PayPal x / FNB Developer Challenge

by | Nov 14, 2010 | Technology & Innovation | 0 comments

One of the frontiers of technology today is app development. Most mobile phones can call out and receive calls, so where the attention now is continues to be on the development of applications that satisfy the multitude of needs and wants that we have. Also, as more and more of us get online, our needs for online apps is also on the rise.

Following the exclusive deal to bring PayPal fully into the South African market, FNB and PayPal ran the PayPal X / FNB Developer Challenge which was won by two developers, Neil Koekemoer and Werner Janse van Rensburg for the application, Billbox.


Koekemoer: “Our App is designed for people who share expenses such as students, housemates or holiday and business travel groups. Individuals can also use the application to track their own spending habits.”

Janse van Rensburg: “Having shared bills with housemates for several years, we knew there was a need for a product like Billbox ? and we were our own best customers.”

The competition was for the creation of innovative applications within the financial services sector that the use PayPal’s payment tools. It took Koekemoer and Van Rensburg three hundred and fifty seven hours to create.

For those of you who have to navigate the social challenge of sharing expenses with others, this might just be the thing for you.

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About Kojo Baffoe

Of Ghanaian/German heritage, raised in Lesotho and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kojo is the proverbial slashie, the professional ‘jack of all trades.’ He is an entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former men’s magazine editor and speaker. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (1994) with majors in Economics, Marketing and Business Administration from the former the University of Natal (Durban), now University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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