One the one hand Big Data is supposed to be one of the best things to happen to IT since the invention of the database. After all, managing massive amounts of data should make IT more relevant than ever. But as Big Data continues to evolve it’s starting to look like managing all that data is beyond the scope of many IT organizations. As a result line of businesses are turning to raft of emerging Big Data services in the cloud that allow them to analyze massive amounts of data by invoking a relatively simple API.
Google has made several announcements about APIs recently, including the launch of the Content Experiments API, the launch of the new Cloud SQL API, and the availability of the CalDAV and CardDAV APIs to the public.
There have been hundreds of Startup Weekends around the world in 2011 alone. By the end of the year, Seattle will have hosted several, including the Startup Weekend Seattle EDU which starts this weekend. The 54 hour event brings together software developers, graphic designers and business people to build education focused applications. What better way to give these new startups a leg up than to encourage them to build on top of one or more of the 40 education APIs in the directory?