When you go online to shop at a store, you often don’t think about the technology making it all happen. I mean, how do you build the next eBay? There are startups working to make your online shopping experience easier, faster more secure. This weekend welcomed the first eCommerce Hack Day organized by Dwolla and Etsy in New York City and brought together over 100 developers competing for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Developers had over 20 API’s to choose from and while we love to see cool hacks using Sendgrid for email notifications and parsing, teams created some really cool apps remixed with: Braintree, Paypal’s Xcommerce, Stripe and WePay for transactions Dwolla for payments between individuals Etsy, Gumroad and StoreEnvy for marketplaces Zappos
As Adria forecasted in a post last week, the API Hackday crew brought our hackety fun to the UK for the first time…and the London developer community did not disappoint! A large group of excited hackers showed up bright and early on Saturday morning, ready for a full day of mashing APIs. It was an incredibly talented group of DOers, and the fruits of their labors were quite impressive. You can see a [mostly] complete list of the apps that were demoed on the HackerLeague page for the event, but a few projects came down to the wire and didn’t have time to submit to the official site. So here’s a list, with links to their specific HackerLeague project page and a
It’s been just over a month since I became a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid, and I’ve now attended 8 events in 5 different cities! At each event I have met a variety of interesting people, including awesome SendGrid advocates, and I’ve learned a great deal about a number of improvements SendGrid can implement in maintaining its top spot in the world of email. What follows is a summary of my adventures over the past month. Enjoy!
The big event of the week is SendGrid’s fourth API Hackday on Saturday, July 30, which we are hosting with the usual suspects — Apigee, Mashery, SimpleGeo, and Twilio — and a number of awesome Portland-based companies like Urban Airship and PHPFog. As an added bonus, we welcome LinkedIn to the API Hackday lineup!