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Photos and a recap of Dwolla’s 2nd anniversary celebration

We had a blast this weekend celebrating our 2nd anniversary – thank you to everyone who came out to support us!

The Meetup

Once again, Vaudeville Mews graciously hosted our meetup and we packed the place to capacity. A huge thank you to them, their sound team and bartenders for hosting us. Joe Crimmings was on hand taking pictures, you can view most of them on our Facebook page.

All attendees were given a brand new Dwolla T-shirt designed by our own Jeremiah W. and printed by 8|7 Central (modeled by a few members of our NY team above).

We also had some great companies that came out to demo their innovative new products. Lucky us, they all have Dwolla integrations! We highly suggest you check these guys out:

  • Koala Pay – A deals and rewards program for Dwolla merchants and customers.
  • Allowd – Have employees use sub-accounts to manage Dwolla transactions, without sharing your company login info.
  • Change – A POS that’s integrated with Dwolla, allows for push notifications to customers.
  • Derby Jackpot – Place bets online on horse races all across the country.

The Old MacDonald Hackathon

We had a BLAST at the Old MacDonald Hackathon. The hacking began at 9am on Saturday morning and didn’t stop until 12pm on Sunday. The Derby Jackpot guys came all the way from New York City to throw us a party on Saturday evening at Johnny’s Hall of Fame, which continued late into the night at the Dwolla offices.

Check out this picture Brittany M. of Silicon Prairie took of Gary Chou and myself winning $100 each on the most epic horse race of the night.

A special thank you to:

The Sponsors:

The Food Vendors:

Behind-the-Scenes Players:

Overall Hackathon Winners

Cow (1st place) – Paper Digital Money

Brad D. | Kevin S. | Katelyn L. | Eugen B. | David Z.

Print digital checks when you need real money. By visiting their website, you can determine the amount of money you’d like to embed in a QR code and print it out. Scan once, and the money is sent directly to your Dwolla account and the code cannot be scanned again. Their presentation included hiding paper money around the room in plastic eggs (did we mention that they are the creators of the popular game, Hatchlings?) and letting the people who found them redeem them for instant cash in their Dwolla account. We’ll be featuring these guys in a post later this week to dive into just how Paper Digital Money executed their idea and where they want to go with it in the future.

Pig (2nd place) – Finale

George S. | Ryan S.

This team came to us all the way from San Francisco and built a restaurant app that fixes the pain points of the traditional checkout experience. QR codes will be printed on receipts, and customers will be taken directly to a checkout screen once scanning the code. Submit your payment and you’ll be asked to provide feedback on specific menu items and service in general.

Rooster (3rd place) – Rent Pony

Chris L. | Albert T. | Chris M. | Igor K. | Andrew E.

This team built a platform for landlords to manage all of their properties, communicate with tenants via Twilio’s API, and send requests for rent from tenants. They can easily track who has and who has not paid. They also have a talented designer that showed off her skills by transforming Dwolla employees into ponies.

The “Best of’s”

Each of the following in our “Best of” category received $100 gift certificates to Omaha Steaks.

Best Presentation – Dwollet

Jessa S. | Shawn S.

The mint.com for Dwolla accounts. Track your spending, set budgets, categorize transactions easily with Dwollet. If you get close to maxing out your budget in a particular category, the row will turn yellow. If you’ve hit your budget or gone over, the row will turn red. The ability to send payments from the Dwollet platform is also available.

Bet API Mashup – Stepping Samaritan

Shane D. | Cliff B.

Walk for a cause, and trigger a donation with Dwolla after each mile!

People’s Choice – Paper Digital Money

Brad D. | Kevin S. | Katelyn L. | Eugen B. | David Z.

(Also 1st place winner)

Omaha Steaks’ “Most Delicious” – P2P Books

Josh L. | Andrew R. | Skylar N. | Jeremiah W. | Yas K.

A marketplace that helps you save money while exchanging books, P2P Books is a better way for selling and buying textbooks amongst your peers.

