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Evernote Platform Awards Head to South Africa

Evernote has now partnered with the African Technology Foundation (ATF) to host a Developer Engagement Event next month (July 8th). At the event, Evernote and the ATF will brief South African developers of the specific details of the competition.

APIcon: 5 Lessons on How to Transform Businesses and Industries Into Platforms API University

Like big data — which businesses know they have to have, even if they aren't sure how to analyze it or what to do with it — the concept of reorienting a business toward becoming a "composable enterprise" is on every executive's to-do list. The central idea is that businesses need to break down their services, products and capabilities into discrete units so that external partners and customers can plug directly into the business experience they need.

APIcon 2014: ProgrammableWeb's First Hackathon

Following an all night hack, a spirited game of 2 am laser tag, a voting finale in speed-geek format (think speed dating for hackers), and with the support and advice of over 15 developer evangelists from some of the leading API providers, the winners of ProgrammableWeb’s first APIcon hackathon were announced yesterday at APIcon. Winners included two security camera apps, an automated travel expenditure app for the connected car, and a machine language chat support client. Teams were given one main criteria (to use as many of the sponsored APIs as possible) and encouraged to unleash their creativity.

Five Great API Ecosystem Lessons from Evernote

APIs are creating opportunities for businesses to enter new markets, extend their customer reach, and create innovative products based on their data assets and core functionalities. As they progress along this path, businesses often start redefining themselves as a platform: They see themselves as allowing customers to couple with a business' data assets and services via an API in whatever configuration makes sense to the customer's value chain.

DeveloperWeek Kicks Off with MBaaS-heavy Hackathon

DeveloperWeek has started in San Francisco, promising to offer a wide range of activities during the week, including two days of packed conference sessions, coding workshops, tech start-up open days, and evening hiring mixers. To kick start the week of events, DeveloperWeek hosted a hackathon at the Rackspace offices in San Francisco's SoMa district.

Evernote Accelerator Teams Show Off Their Apps

Last week marked the end of Evernote Accelerator Program capped by the demo day on Thursday. The Accelerator is a month-long, fully paid residency program where six startup teams from around the world were given the opportunity to study an on-premise startup curriculum at Evernote's offices. The demo day acted as a capstone to the event, allowing the teams to show off the progress made on each of their products; each using the Evernote API. ProgrammableWeb caught up with Evernote's Director of Developer Relations Rafe Needleman for some insight into the product teams and their experiences in the Accelerator.

Access Pastebin's Code Snippets and Hacker Rants via API

As a developer, good ways to store those often-reused snippets of code that correctly solve a common problem is always useful. Now, there are other solutions to this problem, such as the Snipt API, which I covered previously, but is the most often used, perhaps because it has beeb the favored place for notes from hacker group LulzSec. Pastebin has a nice, full-featured API, and is simple and free to use, at least at a basic level.

Apps That Remember: $100,000 Evernote Contest

Popular cloud-stored notes app Evernote recently announced its first contest. Developers can use the Evernote API to build apps that help users remember and track anything using photos and text. The contest is serious, with big prizes: $50,000 to the winner, and $50,000 more in prizes up for grabs.