Sarah Jeong, Amazon Alexa, Unleashing Chaos, and Making Balloons At APIStrat Boston November 2-4

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Final program announcements are locked in and workshops organized for API Strategy and Practice, to be held at the Marriott Long Wharf.

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...we are pushing the envelope again with highlights on emerging technologies, APIs and data science, a look at how APIs are used by non-developers, and a special panel where we can explore how APIs are disrupting the media industry.

The final program announcements have now been locked in and all workshops organized for API Strategy and Practice, to be held at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston Nov. 2-4, 2016. A full program schedule can be found online at: http://boston2016.apistrat.com/schedule/. API Strategy and Practice (known as APIStrat) is the premier independent API event of the year, organized by 3scale by Red Hat and API Evangelist.

Final announcements of speakers include noted tech writer and platform business thinker Sarah Jeong, who will share her front row seat experience from this year’s Oracle v. Google court case. This year’s key API news story was a legal showdown that saw an open API industry come under threat. Jeong reported daily live from the court case, refraining from her usual work in order to keep the API and tech industry informed daily of key arguments and some of the more absurd moments of the court case, which included wheeling a filing cabinet into the courtroom. Jeong will share her insights in a keynote presentation at APIStrat.

With bots and voice activation being some of the key API trends of the year, we are excited to have Rob McCauley from Amazon talking about hacking the Amazon Alexa voice-activated device that is altering the way developers think about retail, home automation, personalized and contextual tech engagement, bots, and more.

In addition to his keynote, McCauley will also host a workshop on how to develop Alexa skills as part of a program of six workshops that will be held throughout the afternoon of Nov. 2. Attendees are encouraged to register now for the workshops, that will include a crash course on the Open API Initiative format, Azure API management techniques, and building API-driven apps with IBM StrongLoop.

“I’m so proud of the program we have been able to build this year,” said 2016 Program Chair Lorinda Brandon. “It includes some of our mainstay topics like API design practices and developer experience, but we are also pushing the envelope again with highlights on emerging technologies, APIs and data science, a look at how APIs are used by non-developers, and a special panel where we can explore how APIs are disrupting the media industry.”

Other keynotes include industry thought leader Mike Amundsen, who will urge attendees to “unleash the chaos”. Amundsen’s previous keynotes and talks on innovation, self-replicating machines and hypermedia have been fodder for deep discussions at coffee breaks, over lunch, and well into the night at previous APIStrat events.

Jonathan Barton and Neha Abrol also plan to share with us their model of building goMake APIs so that students can talk with high balloon telemetry as part of a scalable STEM learning platform.

Tickets are still available but selling fast. Participants are encouraged to register now and to indicate which workshops they would like to attend, at http://boston2016.apistrat.com/registration/.

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