Today in APIs: Disrupt SF Hackathon September 7 & 8, and 10 New APIs

Greg Bates, August 29th, 2013

The Disrupt SF Hackathon is September 7 & 8. Plus: Snapchat’s user ID can be hacked, OtherLevels Integrates with Mobile Push for Amazon SNS API, and 10 new APIs.

Disrupt SF Hackathon on September 7, 8

According to Greg Kumparak at Techcrunch, the Disrupt SF Hackathon has just released one of its last batches of tickets. They appear, as of this writing, to be snapped up.

But perhaps more will be released. As Kumparak notes, you can count on a zoo:

“If you’ve yet to attend to one of our hackathons (we tend to throw one on the weekend before each of our biggest conferences), it’s hard to adequately explain what you’re missing. We’ve seen projects of all shapes and sizes, from smart door locks to angry, knife-wielding robots. We’ve had impromptu, 50-person NERF battles break out at 2 a.m. We’ve had projects spin out of the hackathon and go on to be sold for millions.”

Representatives from Amazon Web Services, Chevrolet, Clover, Dropbox, and Evernote will all be there (with, you guessed it, their APIs) so you can build cool stuff. Top prize is $5,000.

For up-to-the-minute details on Twitter, follow @hackdisrupt.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a christian fellowship information service, a human resource information system provider, a helsinki snowplow locator, a drug-gene interaction information database, a my little pony fan fiction and social site and an indiana general assembly information service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Athey Creek DeveloperAthey Creek Developer API: The Athey Creek Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational fellowship located in Wilsonville, Oregon. The group is based in a warehouse and favors casual rather than dressy clothes. Athey Creek provides a Children’s Ministry and hosts a variety of social events. Developers can retrieve information, such as events and teachings, from the website via REST API.

BambooHRBambooHR API: BambooHR provides Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Software as a Service for organizations of all sizes. The BambooHR API provides a RESTful interface for developers to manipulate employee data and generate reports. All requests are sent over HTTPS. Responses may be XML or JSON formatted.

Code for Europe AuraCode for Europe Aura API: Code for Europe brings together a team of developers to solve local technical problems in ways that can be reused by other European cities. Developers work closely with end-users, civil servants, and IT experts while developing their solutions.

Aura is a RESTful API made by a Code for Europe developer named Juha Yrjölä. It allows users to query the locations of snowplows in the Helsinki area. A demo application and source code are available.

DGIdbDGIdb API: The Drug Gene Interaction Database (DGIdb) is a database of known and potential drug-gene interactions. The web interface allows users to search for drug-gene interactions by gene, search for genes by category, or browse categories of genes. The API allows users to search for interactions or to retrieve interaction types, drug types, interaction sources, source trust levels, gene categories, and related genes. Information on drug-gene interactions is collected from multiple resources, including DrugBank, TTD, and PharmGKB.

FIMFictionFIMFiction API: FIMFiction is a fan-fiction site dedicated to stories based on the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. FIMFiction exposes story information through a simple API. Information types include title, URL, short description, usage statistics, ratings, and chapter information. The API supports JSONP for callbacks, as well as cross-origin resource sharing.

MyIGA HypermediaMyIGA Hypermedia API: The Indiana General Assembly (IGA) is the law-enacting branch of the Indiana state government. It provides the MyIGA Hypermedia API, which is a service for retrieving information related to the IGA. This information covers bills, legislators, committees, votes, actions, and more. All API data can be accessed using REST calls issued in either JSON or XML format.

PoptipPoptip API: Poptip is a service for quickly collecting peoples’ opinions via Twitter. Journalists, brands, and curious individuals can use the service to tweet a question and collect their followers’ responses. Followers reply to queries directly through Twitter, and Poptip aggregates and displays the responses in real time. The Poptip API allows developers to integrate Poptip’s crowd participation functions into their applications.

RentMetricsRentMetrics API: RentMetrics provides real estate professionals with data and analyses that can help them understand the residential rental market in a given area. Users can view rental data on a map or download the information as an Excel file. RentMetrics provides accurate and detailed information for individual properties that can be used to get a more complete perspective on prices. The RentMetrics API enables users to create reports and applications that incorporate its rental data.

Visitors VoiceVisitors Voice API: Visitors Voice provides site search analytics, giving developers access to actionable user behavior data. Visitors Voice provides programmatic access to visitor analytics through a REST API. The API gives access to data describing search terms, keywords, user sessions, and much more.

VungleVungle API: Vungle is a video advertising service for mobile phones. Vungle provides solutions for publishers to integrate ad content into their applications and advertisers to get their ads in applications.

The Vungle API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Vungle with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

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