API Hackday ATX Recap

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To cap off the action-packed week that was the first ever Austin Startup Week, we, along with Twilio, Mashery, SendGrid, Cloudera and Hoovers sponsored API Hackday ATX.  Over 30 developers, hackers, designers and data nerds gathered together to spend their Saturdays hacking away on new APIs.  From a ten-hour haze of caffeine, tacos, bananas and beef jerkey emerged 6 awesome apps from our intrepid teams of weekend warriors.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER & BEST TWILIO APP

SMScal.com
Need to send yourself a quick reminder about that thing you have to do next week?  Just remembered your mom’s birthday is on Thursday and don’t want to forget to buy her a present on Wednesday?  Never fear, SMScal is here!  This app uses the Twilio API to allow users to send themselves text reminders.  It’s got both web and text interfaces.  Check it out!

Other apps using Twilio: ListSMS (create lists with text messages)

BEST INFOCHIMPS APP

Craptcha
Are you a high volume Craiglists user who gets a ton of spam?  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a better system for vetting the dozens or hundreds of emails you receive daily?  Try Craptcha (working name and not available online yet), which uses Twilio and Infochimps IP Intelligence Geolocation APIs to create a vetted voicemail system for handling high call volume on Craigslist ads.

Other apps using Infochimps: Application Trail, Cop Connection, Re-Tweeter

BEST MASHERY APP

Application Trail
If you’ve ever hiked the Appalachian Trail, you know that (a) it can be tough to figure out where to sleep each night and (b) cell phone service is surprisingly good.  The Application Trail (brilliantly named by our very own, Dhruv Bansal) uses Mashery and Infochimps Foursquare Places APIs to create a mobile app for locating hotel and bars in your nearby area.  It even offers an option for booking hotel rooms!

BEST SENDGRID APP

Cop Connection
Cop Connection is a professional network tool for police officers.  It uses the SendGrid API to handle emails and Infochimp’s Qwerly API to do social media account lookups based on email address (also works to input a Twitter handle, Facebook username, etc to return social handles).  The goal is for this to ultimately become a secure network with which police officers can share investigative information.

Thanks everyone for participating!  We’ve got plans to do more of these in the future with some of these same partners, so stay tuned for more days of hack-hack-hackery with us!