X-Sessions mobile – Another great XING API event
After an awesome kick-off event to the X-Sessions in November 2013, the second event – X-Sessions mobile – took place at the Hamburg XING office on 27 March. We wanted to bring together XING developers, partners and anyone interested in our API and the growing XING ecosystem. The XING API team and the mobile teams welcomed about 80 guests from all over Germany and the Netherlands to our office in Hamburg.
Talks, showcases, trends
The event started with a lightning talk by Taner Kizilok about the past, present and future of mobility. After this opening talk, two partners presented XING API showcases and their experiences with the XING API: Tobias Balling presented Blinkist, an app that gives key insights from non-fiction books in just 15 minutes. They integrated the XING login into their app and XING Premium users get to use their wonderful service for free for one year. Afterwards Niels Linnemann talked about Contaxt – a XING app that helps you sort your contacts in different contexts. That way you can easily see who you met with as well as when and where.
The partner talks were followed up by a more technical approach to things. Piet Brauer presented the iOS SDK for the XING API and did a live hack on stage. The SDK is developed and maintained by the mobile team and publicly available for other developers. The final talk before the networking break was by Jan Ahrens, speaking about messaging apps, their architecture, and how to make them more secure. He closed this great talk by questioning whether secure XING messaging would be of interest…?!
Five talks in one hour – it was time for a break. There was music, food, drinks and time to meet and network with other API enthusiasts. Afterwards Alexey Krivitsky took over and moderated an inspiring interactive session: He compared APIs to humans, organised a speed dating event for different APIs and generated a firework of ideas. It ended with an API cocktail party and great ideas for new apps based on the XING API. After this, real cocktails were served which were a welcome refreshment for all guests. The evening event was rounded off with cocktails, networking, table football and great discussions! Thanks to all of the speakers and guests who made this an awesome event!
So what’s next?
We have more events in the pipeline to help us regularly connect with our community and partners and exchange and learn about new ideas and needs. You can meet us at the API Days in May or in Hamburg at the Hamburg Geekettes and OpenTechSchool Hackathon in June in Hamburg. If you’re interested in attending one or both of these events, please contact us at email@example.com. We have some free tickets to give away and would be happy to meet you there!