Sara Reiner | Contributor
September 25, 2013

How Personal APIs and Other Trends Will Change Us at the 2013 Business of APIs Conference in New York City


Business of APIs Conference

Earlier this month, we kicked off our Business of APIs Conference (BAPI) season with style in San Francisco and we are doing it again October, 1 in New York City.  Be sure to request an invite.

As we pack for New York, we have been thinking a lot about the trend of personal APIs, which was tackled early on by Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare. Selvadurai will be speaking at BAPI New York, presenting “Finding the Unmarked Trail,” a talk dedicated to helping you better connect with customers using real-time data and the power of APIs.

The idea of the personal API exists so that people can find value in their personal data. Early adopters, such as Selvadurai, have recorded tons of data about themselves, including weight gains, books read, movies watched, and much more, but until the existence of a personal API, this data lived in isolation.

Many people see value in a personal API for health and fitness purposes. Finding trends in data such as body composition or reactions to food or medications may lead to healthier and longer lives.

On his website, Selvadurai states that he has always been interested in a quantified version of himself. An API publicly shares information about him that goes beyond a tweet or a check-in and to find a way to utilize this information to enrich his life.

At the conference, you will have the chance to hear from Selvadurai firsthand about his thoughts and potential uses for a personal API. But Naveen Selvadurai isn’t the only great speaker we have on the future of APIs. Here is a complete list of speakers for our NYC event:

  • Developers + Data = The Future of Business, presented by Alexis Ohanian of reddit
  • Finding the Unmarked Trail, presented by Naveen Selvadurai, Co-founder of Foursquare
  • Reinventing the Establishment, presented by Joshua Greenough, Senior Director of Innovation for Capital One Labs at Capital One
  • Creating a Single Pane of Glass (Centralized API Architecture), presented by Mac Devine, Director and CTO of Cloud Portfolio at IBM
  • The Evolution of Your API and Its Value, presented by Jesse Givens, Head of Product at CarePass by Aetna
  • The Product Manager’s Digital Dilemma, presented by Dave Abbot, CTO of SportsData, LLC
  • Managed Partnerships in the Cloud Era, presented by Kyle Armbrester, Director of Business Development at athenahealth
  • Commerce Enabling the Internet of Everything, presented by Sal Visca, CTO of Elastic Path
  • Your API: A Big Enough Box of Crayons?, presented by Peter Coffee, VP and Head of Platform Research at
  • The API Corporation, presented by Lynda Smith, CMO of Twilio
  • Building Apps that Change the World, presented by Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource

But that’s not all. In addition to all of our speakers, there will be panel discussions, breakout sessions and a lot more. For a complete agenda and for more details on the talks slated for the event, visit the BAPI website.

Are you as excited as we are? Then don’t forget to request your invitation. For those of you in the UK, we will be hosting BAPI London on November 13.  Looking forward to seeing you there!