YellowAPI (also known as the Yellow Pages API) is the go-to resource for location-based applications. 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. Not only is it free, but we offer ways for you to make money fast. We provide the tools, you provide the ideas and the talent. http://www.yellowapi.com/sdk/
The Places API allows you to stream top Canadian local search content into your applications. Using our database of over 1.5 million geo-coded business listings and associated rich content, you can deliver the best data to your users without the need for your own directory. It is easy to use and extremely powerful.
Want to give access to great deals and coupons to your users? The Deals API launching in 2013 will provide you the best content from the largest deals database in Canada, built on the strength of our friend at RedFlagDeals. But there’s more: you will also be adding monetization possibilities for your application! We are looking for BETA partners, if interested contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To get more information and sign up for a free developer account, visit the YellowAPI website.
Context.IO is a REST API that makes it fast and easy to work with your user’s email data.
Why would you want to work with email data? Consider this… There’s over 3 billion inboxes with years of data in them and over 250 billion emails are sent daily. A lot of people use email!
It’s tricky working directly with email servers for a number of reasons. First, servers can be configured in inconsistent ways causing major headaches. The email protocols were designed to be used with a standalone email client, not a web app, and are lacking.
Context.IO solves all these problems for you and exposes email data in an easy-to-use REST format. There’s 5 main resources that you can use… Messages, Threads, Files, Contacts, and Webhooks.
You can probably guess what the first 4 are… let me explain webhooks. Webhooks are rule-based notifications that are pushed to your app. You can be notified when a message with a certain subject arrives, when a message switches folders, or simply get notified about any incoming mail.
There’s tons of different kinds of apps and features you can build on top of an inbox.
- Social features: Email is the biggest social network, make it smarter. You can use our contacts resource to easily see a user’s strongest connections, who they email the most.
- Email productivity apps: People spend hours per day in their email client, trying to manage their inbox. You can build an app to help them manage that. Maybe you can aggregate emails and display the data in different format.
- CRM – Use a webhook to watch an inbox and update your app automatically whenever a user communicates with someone in the CRM software. No more forwarding or bcc’ing the app.
- User preferences: Find out what your users like by looking for emails from mailing lists or receipts. This could inform a recommendation engine, or help you introduce your users with like interests to each other.
- Surprise us!! We love to be surprised by your creativity. Build something epic!
At Innovation Place, a diverse mix of research and service clients, a dynamic social atmosphere, and high quality facilities work together to create a community that encourages interaction, collaboration and growth. The technology parks are home to 180 science and technology companies that employ over 5,500 people in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert and contribute to over $1 billion to the provincial economy each year. At the Regina campus, one of the most prominent clusters of activity is in computer services and software development.
The future of retail hinges on an understanding of how people want to shop – and how consumers’ use of technology has changed the buying process. Amid the myriad of online and mobile commerce options, evolving the in-store customer experience is more important than ever. Retailers must adapt or risk becoming obsolete.
At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer. Our products bridge the gap between physical and virtual retail channels, offering the latest in retail management and customer experience technology.
Using technology to connect physical and virtual channels opens a window to actionable retail data. Meaningful metrics provide insight to continually improve customer experiences and ultimately transform the business. Our solutions enable operational efficiencies, increased sales, and repeat business. Have a look at our XQ case studies and RQ case studies to see how we’ve helped make our clients successful.
When a customer walks into a store, it’s an opportunity to connect people and technology to exceed expectations. We build solutions to help retailers deliver great in-store experiences.
iQmetrix is hiring! Check out their careers page
GB Internet Solutions is a well-established Regina software development company. We create awesome web platforms and mobile apps. 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!
Using the GasBuddy API, you can tap into the leading source for local gas price information in North America. The API includes the ability to search gas prices by geo location, city, zip, or postal code. There will also be access to detailed station information. The API is implemented using HTTP and JSON, and documentation & examples will be provided at the hackathon.
At GB we have a work hard, play hard philosophy. We have a growing team of over 50 superstars that develop all of our web & mobile applications in-house. We’re passionate, prodigious, and only slightly chaotic. Oh, and we have beer on Fridays.
