Nextstop's API Challenge Generates Unique and Innovative Applications

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Participants challenged to create applications with Nextstop's new API.

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APIs are a great way to harness the energy of a passionate community. We've seen a number of interesting applications built that make nextstop accessible on more devices, and through different mediums (voice, print, widgets) - none of which we'd have the resources to build ourselves.

nextstop is a community effort to build a catalog of all the best things to do, places to go, and experiences to try anywhere in the world based entirely on contributions from local experts and passionate travelers.

  •     As part of the company's mission to make content collected by nextstop contributors as broadly accessible as possible, in November nextstop launched a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that make all the original nextstop content easily accessible in other applications.
  •     Today, nextstop announced the winners of their API Challenge - a search for the most interesting use of their newly released application programming interface.

Grand Prize Winner ($1,000 Cash Prize):

  •     The nextstop API Challenge Grand Prize has been awarded to Travel Around the World, a highly visual iPhone application that combines nextstop guides and recommendations with other nearby photos to create an immersive location-aware experience. Travel Around the World also integrates with Google Maps to provide directions from your current location to anything you find interesting, as well as one click searching for related content on the web, sharing via Twitter, and even translating any recommendation into the language of your choice.

Runners Up ($250 Cash Prize):

  •     Unrut, helps users discover new places (and get out of the rut of always going to the same old spots) by matching a list of places the user has already been with recommendations for new places to go from nextstop and other sources.
  •     What's Next?, another location aware iPhone application allows you to view places around you in a fast native application, and easily find that next "gem" in any location you live or may be visiting.

Honorable Mentions:

  •     A list of other noteworthy submissions that help make nextstop accessible via voice, in print, and as a desktop widget are available on our API Challenge round-up page.

"We're really happy with the success we've seen as a result of the nextstop API Challenge," said Carl Sjogreen, co-founder of nextstop. "We've had nearly 100K API requests just a few months after launching it and are planning to invest significantly in the API over the coming months."

"APIs are a great way to harness the energy of a passionate community. We've seen a number of interesting applications built that make nextstop accessible on more devices, and through different mediums (voice, print, widgets) - none of which we'd have the resources to build ourselves." said Adrian Graham, co-founder of nextstop. "As you can see from our winners, travel, mobile, and location-aware applications are where a lot of action is and the content in nextstop is perfect for these types of applications."

About nextstop: Based in San Francisco, California and founded in 2008 by a group of active travelers frustrated with the existing solutions for finding new things to do, nextstop's mission is to make it easy and fun to discover new and authentic experiences wherever you are in the world. Whether you're interested in great food, art, outdoor activities, or things to do with kids, nextstop helps connect you with people all over the world with similar tastes and the places and activities that they love most. With experience building and launching successful consumer products like Google Calendar and Picasa Web Albums, the founding team is excited to bring their understanding of communities and easy-to-use web products to this space. For more information, visit nextstop.com, read our blog (blog.nextstop.com), read our Press FAQ (nextstop.com/press) or follow nextstop on Twitter.

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