So, here’s the scene. It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Montreal and you’ve just finished a delicious lunch at Cossette HQ, courtesy of HackMTL. Your team has been hacking since around 9 in the morning and, as far as you’re concerned, you’ve surely got a winning hack on your hands. And the best part? It’s all going to plan and you’re going to finish in the nick of time. But wait! You totally forgot to setup email for your application and there’s not much time left. Do you just forget it? No way! With SendGrid, you’re going to have it up and running in no time and finish up right on schedule.
SendGrid is a cloud-based email platform that gives you, the developer, access to every email API you could ever want. Outgoing, incoming, stats, events, newsletters. We have open-source libraries for most popular langagues and frameworks (which you can find under their Github account). If there isn’t a library for you language / framework of choice, don’t worry. Using their SMTP API, you can integrate with most default mail libraries out of the box. Take a look at their full list of getting started tutorials here.
You can find more information about all of SendGrid’s APIs on their documentation page, but here are some that will be useful during the hackathon:
- Send Emails (HTTP and SMTP)
- Receive Emails (set up the domain and DNS record before the event)
- Real-time Stats (requests, bounces, clicks, opens, unsubscribes, spam reports, etc)
- Newsletters (create, schedule, manage)
SendGrid will be giving away a Sphero to the best hack using one of their APIs. Sphero is an amazing plastic ball that you drive around with your iOS or Android device. Check out the Sphero website for a video demo and to see all the amazing things Sphero can do.