Each year we conduct a Visa Developer User Survey to learn what we can do as a developer platform to improve your experience.
Below is a list of some of the improvements we made based on last year’s survey. If there are other requests, please let us know in the comments section. We will also be sharing our 2019 survey next month so please start collecting your feedback now.
Changes we made:
Feedback: “Show Real Use Cases” - You asked for better ways to find API solutions needed for specific business use-cases.
Solution: We launched, Use Cases . Got a business problem? Check out the various use cases and examples to see how Visa APIs can solve your needs. Some use cases include:
Enroll, travel, transact - Cardholder enrolls in Mobile Location Confirmation service, travels to a new location and confidently makes a purchase transaction
Enhanced Travel Experience – Provide a more seamless payment experience and easy access to information regardless of cardholder location. Use geo location to reduce false declines
Keep Your Card Top-of-Wallet - Issuer enables the Visa card to be securely and conveniently used in digital wallets in order to keep the card top-of-wallet and remove the need to re-issue a card when a device with a digital wallet is lost.
Provide Relevant Offers - Provide an extensive list of relevant offers for your cardholders to help drive card usage and loyalty.
Feedback: “Improve password creation when registering” – You asked us to make password requirements/rules clearer.
Solution: We’ve added a pop-up that lists the rules and checks off each requirement as you create your password
Feedback: “Allow users to share projects” – You wanted to share your projects between users, so that you can collaborate with other developers at your company.
Solution: We’ve added an “Invite User” option on your project dashboard which gives you ability to share your project with other users along with assigning specific roles for each user.
Feedback: “Add more tutorials” – You want to see more guides to understand how to get started and how to navigate the portal
Solution: We created four new tutorials from Getting Started to Going into Production - check them out here
Solution: We published the “Working with Visa APIs” which is our new Getting Started Guide with more information to take you from start to finish of the implementation process.
We continue to work on improving the platform and if you have any suggestions, please comment below.
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Great question. We have some great tutorials for you as well.
Here is the getting started video: https://community.developer.visa.com/t5/Developer-Tools/Tutorial-Getting-Started-with-Visa-Developer/ba-p/9780
Watch this one to learn how to create your first project: https://community.developer.visa.com/t5/Developer-Tools/Tutorial-How-to-Create-a-Project-w-Visa-Developer/ba-p/9787
Jai - also shared links as well if you want to check those documents.
Let us know if you have any questions.
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Visa launches first global competition focused on celebrating women entrepreneurs.
In celebration of International Women's Day, Visa launches the first Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women's Global Edition. The global program invites women entrepreneurs from around the world to tackle FinTech and Social Impact challenges for a chance to win $100,000 USD in each of the two challenges.
The program will culminate with a finals event to be held on June 7th before the opening match of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019!
Here's how it works:
To participate companies with at least one female founder are invited to submit solutions that tackle challenges facing the FinTech and Social Impact landscapes today through one of the two innovative briefs:
Challenge 1 (FinTech): Leveraging your company's unique capabilities, how could your solution help transform consumer and/or commercial payment experiences locally, regionally or globally?
Challenge 2 (Social Impact): How can women entrepreneurs around the world drive social impact by supporting sustainable and equitable livelihoods and strengthening local/regional economies?
Submissions open March 6th and applications are due by April 14th. Oh, and just to make things that much sweeter, all twelve finalists who make it to the Live Finals will attend the opening match of the FIFA Women's World Cup later that evening! This is an opportunity you don't want to miss out on!
Get all the information on where to submit, important deadlines and participation terms by visiting:
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Attention UK devs!
Visa is inviting the best brains in tech and design to come together the weekend of March 22nd to help solve some of the biggest issues plaguing British small businesses.
Small businesses are at the very heart of the British economy, so helping them optimise new technologies to operate more efficiently allows them to focus on what they do best.
The Design Hack will take place over three days, during which the designers and developers selected to participate will be put into teams to build workable solutions designed to address a variety of small business challenges. For additional credit at judging time, they will be encouraged to leverage Visa APIs to support their solutions. Make sure to check out the small business filter for the most relevant APIs on our developer platform.
