HackOTT: Ottawa represented!

Corey and I are not the only ones heading back to Toronto thinking that Ottawa seriously represented at HackOTT and blew our minds! HackOTT was just an awesome hackathon. AWESOME. There is no other way to describe the incredibly talented developers who came out on Saturday and built 15 applications in the span of 6 hours.

We have a gigantic list of people to thank for making HackOTT possible and we will get to that but right now, the spotlight is on the developers who came and built. For the record: this was our largest hackathon with over 80 people registered for the event – so mad props to the entire HackOTT team and volunteers for organizing an event that went out without a hitch!

For HackOTT we provided a total of 7 APIs for all the developers. The rules of our hack events are that developers can use any APIs they wish to use as long as they include one of the APis provided. There is no limit to the number of APis used and how they are used. APIs provided included:

Following our HackOTT schedule, we had an awesome breakfast provided by our sponsors and gathered to hear the 5 minutes API introductions organized by the API providers. Standing room only!

A bit of brainstorming, a bit of team gathering and planning and we were off to the races at 11 AM with a number of applications under development. We had a few more stickies added and a few more removed throughout the day but we ended up with a total of 15 applications built that Saturday.

HackOTT’s presentation rules for any application built during the day: were that the application had to be completed and could be demo-ed to the judges at 5 PM. If the application was not completed it was not considered for judging and if it crashed or could not be demo-ed while on the podium it was also elimiated from the judging. Each developer had 3 minutes to present their application to the judges and the entire HackOTT crowd. Pressure!

And drum roll… the winners of HackOTT are:

NUMBER 1: RESERVELY created by Brad Miller (@bradmiller) and Jevin Maltais (@jevy)

This is an application that allows you to make quick online reservations with any restaurant in the world. Simply find a local restaurant on a map and complete the online form. Reservely will get in touch with the restaurant automatically via voice and will get a confirmation of your reservation. Jevy tells us he has never won anything – besides his mother’s love – so we are very happy for him! His advice to future hackers: build your app end to end. Read his detailed blog post. I am looking forward to Jevy and Brad to find a few more hours to polish this application and fully release it.

NUMBER 2: BRIERWOOD created by Shawn Hyam (@shawnhyam)

This is an application that allows you to send a selection of coffee shops, restaurants or anything to your friend’s cellphone so that the two of you can pick a location that you are interested in. For example: you both would like to find a coffee shop that is nearby to work at. You can start by getting a list of the nearby coffee shops and via the application share them with your colleague so that he can pick the one he would like to recommend. Both users see the same list of available coffee shops and get to make recommendations.

NUMBER 3: ZIPIT created by Steve Brambilla (@stevebrambilla)

This is the easiest way to manage your zip list on the go. Using a bar code scanner and zip list, you can scan any DVD and directy add it to your zip list queue. As soon as the DVD is avaiable at zip.ca it will be shipped to you. Very practical.

Applications built that landed the 4th and 5th place respectively include: Icarus and DateShake.

NUMBER 4: ICARUS created by Christine Davis (@_hristine)
This is a photomosaic App. But rather than using a photograph for the creating of the mosaic, Christine is using a video! Christine used the iSight camera in her MacBook as a video source for the mosaic. For the first, simpler implementation, you could click anywhere on the video, and the app would show a collection of images that matched that colour. If you clicked a second time, it would show you a collection of images that were half of each colour, and so on (up to 5 colours – at which point the oldest colour is dropped).

Christine also pushed the envelop by creating a second type of mosaic: using a video as a constantly updating photo mosaic. Christine detailed her implementation in a blog post. For creativity Icarus gets a 10/10!

NUMBER 5: DATESHAKE created by SELECT START STUDIOS
Simply enter your twitter handle, and shake your phone. DateShake suggests one of your twitter friends, a restaurant from the YellowAPI, and a movie from Zip. Don’t like the results? Shake again.

DateShake was also Zip.ca winner of the best use of the Zip API.

In the spirit of the best use of an API: we also decided to award Christine Davis a prize for the best use of the Piximilar API for her Icarus application.

And it is a wrap for the HackOTT hackhaton. It was a blast. And in the words of @mthistle:

Until next time.


and a GIANT THANK YOU TO SHOPIFY! for letting us crash their offices! Without kindness there is no community!

Thanks!

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HackOTT: what to expect!

