API Mashup Contest of Germany attracts 70 projects, Google APIs are the most used ones Social shopping, smart hotel finder and Google+ Counter are the top three API Mashups in the autumn round 2011 of the contest.
The autumn 2011 round of the API Mashup Contest attracted some 70 projects, mainly from Europe. Each judge selected his top 10 projects. Ten points for every number one position, one point for the position 10. The top 5 positions are:
1. Suitts Me, 53 points
SuittsMe is a social shopping network, that allows users to share and discuss clothes they want to buy. "In real life we don't go shopping alone, but we go with friends because we want their advice and opinions," say the founders Andrew Fan and Gleb Pitsevich, who run a team of young developers from Belarus.
2. Hotel Maps, 44 points
Hotelmaps.com is a hotel finder built around maps. For each hotel, an icon with the room rate and hotel star rating is displayed on a map. Room rates and star ratings are permanently visible on the map, allowing the user to see the most relevant information at a glance: location, price and rating. This sets HotelMaps.com apart from other map based hotel finders, which usually use dots or markers on the map, without immediately visible pricing information. Right from the start, more than 200,000 hotels worldwide can be found. The founders Michael and Andreas Bogen have years of experience in developing vertical search engines in Germany.
3. Google+ Counter, 39 points
Google+ Counter is one of the first services leveraging the new Google social network, Google+. It has helped thousands of users to find interesting people on Google+ in its first weeks of operation. Since the introduction of the Google+ API it has been visited by more than 50,000 users per day. The founder Ralf Rottmann is an experienced German entrepreneur making an effort to fully utilise all the latest Web technologies.
4. Interviewr, 38 points
The 3rd round API Mashup Contest took between April and May 2012 and attracted 46 mashups. Here are the winners:
- 1st place - Tripomatic - an online trip planner for independent travelers. The website recommends must-see places in more than 300 destinations all around the world. You can choose what you are interested in and add it to your travel itinerary. The founders’ goal is to enable travelers to plan their holiday in under 15 minutes. “We have taken part in this contest as we strongly believe in open APIs at Tripomatic. We currently have our own API in private beta and we expect to make it public soon,“ says Tripomatic founder Barbora Nevosadova.
- 2nd place - Zalike – a system and tools that allows companies to motivate clients to share information about their products and services in social networks and to publicly evaluate goods and services. “Good social media marketing play. Nice entry into a busy space. I like the simplicity ….This one has legs,“ says Gillian Muessig, the founder of SEOMoz and one of the contest jury members.
- 3rd place - Skypicker - a European low-cost airline-ticket search engine where you can find the abolutely lowest fares. “We have the most complex flight database among our competitors. That's why we're able to offer instant search and the most comprehensive results on the web,” says the startup founder Oliver Dlouhy. “Similar projects have been around for a while but this one is an an interesting service,” says Martin Bryant, the managing director of TheNextWeb and a jury member.
Jury members also included Esther Dyson, a well-known angel investor, Jon Bradford of London-based accelerator Springboard, and some leading investors from Poland, including Piotr Debek, Bartłomiej Gola and Wojciech Przyłęcki. In addition to the long-standing partner Google, the API Mashup Contest welcomed members of GTUGs, the Google community playground for developers to meet learn from each other and create cool apps together. “Cool ideas landed in the contest. Google APIs have been used in many interesting mashup, but other APIs also deserve attention of the developer community,” says Dan Franc, the coordinator of GUG.cz and international GTUG consultant. „The contest brings out the best and the brightest with crazy, funny, and sometimes brilliant ideas around what can be accomplished by mashing up APIs. It was great to be able to test out so many new ideas and see the groundswell of smart entrepreneurs and technologists building apps that make our days (and nights) better,” said Gillian Muessig of SEOMoz.
Google, Facebook and Twitter APIs were the most popular. The most frequently used APIs in registered mashups included Google Maps (13), followed by Facebook Graph API (12), Twitter (10) and YouTube (8). A Google API was used by half of the registered mashups. The people behind the registered projects are by-and-large very committed – roughly one half of the 47 registered project owners are already involved full-time and18 part-time (more than 10 hours a week). Two thirds of the projects’s authors seek mentoring advice or angel investors. The applications arrived from different parts of the world but mostly from Europe - mainly from the UK, Germany, central Europe and Russia.
