What The Hack? API Workshop Schedules And Judges Announced

Hello, again. It’s your Disrupt Hackmasters, Reshma and Jeffery. We’ve got the inside scoop on the upcoming workshops and judges, and we’re passing the information on to you. First, our API workshops, because knowing is half the battle. The other 99 percent is perspiration.

2:00pm Twilio

w/ Matt Makai, Developer Evangelist

Ready to use the Twilio API in your hackathon project but don’t want to waste any precious minutes reading https://www.twilio.com/docs? Come to the Twilio workshop where you’ll learn how to add SMS, MMS and Voice to your hack as well as ask questions and get help with your code.

2:30pm Mastercard

w/ Peter van der Linden, Senior Developer Evangelist

A family of about 20 APIs relating to taking payments on a website (Simplify Commerce), an e-wallet (MasterPass), some location-based APIs, some fraud prevention and other APIs.  REST and SDKs are available.

3:00pm Microsoft Outlook

w/ Richard diZerega, Principal Software Development Engineer at Microsoft

This workshop will provide a high-level overview of Office 365 development across Office add-ins and the Office 365 APIs. Office 365 offers a rich developer landscape for extending the Office experience with add-ins and connecting into the Office 365 APIs from a stand-alone application. Modern Office add-ins are built with standard web technologies and integrate with Office.js.

3:30pm Clover

w/ Michael Quinlan, Chief Architect

Join Michael Quinlan, Architect of Clover – the fastest growing point of  sale platform in the nation.  Learn how to use Clover’s extensive APIs and SDKs to build everything from loyalty programs, new payment methods, robotic delivery systems, real time deals, online delivery systems and more!

4:00pm Ford

w/ Heath Williams, AppLink Mobile Supervisor

The AppLink Mobile Development team will aid hackers with a live walk-through of the AppLink SDK and supporting test apps and tooling.  In addition, questions about supported AppLink APIs and capabilities will be covered.

4:30pm IBM Watson

w/ Elliot Turner, Director of Alchemy Solutions, IBM Watson

IBM Watson is the world’s leading Cognitive Computing platform. The Watson Developer Cloud offers a variety of services for building cognitive apps. With innovative APIs including everything from Cognitive Expansion to Concept Extraction, Personality Insights and now the Alchemy API, IBM Watson is ready to help you build a smarter planet.


And, secondly, our esteemed hackathon judges.  If you’re in it to win it, you’ll want to look these veterans of the industry up before the event to see what makes them tick.

Tom Coates

Co-founder, Thington Inc.

tom-coatesTom Coates is the co-founder of Thington Inc. – focused on new ways to interact with the Internet of Things. Before that he was Head of Product for the Yahoo Brickhouse incubator where he created the Fire Eagle location-sharing platform. He’s also developed new products for many other companies, including the BBC, UpMyStreet, Time Out, and Jawbone. You can find Tom on Twitter @tomcoates.

Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Founder/CEO of CareerCup.com & Author of Cracking the Coding Interview


Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder/CEO of CareerCup.com and the author of Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career. As a previous software developer and interviewer for Google, Microsoft, and Apple, she now works with tech companies to improve their hiring process and with startups to coach them through acquisition interviews. She is passionate about solving technical problems and helping build excellent technical teams. You can find Gayle on Twitter @gayle.

Christina LaMontagne

General Manager and Founder of Health at NerdWallet

christinaChristina is a Harvard-trained expert on consumer health, hospital price transparency + health insurance. She founded the Health business at NerdWallet because medical bills are the leading driver of personal bankruptcy in America. Nerdwallet content, award-winning tools and high-touch service empower consumers to live better lives. You can find Christina on Twitter @lamontagne_c.

Joshua Schachter

Angel Investor

joshuaFounder of Delicious (acquired by Yahoo!) and Tasty Labs (Acquired by Walmart), Joshua is an angel investor in over 100 startups including Etsy, Twilio, Pure Storage, and Makerbot. You can find Joshua on Twitter @joshu.


Zach Supalla

Founder/CEO of Particle

Particle founder and CEO Zach Supalla is an entrepreneur, a designer, and a maker. With Particle, he designs and produces a suite of tools that make it easier for engineers and manufacturers to build and manage connected products. Zach juggles hardware design, front­-end software development, and leading his team through the trials and tribulations of a hardware startup. You can find Zach on Twitter @zsupalla.

Jeannie Yang

Chief Product and Design Officer, Smule

jeannieJeannie Yang is the Chief Product and Design Officer at Smule.  She blends her engineering background and passion for music to build new interactions for people worldwide to connect, create, and share music through social mobile music apps like Sing! Karaoke, Magic Piano, Autorap, and I am T-Pain.  Prior to Smule, she helped start Yahoo’s first social media research lab and launched several projects including Fire Eagle, the first geo-location brokering platform, at Yahoo Brickhouse. Jeannie holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a M.S. in Information from UC Berkeley. You can find Jeannie on Twitter @jeanniey.