We’ve identified four pain-points most business share which attendees will be tasked with designing solutions for:
But it’s not just limited to those four. Participants are encouraged to consider their own business challenges to take on.
At the end of the event, a professional expert panel will judge the proposed solutions and will award the winners a share of a cash prize of £7,000. Visa will also give the winners the opportunity to come to the Visa Innovation Centre in London and discuss some of the latest topics in innovation.
Our event will take place in a dynamic working space in Holborn in London.
To find out more and be in with a chance of taking part, please visit: http://visadesignhack.eventbrite.co.uk (T&Cs apply)
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You should know, not all of our users will receive this new monthly newsletter. In fact, the Visa Dev Community Newsletter will be sent to a select group of our users. Want to be part of it or didn't recieve it? Take these steps:
Once you are logged into your Community account, make sure to go account settings on the top right hand corner of your page
Scroll down to "Marketing Communication Settings" and turn it on.
We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with you and the rest of the Visa Developer Community while ensuring you have the platform to voice your ideas, share your expertise, and learn from your peers. That is why I am very excited to share the launch of the monthly Visa Dev Community Newsletter, exclusively for those who have created a Community profile, like you.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
This newsletter is all about what you and your fellow peers are up to on the Community, from forum hot topics to developer troubleshooting tips. We want to feature and showcase your expertise, so we’ll also announce each month’s super users and highlight what they’ve got going on – here’s your chance to shine!
Plus, find out about opportunities for you to get more involved with experts from Visa before anyone else, including invite-only webinars and in-person meetups, developer events.
We want to get to know you! Head to our new Welcome Forum Thread and introduce yourself. Tell us what brings you to the community and our developer program. How can others help you? How can you help others?
We plan to have lots of fun challenges and opportunities – so, pro tip…the more you’re engaging the more opportunities you’ll have at some cool stuff in the future.
If you have any questions you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org . Otherwise, I look forward to chatting with you in our community!
Visa Developer Community Director
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Digital transactions are the backbone of many online experiences—but the process behind them can be complex. That’s why we’ve created the Payments 101 webinar for developers to learn the ins and outs of the payments ecosystem—from developers in the payments space. Watch the Payments 101 Webinar and learn about the opportunities for innovation in payments. Hear from experts at Marqeta, Square and Visa as they dive deep into the payments ecosystem to help you start developing the next commerce solution. Speakers Ahmed Siddiqui, VP of Product Management at Marqeta, and Carl Perry, Developer Platform Lead at Square, will be joining us for our first highly-requested Payments 101 webinar.
After watching this webinar, developer will be able to:
The ecosystem of payments, from issuers to acquirers
Spaces for innovation in the payments landscape
How knowing digital payments can help you code better experiences
Enjoyed the webinar? Leave a comment below on what you would like to see next!
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Introduce youself! Welcome to the Visa Dev Community 🙂
Not sure where to start? You're in the right place. We've got a great team of Visa API experts in our Community ready to help with any questions or challenges you might have.
Let's start with a quick intro, hit the reply button below and introduce yourself. Tell us what brings you to the Visa Developer Center and how can we help? How can you help others?
Ricardo here, the Community Director for Visa Developer. I currently live in San Francisco but originally from Florida where I went to the University of Florida I've been at Visa for three years now and love working on different projects to engage and grow our community. I am always looking for new ways to engage with you all so if you have any ideas or want us to be at an event let me know! The Visa Developer team is a smart and fun group to work with so feel free to reach out if you have any questions, we want to help you in a way we can.
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Unfortunately, because the IAT/ICA number is not directly related to the Visa Developer Center, we are not able to comment directly on how you will get the IAT/ICA number. Please contact the person/issuing bank asking you to provide IAT/ICA number for the significance of IAT/ICA.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Hey Visa Dev Community!