It’s the biggest online API playground in the world. "The competition was tough again. The next step is to help the registered projects get what they need – mentoring, business advice, help with getting additional team members, finance. All this in order to maximise the projects' chances to turn into successful and viable start-ups“, says the Contest founder Pavel Curda. There will be one more contest organized this year. The Contest organizers seek new partners – mentors, API providers, angel investors, startup accelerators, technical universities etc.
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Pavel Curda & the API Mashup Contest team
After two successful rounds in 2011, the API Mashup Contest, the biggest API playground in the world, is here again! New partners are supporting the project, and the judging panel has some great names.
In addition to our long-standing partner Google, whose APIs are the most frequently used by developers, the API Mashup Contest welcomes GUG.cz, a member of GTUGs, a community playground for developers to meet, learn from each other and create cool apps together. “We know that the there are many great minds and great ideas in the developer community that still wait for their moment of fame. We love the opportunity that the API Mashup Contest offers them to get on the spotlight and attract others to evolve them further,” says Dan Franc, the coordinator of GUG.cz and international GTUG consultant.
The judges include Esther Dyson, a well-known angel investor, Gillian Muessig, the founding president of SEOmoz, Martin Bryant, managing editor at The Next Web, Jon Bradford of London-based accelerator Springboard, and some leading investors from Poland, including Piotr Debek, Bartłomiej Gola or Wojciech Przyłęcki.
“I’m happy to see Esther and Gillian in the juding panel because it’s good to have a gender balance. I hope that the advice and feedback from all the jury members will help the participants to move in the right direction,” says the founder of the competition, Pavel Curda. Daniel Mendalka from GTUG Poland and the Contest Ambassador for Poland, stresses the importance of the project. “It’s a good moment for a competition like the API Mashup Contest to be ‘hosted’ by Poland because more and more startups are being born there. They have the potential to be huge in the future. We managed to bring together some great Polish investors in the judging panel, and I’m looking forward to seeing some good projects,” he says.
The API Mashup Contest is a place where you have a chance to register your API mashup, with cool prizes awarded to the winners. The best projects will receive further help, including mentoring and links to angel investors, and the contest is open to all developers from all over the world. APIs are business tools, which above all will make future business decisions easier. The best projects will receive media coverage thanks to our media sponsor and partners. The deadline for submitting projects is 31 May 2012. The winners will be announced in mid-June.
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Pavel Curda & the API Mashup Contest team
You will have fun and will get connected to Jury members (mostly German internet gurus) who will assess the business viability of your project and provide feedback. Additionally, you might get contacts from people who might like your idea as well and will join your team. Finally, you will get prizes from some of our sponsors that will make your first steps in business easier. Later on, the best projects will be offered further continuous help from additional mentors and angel investors. Top projects will receive media coverage thanks to our media sponsor and partners.
Submit your project by November 30, 2011
The best ideas to be announced on December 10, 2011
The mission of API Mashup Contests is to help e-commerce projects in their early phase. Our events around Europe are aimed at all creative developers with a positive attitude to APIs. The process of the contests is online and are very easy and straightforward. We connect people with good ideas with help from business minded people to get started. Our previous contests helped many projects to move in the right direction.
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Our mission is to help internet projects in their early phase. Our events around Europe are aimed at all creative developers with a positive attitude to APIs. The process of the contests are online and are very easy and straightforward. We connect people with good ideas with help from business minded people to get started. Our previous contests have helped many projects to move in the right direction.
You are a central-European based developer with an idea to build something awesome using an API? Submit your idea to our contest. You will have fun and you will get connected to Jury members who are going to provide feedback on your project.
Additionally, you might get contacts to people who like your idea as well and will join your team. Finally, the best projects will be awarded with prizes from our sponsors that will make your first steps in business easier. Later on, the best projects will be offered further continuous help from additional mentors and angel investors. Top projects will receive media coverage thanks to our media sponsor and partners.