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From Ideas to Innovation - UniCredit Appathon 2015

Right now the UniCredit Appathon is happening in Milan, Italy, with the Axway team involved as a sponsor. A key part of any hackathon is setting up mocked-up or simulated API endpoints in a managed environment - which is where Axway comes in:
"...developers will have access to UniCredit API infrastructure, loaded on an external playground with fake data, and API management solutions sponsored by Axway" http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151103007061/en/Axway-Supports-%E2%80%9CAppathon-2015-UniCredit%E2%80%9C
In this way, developers have a sandbox of mocked-up data to develop apps against APIs.

Of course, prizes and free "API First" t-shirts are also a part of any hackathon! And it's also great to see the Axway red ball up in lights with the UniCredit red ball the big kick-off today:


My colleague Luigi Ferrari has shared photos of the Appathon in action:

I had the pleasure of visiting UniCredit in Milan earlier this year, and I was very impressed with their vision for their APIs. UniCredit includes developers as a central part of this vision. Even before their APIs are out of beta, they have engaged developers using sandboxed APIs in their Appathon hackathon. The Appathon then becomes an important part of sourcing ideas for the future direction of their APIs, because the apps coming from the Appathon feed innovation into future versions of the APIs. It's a great example of continuous innovation, as the UniCredit slide below, presented at the Appathon today, shows:



Best of luck to all the participants!

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.