Call for Talks – APIStrat Boston 2016

April 7th, 2016 |

Help Build the APIStrat Program You Want to See

Preliminary Date(s): October 19th – 21th, 2016

The Call For Papers for APIStrat Boston is now open. Submit your talk proposals before midnight on May 20th, 2016 and we’ll try to take them into account. The earlier you submit the better. We can’t guarantee a slot on the program – but we’ll do our best to get the best mix possible! The conference, which is has the preliminary dates of October 19-21 (more details coming soon) addresses:

  • API Technology: Deep technology which advances the state of the art of APIs. Areas can include but are not limited to: design, security, frameworks, formats, architectures, protocols and theories which enable APIs.
  • API Best Practice: Sector or company specific API best practice. These talks can cover a specific API program and what was learned by running it. The bes…

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Playing with the APIStrat API

February 11th, 2016 |

As we discussed in an earlier blog post, the API conference we co-organize with API Evangelist, APIStrat has an API, which allowed us to build an Amazon Echo app. Kin has continued to develop the APIStrat API, adding more endpoints and data. You can read more about it on his blog. For this week’s Thursday hack project, I decided to do more with this API and see what kinds of information I can extract from it.

After attending the last 3 editions of the conference, I got the feeling that APIStrat is doing a good job of being inclusive. But is that real? Or just a subjective feeling? I was interested to see if the data provided by the API could show gender diversity in terms of speakers and see if it improved over the years.


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Building the first Alexa app for a conference

January 14th, 2016 |

Geeks will be geeks. We can’t resist buying the new gadget to play with, especially if it’s hackable. Recently our CEO, Steve, could not resist buying an Amazon Echo, which turned into the beginning of an API journey at APIStrat Austin. When the Amazon Echo was launched in November 2014, I don’t remember people getting overexcited about it. I don’t remember people screaming on social networks that they were dying to get one. Even if it was way cheaper than what it is now, I don’t think people understood at that time the real value of this device. Now, it looks like it was the must-have thing under your tree for Christmas this year. I want to share my story of playing with the Echo for a few days and see how this device will influence the API space in the coming years.

The first time I played with it was at re:Invent in Las Vegas. At the Amazon stand they had a giant Echo replica that you cou…

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APIStrat Austin – Day Two, Part Two

November 20th, 2015 |

The Buzzing Beehive of the API Economy

Summarizing my day at APIStrat Austin in one word, I would have to say “beehive.” Now, I’m not taking credit for this – for those who don’t know, the Latin word for bee, is “APIS.” Thank you to Paul Murphy, CEO at Clarify for sharing that fun little trivia fact. Outside of the clever play on words, a beehive does seem fitting to describe the API Economy and the wealth of knowledge shared by our guest speakers: complexity, ingenuity, and a consistent buzz! Oh, and was that buzz loud today in Austin! There were, again, too many sessions and too little of myself to see everyone speak, but I managed to sit in on one captivating session that primarily focused on the business implications of APIs.

Manfred Bortenschlager, API Market Development Director at 3scale, presented the API Model Canvas, a variation of the Business Model Canvas. The same principles are used, but the content is specifically tar…

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APIStrat Austin – Day Two, Part One

November 20th, 2015 |

All this before lunch…

Greetings from APIStrat Austin. Here’s a review of what happened here today – all before lunch. It was a ton of super content. So much good stuff in fact, attendees are having a hard time choosing which sessions to attend. Never fear… videos are forthcoming.

Irakli Nadareishvili started the talks off, captivating a packed room with his talk Microservices Architecture: The Blindspots. Declaring containerization “the gateway drug to microservices adoption”, Irakli went on to say that microservices will not be a choice. Distributed systems are by their nature complex and and their value is in that essential complexity. So moving that complexity from code maintenance to operations is the direction to take. Bonus, he shared his open source microservices deployment project here.

