API Strategy & Practice Conference Announces Developer Track, Developer Zone and Speed Hack Challenge With $2,000 In Prizes For The Fastest Coding Team In Chicago

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Leading API Providers Including Twilio, Traitify, Context.io, Twitter, and Respoke To Give Insights Into How Their APIs Work, What Can Be Built And Set Rapid-Fire Coding Challenges For Developers To Tackle

API Strategy & Practice Conference

API Strategy & Practice Conference

The Speed Hack Challenge adds a bit of fun – but it’s also a great way to explore some of the leading APIs and see what makes them tick!

Today the API Strategy & Practice Conference unveiled a new Developer Track and Speed Hack Challenge as part of its program for the upcoming event in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency, September 24-26, 2014. The new track, co-organized with WIP, brings a strong developer dimension to the event, making it the “go to” place to meet leading API providers. The Developer Track includes in-depth talks on APIs by providers including Twilio, Traitify, Context.io, Twitter, Respoke. The event will also include an Expo Zone where developers can meet these providers and learn more about being productive with their APIs, and a Speed Hack Challenge with $2,000 in prizes. The challenge pits participating teams of developers against a set of tough, strictly time-limited coding challenges. The winning team will take $1,500 in prizes, with runner-ups splitting the remainder. Sign up and competition rules are available on the event website.

API Strategy & Practice also announced a special developer ticket at the low price of $99 that entitles attendees to entry to the Expo Zone, developer track sessions, some keynotes and the Speed Hack Challenge (space is limited so interested contestants should sign up soon). Other event tracks include topics as diverse as Media, Civic Government, Enterprise, The Internet of Things, API Security, API Marketing and API Architecture.

“The API Strategy & Practice Conference has seen the number of app developers attending grow over time, so this year we’ve decided to create something that makes it easy to take the pulse of where APIs are headed, as well providing a way to for developers to meet key API providers.” said Steven Willmott, CEO of 3SCALE. “The Speed Hack Challenge adds a bit of fun – but it’s also a great way to explore some of the leading APIs and see what makes them tick!”

“APIs are the only way to extend the creativity, functionality and utility of applications – and the best developers take advantage of the thousands of APIs available today”, said Caroline Lewko, CEO of WIP. “Data API providers like speakers/sponsors Sears and Walgreens can add incredible value and provide insights into new markets. I’m really looking forward to seeing what developers create at the APIStrat Speed Hack Challenge with tech API providers including participants Twilio, Twitter and Respoke, among others.”

The full conference program spans three days of thought leadership and in-depth discussion surrounding the API Economy. Speakers include individuals from leading companies including Stormpath, Exacttarget, PBS, Salesforce, WSO2, Mulesoft, Layer7, Pearson, R/GA, SmartBear, Sendgrid, Twilio, Stripe, Keen.io and many more.

Early bird ticket sales for the full event end August 9. Register here before August 8, 2014 and save $200. Registration options also include an opportunity to stay in the event hotel at a reduced rate. The newly announced program is available online. Developer Tickets are $99 and are available through August – spaces for the hack challenge are limited.

Information on sponsorships opportunities can be found on the event website. Companies interested in participating in the Speed Hack Challenge can reach out to APIStrat representatives directly at apiconference@3scale.net.

ABOUT The API Strategy & Practice Conference
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are changing the face of digital business by enabling new business and technical strategies across many industries. The API Strategy & Practice Conference offers a unique program of keynotes, panels and themed sessions to provide insights into the potential of APIs, best practices, and how to craft a successful API strategy. The inclusive, community-supported conference series focuses on what works for API creators and consumers alike by bringing industry leaders together in one forum. Now in its second year, the fourth conference will be held in September 2014 in Chicago. The conference is co-organized by 3SCALE and API Evangelist and is made possible by the generous support of the event sponsors. http://www.apistrategyconference.com

ABOUT API Evangelist
API Evangelist is run by Kin Lane, a technology professional with an obsession for Application Programming Interfaces or APIs. His blog at API Evangelist chronicles API evolution and seeks to provide insights and best practice from both a technical and business perspective. He also writes at APIVoice and APIStack.

3SCALE provides a comprehensive API infrastructure that helps both API providers to easily package, distribute, manage and monetize APIs, and users of APIs to interact with them in a simple way. 3SCALE’s API Provider SaaS infrastructure is flexible, secure and web scalable, and enables the distribution of a company's data, content or services to multiple devices or mobile/web applications, as well as the ability to easily productize APIs. Since 2009, more than 130,000 developers are consuming more than 400 APIs exposed using 3SCALE. Customers span the Fortune 500, government, academia, and startups including Johnson Controls, SITA, Transport For London (TFL), UC Berkeley, Skype, Wine.com among others. For more information visit http://www.3scale.net.

For more information on the conference:

Email: apiconference(at)3scale(dot)net
@apistrat on Twitter
Registration: http://www.apistrategyconference.com/2014Chicago/register.php
Program Details: http://www.apistrategyconference.com/2014Chicago/schedule.php
Speed Hack Challenge Details: http://www.apistrategyconference.com/2014Chicago/speed_hack_challenge.php

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