48 Hours of Coding & Open APIs: Pakistan’s First APIthon Set for the Weekend!

 

CSO describes an application programming interface, or API, as a piece of software that contains the programming instructions, standards and protocols that enable two applications to talk to each other. Basically it essentially serves as a bridge that allows data to flow back and forth between the two systems.

APIs can build these bridges in several settings, according to Randy Heffner, vice president and principal analyst serving application development and delivery professionals at Forrester Research Inc.

Abacus Consulting in collaboration with Telenor, Telenor Bank, JS Bank, Apigee, Careem, and Momentum Tech Conference is bringing the very first APIthon to Pakistan this January 2018 between 13th-14th, in Lahore. An APIthon is all about disrupting the status quo and unleashing endless business opportunities leveraging on open APIs.

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IDG and PC World Pakistan are proud to announce that they will be joining in the first ever APIthon as the official Knowledge Partners for the event.

The event will be held from 13th to 14th January in Lahore and will target startup teams with 2-4 members but individuals can apply too. The teams are to use the open APIs provided by the partners and use them to improve any existing service or come up with new services. Furthermore, the top three teams will get winner prizes and will take part in the Momentum Tech Conference being held in February 2018.

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Speaking to PC World Pakistan, VP Abacus Consulting, Shoaib Khan said:

We’re excited to team up with IDG for Pakistan’s first APIthon as our Knowledge Partner. Through initiatives like APIthon, Pakistan is gearing up for a new change that will help build digital, hyper-connected economy. By harnessing the power of open APIs coupled with the intelligent, secure API management system, startups and corporations will have endless opportunities to mutually design and explore an ecosystem focused on disruption and experimentation – an ecosystem that will continue to grow long after the APIthon. This is a tremendous opportunity for all our partners to be part of this incredible transformation.”

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At the APIthon, partners on board will provide participating teams with open APIs to build innovative products. This will give them first-hand experience of using openly available APIs to construct new and meaningful applications. The VP Financial Services and Digital, Abacus Consulting Shoaib Khan speaking about the APIthon said, “By harnessing the power of open APIs coupled with intelligent, secure API management system, startups and corporations will have endless opportunities to mutually design and explore an ecosystem focused on disruption and experimentation – an ecosystem that will continue to grow long after the APIthon.”

Khurram Sheikh from JS Bank, speaking about the partnership with Abacus for the APIthon said

With Abacus Consulting, we do not have the typical vendor organization relationship but it is more of a partner organization relationship. We are encouraging this open banking platform; they are also doing the open banking initiatives, hackathons and apithons. They are going to our partners in the upcoming APIthons where we will be launching our developer portal so they are hosting that and they are sponsoring that.”

The APIthon is open and free to all interested with prior registration through the Apithon website.

 

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