The 4th edition of the API Mashup Contest is now underway and developers from around the world are invited to submit innovative mashups that combine existing APIs and result in viable, business ideas.
The term "API" used to be only familiar among computer programmers, web developers and others in the technology industry. However, APIs have become an important marketing tool for businesses in nearly every industry. While "API" is becoming a mainstream term among businesses, "mashup" is a term that is still unfamiliar to most. The API Mashup Contest site defines the term "mashup" as follows:
"API mashup is a web page or application that uses and combines data, presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services. The term implies easy, fast integration, frequently using open APIs and data sources."
The API Mashup Contest offers participants a chance to win cool prizes including an Amazon Kindle Fire and a bundle of services worth up to $5000 USD. Additionally, the best projects will have the opportunity to receive further help such as mentoring and links to angel investors.
Tripomatic was one of the top three winners of the previous API Mashup Contest.
Image Credit: Tripomatic iTunes App Page
Travel mashups dominated the previous contest and the top three winners were:
- Tripomatic - "Your Personal Tourist Guide and Trip Planner." Makes travel planning easy and fun by providing information about your travel destinations. Features include maps that display sights and attractions, lists of must-see places, suggested trip plans and much more.
- AdCoca (Formerly Zalike) - "An innovative way to promote your business via social networks that allows you to capitalize on your clients."
- Skypicker - "A European low-cost air tickets search engine where you can find the absolutely lowest fares."
Jury members, mentors and country ambassadors of the contest include Adam DuVander (Executive Editor at ProgrammableWeb), Kin Lane (API Evangelist), Pavel Curda (API Mashup Contest Founder and Angel Investor), David Dostal (Founder of BlackLex), and Martin Bryant (Managing Editor at The Next Web). Visit the API Mashup Contest site to see the complete list of Jury members, mentors and country ambassadors as well as sponsors and media partners.
Be sure to submit your mashup project by November 30, 2012.