Monthly Archives: August 2013

Battle Hack Seattle: Opening Day


Battle Hack Seattle participants came in like lions in the early morning of Day 1, with over 20 arriving before the registration desk even opened at 9 am. Perhaps it was the excitement of making their ideas come to life, or the networking with the local Seattle dev community…or the cool Raspberry Pi units we provided to the first 50 attendees who came in and registered.

Hackers listen to Jon LeBlanc at Battle Hack Seattle

]3 Attendees listen to Jon LeBlanc walk through the event agenda at Battle Hack Seattle

By the time the event kicked off, it was standing room only at The Hub as Jon LeBlanc, Head of North American Developer Evangelism kicked off the event. Jon went through the agenda, walked n00b hackers on how to get their hack on and showed off the coveted Battle Hack ax, the trophy for first prize at the regional events. Technical overviews from partners such as Twilio’s Carter Rabasa, SendGrid’s Scott Motte, and Nokia’s Jan Hanneman . Initial hack idea videos were streamed to the crowd for team formation, after the initial capture during the registration flow. To provide idea founders a way to mass pitch the crowd, idea videos were collected prior to the pitch segment of Battlehack and played to the wider audience.  Go here to see idea videos for Battlehack Seattle. We’re looking forward to seeing ideas come together in the next 24 hours. Stay tuned! Wanna see a play by play? Check out our Twitter account, @PayPaldev.

The REST API is going global


Today we announced on our PayPal Blog that the REST API is now available globally. In this post I want to cover some new functionality and which features you’ll be able to use in you region.

First of all it is important to know that the our REST API offers 2 different types of payments that need to be defined when creating a payment through our API:

  1. PayPal account-based payments marked as "payment_method": "paypal" in our API
  2. Credit card payments – "payment_method": "credit_card"

The PayPal payments part is our known experience including the redirect to our page that asks the user to enter his username and password and confirm his purchase. This offers a variety of benefits like being able to select different payment methods or choosing another shipping address. Also when processing credit cards we take care of PCI compliance for you.

Direct credit card processing doesn’t involve any redirects at all: You just create a payment (see here for more details) and that’s it. Be sure to read the part about PCI compliance – when processing credit cards directly this needs to be handled by you!


Credit card processing

The credit card processing through PayPal is right now available for the following countries:

  • US
  • Canada
  • UK

In case your country is not listed: We enable to process credit cards in many countries directly through PayPal accounts!

PayPal account based payments

PayPal account based payments ("payment_method": "paypal") are available every where PayPal is accepted.


Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter what you think about the APIs and where we can improve.