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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There is no secret there: we love cool t-shirts, and our laptops are covered with stickers. Since the last two years, we have a new yearly tradition at Mashape: creating a new t-shirt and sticker design related to Mashape, the API world, or our lovely mascot, Jason. This year, we want you to be part of the creative process!
We already have a bunch of ideas: “Got API?” and “API now, REST later” are some examples. They are great, but we would like you, Mashape users, to suggest to us what t-shirt you would be proud to wear at work,…
Creative Commons: https://flic.kr/p/6bun5f
At Mashape, we are always looking for the best conferences where we can share our knowledge and expertise with our fellow developers. Sharing is part of our DNA! We are also huge fans of hackathons, user group meetups, and camp-style events. We are here in the community, and we like to be part of the success of different events by finding creative ways to sponsor them.
Of course, we can’t participate in all tech-related events, but if your primary audience is developers, and you are looking for experienced speakers for non-product pitch talks, let us know! You…
The following is a guest post by Groove. Don’t forget to consume the Groove API on Mashape
Groove is the simple help desk software that lets you easily and efficiently deliver better online customer service. More than 2,000 teams trust Groove to manage support tickets, collaborate with ticket assignments and private notes, and get a detailed look at performance with customer service metrics.
As of today, Groove’s API
is available on Mashape. Groove’s API can be used to build Groove functionality right into any app.
Some of the things you can do include:
Automatically create Groove tickets from external
There are a lot of ways to learn something new, to upgrade our skills or to find a solution to our problem. Think about the search engine, StackOverflow, books, and documentations that spread all over the web. They are all valid ways to find the information we are looking for, but there is nothing as powerful than contact with a real person. At Mashape, we believe in the power of mentorship, and it’s why we are proud to support hack.pledge()
, a movement for programmers worldwide to assemble and mentor each other.
There are many platforms out there, but what…