Ubidots’s API makes capturing sensor data easy. Hacker League bought by Intel, to merge with recently acquired Mashery. Plus: Instagram blocks competitor Mobili from its API, and Senzari launches the first music knowledge engine.
Today Mashery, an Intel Company announced their acquisition of Hacker League, the world’s largest platform for hackathon organizers. Created in late 2011, over the last two years Hacker League has helped run over 450 hackathons worldwide. The move will allow Hacker League to reach an ever wider audience. Mashery at the same time gets the opportunity to invest in a hackathon management tool that meets the growing demand of their Enterprise customer base.
It’s easy to forget that private APIs are the norm. Putting together the right public/private API strategy requires identifying the risks and needs of your business, and making smart moves to take things in the right direction.
With winners announced and organizers now regrouping to analyze the next stages, the Novartis mHealth Challenge – held last weekend in San Francisco and giving away over $40,000 in prize money – has demonstrated that for developers looking to aggregate APIs together into a health-focused, consumer-facing end-product, there is still plenty of room to enter the growing market. ProgrammableWeb spoke to Cheryl Cheng, one of the organizers of the hackathon and winners from Sense.ly to see what other API developers can learn from the outcomes.
If two is a survey and three is a trend then API management has arrived. With the acquisition of Apiphany last week by Microsoft many of the independent providers of frameworks are being gobbled up as leading vendors vie for control of an emerging API economy.
In yet a further sign of how APIs are a business capability, Laura Merling, Vice President of Ecosystem Development & Platform Solutions at AT&T Business Solution described some of the key insights into business processes that are emerging as AT&T reorients itself as a platform in an afternoon ‘fireside chat’ at API Strategy and Practice. Laura Merling is well known as a key thought leader in the API space, having worked with Alcatel-Lucent and Mashery, and with a background in business analysis at major international brands.
Friday’s morning session at the API Strategy and Practice Conference featured keynote talks that hammered home a point that bears repeating. More than ever, APIs are about your business more than a technical proposition. Laura Heritage, Product Line Manager at IBM API Management and Oren Michels, CEO at Mashery both spoke on today’s reality that APIs are now more of a business enabler than a technical capability.
The API Strategy and Practice Conference kicks off its final day with a series of keynote speeches. These include talks by Laura Heritage, Oren Michels, Drew Dillon, Salil Deshpande, Uri Sarid, Craig Burton, John Musser and Kin Lane. The session will be streamed live from 9:00am-11:15am PST. View the video below along with the schedule of speakers.
A new hackathon competition with major money prizes totaling $40,000 and the chance to play with some cool new health devices is being held in San Francisco this weekend. ProgrammableWeb readers and local developers with an interest in health data are encouraged to participate in the Novartis Mobile Health Challenge, being held in the SPUR Building, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco from Friday, 25 October to Sunday, 27 October.