WS-REST.org has announced that it will host the fifth edition of the International Workshop on Web APIs and RESTful Design at the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference this April in Seoul, South Korea. The first workshop was held in 2010. As APIs have continued to drive innovation in the connected world, the workshop has continued to refine its scope of study, broaden its expectations and increase interest. As the organizers begin to develop this years agenda, PW caught up with Carlos Pedrinaci, a research fellow at The Open University, UK, and one of the event organizers.
Following up on an earlier post outlining the top ten mistakes commonly made at hackathons, Brandon Wirtz now offers his take on ten things every organizer should do when running a hackathon.
The API Strategy & Practice Conference has announced the first European edition to take place March 26-28, 2014. The 2013 events in New York and San Francisco were packed to the gills, and considered wildly successful as companies across many industries tuned in to take part in the increasingly popular API conversation and learn more about the burgeoning API economy. Thus, a 2014 expansion was the next logical step. Accordingly, 3Scale and API Evangelist are excited to take the conference to Amsterdam next spring.
In preparation for next February’s DeveloperWeek, organizers have launched an awards program to identify best-in-category developer tools, including best API Infrastructure and Best API Service. Award nominations are still open for API providers and toolmakers who want to see their product included in the vote, and all ProgrammableWeb readers are encouraged to share their opinions in the crowdsourced voting system. ProgrammableWeb spoke with DeveloperWeek organizer Geoff Domoracki about the launch of the awards program.
In a rare API conference event appearance, Twitter graced the stage at last week’s APIDays Paris. The social giant shared some insight into current API usage among third-party developers and gave some read-between-the-lines signs of how it intends to work with API partners in future.
Running as a side event within APIdays Paris, local startups have been encouraged to create and share an API product based on their core business model. The idea was to show the dynamic startup environment in Paris and the potential new services and products that can be created using APIs. Presenters were judged on their API-related products by the audience and the top five competitors were awarded with a Microsoft Surface.
As part of a presentation at APIDays today, Jerome Louvel, CEO of APISpark announced the all-in-one API web management platform has now moved into an open beta stage. As a result, developers can sign up and gain access to the platform immediately, without awaiting a registration approval stage.
With morning sessions now completed at day one of APIdays Paris, themes are already beginning to emerge. As the API economy matures, it is reflecting the same growing pains that wider industry has had to adjust to over a long period of time. Two of the key words being heard so far today are “reuse” and “cross-region”.
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.
New York City has teamed up with Code for America and Stack Exchange for the Reinvent 311 Mobile Content Challenge. The hackathon lasts from November 26th through January 14th and focuses on mobile apps that utilize the NYC 311 API. 311’s content is widely available through its API; however, mobile apps have yet to capitalize on the data available. NYC looks to change that trend with its latest hackathon.