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APIs at 'Internet of Things' Hackathons By @Axway | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

API Portal enables simple sign-up for your API, provides a sandbox environment, and provides sample client code

APIs at Hackathons - The Security Aspect

This week, Bill Doerrfeld in ProgrammableWeb covered a post by Costas Pardalis of APIrise about "How to better promote your API at hackathons".

The article is full of very sensible advice about ensuring that you provide an API Portal to enable simple sign-up for your API, provide a sandbox environment, and provide sample client code. But one part caught my eye. Here it is (emphasis added):
According to Pardalis, Salesforce employed the most successful method of exposing their APIs at the event, lessening security measures, and including a visual platform that greatly aided in onboarding developers so that direct calls via REST was not necessary.
http://www.programmableweb.com/news/how-to-better-promote-your-api-hackathons/elsewhere-web/2015/01/05
Now, reading between the lines, I know what is meant here by "lessening security measures". For some APIs, it can be difficult to get started with OAuth credentials or API Keys. That's why it's important that, right in the API Portal, you allow developers to obtain API Key and, just as importantly, tee up and test API calls within active API documentation. Below we see an example of this in action. As a developer who wants to use an API, I can test with API Key based security just as easily as without (so no need to lessen security measures):

Where does the API Key (or OAuth credential) come from? The answer is: From the developer portal also. Below we see how it can be generated:

In this way, in a Hackathon environment, developers can obtain the keys they need, see them in action with sample queries, and quickly get up and running with your API. More info on the Axway API Portal, which includes active API documentation and can be tailored to your own organization's APIs, is here on the Axway website.

Internet of Things Hackathon Proposals Open @ThingsExpo

The 3rd International @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - is now accepting Hackathon proposals. Hackathon sponsorship benefits include general brand exposure and increasing engagement with the developer ecosystem.

At Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley, IBM held the Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held the DevOps Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor.

The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of Bluemix, its services and functionality and provided short-term introductory projects that developers could complete between sessions.

Developers were be able spend as much time as they wanted working on specific DevOps projects, and could store their code within the IBM DevOps cloud.

At the ElasticBox Hackathon, which was open to individuals or teams of up to 10 developers, participants completed ElasticBoxes, which were then sent to a judging panel and 12 winners will be featured on the ElasticBox website in 2015.

For more information on hackathon sponsorship opportunities contact Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, or by phone 201 802-3021 [continued]

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.

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