Howdy from Zappos!
As many of you may have noticed, the developer portal has been broken for a while now. This was partially due to an effort to keep the number of external API keys to a minimum, and to ensure that only those developers who truly wanted/needed a key got one. Today, I need to announce another change as well.
We're working on some exciting new changes to the API that will eventually result in a significant new major version. This new major version will not be backwards compatible with the existing version. We will be sure to provide notification through our many channels of communication (twitter, Google group, etc) as to when we plan to break backwards compatibility as well as provide guidance on how to transition your apps to the new API.
For now, the only change is that we will no longer be issuing API keys to external developers, as we begin to move away from our current stack. As stated earlier, those of you who currently possess a Zappos API key will continue to enjoy access to the API, as well as access to the developer docs.
This is just the first of many steps as we transition our development efforts in order to better serve our customers by delivering WOW through service. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Zappos API Team
Friends, you were warned. Winter and Hackathon came and went, and while Winter was surprisingly mild, Hackathon was a blast. This was the first Zappos Hackathon to include a public contest for our friends at home to Hack-a-long with us.
We should have announced the winners a few months ago, but something happened that has delayed the judging. Without further ado, here are the winners of the Zappos API Hackathon Hack-a-long. Each winner will be getting $100 gift certificate from Zappos.
Mobile webapp for helping you pick out the wrong gift for the right person. Uses the Zappos API and SendGrid API for email.
Fun and Most Weird
Send a personalized email to someone close to you with your favorite Zappos Core Value in it using the SendGrid API and Zappos API.
Ever been shopping for someone but didn't know their shoe size? Sure you can sneak around and ask friends or family for help. Or you can use Anonysize to anonymously ask that person for their shoe size via SMS. Using the Zappos API and Twilio
Hackathon is here. For this entire week, Zappos developers will be engaged in glorious Hackathon. And we want to invite you to Hack-a-along with us from home in the form of an API contest. This contest was announced a few weeks ago and was only missing one thing. A theme. But today, that theme has arrived.
Gifting is a combination of the words Giving - the act of To Give and Lefting - German for the opposite of Righting. Wait, our lawyers just informed me that is not correct. Okay, let's just say that scientists may never agree on the actually definition of Gifting. Gifting is our theme for this Hack-a-long contest.
We are looking for anything that leverages the Zappos API and falls into the theme of Gifting. We aren't even saying the final product has to be electronic...
For more information on eligibility and how to enter see here.
Here are the "Official" prizes:
- Best Overall Application: $100 value ($100.00 Zappos.com electronic gift certificate)
- Most Fun and Weird Application: $100 value ($100.00 Zappos.com electronic gift certificate
- Best Mash-up Application (integrating other APIs or apps): $100 value ($100.00 Zappos.com electronic gift certificate
Astute readers may have noticed the "air quotes" around "Official". Does this mean there are also "Unofficial" prizes? YES! Some of our friends have decided to pitch in prizes as well for the best uses of both the Zappos API and their own!
- Rovi: APIs for Multi-Media
- TokBox: Drop in some video chat with Open-Tok
- SendGrid: Get your email on!
- Context IO: API for quick and easy indexing of email inboxes. Hint... you could pull all the Zappos order confirmation emails out of an inbox and do something cool with them.
- Twilio - make almost anything SMS or Voice capable using Twilio APIs and tools. And I mean ANYTHING. Including the Kindle Fire they are offering as a prize!
Judging for this contest will be performed by Zappos Employees. All [#currentZapposEmployeeCount] of us! Everyone from the executive team (Hi Tony!) to our Customer Loyalty Team will get to play with your apps and vote on the winners along side voting for our internal Hackathon.
This contest ends Friday afternoon at 5pm PST so get cracking and have fun. Let us know (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Winter is coming. And with it, the Zappos Winter Hackathon. December 12th through the 16th of 2011. In
the past this has been an event open only to Zappos Employees. 1 Week of furious coding frenzy. This year, we want you to hack along with us.
The Zappos API Hackathon Hack-a-long. What does it mean? On Monday, Dec 12th, a theme will be posted here on this blog. You have one week to hack up a project that fits this theme. We will award three $100 gift cards for Zappos.com to the winners of the following categories: Best Mashup, Best Overall, and Most Fun and Weird. Who is going to decide the winner? Zappos employees!
Your apps will be presented along side the internal Hackathon projects for all Zappos employees (maybe even Tony Hsieh) to play with and vote on during our Hackathon Open House. Stay tuned to this space for announcement of the theme on Monday, Dec 12th and shoot us any questions over on Google Groups, twitter or email.