First Zappos Developer Contest!

Submitted by Will Young on Thu, 03/10/2011 - 11:04

Hi everyone,

We <3 APIs and we especially love companies that have easy to use APIs and host developer challenges to reward new and creative uses of their API. While we hope we fall into the first category, we now officially fall into the second category as a contest loving, API hosting company! Announcing the first (of many) Zappos API Developer Challenge-palooza-athon.

We launced the Zappos API a year ago and in that time, the API team has been working hard to make sure all your API calls are answered in a timely manner. At first, it was just a call here and there but now there are many awesome Apps calling us day and night including Ipad, Iphone, Android and mashups. We've been having a lot of fun using our API internally for our Hackathons as well. But now, we want you to have fun too, with our first Developer Contest!

The full contest rules can be found here:

We're looking to spotlight and reward a few fun applications built with the Zappos API. Your entry doesn't need to be a fully featured-multi-page website (but that's ok too). Feel free to just submit a simple widget, module or even single page web app that makes creative use of our API.

The prizes:

  • Best Overall Application: $1000 value ($500.00 electronic gift certificate and $500.00 cash)
  • Most Fun and Weird Application: $500 value ($250.00 electronic gift certificate and $250.00 cash)
  • Best Mash-up Application (integrating other APIs or apps): $500 value ($250.00 electronic gift certificate and $250.00 cash)

While not mandatory, extra consideration will be given to applications that provide a fun and new way to navigate our enormous (that's what she said) product catalog. Don't be afraid to build an app that focuses on just one of our many product categories. Did you even know we sold housewares, watches and sunglasses? We also have an amazing Statistics API that gives you the ability to pull some very interesting data from our sales history. Head on over to API documentation to get more information:

When you are finished, throw a Facebook Like button on it so we can show you some love in return.

Check out the full contest rules on how to enter. The contest runs from March 10th until March 31st. Get cracking and have fun. Let us know ( if you have any questions.

Support and help is available via both email, google group and via twitter (@zappos_api)

Thanks - Zappos API Team



Submitted by Jason on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 17:04.

Darn, at the time this contest was submitted I looked on the Android App market to see if you guys already had a Zappos App but I believe you didn't so I decided to make one.

I'm guessing a lot of the functionality will overlap... but I'll give it a whirl anyways.

Finishing it up right now - will submit it by tonight!

- Jason Wei

re: Android App

Submitted by Will on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 08:15.

Hey Jason, I'm excited to try out your Android app. We actually JUST launched ours:

But the whole point of us launching the API was so other people could make shopping experiences that can either improve on or compliment the "official" experience. We're excited to see what you launch!

Android App!

Submitted by Jason on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 15:00.

I'm working on an Android client (noticed there wasn't one) - should be more or less done by the deadline!

Just wanted to give everyone over at Zappos a headsup - hopefully there aren't too many Android submissions haha.

US residents

Submitted by Will on Mon, 03/21/2011 - 11:04.

Hi Didats, sorry but I just confirmed with our team that all members of the team need to be US legal residents. Sorry about that..but international contest rules gets a bit hairy.

outside us

Submitted by Didats on Sat, 03/19/2011 - 07:23.

Is it allowed if one of the developer is outside US?

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