The Challenge

The Royal Canadian MintChip Challenge invites software developers to create innovative digital payment applications using MintChip, a development phase technology available only to challenge participants. Developers and the public are also encouraged to share ideas for how a digital currency can be used. Winners will receive approximately $50,000 in gold bullion from the Mint as well as promotional exposure. Prizes will be awarded for the apps that best demonstrate the potential value of the MintChip technology and have the greatest potential impact on digital payment technology. Submitted apps can run on Windows, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or desktop and mobile browsers.

The Mint will provide participating developers with a software developement kit (SDK), two microSD MintChips, and two remote MintChip accounts they can use to integrate the Mint's technology with their digital payment applications.

The public and developers have approximately four months to share ideas and build their submissions. A panel of distinguished judges from the tech industry, venture capital, media, and retailers will select winners, and the general public will vote to identify a "Popular Choice" winner.

Challenge Goals:

  • Create software applications and proofs of concept utilizing MintChip
  • Highlight potential advantages of the technology and digital currency


Update: The MintChip challenge has now ended

A note from the Royal Canadian Mint: On behalf of the entire MintChip team, THANK YOU for all the hours of hard work you have put into your respective submissions! The Mint is thrilled to see so many high quality apps and ideas. The judges have their work cut out for them! This community's passion for the MintChip as the evolution of currency, is infectious for our project team.

For the latest news on the MintChip Challenge, follow @MintChipRCM or @CybermonnaieMRC on Twitter. #MintChip

Winners:

Best Overall Application
Grand Prize

MintWallet - MintWallet With the arrival of the MintChip from the Royal Canadian Mint the evolution of cash has risen to a new level. MintWallet is... Read More

Best Overall Application
Second Prize

Pennies a Day - Pennies a Day makes donating simple by incorporating it into your everyday life such as when you buy a cup of coffee, pay for groceries... Read More

Best Overall Application
Third Prize

FlashCash: Pay all at once ! - In most daily situations, payment takes a few seconds and is not a source of frustration. However, there are some... Read More

Popular Choice
Award

Mini Checkout - As all of you know, waiting in lines at stores during checkout can be quite a pain. With the introduction of Mint Chip technology... Read More

Large Organization Recognition Award

DonRiver MintChip App - DonRiver's MintChip application takes advantage of the fast and easy transfer capabilities of the MintChip digital currency... Read More

Corporate Recognition:

Large Organization Recognition

Paypal - TripChip - How many trips can your mintchip trip? At Paypal Labs, We envisioned Mintchip as digital currency with memory... Read More

Large Organization Recognition

Plastic Money - We approached the MintChip Challenge by thinking about how it would integrate not only through technology, but culturally...Read More