HackOTT is this Saturday the 26th, from 9am-6pm. To ensure things go swimmingly and that you are fully prepared for awesomeness, please note the following:

Disposable cups free event! Yes, that’s what HackOTT is going to be in addition to all the awesomeness. So that means you will need to bring your portable mug, thermos or whatever! If you don’t have one, well you still have time to head to the store and get yourself a fancy one. Make sure you can use it for both cold beverages and hot ones and you will be set for the next decade! Help us reduce and reuse! And now on to what you really have been waiting for.

MEET AND GREET:

Is happening.

When: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Mercury Grove Offices. Scott Annan, CEO of Mercury Grove and Network Hippo has been awesome and he provided their office space! Mercury Groove is at 738A Bank St. Ottawa, ON

What: Beers, chips, snacks, cheers (& Leila‘s Drone.)

GETTING HERE

  • HackOTT will take place at the Shopify office, at 61A York Street, Ottawa

WHAT TO BRING

  • Your Guestlist receipt (HackOTT is sold out!). You don’t need to print it, an email you can show us is fine too.
  • Your laptop
  • Your mobile device if you are developing a mobile app
  • Cables, chargers and connectors for any of the above
  • Your data stick if you have one – could come in handy when networks get chocked up :)

WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE

  • APIs, API support
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Coffee, tea, juice, pop
  • Cupcakes!
  • Snacks and beers at beer o’clock
  • Wireless internet
  • A large LCD display for presentations, with HDMI and VGA input (we recommend you bring your own connectors, but we will have some handy as well)
  • Smiles!
  • An awesome developer community!

SCHEDULE

HackOTT schedule:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast and introductions: Meet your HackOTT organizers and all the developers, get acquainted with the space + final schedule + grab a breakfast of champions!
  • 9:30 – API presentation: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like work on, just puts its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot of the office with your team or by yourself and start working on your project.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Hacking
  • 5:00 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter!
  • 6:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 6:30 – Off to nearby pub for celebrations!

FAQs

Q: Am I allowed to use third party APIs (APIs not provided via HackOTT) for my application?
A: Yes. But your usage of the third party APIs needs to be in addition to the HackOTT APIs. Also keep in mind that judging is partially based on utilization of the provided APIs, though, so their use should be prominent.

Q: What if I don’t have an idea for an application by Saturday?
A: No problem, there will likely be many people who could use an extra brain for their ideas. Ask around during breakfast or Open Planning. We will have labels available for people to identify themselves as individuals looking for an idea or a team.

Q: How large can the teams be? Can I work solo?
A: Teams can be as large or as small as you like. Solo is okay, too! A 2-3 people team is ideal typically.

Q: What happens to the application I build at HackOTT?
A: It is yours! You decide.

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HackOTT API Mentors!

During HackOTT you will not be working alone, you will get help from our super talented API mentors.

Freshbooks: Corey Reid

Corey writes about software development management, swordfighting and games on his website, and at FreshBooks, is expanding the hotshot development team to meet the challenges of the company’s rapid growth. He has pretty crazy ideas on what makes a great software team, mostly involving “Making Sure Developers Are Insanely Happy”.

Shopify: Edward Ocampo-Gooding

Edward Ocampo-Gooding is the guy to talk to about Shopify’s API and its App Store. One of the developers of both of those things, he works at Shopify by day and for Open Data Ottawa by night.

PixMatch and Piximilar by Idée: Martine and Paul – also known as the TinEye team.

Martine is a super talented developer at Idée by day and an gamer by night. Paul is obsessed with image search and is Idée‘s CTO. Corner him if you want to talk image search or large data.

Pretzil: Daniel Crawford

Dan is VP of engineering at Pretzil. He is an electrical engineer from UofO. He has 10+ years experience with numerous software companies across North America. Dan divides his spare time between long runs on Ottawa’s bike paths and analyzing insider trading activities on the TSX.

YellowAPI: Jean-Luc David

Jean-Luc is a Senior Manager for the YellowAPI Platform and Mobile.
Zip.ca: Cory Taylor and Kareem Sultan

As a Software Developer at Momentous, Cory Taylor brings over five years’ experience in software architecture to build and create products and services for several affiliate companies.  He is currently Team Lead at Zip.ca, and as such, is responsible for Website, Streaming and API development.

