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Montana Flynn
Every March, college basketball fans find themselves deep in the throes of March Madness, even President Obama gets in on the fun. Here at Mashape, we were disappointed to find that developers were not invited to the party. The NCAA has no official APIs available. In fact, we couldn’t find any free public API out there! Something had to be done, so we made our own just in time for the Sweet Sixteen. Unfortunately, the NCAA and other sports leagues have yet to embrace open data and the innovations it can spur. Imagine a bracket predicting engine, real-time matchup-based…
Frédéric Harper
Creative Commons image: https://flic.kr/p/9xiduB There is nothing more exciting than seeing hackers use their creativity in a small amount of time to create an amazing piece of software using APIs from Mashape. This is why we often participate and sponsor hackathons. Most of the time we sponsor a category prize; where to win, you must use one of the 10,000+ APIs in our marketplace. We strive to find cool prizes you’ll enjoy, such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi starting kits, RC Quadcopters, Android tablets, and more. Since teams usually consist of four members, we always have a prize for each…
Ahmad Nassri
Users of the Mashape Marketplace enjoy access to automatically generated code snippets for every API listed in the market. Today, we’re sharing the love with everyone: Announcing APIembed.com a free service to auto-generate embeddable code snippets in many programming languages for your website, blog or API documentation. We’re starting with a number of languages/cli tools including: cURL, Go, Java, Python, HTTPie, Node.js, Objective-C, OCaml, PHP, Wget, with more to come as we expand the service.   The service is open-source, so you can contribute your favorite programming language as well. We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions! Head…
Frédéric Harper
Creative Commons: https://flic.kr/p/p74G91 We are Web people, and we believe in the power of creating connections online: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. You name it, we have a presence there so you can always reach us. We also think that as great as our relationship can be online, nothing will replace face-to-face interaction. Being present at user groups and conferences are a great way to meet new people, and strengthen virtual relations. Now, there is an easy way for you to request for us to speak at your conference, mentor your hackathon or sponsor your event.…
Orlando
Every other weekend, there is a hackathon to attend. Not all hackathons are the same though. Attendees, food, sponsors, ideas, and location all vary constantly and bring a unique vibe. Engineering your idea from 0 till the time you demo to everyone else on stage is a unique feeling. If you’ve never been to a hackathon, you should go. In my life, I have attended tons of hackathons around the globe. I used to go to one a week in my earlier days; sometimes, I split myself between two hackathons too! I have always been impressed by the passion…
Frédéric Harper
DataVR team at UofTHacks At Mashape, we love hackathons! A month ago, we were at Canada’s University of Toronto UofTHacks; which featured a full weekend of coding and more than 500 students from all across Canada. I was there to represent Mashape, give out amazing t-shirts, spread the API love with our stickers, award a prize, and most importantly, act as a mentor and help students with their development issues. Mashape had a prize for the best application using an API from our marketplace. With so many APIs to choose from, it was easy for students to select a…
Christina Ng
Do you see white and gold, or black and blue? I know, I know. The dress has infamously taken the Internet by storm and here at the Mashape office, we’re pretty split as well. Thankfully, we have the perfect way to objectively end the debate! The solution, of course, is to use an API

API to the rescue

First, we took the image of #thedress in blue and black (or white and gold to some of you) and put it through this Image Color Extraction API created by Nijiko. Specifically, we used the Retrieve Palette endpoint in order to retrieve…
Orlando
  Earlier this month, I attended the APIdays conference in Sydney, organized by Saul Caganoff of Sixtree and supported by the ever present Mehdi Medjaoui. Mashape is a recurring face at APIdays, where we’ve been a supporter of the event from the beginning. The conference consists of two tracks over two days. Experts, evangelists and enthusiasts were welcome to attend and learn about what’s happening in the API space.   APIDays Sydney near Redfern hosted in an old repurposed train station   I personally enjoyed talks that featured topics less often discussed in the API landscape, such as security…
Christina Ng
The International Trade Association (ITA) within the Department of Commerce recognizes the importance of open data and is working hard to make its trade data available. ITA’s mission is to help US companies export abroad, and the opening of its public trade data is another step in helping US businesses be competitive in an increasingly international market. Through its Trade Data APIs, ITA provides developers with access to authoritative information on US exports and international trade. Developers can use this information, often in conjunction with other data they possess, to put meaningful trade data on Web sites and mobile…
Words API
From building a “Hyperloop” to getting a $1 billion investment from Google, it seems like Elon Musk is in the news almost every day. By now, reporters must be running out of superlatives to describe him. Even “genius” can lose its luster if you use it too much. Anyone can pull up a thesaurus and start flipping, but perhaps you want to run a more thorough search, and maybe turn up something a bit more interesting. Not just synonyms, but also find words that are related in other ways. And maybe you would also like to limit the results…
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