PayPal X Developer Challenge. Nine other developers captured best-of-category X Awards, as well as community and audience favorite awards, for the creative implementations of PayPal’s application programming interfaces for an app or service during the recent PayPal X Innovate 2010 developer conference.
“The winners of our second Developer Challenge have created some of the best ideas showcasing the future of money that I’ve ever seen,” said Naveed Anwar, senior director of PayPal’s developer network. “Our first developer challenge was a springboard for those winners to earn more recognition, win other contests, secure venture funding, and best of all, attract more customers. We expect a similar road to success for these winners.”
The iConcessionStand mobile app helps consumers skip long concession lines at live events. Food, beverages, and merchandise can be ordered within the app and paid for with a PayPal account. Customers are alerted when the order is ready for pickup or they’re served by runners, so they don’t miss out on any important action at the event. The app is available for donwload in the Apple App Store and Android Market.
“PayPal’s Mobile Payments Library was an integral component in the development of our app,” said Kenji Kato, co-founder of iConcessionStand. “The PayPal X open platform helped us eliminate the standing in line that we all dread at live events. PayPal’s technology makes first-of-its-kind apps like ours possible.”
The other winners included:
Yahoo! Developer Network X Award: TipTheWeb
eBay Developer Network X Award: MyStoreRewards
First National Bank of South Africa (FNB) X Award: BillBox
PayPal Mobile X Award: Yapper v2.0
PayPal Student X Award: Groupstore
PayPal Cross-border Commerce X Award: CashBack Map
PalPal Request/Send Money X Award: Pay It Square
People’s Choice Award: BookinMedia
Audience Choice Award: Kabbage
PayPal launched the second Developer Challenge in June 2010, narrowing the field to 10 finalists on October 14. Judges included Scott Guilfoyle, CTO of PayPal, Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital, Dave McClure of 500 Startups, and Dana Stalder of Matrix Partners. Details about the next PayPal X Developer Challenge will be revealed in January 2011.