HackVAN API Sponsors

Now that we’ve unveiled all the API sponsors, here are details and quick links on all of the participating APIs. The goal of the day is to build an application from scratch that you can demo to our panel of judges at the end of the day. You must include at least one of the APIs listed below – yes, bonus points for including more of them. You can, of course, use additional APIs, frameworks, or what have you.

Some things to think about and setup ahead of time include a code repo (e.g. Bitbucket, Github), server space (localhost demos are fine, too), design (maybe just use Bootstrap), and even domain names (the winning team at HackREGINA also found a great domain for their project, MoveTo.me.

Yellow Pages

YellowAPI is providing their Places API, including their new interactive I/O Docs so you can interact with and test live calls in your browser.

HackDays YellowAPI Blog post »


The starting point for all FreshBooks API info is http://developers.freshbooks.com/. FreshBooks has a lot of different objects such as invoices, billing, time tracking CRM info around people, and more.

HackDays FreshBooks Blog post »

Idée / TinEye

TinEye/Idée is providing 2 APIs to HackRegina: MobileEngine and MulticolorEngine (formally know as PixMatch and Piximilar).

Check out the following client-side javascript based UI that developers using the multicolorengine may find handy. They show a simple but nice UI for exploring an image collection using color:

HackDays TinEye Blog post »

iQmetrix XQ

This is the launch event for iQmetrix’s XQ Interactive Retail API. The iQ team sells client apps for wireless retail that run on top of this API. The main focus of the API is dealing with Products, making it easy to create Playlists and store image & video assets.

The XQ API has a new developer portal that has all the documentation.

iQmetrix will also be bringing a Kinect and a touch screen for those that want to incorporate some live hardware into their apps.

HackDays iQmetrix Blog post »


HootSuite is providing two APIs plus their SDK for the HackVAN event. The HootSuite SDK is for building apps that plugin to HootSuite and the Engagement API allows for the drafting, scheduling, and posting of messages across social networks. The Geo Analytics API will have more details at the event, and head over to the main HootSuite Developers site to get started.

HackDays HootSuite Blog post »


Shopify’s ecommerce platform actually has a full app store for selling Shopify API powered solutions. You can get started on their developer wiki and then refer to the API docs for full method details. The Shopify Partners page even has a video showing how to build and deploy a Shopify App in 8 minutes!

HackDays Shopify Blog post »


Twilio provides a telephony infrastructure web service in the cloud, allowing web developers to integrate phone calls, text messages, and IP voice communications into their web, mobile, and traditional phone applications.

Get going on the Twilio API quickstart page.

HackDays Twilio Blog post »


PhoneGap makes it easy to use web-based technologies to build and deploy mobile apps.

PhoneGap also gives access to device APIs that your standard browser does not have: accelerometer, contacts, device file system, camera and compass. Complement your HackVAN project by using PhoneGap and take it to the next level with additional device APIs.

See http://docs.phonegap.com/ for everything you need to get started with PhoneGap

HackDays PhoneGap Blog post »

We also want to thank all of our non-API sponsors as well:

  • Party Sponsor: Unbounce is picking up drinks at The Electric Owl on Friday. They power a fantastic landing page platform and they’re hiring.
  • Venue Sponsor: A Thinking Ape are letting us use their awesome offices in Gastown. Special thanks to Sonia for all her help in pulling things together.
  • Community Sponsor: Microsoft is a great community sponsor for both Vancouver & Regina, and are also including an extra prize of a Samsung Focus Windows Phone.

YellowAPI deserves special mention as the HackDays champion sponsor. They usually have some extra swag for teams at the events as well – API Fan Boy / Girl t-shirts and gift certificates for best usage of the YellowAPI.

21 Mar 2012, 6:03pm
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  • 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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