There have been hundreds of Startup Weekends around the world in 2011 alone. By the end of the year, Seattle will have hosted several, including the Startup Weekend Seattle EDU which starts this weekend. The 54 hour event brings together software developers, graphic designers and business people to build education focused applications. What better way to give these new startups a leg up than to encourage them to build on top of one or more of the 40 education APIs in the directory?
Contests continue to be a great way for API providers to encourage use of their platforms. These contests also quickly increase the number of apps built on a platform, which makes a difference when developers are later assessing potential APIs with which to integrate. Contests can also be a great deal for developers in terms of exposure, as well as monetary compensation. Our list of contests shows that over $100,000 is up for grabs.
The world’s largest open research catalog is now calling upon developers to pitch themselves into a developer contest to build the coolest, most popular and useful application using the Mendeley API. With over 70 million papers in its database, Mendeley is making available top-notch research for what it hopes will encourage developers to build the “Facebook of science data.”
This past week 20 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 30 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon Flexible Payments Service, Enthusem, Heroku, ImageShack, Intel CPU, Meebo, Mendeley, Microsoft Translator, Science Museum , SendGrid, TeachStreet Classes and Courses, TweetPhoto and Twitgoo. The most often used APIs this week are Box.net, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Other (4 APIs, 5 mashups) and Utility (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: