The Illumina Basepace API is a key stepping stone to simplifying genomics software development by third parties with a platform as a service. The API allows you to build for any platform, web, desktop, or "Native apps." Illumina offers whole-genome sequencing, individual genome sequencing, and with Basespace offers processing, storage and apps sold by third party vendors.
The Mendeley Binary Battle is over and the winners have been announced. To recap, the Binary Battle is an innovation challenge similar to the X-Prize, for using the Mendeley API. The platform gives anyone access to a layer of social and demographic information about research, enabling scientific research to be used alongside any application like FourSquare uses location on Twitter.