APIdays 2012

On Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December Paris held host to the first international API focused event in Europe – APIdays.io.  Myself, and my colleague Hibri, eagerly took part and we gave a short presentation on how 7digital grew their public API, the lessons we learned and the effect it had on the way we work.  You can view the slides at the end of this post.

We received great feedback from our slides – it felt as if many people are just getting started in the world of APIs whilst 7digital have had their public API for many years and that they were very interested in hearing our real-world story.

The format of the event was a little odd, with talks in slots of less than 30 minutes, which on the plus side meant that we got to see a lot of different viewpoints and experiences but that there wasn’t enough time for anyone to get deep into a topic.  I’d like to suggest that a technical track has available 1 hour slots for anyone who wants to host a full-on technical presentation and debate – it felt like we barely scratched the surface in less than 30 minutes.

It was a great couple of days, and the first time I’d ever been to Paris.  I’m hoping that this event becomes a regular conference and that next time we can get far more technical with the content and swap the really gritty stories of lessons learned.