Visa is helping organize the next PaymentsEd Forum and we want to host sessions you would be excited about. As a payments dev, what topics would interest you? What kind of sessions would help you understand payments better?
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Please ensure your systems are updated to Visa Developer's latest security protocol ciphers to minimize disruption to your project.
Visa regularly reviews supported encryption standards to provide one of the best encryption protections for our APIs. As part of that commitment, we are deprecating older security protocols (ciphers) that do not meet current industry standards for connecting to our REST APIs.
All affected clients have been sent an email. If you received an email notice from Visa Developer, it is because our logs show your project is connecting to our REST APIs using one of the protocols or cipher suites that will be deprecated in VDP Sandbox by January 31, 2019 and in VDP Production in early 2019. Therefore, action is required on your part to help avoid interruption with your Visa Developer service.
What is a cipher suite
A cipher suite is a collection of encryption algorithms used to establish secure connections. VDP will only support the following protocols and cipher suites for encrypted communication
Emails titled "Please update to Visa Developer's latest security protocols" were sent to account users who are either Owners, Administrators or Developers for each affected account. If you did not receive this email notice, then your account is not affected, and no action is required.
If you did receive the email, action is required on your part to help avoid interruption with your Visa Developer service. Support for weak cipher suites will be removed on early 2019 and your project will become incompatible.
Using the steps below, we strongly recommend you immediately test your system to determine if it is compatible with the new security requirements. If the test fails, you will need to plan for upgrading your system and verifying compatibility.
TEST: First, check your current system’s compatibility by making API calls to VDP Sandbox environment after February 1, 2019.
UPGRADE: If you are unable to successfully connect to the Sandbox environment, you may need to upgrade your operating system’s security components. You may need to make configuration changes in your application to update the underlying software dependencies.
Action: Follow our tips for identifying connection errors and upgrading your environment for compatibility:
Configuring Cipher Suites
The following table shows the support in Java 7 and 8 for the cipher suites allowed by Visa.
* Unlimited strength crypto policy should be used and the cipher suite should be explicitly enabled.
** The cipher suite should be explicitly enabled
If you are using Java 8, you should be able to connect to Visa without any issues.
If you are using Java 7 and are unable to connect to Sandbox environment, follow the instructions below.
If you are using Java’s HttpsURLConnection for making API calls,
If you already have -Dhttps.cipherSuites JVM argument, add TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 and TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 cipher suites to the list, if they are not already present.
Else, add the following JVM argument which enables TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 and TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 cipher suites in addition to the ones enabled by default in java 7.
If you are using Apache HttpClient for making API calls, provide the cipher suites list while constructing SSLConnectionSocketFactory.
SSLContext sslcontext = ...
SSLConnectionSocketFactory sslSocketFactory = new
CloseableHttpClient httpClient =
If you have enabled unlimited strength crypto policy, in the above steps, you can optionally add TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384 and TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 to the enabled cipher suites list.
Troubleshooting TLS issues
For troubleshooting TLS issues, you can start your application with -Djavax.net.debug=allargument and make an API call to visa. You will see the following in your logs:
*** ClientHello, TLSv1.2
Cipher Suites: [TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384, TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384, TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256,…] This is the list of cipher suites enabled in your application. This list should include at least one of the cipher suites allowed by visa.
*** ServerHello, TLSv1.2
Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 This is the cipher suite chosen for the HTTPS connection and will be one of the visa allowed cipher suites.
3. VERIFY: Once you have made the necessary changes, verify your upgraded system can connect successfully to the same test endpoint.
Our normal REST API endpoint already supports the stronger cipher suites, so you can promptly cut over your production traffic once the changes have been verified.
If you have any questions or need support, please comment below and we'll help! You also post your question on this forum thread. We can also help if you reach us via email email@example.com or your designated Visa contact.
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One quick torublshooting step might be to load up this tutorial through the code in the debugger:
The FlexKeyProvider.java file shows how to call the keys API with RsaOaep256: https://github.com/CyberSource/cybersource-flex-samples/blob/173ad128642408bd123432f8751c8ccfaebffcfb/java8/jsp-microform/src/main/java/com/cybersource/example/FlexKeyProvider.java
Let me know how it goes.
