APIs & IPAs

APIs IPAs

We’ve spent 2013 on the road, hosting a series of events called APIs & IPAs in several cities. So far we’ve been to Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Boulder, Denver, Kansas City and Chicago. Here’s a bit more about the events and why we do them:

When it comes to developer marketing, evangelism and outreach, we’ve dabbled in just about every approach.

We’ve hosted our own hackathons, sponsored different types of hackathons, hosted online contests and attended, hostedsponsored and spoken at tons of events.

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53738_556473561052388_1220149535_oHackathons have been great. They give us a chance to truly showcase our API and solicit direct feedback from people who are implementing it.  Conferences and meetups are great, because they have a focused theme, with specific talks attended by specific types of people.

A few months ago, we decided to head out on the road for a series of events called APIs & IPAs. These events aren’t meetups or conferences or hackathons, they are essentially just happy hours. By partnering with the coolest local tech companies, choosing a bar in a startup neighborhood, and promoting through lots of local channels, we are able to reach a wider swath of the tech community than we might be able to with a hackathon or a conference.

So far, here’s who has co-hosted these events with us:

Singly | APIs & IPAs » Singly

Singly exists in part to make apps more social, and break down barriers between the silos of networks and services. Similarly, by promoting through various meetups, blogs, co-working spaces and incubators, APIs & IPAs aims to bring the various tech circles in one city together.

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858347_542487282451016_1816939278_oThis project has allowed us to go to various tech hubs (so far: Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Denver, Boulder, Kanas City and Chicago) and spend time at the local incubators, stop by some startup offices, offer a tech workshop, and then meet and hang out with the Who’s Who of that startup community. Given our limited resources (mostly, a tiny evangelism team), this has proven to be truly valuable for us.

From Pearl Street in Boulder to the KC Startup Village to Gastown in Vancouver and others, we’ve had the opportunity to experience the nuanced differences that make each of these communities special. We’ve even had two people show up to APIs & IPAs in multiple cities.857859_542488439117567_339787697_o

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It’s important that we make sure people walk away from the events with an understanding of Singly and what we do, but these events are also largely about community. We aren’t coming just to pitch a product and walk away, we are hoping to bring the community together for an evening of sharing and networking, and to show our support for both small and large tech hubs everywhere.

Singly aims to make the web more social, compelling and programmable by breaking down down barriers and facilitating interactions between applications.

APIs & IPAs is our way of solving a similar, offline problem. We hope to build bridges between the circles within our innovation hubs, and build bridges between those hubs.

Many thanks to the wonderful companies that have co-hosted these events, and the wonderful people who have attended them. We’d love help deciding where to go next!

DeveloperWeek and AppsWorld

With the amount of time we spend on the road, it is always fun for the San Francisco segment of our team to attend a hometown event, and recently we got two in one week.

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DeveloperWeek was kicked off with a hackathon, and then featured a packed week of speakers, panels, happy hours and other events. Singly co-founder Simon Murtha-Smith gave a tech talk at the event (video below).

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Here’s where we set up camp for both days of AppsWorld

Next was AppsWorld, a conference at Moscone center that drew an international crowd of 5,000 people involved in the app industry, from developers to dev shops to engineering/hosting tools and services to VCs. Our booth was right in the center of the action, and we enjoyed meeting a vast array of people.

Below is Simon’s talk from DeveloperWeek. If you have any questions about it, please email community@singly.com

Hackathons for Week of February 3rd, 2013

These are the hackathons we are tracking on at Singly. It looks like about 37 different events in the United States.

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Thank you, Portland!

We spent a couple of days in the Pacific Northwest last week, to partner with Esri/Geoloqi, PuppetLabs and NetworkRedux for a happy hour called APIs & IPAs.

The Green Dragon in east Portland was totally packed, and we had a blast hanging out with the Portland tech community. We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for coming out, and our partners for co-hosting the event with Singly. Also, special thanks to PIE and Silicon Florist for being gracious hosts to us while we were in town.

Check out the next event in the APIs & IPAs series, in Seattle next month: http://seattleapis.eventbrite.com/

Here’s a quick photo recap from last week:

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Where We’ll Be – Upcoming Events

Events_000Events are in full swing this season, and we’re excited to be out and about.  We’re on the go and looking forward to meeting with you wherever our paths next cross.

In January we launched our APIs & IPAs event program, which tours cities with incubator sessions and happy hours, all in the name of APIs (and IPAs).

In the end of January and early February we’ll be speaking at Developer Week and Apps-World. Our AppsWorld booth is #18 and conveniently located by the bar. So come swing by and say hi.

Here’s where we’ll be, and where we hope to run into you. If you’d like to set up a time to meet, please email us at community@singly.com.

MacWorld 2013
Friday, 1/31 – Saturday, 2/2
Moscone Center West, San Francisco

Startup Weekend’s Transmedia SF
February 1
San Francisco

AppsWorld
Thursday, 2/7 – Friday, 2/8
Moscone Center West, San Francisco (Booth #18)

Hearst Fashion Hackathon 2013
New York
Feb 9-10

DrinksOnTap Boston
February 13
Boston

Startup Weekend Bay Area
Feb 22
San Francisco

APIs & IPAs
Feb 20 – Seattle
Feb 21 – Vancouver

We look forward to seeing you soon!