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.
Are you aware of how many people are killed due to U.S. drone strikes? Josh Begley wants you to smell the coffee. About six months ago, the NYU grad student and internet artist set out to tweet every drone strike ordered by the U.S. He tweets the strikes on Dronestream, an account he created. Now this service is accompanied by the Dronestream API.
GreenButton, a New Zealand based company that helps software vendors transition applications to the cloud, has announced the release of the new and improved GreenButton SDK that includes a brand new REST Management API.
If healthy eating is about willpower, and all the more so in restaurants, the Foodcare API can fortify your effort. The Foodcare data is all about dining that’s tuned to specific dietary requirements. Before looking at the API, it’s easiest to understand the power of these tools in how they are organized in its app, called “Everyone Eats.” As shown in a handy tutorial, the end user enters their profile into the app.
Gnip, a social media data aggregation platform and social media API, has announced that the company has added six new social data sources to the Gnip Enterprise Data Collector product. The six public APIs that have been added to the platform include bitly, Instagram, Reddit, Stack Overflow, Panaramio and Plurk.
Back in May 2011 Canadian YPG launched their developer ecosystem, which Programmableweb covered at the time, ”to support and stimulate startup innovation in the local search and location based services market, including a certified developer program and four ways to monetize applications.” Fast forward 20 months and the ecosystem now has 2,300 API-related partners, according to Mashery’s Devon Biondi.
Twilio tasked Ducksboard with creating a preconfigured dashboard for usage analytics. Sociocast will use recent funding to grow its Prediction API. Plus: Codecademy adds more API to its learning platform, Amazon to hold AWS Summits in 12 cities, and 13 new APIs.
Real-time backend service Firebase adds the Security API. Sencha proves that HTML5 applications can be fast by showcasing Fastbook. Plus: Cheezburger launches API to bring “5 minutes of funny” to everyone, Amazon EBS allows snapshot copy between regions and 19 new APIs.
Singly has announced the open beta of its app connection platform. The platform consists of two main components (i.e. the App Fabric SDK and the Data Fabric infrastructure). The App Fabric simplifies social data sharing and shortens time to enable functionality such as friend finding and login across multiple apps. The Data Fabric allows developers to integrate features like synching, data querying, intelligent indexing, instant push, archiving, and more.
Netflix adds Hystrix to its open source AWS Management toolkit. German Newspaper ZEIT releases API. Plus: SaaS and APIs have disrupted the Enterprise Applications landscape, Gartner on Best Buy’s digital edge in retail and 23 new APIs.