HackWaterloo APIs

HackWaterloo is sold out! and I know that everyone is just waiting to find out which APIs will they be playing with come Saturday. This is our first API release. We are still considering a number of additional APIs and we will announce them later this week.

As you know with our hack events: you can use any API you wish to use during the Hackhaton but to be eligible for any of the HackDays prizes (to be announced shortly), you will need to use at least one of the APIs provided – so now in alphateical order we bring you the first API release:

CastRoller is a website that helps users quickly and easily enjoy the best audio and video on the web. The CastRoller API allows developers to access the full set of data behind CastRoller. Developers can access the podcast directory; each user’s podcast collection and the channels they have created together. Documentation for the api is available on GitHub.

FreshBooks supplies online billing services, allowing freelancers and small businesses manage their cashflow and get paid faster. The FreshBooks API allows 3rd party developers to expand and build on the FreshBooks platform. Access FreshBooks account data using HTTP and XML to create web and desktop applications that integrate with a FreshBooks account. The API documentation is online and implementation examples are a plenty!

Idée, the good folks who brought you TinEye – the greatest reverse image search engine ever! – will be providing access to their multicolor search called Piximilar. You won’t be seeing the documentation for this API until you show up on Saturday. The API basically allows you to index images and make them searchable using colors. Very much like their multicolor lab where you get to search 10 million creative commons Flickr images by color!

Idée, will also be providing access to a second API: PixMatch. PixMatch can basically be thought about as your private TinEye. Given an image to look for PixMatch locates identical or modified images within or between image collections. Again access to the API and documentation will be provided at HackWaterloo.

Engage with PostRank data and services. The PostRank Data Services API enable access to content and engagement metrics from the PostRank Content Stream and the Engagement Stream. The APIs are categorized based on which stream the underlying data set is derived from. The documentation for the API is currently available.

SwiftMint, built by Homick Labs, is a cross platform in-app purchasing engine for app developers looking to provide free or paid digital content, virtual goods, services and subscriptions from within their native mobile applications. Typically, the cost and development time of adding in-app payment features to mobile applications has meant that developers focus on building their app first and monetizing it later. With SwiftMint, developers can use the SwiftMint SDKs to quickly and easily provide the ability for app users to download new content like audio, video, images, ringtones. This allows developers to generate revenues in the first version of their apps. The Swift API documentation is available here.

Yellow Pages Group is Canada’s largest directory publisher. The YellowAPI powered by the Yellow Pages Group provides access to a large database of Canadian business content and allows direct streaming of local search content including video, photos, ad thumbs and more. Get geo-localized listings for map overlays and proximity search. The API allows anyone to build their own applications and mashups by providing dynamic local business data. Get documentation for the YPG API.

Zip.ca is the place movie lovers turn to, no matter what they’re looking for. Whether it’s action, comedy, drama, anime, Bollywood, or a great TV series, Zip.ca has it all. Zip.ca’s online DVD library is stocked with everything from the biggest new releases to obscure older favorites, allowing members to rent what they want to watch, when they want to from the comfort of their own home. 82,000+ titles and counting! Zip.ca’s API is now available.

  • HackREGINA Location Sponsor

    Innovation Place - Innovation Place is home to approximately 40 clients in six buildings, employing more than 1,600 people.

  • HackREGINA Event Sponsors

    iQmetrix Software - At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer.

    GB Internet Solutions - We’re proud parents to GasBuddy.com and OpenStoreLoyalty.com, and while we don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 30 million downloads!

  • HackREGINA Community Sponsors

    YellowAPI - Our curated local search API is built off of the strength of the Yellow Pages database of over 1.5 million geo-localized business listings and associated rich content.

    Canadian Youth Business Foundation - Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life? The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) can help.

  • HackREGINA API Sponsors

    eHealth Saskatchewan - eHealth Saskatchewan employees and consultants are committed to making a difference for Saskatchewan residents by supporting health care providers through making important clinical information available electronically.

    Cashtie - InComm’s new Cashtie API opens up access to retailers point of sale (POS) systems, allowing any approved developer to sell online goods to consumers at these high value retail locations—opening up the possibility for web and mobile applications to accept cash payments for virtual goods, services and utilities at top retailers.

    Twilio - Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software.

    Wit - Wit allows you to build a Siri-like speech interface for you app in 5 min! It's an API that turns speech or text into JSON.

    Windows Azure - Add a cloud backend to your apps in minutes, enabling your apps to reach every user on every platform. With support for popular languages and open REST APIs, you’ll be ready to integrate Windows Azure into your apps in minutes. Use any of Windows Azure’s APIs to complete your hacks. You’ll need to activate a FREE trial or your MSDN Windows Azure benefits prior to using Windows Azure.

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