It’s been awhile since our last successful hackathon in March 2013, so we figured it’s time for another!
HackREGINA Fall 2013 will be on Saturday, September 28th at Innovation Place.
HackREGINA is a one-day API programming hackathon where teams of developers, designers, and analysts create applications that integrate with one or more of the sponsors’ APIs. Judges from the local tech community judge based on awesomeness and technical difficulty, and we award fantastic prizes to the winning teams.
As is our usual custom, we’ll be starting with a networking event on Friday evening for everyone to scope out the competition and meet our sponsors. The hackathon will start Saturday morning at 9 AM, and participants will have until 5 PM to build an application using one or more of our sponsoring APIs. The day will end with team presentations and judging from industry experts, prizes handed out to our best teams, and a wrap-up party! We’ll make sure you have enough food and drink to see you through the day.
Innovation Place, our Location Sponsor
This event will be held in the Terrace Building, part of Innovation Place in Regina. Innovation Place is located on the University of Regina campus and is home to over 40 businesses in technology, engineering, and environmental sciences sectors. Innovation Place is the location sponsor for HackREGINA Fall 2013, make sure to check out their website.
HackREGINA works (and awards incredible teams!) because of great sponsors and the local technology and startup community who get involved. HackREGINA is completely volunteer run and community supported. Opportunities to get involved with HackREGINA include:
HackREGINA is an incredible opportunity to connect with the best and brightest developers in Regina. Previous HackDays hackathons have seen the launch of new applications build with the APIs provided, developers finding new homes for their careers as well as the beginning of new startups. We are interested in working with you to build a bigger, stronger developer community in Regina, and we’re open to other creative ideas – so get in touch!
Thanks to everyone who came to HackREGINA this past Saturday! We had a great time hosting you and it was wonderful to see all the different app ideas using our sponsor APIs. Here’s our winners from last Saturday’s event!
1st Place – SMS Event Notification System
Using the Twilio API, Team “Why did you do this Chad?” created a system which allows participants of an event to subscribe to SMS-based updates. From there, event administrators can use the web application to send updates to all of their SMS subscribers, keeping participants up to date without the use of a proprietary app or mobile website.
2nd Place – Don’t Panic
One of our first hardware hacks, and just in time for our Saskatchewan spring, Don’t Panic is a hardware water sensor created by Team “Sunny Beaches of Sask” that contacts a homeowner if it detects a certain level of water. At a low water reading, it can start a sump pump, while higher readings use the Twilio API to contact the homeowner with a text message indicating that there may be trouble at home.
3rd Place – Prankio
Ever want to anonymously prank call someone? Now thanks to “The Other Jordan” you can! Just enter the dialog you’d like to use with appropriate pauses between, and a phone number to call. Prankio will dial that number and using Twilio’s text-to-speech capabilities have a conversation with your “friend”. Once they hang up, the entire conversation is emailed to you for your enjoyment!
Student Category – CCCID
Our student team, “For The XP”, created a hardware sensor that flashed a certain pattern of LEDs based on who was trying to call you. Trying to avoid pesky telemarketers? Have all 1-800 numbers show up with bright red lights! Waiting for your friend to call you back? Have their specific number flash green LEDs! No more pesky call display – one quick look can tell you if you need to answer the phone.
Best City of Regina App – ZONE It
Using information from the City of Regina API, Team MexiCANs created a mobile app that helps users determine the best area of Regina to open a new business. The app determines areas of the city that have the least number of those types of businesses and cross references with the commercial zones of the city to suggest the best neighbourhood to open your new business. It also provides a way for commercial relators to contact potential clients by posting open locations.
It was a great event with 10 projects using all of our API sponsors to create excellent apps. Thanks again to our sponsors, without them we wouldn’t have an event!
Location Sponsor – Innovation Place
Look for our next event near the end of September!
Hope you’re as excited as we are about tomororw’s HackREGINA event! Here’s a few reminders for the big day:
- Tonight we have a kick off party at Beer Brothers starting at 8 PM. The party is graciously sponsored by iQmetrix Software – thanks to them, we’ll be enjoying free appetizers and one free drink per registered participant! It’s a great way to meet fellow hackers, find a team if you don’t already have one, and exchange ideas.
