New AOL Mashup Competition

John Musser
Dec. 01 2006, 03:25AM EST

Yesterday AOL and TopCoder announced the Web AIM Mashup Competition, with more here in the press release. They are offering prizes up to $5,000 to a developer who creates the best mashups built on their new OpenAIM initiative. The contest window is short and entries are due by December 6th. See also our /contests page. AOL has been making a notable push in the open API space this year and is gaining some traction: 50,000 developers have registered for Open AIM. Their main developer home page is the recently revamped and much improved and their AIM-specific developer site is You can find 10 AOL APIs at ProgrammableWeb including some you may not have realized they have. And below is an example of a mashup built with AOL Video API, a Finnish mashup of video services, HakuHaku.


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