BattleHack London crowns Team @Risk as winners to compete at $100,000 world finals


Team @Risk will represent London at the BattleHack World Finals, competing for a $100,000 Grand Prize.

Global payments providers PayPal and Braintree crowned the winners last weekend, after 45 teams came together for their very own marathon hackathon at Tobacco Dock, East London.

Sam Machin and Pez Cuckhow, who met at BattleHack London 2014 and who came in second then, joined forces with Imran Ghory to address a real life issue that they have had to deal with in everyday life.

@Risk is an app that applies behavioural tracking to senior citizens in order to alert their children or carers in the event of a medical emergency. Their app integrated a large number of APIs and technologies, including Braintree, Estimote, Localz, Pusher, SendGrid and Twilio.

“We are surprised and thrilled to have won,” said Team @Risk. “This is a real world use case that we were able to use with actual data and create something that can genuinely help people."

John Lunn, senior global director for PayPal & Braintree_Dev, said: “Team @Risk created an app that uses things that you have to help the people you care about. They integrated a variety of tech - building an infrared TV detector, a smart socket and a telephone service.”

BattleHack is a global competition that will visit cities around the world and culminates at the World Finals in November. The winning team will be awarded $100,000, an axe trophy and the coveted title of being the Ultimate Hackers for Good.

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