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Thanks for your question. Have you explored the Visa Job site?
There are a lot of opportunities there for you to explore: https://usa.visa.com/careers.html
We do not know the requirements for recruitment so cannot advise on what you should do there, but if you visit this page there are links to resources that should help you.
Best of luck on your job search!
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Visa Developer was leveraged at HackYeah, the largest European Hackathon and 2 nd largest in the world.
The Visa Developer team wrapped up an awesome weekend during the last weekend of November, supporting developers at HackYeah , the largest European Hackathon held in Warsaw Poland. Over 2,100 developers crowded the Global Expo in Warsaw to solve over 20 challenge statements and only had 24 hours to hack!
This was an event not to miss, not to mention the special guest was Mateusz Morawiecki – Polish Prime Minister.
Visa was one of two strategic partners of the event and presented developers with two challenges:
Payments in the world of Internet of Things - Imagine the future intelligent and connected world and design solution that will unlock new commerce opportunities.
Commerce Experiences of Tomorrow – Design the new quality and new value propositions around the commerce experience of the future. Embed the seamless, secure payments into your solutions powered by Visa APIs.
30 teams took on these challenges and with the support of Visa mentors two teams came out on top, each were awarded 3500 Euro each.
Team Beocoin - Winner of Payments in the World of Internet of Things Challenge
The team used IoT transmitters and Visa APIs to create merchant affinity and offer cardholders frictionless payment experiences in split payments. The Visa APIs they used with Visa Token Service, Payment Account Validation, Payment Account Attributes Inquiry and Visa Direct.
Team EZ Bill Sharing - Winner of Commerce Experiences of Tomorrow Visa Challenge
The team's project is a smarter way of sharing bills based on Visa Direct API, Geolocation and Bluetooth sensor in smartphones.
In true hackathon fashion, Visa set up a booth so developers can take a break from hacking. They were invited to relax in 9D Virtual Reality simulator or get some exercise and take part in some of the sport contests such as cycling or foosball.
The special entertainment zone was open around the clock and it allowed developers to regain forces for further programming challenges.
Thank you to all developers who joined us! Stay tuned for more from our winners as in an upcoming Q&A with the winning teams!
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Developers mashed up Visa Developer and GM APIs to build apps that turn commuting from chaotic to carefree at Los Angeles Hackathon.
Road warriors get ready. Solutions to drivers’ biggest complaints may not be far in the future if the winning hacks at Code AutoMobility LA are any indication.
Over 140 developers came together to take on the challenge of s implifying and improving the world through connected vehicles and commerce.
Perhaps the most surprising demo was a vehicle-to-vehicle communication app that would allow one driver to pay another for the privilege of merging on the highway. “I will allow you to cut in front of me for $5.” Definitely something I would use.
Some competitors were thinking three lanes outside the box (see what we did there? ) ) One team’s idea would allow for in-vehicle access when the driver isn’t around, enabling a designated stranger to open the trunk to retrieve an item while the driver is at work.
Another team devised a multitasking app that could conceivably improve local infrastructure. Drivers could snap photos of potholes they encounter, then send them to the city with the possibility of being rewarded for their diligence.
Visa and GM awarded $85,000 in prize money to developers who could solve problems for drivers, passengers, retailers and city planners by creating innovative connected-car solutions to ease congestion, reduce emissions and facilitate in-car payment solutions.
Though competing developers took vastly different approaches to the challenge, their solutions had a common thread: making shopping and commuting easier for drivers. The opportunities they addressed included:
Parking. Hacks enabled drivers to order ahead, pay for parking and know the precise location of their spots in advance of the trip. Some cars may soon communicate with parking meters so the meter knows exactly when the vehicle is in the spot. Not only does that mean no more stuffing coins in meters, it means consumers may pay only for the time they’ve actually used the spot.
