Today in APIs: Apigee Builds Open Platform for Internet of Things

Apigee starts Zetta, an open Platform for the Internet of Things. A dementia hackathon is scheduled for September 12-14: the start of something big? Plus: Netflix plans symbolic slowdown over net neutrality, and Gem aims to streamline Bitcoin app development.

Apigee Announces Zetta, an Open Platform for the Internet of Things

At its I Love APIs conference, Brian Mulloy, a VP of Apigee unveiled Zetta, an open platform to help clients and others with the Internet of Things.


As Stacey Higginbotham writes in Gigaom, the future of the IoT isn't clear, but this might be a step in the right direction:

Apigee’s idea is dependent on the cloud, where the APIs Apigee manages live. Zetta, as the platform is called, takes the idea that the internet of things is about using APIs to take advantage of all the data that connected devices can collect and then letting developers build services on top of them. It’s an app-centric model with intelligence in the cloud as opposed to a device-centric model with intelligence on the hardware and at the edge.

There is a lot to work out--including how to manage all of the connections between one device, like lights, and a multitude of devices. This story will take a long time to unfold, it seems.

Dementia Hackathon Could be New Model for Collaboration, September 12-14

Anyone who has been involved with caregiving for those with neurodegenerative diseases and memory loss has some understanding of the complexity participants in a hackathon might face, as well as some of the opportunities. It's tempting to resign oneself to the inevitable slide dementia patients suffer--what can be done? The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is betting that the answer could be: a lot. This could be an interesting confluence of several forces. Here's an overlooked constituency of users (at least a group that hasn't had many hackathons focused on their problems). Plus there's a deep abiding desire to help--lots of coders have connections to friends and relatives connected to dementia, as this problem grows with the aging population. And finally, there is a wealth of experts in the field who can help judge the value of the apps. As the Society stated in its press release, apps can't just be designed by programmers using their imaginations because often understanding comes from experience:

To inform the efforts of the designers and developers, Alzheimer Society of Ontario staff will be providing mentorship throughout the event as well as helping to assemble a panel of people with lived experience and medical professionals to help ensure tangible solutions reflect real-life challenges.

This idea of using judges who aren't coders but who are experts in their fields could extend to almost any type of hackathon. Getting more end users involved in the process could speed improvements. Tickets are available.

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