Best Actual Business – Iowa Tax & Tags

Drew M. | Shea D. | Nick S.

Statements include a QR code that, when scanned, takes them to a payment screen where they can quickly and easily pay their taxes. Don’t pay the hefty credit card processing fees that are passed on to you, pay with Dwolla and be charged at most $0.25.

Best Photo – Aaron H.

Burning the midnight oil: programmers working late into the night, hacking their projects.

Honorable Recognition

Derek A.

No need for smartphones – send Dwolla payments via SMS text message.

Dwolla Here
Brett N.

Receive push notifications from Dwolla merchants to pay with Dwolla. This eliminates the need to search for the establishment, just click on the notification, type in the amount you owe and PIN sign the transaction.

QR Invoice
Chad B.

Use vector quality QR codes to accept Dwolla payments. Use dynamic and static QR codes to do things such as send invoices and send to your Dwolla landing page (Hub page).

Thomas H.

Create a cause that needs to receive donations and share the URL requesting donations.

Christopher W. | Patrick C. | Arthur D. | Michael O. | Christopher V.O.

A Facebook application that allows you to manage group bill payments.

Thank you again to all of those who came out to help us celebrate!

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Old MacDonald Hackathon = Glorious. See you there.

The Old MacDonald Hackathon on Dec. 1 has more than a few good things attached to it.

Prizes & Donations

  • First place will win a cow. However, they’ll also be getting a limited edition wooden pig cutting board, courtesy of Goodsmiths.
  • Second place will be getting a pig.
  • Third place will be getting a rooster.
  • Award-winning Omaha Steaks is giving the first 50 people to arrive $20 in gift certificates. We’ll be giving out five (5) $100 gift cards at the end of the weekend. More on this the day of.
  • Nexgen is providing the lifeline of the hackathon: lightening fast internet.
  • Twilio has provided beverages to help you kick back and relax.
  • Thelma’s is providing milk, cookies and ice cream sandwiches.

Pre-Register a team

Already have a team? Head over to our HackerLeague page and register your team.


Some of our team members will be offering free classes during the hackathon for both attendees and the community.

Learn more about these classes and sign up for the one’s you are interested in here.

Don’t forget to come party with us on Friday & Saturday

We’re gearing up for one hell of a meetup this Friday. Come join the party at Vaudeville Mews after work – just make sure to RSVP so we can get you a shirt!

We’ve been hard at work building things that have never existed until today. Come out for an exclusive look at the future of Dwolla, and give us your unfiltered feedback. No press, no pictures, no tweets. Just the people who started it all: you.

Saturday night we are having another party, but the theme is a surprise for now. All we can say is…

Are you feeling lucky?

Cows, Code, and Money: The Old MacDonald Hackathon #haveacow

We’re inviting 50 developers and designers to join us and Silicon Prairie News at our Des Moines HQ to build in our first Iowa-based hackathon. It’s free and we’re giving away a cow, a pig and a rooster for prizes. Seriously.

We’ll kick things off on Saturday, December 1 at 9am. If you’re up for it, we’ll be hacking all day and through the night until the 12pm deadline on Sunday (with some fun here and there along the way). We’ll supply you with food, coffee, beer and entertainment,  you just need to bring the code and creativity. Show off your hard work with pride during demos at noon on Sunday, December 2.

The event is part of our two-year anniversary weekend, a celebration we’re kicking off with a meetup. Along with SPN, we have a few tricks up our sleeve for that weekend, and the Old  MacDonald Hackathon is going to see some of the best. And, thanks to NexGen Communications (and partners, Meraki), we’re going to have crazy fast internet and a ridiculous amount of bandwidth.

So, if you’re a builder with a passion for innovation and disruption, we invite you to register for free today. Not a programmer, but want to volunteer or get involved? Fill out this form. Want to see the hacks during demo day? Register for a free ticket.

More announcements to come! Be sure to follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all things hackathon.

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