Yahoo has had a rich tradition of organizing hack events globally, where developers come together for a day or two and hack on Yahoo APIs. Now imagine a battle of champions, where all previous winners of Yahoo’s worldwide Open Hack and University Hack Day events are pitted against each other in an event with the grand prize winner earning a year of incubation with Yahoo. Well, Yahoo just did that.
In one of the opening sessions at today's NordicAPIs, co-organizer of the event and CEO of Twobo Technologies, Travis Spencer, urged businesses to not only adopt an API strategy, but to reorient their businesses towards becoming an API platform. It is a bold assertion that previously has only been taken up by large players (US telco AT&T speak about reorienting as a platform for example), yet Spencer is saying that in order to succeed, all businesses will need to reorient - and the sooner the better.
Recent and upcoming API events reveal current themes in API design and management. The wider API developer community continues to strengthen, as does the recognition of the power of APIs in business and government. New events are also sparking developer communities based on geography or interest to crop up across the United States and around the globe.