Hard-working and passionate, Mr. Taylor advocates a pragmatic approach to software development. He believes in the Agile and Scrum methodologies, as well as Test and Behaviour driven development. Since studying Computer Science at Carleton University, he has worked in Enterprise Applications and Inventory Management at Farm Boy Inc, and in GIS mapping at Holinshed Research Group & Axxem Technologies. Mr. Taylor is an active member in the Ottawa tech community, attending Scrum, Agile and Microsoft user groups, various startup weekends, Demo Camps, and hack-athon events.

Kareem Sultan leads the technical initiatives at Momentous, and is responsible for the execution of the development required for the company’s projects. He brings a passion for entrepreneurship and technology to any project he works on.

Kareem honed his expertise working on both hardware and software development projects, from automating billing production and mailing processes to on-track auto racing recording equipment. He is particularly interested in the application of technology to solve problems and enhance the user experience.

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HackOTT APIs!

This is what you have been waiting for this whole time! The HackOTT APIs are here. In alphabetical order. We also have a little surprise: Zip.ca will be unveiling their API at HackOTT!

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!

Shopify

Shopify is a hosted application that allows you to set up an online store to sell your goods. It lets you organize your products, customize your storefront, accept credit card payments through payment gateways, track and respond to orders — all without the hassle of running a physical store. The Shopify API  is implemented as XML over HTTP using all four verbs (GET/POST/PUT/DELETE), basically a REST API! with full documentation.

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. But you can certainly start dreaming about the multicolor applications you can be creating. The API basically allows you to index images and make them searchable using colors. Very much like our own 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 large image collections. This is the API to use if you wish to launch a mobile application where you take a photograph of say a wine bottle label and get back information about that wine. This is exactly what Snooth does using the PixMatch API. Again access to the API and documentation will be provided at HackOTT.

Pretzil is a check-in platform for mobile applications. You can access their real-time mobile activity here. Their API is currently available and can be accessed immediately.

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 will be unveiling their API at HackOTT. Update: Zip.ca’s API is now available.

HackOTT Meet and Greet

Psst…. wanna free beer? Wanna meet all the other developers? I thought I would get your attention! Join us for a Friday meet and greet ahead of HackOTT. This will be your chance to meet the API providers, meet all the other developers and start kicking around some ideas for your project the next day. Reminder HackOTT starts at 9 AM on Saturday – and no, you can’t show up late!

HackOTT Meet & Greet Details:

When: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Mercury Grove Offices. Scott Annan, CEO of Mercury Grove and Network Hippo has been awesome and he provided their office space! Mercury Groove is at 738A Bank St. Ottawa, ON

What: Beers, chips, snacks, cheers (& Leila‘s Drone.)

Because it is not just for the glory! HackOTT prizes

We are excited to see you all in just a few days. I am sure you are all chomping at the bits waiting for the API announcements, so in the meantime let us entertain you with our HackOTT prizes.

1ST PRIZE: A Samsung 46″ 1080p LED HDTV provided by our awesome sponsor Zip.ca. If you have room for this baby in your place all you will need is a zip.ca subscription and you are all set! 3 months zip.ca subscription included!

2ND PRIZE: An Android phone of your choice, depending on your carrier or preference. Up to $500 value. HTC anyone?

3RD PRIZE: Kindle 3G, the smaller, faster Kindle with free 3G, built in wi-fi and storage for 3,500 books!

Curious about the criteria for judging? The judges will be looking for:

  • Utilization of the API functionality (it doesn’t matter how many APIs you use). You need to use at least one of the provided APIs. There is no limit as to how many APIs you use.
  • Usefulness of the application (for its intended purpose and audience)
  • Creativity and ingenuity
  • General effort involved
  • Size of the team: obviously if you are a single developer who manages to get your application completed in a 6 hours, judges are going to be excited to talk to you! Not to discourage you from working in a team – but hey we all know how hard it is to build an app by yourself!

This time around we are going beyond prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The team at Zip.ca will be awarding a Boxee Box for best usage of the Zip.ca API. And the judges will be awarding an assortment of great prizes to applications that merit honors! Prizes include:

Darcy White will also be providing a set of 5 unique rubber band powered airplanes named the Squirrel. We are going to get them up flying into the Shopify conference room and perhaps if I get my act together the Squirrel could compete against my drone?

