Photo Hack Day 4 erupts April 6th, and runs nonstop through the weekend. The first Photo hack Day brought together photographers, web designers, photo editors, and computer scientists for the first image-centric hackathon. Since the original 200 hackers threw together almost fifty mashups in a single weekend (two years ago), Photo Hack Day has blossomed in number, creativity, and excitement as it readies itself for a fourth rendition. Lead sponsors Aviary and Facebook look forward to “[a]nother full weekend of photo centric awesomeness.”
The Microsoft Bing Fund has announced a series of hackathons intended to develop prototypes to enhance learning and independence for children and adults who live with Autism. The first Hackathon for Autism will commence on March 22nd and run through the 24th. Many individuals and families are affected by Autism on a daily basis; however, effectively diagnosing the condition and proper address seem to mitigate Autism’s effect on daily life.
The Gray Lady is getting her code on. In Andre Behrens’s New York Times blog, Open, billed as “All the code that’s fit to printf(),” he recounts events on coding and science held in 2012. Two of the notable events were the well-attended one on Big Data and Smarter Scaling and their Open Source Science Fair.
Betable, the first platform that allows developers to legally create gambling games (without the developer procuring a license), has announced its second hackathon: Betable Hackathon 2.0. Building on the success of their its first hackathon, Betable expects everything from traditional casino games to unheard of games of chance and strategy to debut at the hackathon. With more and more states legalizing online gambling, the timing of this San Francisco event has been timed perfectly.
Apigee, a leading API technology and services provider for enterprises and developers, has just announced that the company is launching the “2013 Apigee API Summits Tour,” a series of one-day, invitation-only summit sessions that will focus on APIs and the “app economy.”
Google has announced the release of a new version of the AdWords API (v201302) which includes many new features. Google has also announced that the next global AdWords API Workshop series will take place in March and April of this year.
Looking for something cool to do but have no idea where to start? A tool like LairOut could be helpful in this situation. It’s basically a web-based event directory that allows users to access information on a number of events happening in and around their location. LairOut also provides the LairOut API that allows developers to access this functionality.
Last month ProgrammableWeb reported that SmartFile released a new and improved version of the SmartFile Platform, which includes a brand new API. Yesterday, SmartFile launched the “2013 SmartFile Platform Bake-Off,” a 50 day programming and design competition offering $17,000 in cash prizes to Indiana College Students for developing the most innovative integration or application that uses the SmartFile API.
If you weren’t at the #VegasHack public data hackathon on Saturday, February 23, 2013, you sure missed an “open data” great time. Vegas Hack and Code For America collaborated to bring a civic innovation hackathon for people dedicated to finding new solutions to address real issues in the community.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is on a roll this year. With price cuts, introduction of new services and management tools, they have set the foundation for continuing to dominate the IaaS space. Their latest announcement was AWS OpsWorks, an integrated management tool for resource provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, monitoring, and access control. With the range of services that they provide, it becomes a little difficult for new developers to navigate through their offerings and also for experienced devs to take advantage of them.