Lines. Vanquished. Soon connected cars won’t just allow drivers to order via voice as they drive, they can determine which coffee shops have the shortest lines, helping commuters and merchants alike.
Preventative maintenance. When a repair needs to be scheduled, a vehicle can automatically make the appointment with a mechanic or dealership—and pay for it in advance.
And the winners are:
1st Place - TRIBALSCALE
Tribal Scale won the grand prize of $40,000 for their in-car AI-driven e-commerce platform which allows consumers to purchase items directly from the vehicle for curbside pickup, eliminating parking needs. Commuting and looking for parking in LA is inefficient and costly, so the team created GM OrderNow, an in-car AI-driven e-commerce platform which allows consumers to purchase items directly from the vehicle for curbside pickup, eliminating parking needs.
The platform is comprised of apps that offer: 1) dynamic voice enabled purchases from in-vehicle, 2) an intelligent parking system, 3) inventory collection management, and 4) a turn-key voice assistant for store owners. Together, this team estimated the system will reduce daily commute times by 40%.
APIs used – Intermixed Visa Checkout and Visa Direct push payments as well as utilized Merchant Search along with GM’s Drive mode Manager
2ND PLACE - PIT STOP
Pit Stop won second place and received $30,000 for their machine learning predictive maintenance solution for ride share drivers
3RD PLACE: VHub
3rd Place: VHub won third place and received $15,000 for their monthly membership plan that improves consumer's EV charger experience by charging one rate and eliminating the need for multiple apps.
Stay tuned for more from the winning teams and their idea, join the Visa Developer Commmunity today by creating an account here.
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Visa Director Solution Architecture
Erico Rodrigues is IT Technical graduate at High School, Bachelor of Computer Information Systems, with post-graduation in IT and PMO. He has been at Visa for 5 years. He’s responsible leading Solution Design implementation using mostly VISA’s API and third party payments technology. He has + 13 years of experience in Telecom/IT/Payment industries. He’s passionate about learning new technologies.
Watch this webinar to learn the fundamentals behind integrating Visa APIs into the chatbot experience—including how to build our Foreign Exchange Rate API into a messenger application. Join Erico in this live coding session to learn how to configure Visa Developer certificats and so much more!
After watching this webinar, developer will be able to:
Learn how to configure VDP certificates in VDP environment
Setup Facebook Messenger account
Setup and configure Chabot service in your local machine
*Mostly tools and requirements are open source. Visa does not have any responsibility about it.
Enjoyed the webinar? Leave a comment below on what you would like to see next!
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First time to the Visa Developer Center? Watch this tutorial to learn where to find the Visa APIs that fit your business need or use-case. Have a question? Leave a comment below or visit our forum for more help.
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This year at the Money 20/20 Hackathon, developers were tasked with innovatiing solutions to help solve the problem of global financial exclusion and bring more people into the financial system.
In Visa’s fourth consecutive year of sponsorship, Visa had another outstanding performance at the Money 20/20 Hackathon, which took place in Las Vegas. Visa won the entire hackathon for the second year in a row – with one of the Visa Challenge teams taking first place out of 80 total teams and 59 percent of team’s using the Visa Developer Center for their solution.
This year’s challenge tasked developers with innovating solutions to help solve the problem of global financial exclusion and to bring more people into the financial system. Visa’s Social Impact team partnered with Visa Developer to support developer teams on-site as they created financial inclusion solutions in one of these categories:
Access to financial education and business skills
The goal: leverage Visa APIs to help individuals or small businesses use more secure, convenient, and affordable payment products or financial services to meet their everyday needs and reach their long-term financial goals.
After 24 hours of coding, 4 Visa teams came out on top.
Bank of America Team wins 1st Place for Visa Challenge
InstaPay aims to digitize in-person cash checking transactions with check scanning and instant issuance of Visa card to digital wallets. The team used VDP for Visa Offers, Visa Direct and Identity Document APIs.
PNC Bank Team wins 2nd place for Visa Challenge
Visa Cares placed in the top 10 of participants and won $5,000 from Money 20/20. The solution enables unbanked or underbanked individuals to get community loans and build credit history. The team leveraged VDP for Visa Direct and Visa Identity Documents APIs.
Chase Bank takes 3rd Place for Visa Challenge
Money Clips won $15,000 from Money20/20 by placing in the Top 5 overall. The solution proactively helps households and families manage their finances and savings by allowing users to create short or long-term life financial goals. The app enables users to set spending limits for specific categories and uses VDP’s Visa Transaction Controls API to restrict spending.
ViSync, Money 20/20’s grand prize winner and Visa challenge finalist
ViSync was chosen to pitch their idea on the Money20/20 stage in front of hundreds of investors and media. Their session took place minutes before Richard Branson took the stage where they pitched their solution using VDP’s Visa Direct and Visa Transaction Controls to allow remittance senders insight and control on how money is spent.
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Symon Perriman plans to integrate Visa Checkout in FanWide, a digital platform for sports fan clubs.
Growing up, Symon Perriman moved around a lot and like many sports fans, he was often living away from his favorite teams’ hometown. As Symon moved for college and work brought him to new cities, he used sports as way to connect to the city and develop new friendships. It was through hosting and attending his local alumni game watch parties where he began to meet friends with similar interests.
For nearly a decade, he put these watch parties on but kept experiencing the same frustrations around unprepared venues or lack of communication channels to socialize the games to true fans. And that is how FanWide was born.
We are excited to introduce you to Symon who will be working with the Visa Developer Platform to enhance the FanWide platform and bring more services to its users. We caught up with Symon as he gets ready to integrate Visa Checkout.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Symon Perriman , a 33 year-old tech entrepreneur living in Seattle. I was born in England and my family immigrated to the United States when I was nine. I grew up in New Jersey, then went to college at Duke, where I earned degrees in Computer Science, Economics, and Digital Media. I was recruited out of college by Microsoft, which brought me to Seattle where I have been living since, and where I met my wife. I spent eight years at Microsoft, splitting my time as an engineer building their cloud platform, and as a technical evangelist, promoting their cloud and datacenter solutions.
Working for an established company was a great way to launch my career, but I have always been an entrepreneur at heart, and so I ran my own consulting company on the side and built around a hundred mobile apps and websites for clients. In 2015 I joined a Microsoft partner, 5nine Software, as their VP of Business Development and Marketing, then launched FanWide in 2016 and have been running it fulltime since. Throughout my life I’ve lived in over a dozen cities and traveled to over fifty countries, so I’ve always used sports to connect with people and find a community wherever I visited, which is what inspired me to create FanWide.
What is FanWide?
FanWide is a free digital platform for fan clubs which helps displaced sports fans find a local game watch party at a sports bar for any team in any city, using the world's largest fan club database. Millions of out-of-market fans can use FanWide to find the closest community event for their favorite team and check in for rewards, wherever they are living or traveling. Sports bars use FanWide to find new customers and promote their events – over half a million in the past year!
Fan clubs and alumni associations use FanWide's digital platform to expand their network, organize events, communicate with local fans, collect and report attendance data, enter contests, collect donations, and activate food or drink discounts from the event host or team sponsors.
Sports teams and leagues, as well as athletes and influencers, can use FanWide's Sports Data Platform to grow their audience, analyze fan engagement, and develop new fan clubs, and all of FanWide’s services can be integrated within the team’s website or app.
FanWide also offers sponsors a new targeted marketing channel through its digital platform, and on-site activations during thousands of in-person events which function like a "virtual stadium", allowing sponsors to engage any team’s most loyal fans in any city. FanWide's network allows teams and brands to offer merchandise, game tickets, and other digital or physical goods to these fan clubs.
Long-term FanWide wants to provide the world's leading platform to automatically connect hosts and fans of any interest group, including esports, gaming, TV shows, politics, trivia and more.
What inspired the idea for FanWide?
