Neil Mansilla | Director, Developer Platform and Partnerships
September 16, 2011

Mashery Network APIs Winning at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

 

Mashery sponsored and presented at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF hackathon held two days before the main conference. Over 500 developers converged on the San Francisco Design Center Concourse for 24 hours of intense and creative hacking, competing for cash, investment capital (up to $500K), mountains of high-tech loot, but most of all, for glory.

The TC Disrupt hackathon is one of the most anticipated and competitive events of its kind, and this year, the developers really stepped up their game. 130 hacks were submitted – a record for Disrupt, and an incredible number by any measure. Each team was given 60 seconds to give their demo pitch and impress the panel, which included Salesforce’s VP of Open Cloud Standards Kevin Marks, Google’s Rohit Khare, Betfair’s Vice President of Mobile Engineering Raj Vemulapalli, OneTrueFan founder Eric Marcoullier and Ask.com’s Director of Engineering, Mobile and Platforms Vishal Shah. Some demos were executed beautifully.

Others were not so lucky, never getting off the ground – which is heartbreaking after hacking tirelessly for 24 hours straight.

Several Mashery clients were on site including YellowAPI, Quova and Hotwire. In the true spirit of the event, they just didn’t show up – they hacked! Jean-Luc David (Director of YellowAPI) created PickSocial, an app that lets your friends help you pick where to go and what to do. Preethi Bhat and Brigham Hausman (both with Hotwire) created Trip Psychic, an app that recommends travel destinations based on the experience and wisdom of other travelers.
 
At the end of competition, six overall winning hacks were selected by the panel. One of those six was created by Timothee Boucher called FlickMunk – an app that renders a Gantt chart-like view of movies to watch organized primarily by show time and theatre proximity. He used the Rotten Tomatoes APIs to get movie information, poster image and ratings. Both FlickMunk and Trip Psychic are fantastic examples of taking data that’s available via APIs and creating new user experiences that are unique, fun and useful.
 
Mashery selected Trip Psychic to win the Best Mashery API Network Hack, for which they took home a Jawbone JamBox (Bluetooth speaker rig), Mashery USB bottle-opening flash drives, and the coveted API Explorer nerd merit badge. Congratulations Preethi and Brigham!