Riding StartupBus North America 2015

May 13th, 2015 |

Route 66 in the US, Abbey Road in London, Champs-Élysées in Paris – these roads have inspired many songs, movies, and stories. It’s time to make some new routes famous, among them: the path from San Francisco to Nashville.

In early June, hundreds of hackers and entrepreneurs (“buspreneurs”) from 7 major cities in the US and in Mexico will take to the open road for the best 3-day trip of their lives. But there will be no time for sightseeing. They will be hacking day and night. They will have only 3 days to invent a brand new startup and go through their entrepreneur journey.

On the road, they will struggle with the same questions that entrepreneurs face everyday: What is the problem they are trying to solve? How are they solving it? Who will buy it? How should they promote their product? Is it time to pivot?

And unlike a normal hacking competition, the deadline to finish your project is real – it’s physical – because once the bus arrives in Nashville, it’s over. Then…

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3scale Taking Part in the Largest Online European Hackathon: Hack4Europe 2015

March 24th, 2015 |

It’s not a surprise anymore – we love hackathons at 3scale. We are always excited to see hackers create incredible projects in a short amount of time. So imagine how excited we were when the team from Hack4Europe asked us to take part in the biggest online European hackathon ever organized. We were thrilled! :)

Part of the 3scale team is based in Barcelona, and many of our customers are in Europe too, so we are really happy to help spread hackathon culture on this side of the Atlantic.

What is Hack4Europe 2015?

Following last year’s success, the organizing team of Hack4France decided to create a global European competition, involving European startups and hackers.

Hackers will have three months between now and the 17th of May to build projects. Those projects will be divided into innovative categories from Internet of T…

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Koding’s Global Virtual Hackathon & the Winner of the 3scale Prize

December 22nd, 2014 |

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 innovatio…

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Pimp My Fridge – My Week Hacking in Louisville, KY

November 14th, 2014 |

I’ve recently gotten interested in hacking hardware, which lead me on a journey to FirstBuild where I got to work on hacking together the Beerminder!

Meeting FirstBuild at AT&T Car and Home Hackathon

Back in September, I attended AT&T Car and Home Hackathon in Las Vegas with 3scale to present our APIs. It was a great event with a lot of hardware hacks. During the judging round, I saw some interesting demos by hackers who had hacked a washing machine. They were able to launch the cycle using a smart watch, and it sent a notification when the laundry was ready. It was a really impressive demo that peaked my curiosity.

In the end of our judging round, I went back to the booth were th…

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APIStrat Speed Hack Wrap-up

October 3rd, 2014 |

NEW Hackathon Format A Smashing Success

At this year’s API Strategy and Practice (APIStrat) conference in Chicago we tried a new hackathon format: API Speed Hack. We introduced the format in an earlier blog post. And here is our quick wrap-up:

Made Possible By Our Most Excellent Sponsors….

We had a total blast! We had 15 teams competing to tackle eight challenges in three hours. We had food, drinks, music, nerf guns and a lot of fun. All of which would not have been possible without our sponsors — so, here is a thanks to the APIStrat Speed Hack sponsors for their help, technical support and efforts in judging…

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3scale at APIStrat 2014

September 19th, 2014 |

Come See Us in Chicago – September 24-26

@3scale #apistrat


APIStrat, the API Strategy & Practice Conference, is coming up fast! Our team has been busy co-organizing the latest edition of the conference with API Evangelist, and we’ve planned some exciting and informative sessions of our own.

If you’ll be at the conference, stop by and say hello! You can visit us at our booth, schedule a meeting, or come see our presentations. We have something for just about everyone who’s interested in APIs.

Practical Knowledge for API Providers

On Wednesday, Mark Cheshire and Pili Guerra will conduct “Crash Course – Practical API Management” in which they’ll teach you how to get the most out of your API in two hours.

They’ll take you through the necessary steps to set up the infrastructure to secure and monitor traffic to…

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The Performance Enhanced API Speed Hack

September 10th, 2014 |

New Format for API Promotion at API Strategy & Practice Conference


This year at the API Strategy & Practice Conference (APIStrat) in Chicago (Sept. 24–26) we are trying something new – the API Speed Hack.

What is it?

Think of the Speed Hack as a “performance enhanced” hackathon. We think it’s a very effective, practical and fun way to promote APIs to developers.

The Speed Hack format is similar to the Twilio

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NEW at API Strategy & Practice Conference – Developer Track, Developer Zone, Speed Hack Challenge

July 24th, 2014 |

Today we announced some exciting developments for the upcoming API Strategy & Practice Conference in Chicago. And we mean development – we’ve added a new Developer Track, Expo Zone and Speed Hack Challenge, co-organized with API Evangelist and our friends at WIP.

Because we’ve seen the number of app developer attendees at APIStrat  grow ever time, we decided to create a program that still takes the pulse of where APIs are headed, but also provides a way to for developers to meet key API providers and get more involved.

The new Developer Track includes talks from API providers including Twilio, Traitify, Context.io, Twitter, and Respoke. There is an Expo Zone where developers can meet and talk with all of those API providers. And finally, to test out their new API knowledge,  have a bit of fun and explore some of the leading APIs a…

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Transportation And Energy API Hackathon Wrap-up

July 9th, 2014 |

In an earlier blog post we announced our participation in the Smart Transportation and Energy hackathon organised by the Startupbootcamp – the leading global startup accelerator network. This hackathon was organized with the Startupbootcamp center Berlin, which focuses on topics around transport and energy.

The event was a huge success and the results were really impressive. About 75 people participated spread over eleven teams. Motivation was really high and peop…

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3scale co-organizes the Smart Transportation & Energy Hackathon

May 29th, 2014 |

3scale joined forces with the Startupbootcamp – the leading global startup accelerator – to organize the Smart Transportation and Energy hackathon. This hackathon is organized with the Startupbootcamp center Berlin, which focuses on topics around transport and energy.

The hackathon will be kicked-off on Friday (June 13th) evening with some keynote talks. Two of our customers will provide their APIs for the hackathon: FlightStats and TransiCast. Both will be introduced and provided for th…

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