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Weekend of Hacking with APIs, Appery.io

This past weekend I attended two events with hacking, APIs, mobile apps, and Appery.io platform. AT&T DevLab and AT&T Internet of Things Hackathon in New York City.

The first event actually started on Thursday, in Plano, TX. It was AT&T DevLab event: a one day training learning and using AT&T APIs such as SMS, In-app Messaging, and Speech. In the second half of the day, the students used Appery.io cloud platform to build a jQuery Mobile app with AT&T SMS API.

The morning started with Michale Pacholec explaining how to use SMS and In-app Messaging APIs with various examples:

More API learning:

Delicious lunch is served:

As I was walking around the Foundry, I saw someone using Appery.io platform:

Once all the APIs were covered, we spent the remaining of the day using Appery.io to build a jQuery Mobile app with AT&T SMS API. The app looked like this: Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 1.35.40 PM It’s an excellent way to end the training, putting everything together and creating a real mobile app that talks to one of the APIs covered earlier in the day. In under an hour, over 40 students were able to build a jQuery Mobile app. That’s pretty amazing. The next day I flew to New York City to attend the AT&T Internet of Things Hackathon. As usual, the event started with a number of presentations showing various tools that can be used during the hackathon. Ben Nelson is launching the hackathon:


I’m showing how fast and easy it is to build app connected to APIs with Appery.io:



This was the healthiest hackathon I ever attended. On Saturday morning they served oatmeal and egg whites sandwiches! Both items are gone in the picture:

At 11am on Saturday, I has the privilege to teach high school kids about building mobile apps in Appery.io:


Future mobile developers:


I couldn’t stay for final presentations as I had to fly back home but a good number of teams used Appery.io to build their apps with various cloud APIs.

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Max Katz heads Developer Relations for Appery.io, a cloud-based mobile app platform. He loves trying out new and cool REST APIs in mobile apps. Max is the author of two books “Practical RichFaces” (Apress 2008, 2011), DZone MVB (Most Valuable Blogger), and is a frequent speaker at developer conferences. You can find out what Max is up to on his blog: http://maxkatz.org and Twitter: @maxkatz.