HackOTT Judges

Let us introduce you the HackOTT judges you will need to impress with your applications and demos on Saturday February 26, 2011. The way HackOTT is scheduled you will be demoing the application you spent the day building to a panel of 3 industry judges. As a reminder here is our HackOTT schedule:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast and introductions: Meet your HackOTT organizers and all the developers, get acquainted with the space + final schedule + grab a breakfast of champions!
  • 9:30 – API presentation: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like work on, just puts its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot of the office with your team or by yourself and start working on your project.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Hacking
  • 5:00 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter!
  • 6:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 6:30 – Off to nearby pub for celebrations!

As you can see from our schedule, our 3 judges will join us for the application presentations. They will be in the audience and will be listening to your presentation. If you don’t use your full 3 minutes for your presentation, they will be able to ask you a question (if they have any). At the end of the presentations the judges will retire to their judging chambers to select our winners.

So, please meet our judges (in alphabetical order):

Scott Annan is a founding partner of Mercury Grove & CEO of Network Hippo / @scottannan
Over the last six years Mercury Grove has worked on some great projects with amazing people in interesting companies including Tempur-Pedic, Applebee’s, Procter & Gamble (Pampers.com), The Coleman Company, Western Southern, OC Transpo, the AIM Group, and Office Suites PLUS.

In 2009, he launched Network Hippo. Network Hippo is a smart address book for startups and professionals. It combines and scrubs contact information from dozens of sources, finds more info about them on the web and social networks, plugins into your email, and alerts you when – and who – you should contact. It’s a smarter, personal, social CRM.

Scott Annan has won the OCRI Bootstrap award, and Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40.  He is very active in the Ottawa startup community and has opened up their offices to other innovative entrepreneurs who are trying to change the world in their own ways.

Chris Howell, Senior VP, Technology, High Road Communications

Chris has been developing engaging and usable data-driven web applications for over 15 years.  He specializes in the use of Microsoft technologies for delivering business solutions over the web. Chris leads High Road’s development efforts, ensuring the timely deliverance of quality Web applications. He is involved in every stage of High Road’s development life cycle, from proposal to delivery.

Prior to joining High Road, Chris was a consultant with CGI, specializing in Internet application development.  He also spent 4 years architecting enterprise applications for the Department of National Defence.

Chris holds dual diplomas in both Business Administration and Information Systems with honours from Algonquin College.  He also attended Carleton University’s school of Commerce.  Chris is an avid participant in the .NET community, a member of the Ottawa .NET User Group, and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Robert Woodbridge / @robwoodbridge

For 18 years Robert has been a student of business, immersed in roles ranging from founder, strategic advisor, board member and coach to VP Operations, President and CEO. In each of the companies that Robert has been involved with, he has helped shape strategy, marketing initiatives and product development, built exceptional teams and spoken to thousands of people about a wider range of topics.

Robert currently runs a consultancy that helps companies excel in mobile/wireless world. He helps them embrace mobile where it makes business sense, and leverage mobile technology to expand their market and service customers in a more engaging way.

HackOTT Community Superheroes

HackOTT is now sold out. All our developer tickets have been sold and we are now busy planning the day, organizing the APIs, the presentations, the prizes, the judges … you know doing all the hard work so you all can have an awesome time. And you know how expensive it is to organize events! And that brings me to our request: if you love what we do, want to help us grow your developer community and just welcome us in Ottawa :) please consider becoming an Awesome Community Supporter. Please? For a tiny contribution of $25, $50 or $100 (for the VCs out there!) you will make our hearts flutter!

We could use your sponsorship help to line up awesome prizes for our gifted developers and make this HackOTT the best it can be. Head over to our event sign up and be a hero and spot us some $$. Will you?

As a Community Supporter – our Superheroes! – you will be recognized during the event (unless of course you want to remain anonymous) and you will also be able to drop by the event at your convenience, view the end of day application demos and judging and grab a drink with all the developers. Here is the day’s schedule. So what do you say?

[Photograph: (c) Jenn and Tony Bot]

Wanted: APIs for HackOTT

With just a little bit over a month to go, Hackott is quickly approaching (By the way, if you haven’t signed up yet already, get on that! as we will be sold out).

I’m sure you’re all sitting on your hands right now, itching to get them dirty at HackOTT, thinking: “Whatever will I do with myself in the meantime?!”