Next up, Teresa Tung of Accenture L…

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APIStrat Austin Day One

November 19th, 2015 |

Because everything that matters has an API

This week Austin plays charming host to API Strategy & Practice conference attendees, speakers and sponsors. Between sampling unbelievable BBQ and enjoying live music spilling out onto Pecan Street – we are having the most exciting conference to date. One of the most notable things at this edition is the number of women joining the discussion both as attendees and speakers – an encouraging sight to behold.

Morning keynotes and sessions got off to a powerful start with Neha Sampat of Built.io, Rion Dooley of Texas Advanced Computing Center and Lori MacVittie of F5 Networks all killing it with powerful talks about the power and value APIs now. Not what APIs will do when they become the standard, but how APIs are already changing the standards. More of our everyday world is API-powered, businesses are more flexible and profitable, and researchers more able to focus on their passions instead of being buried under data systems. The opportunities abound, as do the c…

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The Internet of Things, Gateways, and Next Generation of APIs Speaker Session at APIStrat Austin

November 19th, 2015 |

Sitting down in this speaker series, it was all too apparent how much my own life has been impacted by the Internet of Things. With a Macbook Pro on my lap, Samsung Galaxy Edge in my pocket, and LG smart watch on my wrist, I could not be more connected as my devices sync up with the world around me. Sure, I am a great use case for why this topic is so important, but these four speakers provided a little more insight into the past, present, and future of IoT.

Kicking off the presentation, Mandy Whaley, Developer Experience Lead at Cisco, shared her thoughts on IoT. Software licensing has become less profitable, and companies need to own some element of hardware development to create a larger “stickiness” factor. Hardware and software developers have become comfortable in a world where their roles have had very little interaction. Mandy and her team at Cisco have stepped up to ensure this is not the case, creating a “two way street of education,” including Coding 101 for hardware developers and s…

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APIStrat Austin’s First Keynote Speakers Announced – Call For Papers Still Open!

September 3rd, 2015 |

Work on the APIStrat Austin program has started at a rapid pace, and we have two early keynote speakers to confirm with Neha Sampat, CEO of built.io, and enterprise thought leader Dion Hinchcliffe being announced today. They both bring awesome and different perspectives to APIs – a theme you will see across the board in the program!

“Neha will share her perspective on the intersection of web, mobile and the Internet of Things, where her company, backend-as-a-service provider built.io is helping businesses of all sizes to create a new generation of real-time, contextual products and services. And Dion will share some of his latest research on the rise of the citizen developer and the new approach API providers are taking to put data and functionality into the hands of end users who are not traditionally part of the developer community.”
– Mark Boyd, Program Chair

We’d also like to hear your pres…

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Announcing APIStrat 2015: Austin, Texas!

August 6th, 2015 |

We’re super excited to announce this year’s United States API Strategy and Practice event! The conference will be held in Austin, Texas between the 18th and 20th of November – save the dates! The event follows in the same spirit of amazing content and community from previous events in the US and Europe. We’re always amazed at how fast the API space moves, and it’s time to push the boundary again!

The European event this year was held in Berlin in conjunction with APIDays. You can check out the fantastic talks on the APIStrat YouTube channel.

Note the following dates:

  • Call for Talks begins: Tuesday, August 11th
  • Call for Talks closes: Early September
  • Event dates: November 18-20th

We’re always looking for great speakers, topic input and sponsors…

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APIStrat and APIDays Berlin – The Web of APIs Grows!

April 27th, 2015 |

Many of you are just returning home from another great APIStrat Europe and APIDays event in Berlin. It was a fantastic few days with awesome people coming together – speakers, sponsors, attendees – to move the ball forward on the technology and business of APIs.

For 3scale and APIStrat, it was the second European event after Amsterdam last year, and with 425 attendees the European API market is clearly taking off. It was a pleasure to partner with APIDays and the Sphere.IO local team – making it a real joint effort. See all the tweets at #apisberlin.

Huge thanks to all the sponsors, speakers and attendees who made it all work.

The Web of APIs

The th…

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