Global interest in hackathons is growing fast, with many events booking out shortly after being announced. Developers keen to test out new skills in real world environments, and entrepreneurs who want to connect with a readily assembled network of do-ers are driving global growth in hackathon events. And with more businesses looking to use hackathons as a way to evangelize their APIs, there’s no sign that this trend will slow down any time soon.
Over 11,000 people participated in the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1st and 2nd, 2013. At the event, developers collaborated with government agencies and entrepreneurs to create applications that help solve civic and social problems impacting local communities. Developers used a variety of public APIs and datasets to create their applications, including the US Census Bureau API, which was used to create an interactive application and several infographics. The US Census Bureau API is the first API created by the US Census Bureau and was released to the public back in July 2012.
Software developers are the new rock stars of the business industry. Grabbing their attention is hard, and actually maintaining it is even more difficult. Here is a quick look at the tools you’ll need to get developers using your API.
AngelHack, a premier educational technology events company, has just announced that the “biggest hackathon competition in the world” AngelHack, is now accepting applications for the AngelHack Accelerator Program, Summer 2013 cycle.
The need to reduce your carbon footprint is more important that ever before. One of the key areas targeted to help reduce that is to not just ask car drivers to create fuel-efficient cars but also instill a driving discipline that can help drivers save fuel. Ford Motor Company aims to do just that via its Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge, a contest that invites developers to create mobile applications to help customers optimize their “personal” fuel-economy performance.
Evernote, providers of the Evernote API, has just announced the launch of the Evernote Accelerator Program, a month-long mentorship program for developers that will begin in October 2013 and will take place at the Evernote headquarters in Redwood City, California.
“The biggest API playground in the world,” API Mashups, has announced its fifth API Mashup Contest. If you have created a mashup and need investors, PR, or mentors; submit your mashup to the contest team by May 31, 2013. The API Mashup team has revamped its webiste, expanded its user and advisory bases, and is excited to review the innovative mashups that are submitted over the next few months.
The International Space Apps Challenge is an annual technology development event that focuses on solving challenges related to life on earth and space exploration. The 2-day global event is hosted by NASA in collaboration with over 100 partner organizations including the European Space Agency, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. The International Space Apps Challenge is looking for developers to create innovative and inspiring apps.
Challengepost is hosting a contest for apps that can end partisan gridlock in the US. Whether there’s an app for that depends on… you. The contest opened March 20 and submissions must be in by June 19, 2013 at 5 PM EST. There are two top prizes of $1,000 each with a total pool of $5,000. Judging criteria include: quality of the idea, implementation of the idea and UX, and potential impact.
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.