Well we need your help finding companies with interesting APIs for HackOTT. We already have a number of submissions but we want more! What makes an API interesting? Last time we had APIs that could:

  • Search local listings (YellowAPI)
  • Manage and analyze revenue (FreshBooks)
  • Search an image collection based on multicolors (Idee Inc)
  • Rank blogs and RSS feeds (PostRank)
  • Sort your Twitter timeline by relevance (Cadmus)
  • Access a Creative Commons licensed repository of structured data (Freebase)
  • Enhance your email inbox (DokDok)
  • Create white label email marketing platform (cakemail)

Some very cool apps were created out of these APIs, and we’d like to offer some similarly exciting APIs this time around!

So: If you are with–or know of–a technology company that you think should be involved, please get in touch!

Ideally, an eligible API for HackOTT would be:

  • Public (or made temporarily available to our hackers for at least a few weeks after HackTO ends)
  • Well-documented
  • Generally useful (and to creative folks, a lot of things could be considered generally useful!)

We would like to make this HackOTT the best yet, so if you have any leads or ideas for APIs that you would like to see, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

24 Jan 2011, 1:02pm
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Hack Ottawa is here!

We had a blast at HackMTL and HackTO. The applications developed were awesome, the prizes and judges fantastic and the connections we made will last us a lifetime. So it is time to head to Ottawa – skating on the canal anyone? – and launch HackOTT.

We are super excited to be visiting Ottawa. We are not afraid of the cold! We are hoping that like Montreal, the Ottawa dev community is going to represent and build some killer applications.

What you need to know:

  • Date: Saturday February 26th, 2011
  • When: this is an all day event starting at 9 AM and ending at 6 PM
  • Registration is now open.

HackOTT is brought to you with the help of our awesome sponsors:

If you have not attended a previous hacking event and are wondering what the fuss is all about, let us answer all your questions!

What is HackOTT?
A gathering of geeks, developer and hackers. We will spend the entire day building applications on top of some great APIs. These APIs will be announced prior to the start of  HackOTT. Support for the APIs will be provided the entire day so if you have any questions while working with the APIs, assistance will be right there.

Who attends HackDays events?
This is a developer event. So when you arrive, you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and start coding or join a team that’s coding an application and get involved to the best of your abilities. All developer levels are welcome. So don’t feel like you can’t participate because you are just learning, come and join us. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

What can I build at HackOTT?
Anything you wish provided it is using some of the APIs provided. The applications you build will be your application.

Why do developers participate in HackOTT?
Well as Paul Graham said: “The way to create something beautiful is often to make subtle tweaks to something that already exists, or to combine existing ideas in a slightly new way.” We want to create many beautiful things hence HackDays!

Am I allowed to use third party APIs (APIs not provided via HackOTT) for my application?

Yes. But your usage of the third party APIs needs to be in addition to the HackOTT APIs. Also keep in mind that judging is partially based on utilization of the provided APIs, though, so their use should be prominent.

What if I don’t have an idea for an application by Saturday?
No problem, there will likely be many people who could use an extra brain for their ideas. Ask around during breakfast or open planning.

How large can the teams be? Can I work solo?
Teams can be as large or as small as you like. Solo is okay, too!

What is the Saturday schedule?
This is a full day event. HackOTT is being held at Shopify. The Shopify team has been wonderful at supporting us in Ottawa and making their space available to us for the entire day. The day’s schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast and introductions
  • 9:30 – API presentation: learn about the APIs available
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Hacking
  • 5:00 – Application presentation – 5 minutes for each presenter!
  • 6:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 6:30 – Off to nearby pub for celebrations!

Will you feed us?
Yes! Awesome breakfast and lunch will be provided. Drinsk, snacks, cookies, fresh fruits will be available throughout the day. Beer after 5 PM.

What do you need to bring?

  • Your Guestlist receipt (HackOTT will be sold out)
  • Your laptop
  • Your mobile device if you are developing a mobile app
  • Cables, chargers and connectors for any of the above

What happens at the end of HackOTT?
We will wrap up HackOTT between 6:00 Pm and 7:00PM and will then head to a near by pub for a few celebratory drinks.

What will the HackOTT prizes be?
We will officially announce them prior to the start of the event. HackMTL prizes were awesome and included a Macbook Air, an ipad, a Kindle and more!

I am coming from Toronto, Montreal or some other city to join HackOTT, can you help with accommodations?
We will do our best to connect you with local developers attending HackOTT who would be interested in hosting you. Leave us a comment below or get in touch with us.

See you in Ottawa! and Register now!

 
  • 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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