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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.

Nexmo Demonstrates the Power of SMS

Most developers don’t take advantage of Short Message Service (SMS) as much as they could simply because negotiating the labyrinth of telecommunications service providers takes too much time. At the APIcon 2014 conference this week, Tom Lytle, developer evangelist for Nexmo, demonstrated how developers could use RESTful APIs to tap into a service that aggregates access to a range of two-way SMS services spanning the globe

Double Interview: Nexmo Bandwidth Talk Strategy in an API-Driven World

Bandwidth's SMPP-based SMS will be used to seamlessly connect with carriers in the U.S. According to the press release, Nexmo has become a new wholesale SMS customer using using short message peer-to-peer (SMPP) protocol. In separate email interviews I talked about this with Steve Leonard, EVP and GM at Bandwidth, and then with Nexmo's CEO and co-founder Tony Jamous. First, the interview with Bandwidth.

API Spotlight: Nexmo, Walk Score, and Listrak APIs

Of the many APIs we published this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of bloggers. In this post, we will launch those eleven into the spotlight, which include the TitanTV API. TitanTV is an online TV guide service that provides accurate over-the-air and satellite TV line-ups for a user’s specific area, utilizing geo-location technology.  The TitanTV API allows users to access information on these line-ups as well as retrieve recording schedule entries. To learn more about the TitanTV APi visit the TitanTV site as well as the TitanTV API blog post.

Nexmo Raises $3 Million for Global SMS: Making Sure You Get the Message

Nexmo's mission is to take SMS global, putting messages on the 5 billion smartphones across continents and languages, with 800 carriers in 200 countries. As Alex Williams noted in Techcrunch, Nexmo raised $3 million from Intel Capital, NHN Investment Corporation and Initial Capital. Nexmo is: "one of a new generation of companies that are disrupting the telco market. It streamlines the layers between the telcos and developers, removing the hubs by offering a carrier grade service based upon a worldwide network that gives companies like Airbnb an international messaging platform for communicating between buyers and sellers over SMS." The RESTful and SMPP APIs save large multinationals from having to build their own infrastructure.