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Be part of api.video's first online contest! We're looking for the most creative and inspiring implementation of our API

July 1, 2021 - Erikka Innes

UPDATE: Stay tuned! We'll be back with our contest later this year, after summer vacation and holidays. The contest is post-poned for now.

api.video is hosting its first contest! We want you to build the coolest thing you can think of with api.video’s API in the language of your choice. To make things easier, we’ve recently released brand new clients to make coding fast and simple. Try one of our clients in Go, Java, C#, Python, PHP or NodeJS.

Official Rules / T&C

What are the judging criteria?

We will choose the most creative and inspiring implementation of the API, in whatever language you want to program in. Bonus points for Haskell! (Kidding.)

Each project must include:

  • You must use api.video’s API
  • Upload your project to Github
  • Provide a readme file explaining what your project does and how to set it up
  • Video demoing or describing your project (you don’t have to appear in it if you don’t want, you can just show off what you’ve made if you prefer)

Main categories

Below is the breakdown of the three criteria we will evaluate you on. You can score 0-5 points in each of the following:

Overall idea / originality: Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem? How good and original is the idea? Does it solve a real problem? Usually fun and even silly ideas are good at hackathons but more arbitrary things that nobody gets score low.

Technical execution: Is what the participant created hard to do? Does it use cutting edge technology in combination with api.video? Is the project technically feasible? Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there any technical challenges to surmount when building it?

Viability: Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfil a real need that people have? While there is no need for a business plan for the project, the audience and the problem / solution should still be clearly defined.

Bonus points

You can score additional 2 bonus points for any of the following: user experience, design and polish. Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does it work as the creators say? Is it well designed? Our judges will see and/or want to use your prototype - so make sure it works!

How do I sign up?

Within 24 hours of when you sign-up for the contest, we’ll give you a $15 credit for an api.video production account. The credit is good for the duration of the contest.

When does the contest start and end? July 15th-22nd

The contest starts Thursday, July 15th. The contest lasts for one week, you have until midnight Thursday, July 22th. Because the competition is open to anyone around the world, you may submit by midnight in your timezone. We post the contest results to the forum and the blog on July 28th.

Where / What do I submit?

When you are ready to submit, do these things:

  • Post your project on GitHub.
  • Include a readme describing your project, how to set it up, and any other information people will need to understand what you create.
  • Add a video of yourself describing your project! Or if you don’t want to be on camera, a demo of your project. We’d love to see/hear you talking about your work and what inspired you to put this together.
  • Send an email to our Developer Relations team at devrel@api.video with a link to your project. Include any details or feedback about your experience developing.

What can I win?

1st Prize: $250 Amazon gift card*, $10 Open Collective gift card to donate to the open source project of your choice and a write up in our blog interviewing you about your project and $75 api.video credit.

2nd Prize: $150 Amazon gift card*, $10 Open Collective gift card to donate to the open source project of your choice and a write up in our blog interviewing you about your project and $50 api.video credit

3rd Prize: $100 Amazon gift card*, $10 Open Collective gift card to donate to the open source project of your choice and a write up in our blog interviewing you about your project and $25 api.video credit.

Honorable Mention: $10 Open Collective gift card to donate to the open source project of your choice, post in our blog interviewing you about your project and $15 api.video credit.

  • Or comparable gift card depending on your location

Erikka Innes

Developer Evangelist

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