Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about API

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Sunday 13th March 2011

  • Marketing Through The Back Door. APIs And You

    by Vanessa Montes

    Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter, Gowalla – when it comes to working with these Social Networking platforms, agencies and brands can often be made to feel as though they’re waiting in line at the hottest club in town with no guarantee of getting in, while the VIPs easily glide by the bouncer. For example, Foursquare reportedly gets upwards of 700 inbound e-mail requests per week – which can make you feel like your agency or brand is on the outside looking in. Well that’s no excuse for not doing something revolutionary.

    This session will examine how APIs are revolutionizing the marketing and advertising landscapes, and unveil the “secret sauce” of how your brand or agency can bypass the bottleneck at the front door, avoid major spending commitments, and successfully leverage the power of these platforms in ways you’ve never dreamed of.

    Panelists will share their insights across a spectrum of the most popular location-based and social media platforms, the challenges in working with them, and unveil the secrets of how to engage your customers by exploiting the open APIs of these platforms -- without ever working directly with them or even getting them on the phone.

    LEVEL: Advanced

    At 4:00pm to 4:15pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

Monday 14th March 2011

  • Big Data and APIs for PHP Developers

    by Dennis Yang, Laura Thomson, Bradley Holt, EliW, David Zülke and Julie Steele

    Big Data creates problems and opportunities that do not exist when dealing with smaller datasets. You will learn how to scale, utilize, and visualize Big Data as well as create and integrate Big Data related APIs. We will talk about how to scale your data, expose your data through APIs, integrate existing data from the data marketplace, and communicate your data through visualization.You will find out what techniques and strategies work best when working with Big Data. Many developers have learned how to scale their systems for high levels of concurrency. However, scaling for Big Data has its own unique challenges. Sometimes strategies that would make no sense for smaller systems work great when dealing with larger datasets. This Workshop is geared towards PHP developers, but all are welcome.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 11:00am to 1:30pm, Monday 14th March

    In Capitol E-H, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

    Coverage slide deck

  • Love, Music & APIs

    by Matthew Ogle and Dave Haynes

    In the old days it was DJs, A&R folks, labels and record store owners that were the gatekeepers to music. Today, we are seeing a new music gatekeeper emerge... the developer. Using open APIs, developers are creating new apps that change how people explore, discover, create and interact with music. But developers can't do it alone. They need data like gig listings, lyrics, recommendation tools and, of course, music! And they need it from reliable, structured and legitimate sources.

    In this presentation we'll discuss and explore what is happening right now in the thriving music developer ecosystem. We'll describe some of the novel APIs that are making this happen and what sort of building blocks are being put into place from a variety of different sources. We'll demonstrate how companies within this ecosystem are working closely together in a spirit of co-operation. Each providing their own pieces to an expanding pool of resources from which developers can play, develop and create new music apps across different mediums - web, mobile, software and hardware. We'll highlight some of the next-generation of music apps that are being created in this thriving ecosystem.

    Finally we'll take a look at how music developers are coming together at events like Music Hack Day, where participants have just 24 hours to build the next generation of music apps. Someone once said, "APIs are the sex organs of software. Data is the DNA." If this is true, then Music Hack Days are orgies.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 14th March

    In Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center

  • Our Media: Building An API For Public Media

    by John Bracken, Jake Shapiro, Kinsey Wilson, Robert Bole and Kavita Pillay

    Open APIs are sweeping through public media, just like the rest of the world, but folks at NPR, PBS and others are thinking even bigger. Public media is in an unprecedented project to build an open API called the Public Media Platform (PMP) that will help developers create applications that bring personalized public media content to new platforms. Come learn from the leaders of the PMP on how this project is rolling out, where it is headed and how it can benefit you. We will be discussing how public media is creating the right technology layer, as well as balancing business rules to build new opportunities for our media to be For, By and Of the People.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 14th March

    In Creekside, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol