Evernote is one of the great partners we are working with on the Sprint Developer Program Hackathon, and if you're interested in integrating their API into your application, come out and meet them and get direct support for your work! Evernote is a fantastic developer company, and they do an excellent job of promoting outside apps that use their API to their customers.
1. Hello! Please introduce yourself and your company.
Hello, my name is Chris Traganos and I run developer relations at Evernote. We love working with developers and seeing all the applications that interact with our API and cloud service. Our team looks forward to the event and connecting with developers at the conference.
2. You are sponsoring a prize for the best app using the Evernote API at the upcoming Sprint Developer Program Hackathon. Tell us a little bit about it and what you’re looking for.
Evernote has applications that are built on many platforms and we aim to help our users remember everything. Beyond our set of apps, we have over 15,000 developers building tools and apps that we are amazed by. With Evernote hackathons we have found many designers and developers discovering new ways to get more out of Evernote. Whether it's task functionality, machine learning tools, real time editing, geo location -- there are so many ways to get users thinking about notes and memories in new ways. Very often the apps built at hackathons continue on to be showcased in our market of products we recommend to our 40 million users - the Evernote Trunk (http://trunk.evernote.com/)
The Evernote prize for the best API integration will win a Fujitsu ScanSnap. Pushing a single button on ScanSnap can make your scanned documents instantly available and searchable in Evernote. In addition to our main prize, we will have many other prizes for developers using our API which include Evernote Premium and custom Evernote developer shirts.
3. What should developers do to prepare for your category at the hackathon? Are there SDKs they should download, places they need to register or documentation to take a look at?
The best place to start digging into hacking on the Evernote API is http://bit.ly/evernote_hack - a single page that serves as your cheat sheet for the event. It will point to all the SDKs and samples we provide on http://github.com/evernote/ . In addition, you'll want to be resourceful and explore our documentation for the API at http://dev.evernote.com/ along with answers on Stack Overflow.
4. What’s your advice for developers in a hackathon, both to win your category and in general?
Explore the apps that have been built and are listed in the Evernote Trunk (http://trunk.evernote.com/apps). After getting a sense of the current list of 3rd party apps, try and think of new ways that you can help Evernote users get the most of the notes they save for remembering. We love to read write up and overviews on how you tackled problems and build great apps!
Here is the judging criteria we use when reviewing projects:
- Design - Is the application polished, visually appealing, and easy to use?
- Effective use of the Evernote platform - Does the application take advantage of the unique functionality offered by the Evernote platform?
- Utility - Is the application compelling and/or indispensable?
- Originality of concept - Is the application unique and/or innovative?