Our API directory now includes 93 events APIs. The newest is the Eventility API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Eventful API. We list 46 Eventful mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of events APIs.
Evernote, one of the most popular note-taking application is back with its 2nd annual developer contest. With more than 25 million users, Evernote is inviting developers to create applications that will use the Evernote API in interesting ways, wow the judges and win big prize money along with great visibility across its large user base.
Our Mashery Developer Outreach team co-organized and participated in over 50 hackathon events in 2011. Not yet 3 months in to 2012, we’re already up to 25 and counting. All this exposure to hack events over the last 2 years has given us a lot of insight into what makes for a great hackathon. This insight also helps us – and our Enterprise/Fortune 500 customers — avoid the non-awesome ones.
Your web application is all shiny and new – it uses the perfect combination of the new cutting edge API everyone’s talking about, and a few old standbys. The only problem? You keep refreshing the page to see if something happened. You know, if someone signed up, or posted, or commented – or whatever it is your application does.
Those real-time APIs are for much more than just the sample chat applications.
This past week 10 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 17 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Biblia.com, LinkUp Job Search Engine and Localmind. The most often used APIs this week are Biblia.com, Facebook and foursquare. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 13 mashups), Job Search (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Events (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
I generally cover shopping related APIs, but recently hackathon events have piqued my interest. This past weekend I attended a two-day hackathon called “Reinventing Local”. This event was hosted at General Assembly, a local co-working space for startups in NYC, and well-known in the entrepreneur community. The theme was geared toward local businesses and was presented by American Express OPEN Forum, which I feel necessary to mention now has an API of their own allowing instant access to small business content. The event was sponsored by Mashery (also a ProgrammableWeb sponsor), ConstantContact and Meetup.
Do you fancy yourself checking in for dinner with Foursquare founder, Naveen Selvadurai wearing a Foursquare Champion Belt? The location-sharing platform has thrown in that opportunity as part of its unique Round-The-World, Round-The-Clock Hackathon. The event plans to bring together developers to collaborate locally and globally to build cool applications using the Foursquare API and win some cool prizes too.
Data marketplace Infochimps is enabling devs to build more interesting Twitter-powered applications. Recently, the three new apps below were built in a weekend. But the speed to produce Twitter apps isn’t the only thing that’s fast. So is the Infochimps Twitter API, according to one developer.
Alibris, an online marketplace for Independent sellers of popular, collectible and bargain books, music and movies has announced a couple of events to boost its developer community. The first is a Hack Night on April 29th and then a month-long developer contest that runs through May.
Last month saw the first-ever “Small Business Saturday” (at least according to American Express, the initiative’s sponsor). Small business get plenty of attention in terms of their finances, but what about their web application needs? The Small Business Web is “a directory of web apps to help small business bloom and grow.” The site was founded about two years ago by FreshBooks (invoicing), MailChimp (email marketing), BatchBlue (customer relationship management), Outright (accounting), and Shoeboxed (receipt management). It now lists dozens of applications across several more categories.