US Department of Education Seeks Higher-Ed APIs

Eric Carter, April 16th, 2014

The US Department of Education has issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the use of APIs in higher education data, student aid programs and processes. The goal of the RFI is to gather ideas that will increase the openness of higher education data, processes, and aid to students and families. The RFI is directed towards all interested parties, and submissions will be accepted through June 2, 2014.

MusicGraph API-Driven Party Play App Wins Big at SXSW

Janet Wagner, March 21st, 2014

MusicGraphLast December, Senzari launched the MusicGraph music recommendation and data access engine as well as the new MusicGraph API. Earlier this month, Senzari opened the MusicGraph API to the public, unveiling the API at the first-ever annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship. Among the apps included in the list of overall grand prize finalists is Party Play which uses the MusicGraph API to create “a dynamic DJ for parties.”

FI-WARE Open API Platform Offers 140M to Entrepreneurs

Mark Boyd, March 17th, 2014

A project partnership funded by the European Commission has today announced it is making €100 million ($USD140 million) available to entrepreneurs and startups around the world who use the Future Internet’s Open API Platform FI-WARE to create a prototype ‘smart city’ application.

Hackomotive 2014 Winners Announced, Nabs Grand Prize

Janet Wagner, March 6th, 2014

Edmunds.comLate last month, ProgrammableWeb reported on the second annual Hackomotive competition presented by The annual three-day event brings together automakers, developers, and others in the automotive industry to develop new products that deliver a better car shopping experience. The winners of the 2014 Hackomotive contest have been announced, and, a Seattle company, took the top prize.

IBM Launches Watson Mobile Developer Contest

Michael Vizard, February 28th, 2014

Recognizing that the ultimate success of the IBM Watson cognitive computing platform is directly tied to the amount of developer support it attracts, IBM has launched a contest in which it will work with the winner to bring to market mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson.

Tizen App Challenge Winners Are Announced

Romin Irani, February 28th, 2014

The Tizen Association has announced the winners of its Tizen App Challenge, which invited developers to build mobile applications for its upcoming Tizen OS. The results were declared at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this Sunday, and Samsung handed out about $4 million in prize money to the winners.

Second Annual Hackomotive Competition Starts Today

Janet Wagner, February 25th, 2014

Edmunds.comThe second annual Hackomotive competition presented by is starting today, with participants from many different sectors of the automotive industry attending. Consumers, automakers, developers, technologists, and others in the automotive industry are expected to attend the three-day event being held at the headquarters of in Santa Monica, California. The goal of Hackomotive is to bring together innovators to develop “the best products and ideas that promote a better car-shopping experience for consumers.”

DeveloperWeek Kicks Off with MBaaS-heavy Hackathon

Mark Boyd, February 17th, 2014

DeveloperWeek has started in San Francisco, promising to offer a wide range of activities during the week, including two days of packed conference sessions, coding workshops, tech start-up open days, and evening hiring mixers. To kick start the week of events, DeveloperWeek hosted a hackathon at the Rackspace offices in San Francisco’s SoMa district.

XO Group Hosts Hack Upon A Cause: Provides ProgrammableWeb Feedback

Mark Boyd, February 10th, 2014

Media publishers XO Group hosted Hack Upon a Cause in New York last weekend. ProgrammableWeb spoke with the organizers about how to manage a hackathon aimed at solving real world problems, and checked in with the FullStack Academy winners who learned to code at a bootcamp just four weeks prior to the event.

Google Announces Cloud Developer Challenge Winners

Romin Irani, February 7th, 2014

Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013, a contest that invited Developers to build applications on the Google Cloud Platform has announced the contest winners after an intense period of evaluation. The contest opened for submission in September and semi-finalists were announced in early December. The semi-finalists were given a month to further develop their applications and a final round of evaluation declared 12 winners, across 6 geographical regions in the world, two winners per region. Applications were required to run on App Engine and utilize Google’s APIs like You Tube, Google + and others in innovative ways.

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