PayPal Australia to launch First PayPal X Developer Competition

PayPal has launched it global open payments platform in Australia

PayPal has launched it global open payments platform in Australia, with a competition for Australian developers.

The inaugural PayPal X Australian Developer Competition is the proverbial carrot for developers to create innovative payment applications using PayPals X API, Adaptive Payments. The competition will take place in February 2010 at PayPal’s developer ‘code and build’ event. The winner will receive a substantial cash prize to help them commercialise their application. PayPal has yet to announce final details.

More than 25 Australians joined the thousand-plus developers globally who registered for the PayPal X limited beta program to receive access to the initial version of Adaptive Payments. They include Steven Cooper from Katmatcreations, Stu Andrews from Code Biscuit and Keith Mason from ACP Magazines, all of whom won a trip to the event.

Interview: PayPal's developer network senior director, Naveed Anwar, and VP, platform and emerging technologies, Osama Bedier
Senior Manager, Developer Network at PayPal Australia, Spiro Rokos, said developers had an opportunity to shape e-commerce in Australia.

“By opening up our platform, we hope to facilitate innovation in payments by enabling local developers to create new payment solutions for goods and services beyond traditional e-commerce. It’s also an opportunity for developers to monetise applications they’ve built on the back of PayPal’s open platform.”

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