Energy-conscious hackers, take note. Apps for Energy, the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, is happening now—and $100,00 in prize money is up for grabs.
A new API tool that transforms open datasets so they can be accessed by a REST API is capturing the attention of local governments interested in implementing smart cities policies. The DataTank is a data publishing platform that can also be used as a plug-in with the CKAN open data platform. It is created and managed by the Belgium chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which operates as a social enterprise startup. ProgrammableWeb spoke with The DataTank’s Technical Lead Jan Vansteenlandt about the new open data/API tool and how it can be used to drive the smart cities agenda.
Nutritionix, a leading provider of food data and nutrition information on restaurants, packaged foods and common foods, plans to launch a public version of its Nutrition Label Transcription API in 2014. Nutritionix currently provides a Nutritionix API which allows programmatic access to a database of more than 300,000 foods, nutrition data and UPC/barcodes. The Nutritionix API was one of the APIs used to create Mappetite, an app that won the “best usage of a 3scale powered API” prize at the Future of Food Hackathon + Forum in November.
2013 has been a banner year for Walgreens. The company launched the Walgreens Pharmacy Prescription Refill API, announced the QuickPrints Photo App Developer Contest encouraging developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints API into their mobile applications, and announced the integration of QuickPrints with the Adobe Revel website. Nearing the end of 2013, Walgreens has unveiled the brand new QuickPrints SDKs for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, announced the QuickPrints Developer Contest winners, and has just released version 2.0 of the QuickPrints API.
An upcoming PDF Liberation Hackathon is aimed at raising developers’ skills in unlocking data from PDF sources. The hackathon will be held onsite in Washington D.C. and in San Francisco on Jan. 17 – 19, 2014, while international developers can also compete remotely. ProgrammableWeb spoke with organizer Marc Joffe about how API-focused developers can participate.
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.
PayPal has concluded its first ever global hackathon. The Battle Hack series visited ten cities across the world in 2013. Each stop on the tour included a city winner, concluding with a two-day World Championship at PayPal’s headquarters. The ten regional winners met at the World Championship with a simple challenge from PayPal: build an application that benefits the community and utilizes the PayPal API.
There is still time for developers to enter the BBVA Innova Big Data Challenge and be in the running for some of the €90,000 ($USD 120,000) prize money. Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez, Head of Open Innovation at the Spanish bank BBVA, spoke with ProgrammableWeb about what the competition entails and how international entries can be submitted before the 3 December deadline.
Computer-to-mobile messaging solution provider Bulletin has announced its first developer contest. Starting this month, Bulletin will be hosting month-long challenges. The first challenge is simple and straightforward, but Bulletin looks forward to creative entries.
A new hackathon competition with major money prizes totaling $40,000 and the chance to play with some cool new health devices is being held in San Francisco this weekend. ProgrammableWeb readers and local developers with an interest in health data are encouraged to participate in the Novartis Mobile Health Challenge, being held in the SPUR Building, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco from Friday, 25 October to Sunday, 27 October.