Are you at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon? Here is how to build your app fast (so you can get some sleep)

Posted: September 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | Comments Off

Does you hack include a mobile app? is the fastest way to create a complete app across iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Mobile Web.   There is nothing to install.  You develop in the browser and you can easily collaborate with your team members because the projects can be shared in the cloud.  Also, because has built in support for many of the APIs that are sponsoring the hackathon, it is super easy to integrate to those services and win more prices! is the best way to complete your hack in time and still catch some sleep!

In fact, when we launched the Appery at TechCrunch Disrupt New York earlier this year, was the most widely used product in the hackathon.  Over 30 teams chose to build their projects, including many of the winners!  For more on this see: Steals the Show at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon!

The list of prebuilt API plugins includes:

  • Crunchbase
  • PeerIndex
  • Pearson
  • Twilio
  • Yammer
  • Weather Underground
  • ESPN
  • Many other APIs (see list here), including many Mashery APIs

Even if the API you want to use is not pre-built, it is super easy to integrate with it on the fly.  Check out this and this (two minute videos) to learn how.

To get started:

  1. Register for a free account.   With this link, you will have access to our “Standard” plan, normally a paid service.  If you already have a free, you can upgrade it with this promo code:  disruptsf13 (go to Account, Change Plan, select Standard, and enter the code)
  2. Check out our docs.  Be sure to check out our product tour playlist you YouTube (there are plenty of other videos on our YouTube channel)
  3. Check out our tutorials for specific API plugins (including many that are sponsoring the hackathon!)
  4. If you need help, contact or check out our forum

Best of luck at the Hackathon!  We can’t wait to see what you build, please send us an email link to your finished project!

Webinar: Rapid Mobile Application Development Using the Mobile Pack and

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | Comments Off

Dave Carroll (Director of Developer Evangelism, and Max Katz (Head of Developer Relations, Exadel) explain how the Mobile Pack enables you to rapidly create mobile apps integrated with the Salesforce Platform and show how you can build your own apps like this.

Rapid Mobile App Development Using the Mobile Pack and

Tuesday, September 10, 11:00AM Pacific Time


Maintenance Window for Sept. 1st

Posted: August 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | Comments Off

In order to perform required database changes, we will be taking the service down this Sunday for up to 8 hours. This update will lay the foundation for improved performance as we continue to grow the service.

Down time begins:

September 1st, Sunday
1:30 am US Pacific Time

System up by:

September 1st, Sunday
9:30 am US Pacific Time

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have questions, please e-mail us at

1-Day Training in Palo Alto: Learn about AT&T APIs and Build Your First Mobile App with HTML5, jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap

Posted: August 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | Comments Off

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Coming on the heels of a very successful DevLab by AT&T in Seattle, we will be heading to Palo Alto on August 15th for a repeat performance. Are you looking to integrate speech into your apps? Would SMS, In App Messaging From Mobile Number (IMMN), or MMS give you a competitive advantage? Then DevLab is the event for you!

In addition to learning about these APIs, we will use cloud-based rapid development platform to build an HTML5/jQuery Mobile/PhoneGap mobile app connected to AT&T APIs.

You will work through highly customized lab exercises, see a detailed breakdown of end-to-end app examples, and then build an application incorporating the AT&T APIs and using the app builder. These lessons will help you understand the power of the APIs and tools, and greatly simplify the addition of these enhancements to your own apps.

We bring our best subject matter experts to DevLab and limit the number of attendees to ensure you have a highly interactive and personalized full day of training. Whether you are seriously considering adding these technologies to your apps or are well on your way to doing so, DevLab is the place you want to be.

So, if you are in the Bay Area on August 15th and are interested in attending DevLab, please let us know by emailing us at This event has limited availability, so contact us about it today!

Getting Started with [Webinar recording]

Posted: July 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Webinar | Tags: , | Comments Off

July 2nd: Save the Date for Our What’s New Webinar

Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Webinar | Comments Off

Many of you know about our monthly webinars that provide a broad overview of (next one: July 1oth). On July 2nd, we’ll be doing a webinar with a different focus. Because we’ll be rolling out new features next week, we’ve decided to offer a webinar highlighting just these new features. Save the date or go ahead and register now:

What’s New in the Latest Release
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Registration Web Link: Steals the Show at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon!

Posted: May 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Comments Off

As many of you know, we formally launched at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon in New York. We came back from it super stoked about and just wanted to share some of our excitement from the event. was the product most widely adopted by developers at the Hackathon! More than 30 teams completed and submitted their projects, and many of them won prizes!  This is a TechCrunch record. A distant second was TechCrunch itself — who was promoting its CrunchBase API — with 15 teams.

Over 1,100 developers!

This was TechCrunch’s largest Hackathon to date with over 1,100 developers.  Check out the scene in the picture below.

TechCrunch's Largest Hackathon!

TechCrunch’s Largest Hackathon!

And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to the Bar Power (1st), Career Hound (2nd), and Waterlog (3rd) teams for winning prizes in our contest!  We were impressed with the innovation and quality of all the projects built in — other projects won prizes from other  sponsors as well, including prizes from Visa and AT&T!

Teams Bar Power and Water Log with Max and Francisco

Team Bar Power and Team Waterlog with Max and Francisco

Team Career Hound

Team Career Hound


Tons of APIs Used!

Developers loved the large collection of plug-ins in the catalog. These plug-ins allow developers to add ready-made connections to popular APIs. APIs used at the Hackathon included Twilio, CrunchBase, Foursquare, AT&T, The New York Times, SendGrid, Weather Underground, SkyDrive, LinkedIn, Pearson, Yammer, Facebook, and ESPN.

Overnight Hacking with 24×7 Support

Tons of developers continued their hacks through the night fueled by the sheer excitement of the event and lots of caffeine! There were so many teams developing on that we decided to not sleep that night, so we could provide developers all the help they needed. We had a team of three onsite plus a remote team providing support via Skype. Our support table was the most popular by far, with lines throughout the night.

Overnight Support

The Most Popular Table: Ours

We were humbled as 30 teams presented their projects on stage to a crowd of over 1,000 influencers. Many thanks to all the developers and designers who participated. We are looking forward to seeing many of your projects turn into real businesses!

You can watch a few of the presentations on our YouTube channel using this playlist.  Also, check out more pictures and buzz from the event on Storify.

Webinar: Building Apps with and Mashery-Managed APIs

Posted: May 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | Comments Off

Neil Mansilla (Mashery) and Max Katz ( will describe the Mashery API management platform and the mobile app development and support platform and will explain how they fit together. Max will then demo building two apps in using plug-ins for Mashery-managed APIs.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Timezone: America/Phoenix)

Register now:

Webinars: Monthly Intro to Webinars

Posted: March 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Webinar | Tags: , | Comments Off

We will now host an introductory webinar for every first Wednesday of the month. There will still be additional in-depth webinars, but we wanted to make sure there would always be a beginner’s webinar “around the corner” at all times. Here’s the next one:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Check on our company calendar or our plancast stream for upcoming webinars.


Webinar: Platform Built-in Back-end Services

Posted: January 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Webinar | Tags: , | 7 Comments »

UPDATE: The date for the webinar has been changed to:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST isn’t just a mobile app builder. As a mobile app platform, it also provides a growing list of back-end services (like a database service) for seamless integration into the apps. Join Max Katz, developer evangelist, for this hands-on demo and overview of the currently available back-end services and the road map for the future. There will be plenty of time set aside at the end for Q&A.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST