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PayPal Launches Developer Programme in Australia

  • 09 July, 2009 09:41

<p>SYDNEY, 9th July 2009 – PayPal, a leading global online payment service, today launched a new programme that will help developers grow their business and meet the growing market demand for online payments.</p>
<p>Australia is the first market outside of the US to roll-out the developer programme, which includes free technical tools and resources via a dedicated developer portal, PayPal developer certification and a series of training seminars called Developer Days.</p>
<p>“We’re committed to building a local community of developers,” said Spiro Rokos, Senior Manager, Technical Engineering at PayPal Australia. “Merchants rely on developers for advice on payments processing which is why we have created new tools and resources and launched a local certification programme to help developers tap into new revenue opportunities.</p>
<p>“This is also an opportunity for developers to build their business in new market segments. PayPal’s solutions meet a wide range of payment processing needs, from enabling charities to raise funds online to helping local schools collect fees.”</p>
<p>Developers can now access a range of technical tools, applications and online payments resources for free via the new Australian developer central portal, as well as qualify for PayPal developer certification. The certification, which has been customised for the Australian market, enables developers to gain PayPal product expertise. Accredited developers are listed on a certified developer directory to connect them with potential customers and provide access to potential sales leads.</p>
<p>PayPal is also hosting the first Australian Developer Days from 20th – 24th July, a series of technical seminars that gives developers the opportunity to learn more about PayPal’s solutions and how they can become certified.</p>
<p>Nerada Stern, CEO of inDemand, a Melbourne-based company specialising in e-commerce solutions, was the first Australian developer to become PayPal certified as part of the US developer programme.</p>
<p>“The educational materials, technical library and certification process are exceptional and the PayPal team has made a great effort to keep us up to date with improvements,” said Stern. “PayPal is so much more than just an online payments system for traditional merchants. It is incredibly flexible and has numerous applications.</p>
<p>“I’m looking forward to the Australian certification process as it means we can apply local product knowledge for the benefit of Australian clients.”</p>
<p>Developer Days: July 20th – 24th 2009</p>
<p>These free half-day seminars will cover a mix of technical and educational content as well as hands-on product demonstrations by international and local PayPal speakers, including Glenn Lim, global head of vertical markets and alliances. Each attendee will also receive a voucher to take the PayPal certification exams (normally valued at US$300) free of charge. Developer Days are open to all web developers/integrators, application developers and professionals interested in integrating e-commerce solutions. Developers can register for their local event at https://www.paypal-education.com.au/devdays.</p>
<p>· Sydney: Grace Hotel 20 July 2009 8:30am – 12:00pm</p>
<p>· Brisbane: The Emporium Hotel 22 July 2009 8:30am – 12:00pm</p>
<p>· Melbourne: The Westin 23 July 2009 8:30am – 12:00pm</p>
<p>· Perth: The Sheraton 24 July 2009 8:30am – 12:00pm</p>
<p>Developer Central Portal</p>
<p>The new Australian developer central portal - https://www.paypal.com.au/developer - features numerous resources to help the developer community respond to the demand for online payments, including:</p>
<p>o Comprehensive technical library with sample code</p>
<p>o 20 free APIs to enable merchants to send and receive money online, refund transactions, manage subscriptions and track transaction histories</p>
<p>o Training and education materials about online payments</p>
<p>o Free business and technical kits to help developers market their services</p>
<p>o A marketing library with pre-packaged sales presentations</p>
<p>o Best practice advice about responding to requests for proposals (RFPs)</p>
<p>o More forums for developers and customers to exchange ideas with the PayPal team and post queries</p>
<p>o Directory to connect merchants with PayPal Certified Developers.</p>
<p>The developer programme aims to help organisations outside of the retail sector, including non-profits, education and local government, take advantage of e-commerce. “The programme is a win-win opportunity. Developers can grow their revenue streams on the back of the PayPal payments platform while helping more customers benefit from online payments,” said Spiro Rokos.</p>
<p>– ENDS ­–</p>
<p>About PayPal</p>
<p>PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts, credit cards or promotional financing. With more than 73 million active accounts in 190 markets and 19 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global ecommerce. PayPal is an eBay company and is made up of three leading online payment services: the PayPal global payments platform, the Payflow Gateway, and Bill Me Later* (*not yet available in Australia). PayPal Australia Pty Ltd has a Financial Services Licence. More information about the company, including the Product Disclosure Statement, can be found at www.paypal.com/au.</p>
<p>Media Contacts:
Kasia Ciszak, De Wintern Group
Tel: 02 9360 2156
Email: kasia@dewintern.com</p>

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