March 11, 2017
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Uberblic is another instance of what may become a trend in the world with thousands of APIs: the Meta-API. The Uberblic Doppleganger API is currently in beta, but it is quite ambitious in that it looks to position itself as a API cross-reference or mutli-plexer. Submit an ID from one API to the Doppleganger, get 4-5 IDs for matching content from other APIs.
Do you fancy yourself checking in for dinner with Foursquare founder, Naveen Selvadurai wearing a Foursquare Champion Belt? The location-sharing platform has thrown in that opportunity as part of its unique Round-The-World, Round-The-Clock Hackathon. The event plans to bring together developers to collaborate locally and globally to build cool applications using the Foursquare API and win some cool prizes too.