While some of you may have spent last weekend enjoying some slopes, hackers around the world were hard at work for Koding’s Global Virtual Hackathon. We got so excited about its ambitious new format that we decided to offer a special 3scale prize for the best use of one of our customers’ APIs.

First Hackathon of Its Kind

This was the first ever global virtual hackathon! The organizer, Koding, is an online IDE for developers. As they help people work together online and remotely, they were a natural fit for organizing a remote hackathon at this unprecedented scale. Over the course of couple of weeks, they received thousands of applications for this special event, and in the end 2000 teams around the world were invited to compete for more than $35,000 of prizes.

At 3scale, we love to support the hackathon community and its innovations, and this new hackathon format seemed like a great fit for participants to explore our customers’ APIs. With more than 450 APIs powered by 3scale, our customers span many datasets and industries. We power APIs for almost everything, from music data to transportation, and we were excited to see what participants would come up with.

We followed the progress of teams and their projects from our offices in Barcelona and San Francisco. The Twitter feed was really active with some fun #tweets.

At the end of the weekend, we selected the winner of the 3scale prize.

And the 3scale prize goes to…

Share.it by team Codeepy! They built “the first crowd-fooding platform” which helps users share food or leftovers with people in need. It also points you to the nearest food bank where you can give food, donate, or volunteer. We loved the idea and the execution of this team. It’s very encouraging to see hackers getting together to help solve these issues.

Their project used two of our customer APIs: Nutritionix and JustGiving.

Nutritionix gives you nutrition details on more than 20,000 products. Have you ever wondered how many calories are in the tomato salsa from Chipotle? There is an API for that ;) Take a look here. In the project, the API was used to retrieve information about the food you give away.

JustGiving is a fundraising platform. With their API, you get to integrate tools to raise funds directly from your site. In the Share.it project, the team used JustGiving to raise money for food banks.

We were really happy to take part in Koding’s Global Virtual Hackathon, and we are already looking for next one. Congratulations to Codeepy and all the participants!

Koding's Global Virtual Hackathon

Koding mean it when they said it would be a global event!