JotForm, a web-based WYSIWYG form builder platform, announced that the JotForm API Developer Competition will take place August 24 through September 24, 2013. The contest was created to celebrate the recent release of the new JotForm API.
A national hackathon event series focused on the use of sports APIs aims to strengthen the nascent growth of sports applications and technologies. On the heels of the release of recent sports data APIs like NFLData, On Deck Cup offers developers a chance to play with a wide range of sports data APIs, not always available openly.
Hackathon events continue to be a key strategy used to promote API products and services. For developers, they provide an opportunity to work on solutions to real world problems, create new networks of like-minded technologists, connect with potential clients, and provide a chance to hone core developer skills from programming to pitching.
Hackathon event planners are encouraged to read ChallengePosts’ top 5 keys to a successful app challenge. For competitors, we have already covered one key piece of advice: book your place in a hackathon early. This year has seen an explosion in growth of hackathon events, but surprisingly, this is yet to outstrip demand for new competition opportunities.
But once you have booked in to a competition, how can you best prepare to compete? Many hackathons operate over 24 hours or a weekend. How can you maximize the productive time you spend when the clock of a hackathon starts counting down?
ACTIVE Network, a leading provider of activity and participant management solutions, has announced that the company is inviting developers to participate in the first-ever “HACKTIVE” public hackathon. The 24-Hour hackathon will take place Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, September 22 in San Diego, California and awards will be given to developers for creating the best applications using ACTIVE Network APIs.
Music Hack Day is coming to Toronto thanks to organizers SoundCloud, Rdio, Unspace and The Echo Nest. On August 10th and 11th, 2013 Music Hack Day will be held for the first time in Toronto, Canada where developers will have the opportunity to create brand new music apps using APIs such as SoundCloud, Rdio, The Echo Nest, and SendGrid.
Samsung is gearing up for the launch of its own mobile operating system Tizen by throwing up the Tizen App Challenge 2013. Samsung has pinned a lot of hopes on Tizen OS with a few devices ready for public release within a couple of months. The success of the new mobile OS will be heavily dependent on the number of applications available in the Tizen App Store and this challenge is one of many incentives that Samsung is throwing at developers to boost the Application count at the time of official release.
At the June 2013 Microsoft Build Developer Conference in San Francisco, Walgreens announced that the company would soon be releasing the Walgreens QuickPrints API designed for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
The popularity of hackathons shows no sign of slowing. As software makers increasingly seek opportunities for camaraderie and creative expression, all types of organizations are planning to host events that keep their cause or product at the forefront of innovation. We estimate that there were around 350 hackathons in the U.S. in 2012, and that there will be roughly twice as many in 2013. Given this proliferation, hackathon organizers are wise to understand that their event is likely competing for the attention of local software developers.
100 competitors of the first HACKtivate ED hackathon – held June 14 – 16 in San Francisco, California – made use of education and location APIs and datasets in a race to solve 9 realworld education challenges. APIs used by competitors included the Edmodo API, and several location-based APIs.
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.