- The event tomorrow is at the Terrace Building at Innovation Place (Research Drive, right beside the U of R). It’s the building with the big glass atrium in the front. We do have free parking, but it’s in Lot G which is a bit of a walk – we advise you park near the doors, unload your stuff, and then move your car.
- The doors open at 8:30 AM tomorrow, with the event starting at 9:00 AM sharp. We will be providing a continental breakfast with coffee and juice. There will also be pizza, salad, and ribs served at noon from Trifon’s.
- Make sure to bring: your laptop, your power adapter, your mobile device (if you’re making a mobile app), any additional cables you may need, a display adapter that outputs to VGA, a reusable cup for coffee and drinks, a power bar
- The Wrap-up party will be right after the award ceremony in the same place as the hackathon, so stick around and get a chance to talk with other teams, judges, and sponsors. We will be providing some finger food and have a bar, with beer selling for $5. There’s an ATM in the building if you don’t have cash on you.
See you all tomorrow!
Based on feedback from our previous events, we’ve decided to make the judging process a bit more formal for HackREGINA. Participants will be judged on the following 5 factors:
- Technical Skill – How difficult was the implementation of the app?
- User Experience & Design – Is the app easy to use?
- Business Idea – Would the app sell in today’s marketplace?
- Presentation – How well did the team present the idea and themselves?
- Inspiration – Do you want to see this app finished and released so people can use it?
In addition, all teams will be receiving a copy of the judges’ score so you can see their comments and suggestions.
Also, we’ll be asking all participating teams to fill out some forms rating the APIs they used at the event so we can give our sponsors direct feedback.
Without further adieu, here’s the judges for HackREGINA Spring 2013!
Dr. David Gerhard, Associate Professor, Computer Science, University of Regina
Since joining the Faculty of Science at the University of Regina in 2003, Dr. Gerhard has spearheaded many initiatives in the Saskatchewan tech community including the newly formed Regina Hackerspace, CrashBang Labs. He has created courses at the University of Regina in response to changes in technology, including CS 280 (Risk and Reward in the Information Society) and CS 207 (Building Interactive Gadgets). He has given seminars to many local businesses, as well as giving the inaugural Science Pub lecture at Bushwakker Brewpub in 2011. He is co-founder of Shiverware, a small business that makes iOS apps. He is regularly interviewed by local radio and television stations on issues of technology, and he is a freelance columnist for CBC radio both locally and nationally.
Chris Street, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship, University of Regina
Chris Street is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Paul J. Hill School of Business where he teaches courses in Negotiation and Corporate Entrepreneurship. In addition to four years on faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business in Winnipeg, prior careers have also included time spent as a software developer and as a licensed Journeyman Electrician. Chris currently owns and operates The Open Case Project, a start-up venture in case study publishing for Business Schools using an open-source licensing model.
Nevin Danielson, Employee Development Manager, iQmetrix Software
As iQmetrix’s Employee Development Manager, Nevin finds ways to help iQers thrive and successfully contribute. Nevin is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. His career started in advertising and marketing. After stops in a few crown corporations and the provincial government, he finally found his home at iQmetrix. In Spring 2012 Nevin co-chaired the inaugural TEDxRegina conference. Nevin and his wife Kerri have two children, Annika and Joshua. They live in Regina. When not at work or at home with the family, Nevin enjoys camping, biking and helping at his kid’s school.
It’s not too late – Register for HackREGINA NOW!
Here’s what you’ll be hacking for this Saturday, March 23rd!
1st Place – $1000 cash, (up to 3) “new” iPads provided by GB Internet Solutions
2nd Place – $600 cash
3rd Place – $300 cash
Student Team Prize – $600 cash (50% or more of your team must be currently enrolled in post-secondary education)
Best Use of City of Regina Data – City of Regina Prize Pack
Don’t forget about our Kick Off Party, 8 PM Friday night at Beer Brothers, sponsored by iQmetrix Software – we’ll have appetizers and a free drink for everyone registered.
Register now @ http://www.picatic.com/hackreginaspring2013