- June 22, 2015

‘Summer of APIs’ virtual hackathon sets out summer-long timeline, rewarded by cool connected prizes for building and promoting APIs exposing open data

Palo Alto, Calif., June 22, 2015 — Restlet, creators of the most widely deployed framework for APIs, today announced a summer-long API development contest focused on exposing useful and interesting Open Datasets worldwide. The contest, known as the “Summer of APIs,” is created and sponsored by well-known API Evangelist Kin Lane and Restlet. The contest runs June 22, the first full day of summer, through September 23, 2015, the fall equinox. A wide range of awards and prizes will be given out to useful, innovative, and well-promoted APIs that help others better understand the world around them.

“There is so much important information produced by different levels of government bodies and other organizations. It needs to be utilized. APIs are the key to gaining access to Open Datasets and this ‘Summer of APIs’ contest is intended to accelerate hands-on development of useful and important information,” said Kin Lane, API Evangelist and program co-organizer. “APIs are very powerful, and they are also surprisingly easy to build and use. The first step is getting involved, and this is what the ‘Summer of APIs’ is about.”

In order to promote all the important aspects of API development and promotion, five different types of awards will be granted to five category winners. (Full list of prizes available below.) Winners will be designated by a group of three judges, including Kin Lane (independent API Evangelist), Guillaume Laforge, Restlet Product Ninja & Advocate, Craig Oda, CEO of o3 Rocket, a media firm specialized in software development. Winners will get to choose between three different technology-oriented prizes.

“APIs are the gateway to many datasets, including the ones that are made freely available to consumers. However, it’s not enough to just roll up your sleeves and write some code. You need to manage and promote your API,” said Jerome Louvel, founder of the Restlet Framework open source project and Chief Geek of program co-organizer Restlet. “All participants to the ‘Summer of APIs’ will benefit at no charge from the power of APISpark, the first API PaaS and a platform for API development that can really make a difference and accelerate both the building and the promotion of APIs.”

As part of its contribution to the Summer of APIs, Restlet is providing free use of its APISpark platform to all participants and for the duration of the program, regardless of the volume of traffic or number of concurrent clients calling each API.

List of Award Categories

  • Most Useful API: the API receiving, bringing and converging most traffic
  • Most Elegant Implementation: the API project containing the most clear documentation, clean style and which is easy to use
  • Most Innovative Project: the API using the most innovative or unusual technology
  • Most Promoted Project: the project which receives the most visibility/mentions on social networks (using the #SummerOfAPIs hashtag)
  • Best Told Story: the project with the best blog post explaining the process of how it was designed, built and promoted, including tips such as how to get, clean and improve data sets

List of Prizes

  • Pebble Time Smartwatch
  • DIY Electronic Building Blocks “LittleBits”
  • Ollie Robot

List of Open Data Sets
The open data sets below are provided as suggestions only. Participants are free to use any data set available under an Open Data license, as long as they are able to document the source of the data and its licensing mode.

US Government Datasets:

  • Farmers Markets Geographic Data
  • U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors
  • Trademark Daily
  • Veterans Employment
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

California State Datasets:

  • California Water Data
  • California Education

Science Datasets:

  • NASA Space Datasets
  • OpenFoodFacts API

French Government

  • French Data.Gouv
  • Representatives, senators in France
  • French national addresses database

To find out more and join the Summer of APIs, visit this page.

About Restlet
Restlet knows about APIs. The company develops and sells software that helps developers connect with business data and technology through a combination of open source and on-demand tools. Restlet’s comprehensive API platform powers the entire lifecycle of APIs, from design to development, hosting, and management. Founded and run by Jerome Louvel, a respected author and speaker on the topic of APIs, the company has US headquarters in Palo Alto, California. For more information please visit or follow @restlet on Twitter.


Craig Oda for Restlet, Inc.

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