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National Australia Bank (NAB) Hackathon

Hot on the heels of the UniCredit Appathon comes the NAB Hackathon, also sponsored by Axway and with APIs hosted by the Axway API Management platform. It took place this weekend, and by all accounts was a great success.
The NAB hackathon featured a REST API, with simple clear documentation which included sample API calls. As they put it in the API documentation, "The interface is a RESTful JSON based API, so you could even connect your IOT infrastructure to it (maybe your toaster needs to transfer some money to your fridge?)", and "If you have ever used the nab.com.au website, or any of our mobile apps, then you've already used our APIs."

Hackathons are a key part of the digital engagement being pursued by leading organizations like NAB and UniCredit. An API Management platform is a key part of a hackathon, because it enables stubbed-out APIs which act as a kind of sandbox for developers. For the API provider, the API Management platform provides API Key authentication, OAuth support, and analytics on the API usage. The analytics are particularly useful because they provide a way to gauge which APIs are most popular in the hackathon. This usage info is a valuable piece of feedback into API design. Often the most exciting aspects of APIs are when they are used in unforseen ways, and a hackathon provides a kind of petri dish for this kind of innovation.

First prize was won by nabSaver - congratulations!
And here is the group photo of the hackathon participants. I can spot at least three Axway "API First" shirts! (clue - one is in the bottom-right being sported by our very own Axel Grosse)

I look forward to lots more hackathons enabled by Axway!

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.