I have always found that sports are a great way to connect people, as they transcend language, gender, nationality, and ethnicity. My father was in the military, so my family was constantly moving around, and I found that sports were a great way to make new friends. When we immigrated to the United States, my family continued to use sports as a way to meet others and assimilate into the local community. I moved across the country for college, then again for my first job, and always used sports to develop new friendships. As a work transplant, it was tough to find friends with the same interests until I began attending and promoting basketball game watch parties for our local alumni club. However, organizing them was usually inefficient, and although we would bring dozens or hundreds of fans to every event, the bars were often understaffed and unprepared, even though we were generating thousands of dollars in new sales for them. Over the next decade, I was traveling half of the time and hated trying to find my game on the TV in the hotel, wishing I could safely explore the city and socialize. I realized that sports fans in every city needed an easy way to get together to watch their team play, and that venues would pay a service to help them fill their seats.
What is the proudest moment so far for FanWide?
There is not a single moment that stands out, but rather a collective experience, which is when we help people form meaningful relationships. During the events which FanWide has promoted, sports fans have reconnected with old classmates, formed business partnerships, made new friends, and even developed romantic relationships! This was even more common during the World Cup when we were helping immigrants rediscover their roots, and we even received some international press from this. It is rewarding to see how FanWide can genuinely make an impact in people’s lives.
What about challenges for FanWide? How were you able to work around them?
Our biggest challenge has been establishing ourselves within the sports industry, as our leadership team are primarily engineers. It seems that a majority of influencers and leaders in the sports industry are former college and pro athletes, so it was much harder to find the right connections and build trust, compared to traditional businesses. Additionally, working with the sports teams themselves was challenging, as they are (mostly) billion-dollar brands with non-conventional economics due to their high demand. Some organizations even expected FanWide to pay them to use our technology and services!
We worked around these challenges by developing our relationships with sports influencers over time, which came through meeting them at conferences and from personal introductions through our extended network. We developed an advisory board with sports industry veterans in broadcasting, sponsorships, advertising, and hospitality, and compensated them with equity in our company. We have recently added former Seattle Seahawks Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl Champion Cliff Avril as a brand ambassador, advisor, and investor . More importantly, we have established relationships with several professional teams by showing them how we can develop fan clubs throughout the country with free trials. Now that we are starting to establish ourselves in the sports industry and build credibility, we are beginning to see a snowball effect as we become a brand name for fan clubs throughout the country.
How do you envision Visa Developer expanding FanWide capabilities or services?
Part of FanWide’s core mission is to develop and support communities, and we have an extensive network of passionate sports fans that want to contribute to their alumni association, favorite teams’ charitable foundations, or athletes’ philanthropical initiatives. One of our product’s top feature requests was to enable charitable donations to these groups directly through FanWide’s platform. We have looked at various payment systems and were excited to discover that Visa Checkout (part of the Visa Developer Platform) offers a free payment gateway, which maximizes the money which gets donated to the charity. Soon sports fans will be able to support their favorite team and a great cause through FanWide!
Any tips for developers who are curious about integrating payments in to their app?
It is important to make sure that the payment system meets the needs of not just the developers, but also the business and design teams. First, we did a business assessment, and Visa Checkout was the best payment gateway because of its free transactions, so we could maximize the money which went to charity. Additionally, it provided a secure platform from a trusted organization, while supporting multiple payment types.
Next, we reviewed the code, and our development team liked this solution because it was clean, flexible, and easily fit into our website and mobile apps. Seamless integration is critical whenever you are adding a new technology into an existing product to avoid regressions and provide a consistent end user experience.
Finally, our design team evaluated the UI and UX guidelines to ensure that it fit into FanWide’s existing product and user workflows. This also passed the test as the Visa Checkout interface was well structured and documented so that the donation process would be streamlined, and FanWide could continue to provide our users with a great experience.
Stay tuned for more blogs from Visa Devleoper Influential Programmer, @SymonPerriman. He'll be documenting his journey using Visa Developer and integrating Visa Checkout into FanWide's platform. You'll get some expert dev tips to help you get started with Visa APIs.
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